UN Nutrition Officer Job Careers – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

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Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:  Uganda

Grade: SC8

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 Nutrition Officer will provide support to nutrition  programmes and activities to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Plan and monitor nutrition programmes, verify the planned movements and distribution of nutrition products, resolving routine issues and/or escalating where appropriate, to ensure that the quality distributed and the quality of the operation is in line with WFP standards;
  • Summarize nutrition data, conduct analysis and prepare reports to support programme reviews and informative decision making.
  • Liaise with cooperating partners and internal counterparts to gather feedback and comments to support nutrition programme reviews and improve services.
  • Suggest improvements to field monitoring processes and procedures for efficient implementation of Nutrition programmes;
  • Support communication and activities with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions;
  • Build team capacity in Nutrition through effective guidance, coaching, training and accountability;
  • Support technical trainings for cooperating partners in Nutrition and WFP operational practices to support them to independently implement and self-monitor nutrition activities in the areas of coverage;
  • Assist in developing and expanding malnutrition prevention activities through promotion of E-IYCE and awareness raising in targeted areas;
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP can quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Nutrition Officer job placement should hold an Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field.
  • Experience and exposure to implementation of nutrition programmes at national/international level
  • Experience working in public health/food security/ nutrition related activities.
  • Experience identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country
  • High level of proficiency in both oral and written English;
  • Extensive knowledge of regional local dialects is very desirable.
  • Experience and exposure to implementation of national/international development programmes.
  • Previous experience working in public health/food security/ nutrition related activities.
  • Prior experience in identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country.

Competencies:

  • Knowledge of Nutrients: Utilizes knowledge of vitamins and nutrients to understand the causes of malnutrition, the relationships between the different types of malnutrition, and is able to articulate the UNICEF conceptual model.
  • Situation Analysis and Evidence Assessment: Able to appropriately interpret the nutrition situation, analyze primary causes of malnutrition, define limitations to the analysis (e.g. seasonality) and prepare an overview of the food security and nutrition situation in country.
  • Knowledge of Public Health: Has foundational knowledge of the core public health sciences (i.e., biostatistics, epidemiology, social science, environmental health, and prevention of chronic and infectious disease and injury) in order to assess a country’s/region’s health situation.
  • Knowledge of Food System: Ability to analyze how food systems influence the diets of vulnerable groups and identify how and where food systems may contribute to specific nutrient gaps.
  • Applying Programme & Policy Standards: Leverages nutrition knowledge to provide technical advice to governments to design and implement country nutrition programmes that follow international and WFP agency standards and guidance.

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.

Deadline: 26th May 2019


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