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Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition)

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)



Job Context
  • Type of contract: Fixed-Term Appointment
  • Duration of contract: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Job Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the development of nutrition activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance;
  • Provide technical guidance and programme management support to the design and implementation management of nutrition specific programme components under the integrated assistance package of livelihood support for vulnerable women, school feeding and a nutrition safety nets, targeting the most vulnerable populations of Cox's Bazar, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, ensuring a coordinated approach in line with WFP standards and procedures and in alignment with government policies and strategies, in collaboration with other nutrition stakeholders in the targeted areas
  • Provide technical guidance and support to enhance nutrition sensitive approaches and outcomes of the integrated assistance package of livelihood support for vulnerable women, school feeding and a nutrition safety nets in collaboration with relevant partners and their programmes - including integration of behavioural change communication;
  • Contribute to the technical guidance and support to enhance nutrition outcomes of the emergency assistance WFP will provide to respond to acute food and nutrition needs among the most vulnerable households affected by disasters. This includes engaging with the food security cluster and the nutrition cluster at national level to enhance nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive emergency preparedness and response planning by GoB.
  • Technically support and enhance capacity for the development and co-ordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems for nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Technically support and enhance capacity for tracking and analysis of data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance and liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Provide technical assistance to Government, particularly the Institute of Population, Health and Nutrition and National Nutrition Services for the implementation and scale up of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition key action areas, particularly nutrition-specific programming for malnutrition prevention and treatment and emergency nutrition preparedness and response in collaboration with other humanitarian actors.;
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals for WFP and Government nutrition specific and sensitive programme funding and partnerships as and when required.
  • Support the identification of potential partners and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting nutrition needs.
  • Represent WFP in critical fora and platforms to facilitate coordination, consultation and collaboration with key government bodies and partner organisations.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff and partners including government staff to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs, for example through the preparation and review of training materials.
  • Provide guidance to support and junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with programme administrative and financial processing tasks, and assisting them with nutrition analysis and queries.
  • Any other tasks as required and deemed appropriate.
  • Keep informed on national policies and targets in improving food security, health and nutrition for the poor and vulnerable, particularly for women and children;
  • Knowledge on Government strategies in achieving food security and nutrition targets;
Employment Status


Educational Requirements
  • Advanced University degree in human nutrition and/or public health nutrition or related subject
Experience Requirements
  • At least 5 year(s)
Additional Requirements
  • At least 5 years of experience in Food Security, Nutrition Security and/or related fields possibly with a UN organization, or international development organization
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and Bangla
  • Good understanding on the Nutrition situation in Bangladesh and the knowledge of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition 2;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, consistency in follow-up, ability to work with diverse teams, capability and initiative to provide timely technical advice and independent ability to facilitate coordinated planning and subsequent follow-up on implementation and reporting;
  • Action management and results orientation;
  • Identifies early warning indicators and reacts on them;
  • Strong capability to manage and collaborate across organizational units;
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with multidisciplinary/multicultural team;
  • Proven capacity to coordinate and communicate with Government officials and cooperating partners
Job Location


  • As per UN salary scale
Job Source Online Job Posting

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Application Deadline : December 20, 2018
Company Information
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Job Summary

Published on: Dec 6, 2018

Vacancy:  Undefined

Employment Status: Contractual

Experience: At least 5 year(s)

Job Location: Dhaka

Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2018

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