UN Programme Policy Officer (Nutritionist) Jobs – (WFP)

UN Programme Policy Officer (Nutritionist) Jobs – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Nutritionist)

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:  Uganda

Grade: SC8

Reports to: Head of Area Office

About US:

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary:   The Programme Policy Officer – Nutritionist will provide support to Nutrition programme activities in the Area Office. The nutritionist will be responsible for managing the implementation of the joint KNP workplan at Karamoja level and therefore play a pivotal role in ensuring a high level of coordination, collaboration and joint implementation with WFP-UNICEF as well as cooperating partners and the MoH to achieve effective implementation. She/he will also be responsible for implementation of broader nutrition programmes in the AO including support to MCHN and nutrition sensitive programming in other WFP related activities. The incumbent will provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme Area Office Karamoja and the technical guidance of CO-Nutrition unit, the Nutritionist will perform the following tasks:

  • Coordinate nutrition activities including KNP as well MCHN at Karamoja level. Under the KNP, the Nutritionist shall work closely with UNICEF and respective district local government to realize expected output and outcome of the joint programme.
  • Monitor implementation of the KNP joint workplan (JWP) and report on progress of the activities
  • Participate in implementation of WFP-led KNP activities i.e. workshops, monitoring missions, trainings, etc… as required
  • Provide nutrition technical support and guidance to WFP Karamoja Field Offices, nutrition focal persons and partners involved in the implementation of KNP and MCHN activities as well as broader nutrition programmes in the region
  • Work closely with and organise support (administration, logistics, as needed) to WFP programme colleagues/consultants undertaking analytical work and the SCOPE-CODA nutrition pilot
  • Participate in ad hoc working groups and/or technical fora instituted as part of the KNP inception phase
  • Prepare reports on KNP-related workshops and field visits, minutes of meetings and other events
  • Promote increased awareness of both WFP colleagues and partners on the KNP inception, including disseminating any updates to the joint work plan or progress reports, when available
  • Participate in regular Health and Nutrition cluster meetings together with nutrition focal points, UNICEF and partners.
  • Prepare and consolidate Nutrition reports, Updates and Briefs, for WFP supported nutrition programmes in Karamoja region
  • Consolidate FRNs and Distribution plans] for WFP supported nutrition programmes in Karamoja region
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Nutritionist) job placement should hold an advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
  • Previous experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
  • Experience in implementing programmes and providing input into designing operations.
  • Experience in the provision of input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Ability to speak at least of the Karamojong languages is desirable and Fluency (level C) in English language.


  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance: Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
  • Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher): Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.): Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Emergency Programming: Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government: Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.

NB: Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.

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Deadline: 27th January 2019

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