World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Officer (Nutritionist)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description


Job Title: Programme Officer (Nutritionist)

Type of Contract: Service Contract (SC) Level 8

Duty Station (City): Jakarta Country Office

Duration of Employment: 5 (five) months, 1 August – 31 December 2020

Organizational Context and Role:

Malnutrition remains an area of concern in Indonesia. Stunting in children under five years means that they do not reach their full potential: there are implications for cognitive development, productivity, susceptibility to non-Communicable Diseases later in life and the risk of intergenerational transmission. Populations at risk of multiple forms of malnutrition benefit from increased national capacity to design and implement programmes that enhance access to and promote positive behaviours on healthy diets and prevent stunting and other nutritional deficiencies.

The World Food Programme (WFP) Indonesia’s policy engagement and technical assistance in the area of Nutrition is covered by the (upcoming) United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2021-25 and aims to support the Government of Indonesia in achieving the key development priorities outlined in the 2020-2024 National Mid-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), particularly the goal of Human Resource development and accelerating reduction of mortality and stunting rates. WFP activities also align with the five-year plan of the Ministry of Health on accelerating public health nutrition improvement and the 2018 National Strategy to Accelerate Stunting Prevention.

Under the overall guidance of the WFP Indonesia Country Representative/Director and the Deputy Country Director, and the direct supervision of the Nutrition unit manager, the incumbent will support the Nutrition unit in the achievement of the above objectives.

Key Accountabilities:

1. Provide technical advice on nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programme and policy issues including assessment and Analysis, and nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programming in line with WFP standards and processes.

2. Support the strengthening of national nutrition initiatives, including the development of national government policies related to nutrition as well as nutrition strategies, action plans, protocols and guidelines in line with the SUN Movement and international guidance and current evidence.

3. Support the development and implementation of Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) approaches in support of food and nutrition programmes that promote sustainable dietary habits and practices using traditional and non-traditional media and communication channels.

4. Provide support for operational partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, to ensure a strong multi-sectorial response to nutrition.

5. Prepare accurate and timely reporting and learning, contributing to a knowledge base that informs decision making of WFP and other stakeholders.

6. Represent WFP at meetings and identify areas of potential collaboration with nutrition stakeholders.

7. Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP nutrition activities, providing Technical Analysis, and interpretation.

8. Provide day-to-day liaison with research institutions contracted to study the impact of key nutrition-related issues.

9. Collaborate with public and private sector to design and implement nutrition interventions within a coherent project strategy based upon national policy and priorities linked to food security and nutrition.

10. Support preparation of funding requests, concept notes and other documents for internal and external partners.

11. Provide support to the preparation and timely submission of inputs for corporate reporting (including monthly WFP Country Briefs).

12. Within the specific area of expertise, undertake Data Collection and analysis, prepare talking points, briefs and other relevant documents as needed.

13. Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration and synergies of nutrition-related activities.

14. Perform any other related tasks applicable and requested.

Functional capabilities

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 in 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.

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.

Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government

Understands and applies principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or sub-national level.



  • At least 5 years of professional experience in nutrition/public health.

  • Experience working with government on developing nutrition policies and/or implementing a nutrition programme (within food security or health).

  • Experience in developing and implementing behaviour change messages and campaigns.

  • Experience conducting nutritional assessments, Data Analysis and drafting programme recommendations.

  • Experience working in development context.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, good drafting skills, and ability to work in a team.


  • Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field.

  • Fluency (Level C) in both oral and written communication in English and in Bahasa Indonesia.

Deadline of application submission: 13 June 2020

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

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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