World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. BACKGROUND The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. In Sri Lanka. a lower-middle-income country, WFP is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in tandem with sister UN Agencies and the government, and in particular, SDG 2, Zero Hunger. Despite sound health indicators in Sri Lanka, in comparison to its South Asian neighbours, maternal, new born and child malnutrition continue to pose major challenges for the country, which is characterized by a high level of acute malnutrition, mild to moderate level of chronic malnutrition and widespread micronutrient deficiencies. Further compounding the issue is the increased prevalence of overweight and obesity, as the country undergoes a dramatic nutritional transition influenced by economic growth, urbanization and shifts in the quality and quantity of diets. A WFP five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2018-2022) was developed in consultation with the Government and other stakeholders and informed by contextual, gender and gap analyses, and recommendations from the 2017 National Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition towards Zero Hunger. It supports Sri Lanka’s national development vision with four major Strategic Outcomes:. ➢ Strategic outcome 1: Crisis-affected people have access to food all year round; ➢ Strategic outcome 2: School-age children in food-insecure areas have access to food all year round; ➢ Strategic outcome 3: Children under 5, adolescent girls and women of reproductive age have improved nutrition by 2025; and ➢ Strategic outcome 4: Vulnerable communities and smallholder farmers have strengthened livelihoods and resilience to shocks and stresses all year round. Importantly, a nutrition lens is being integrated within the WFP-assisted School Meal Programme whereby WFP provides Technical Support to the national school meal programme implemented by the government. WFP is committed to augmenting the nutrition inputs and results of initiatives such as the school meal composition; piloting models to boost the Agricultural Production and livelihoods of communities linked to the provision of meals, including through improved value chains using community based groups; and integration of nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific approaches. To support these efforts, WFP Sri Lanka is recruiting a National Programme Policy Officer (School Meals and Nutrition), with sound experience with designing and implementation of community based livelihood programmes and nutrition interventions through both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming. Efforts include supporting the government to scale up rice fortification efforts, promoting positive nutrition practices through a forward-looking nutrition advocacy campaign and behaviour change communication. A multi-sector approach to both school meal programmes and nutrition initiatives is critical. JOB PURPOSE To provide support to school meal programmes and nutrition activities designed to augment the nutritional needs of communities and to bolster sustainable livelihoods in Sri Lanka. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) Working under the direct supervision of the Nutritionist NOB (responsible for Nutrition and School Meals Programmes), the incumbent will be responsible for a wide variety of school meal and nutrition related assignments within the delegated authority, including – but not limited to – the following: General • Support the Nutritionist (NOB) through the management and supervision of Activity-level projects and staff • Activity Manager for SOs 3 and 4, overseeing and implementing key school meal and nutrition initiatives • Programme Design and development • Advocacy and resource mobilisation • Capacity strengthening of counterparts • M&E planning, Coordination and research initiatives • Representation of WFP Country Office with key stakeholders School Meal • As Activity Manager, oversee, manage and provide WFP technical assistance to mainstreaming nutrition sensitive national school meal programming and community based, ‘home grown’ school feeding models. • Provide technical support to promote the value chains of the commodities that are linked to the school meal programmes • Identify potential farmer communities and connect them with home grown school feeding programme • Support WFP advocacy role for policy level changes for nutrition sensitive, sustainable national school meal programme • Provide technical support for developing robust M&E system for national school meals programme. • Provide technical support and written documentation for evidence generation activities demonstrating the linkage between nutrition and school feeding related activities Nutrition • Contribute to the development of nutrition projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with WFP CSP 2018 – 2022, WFP’s Global Nutrition Policy and other guidance. • Support Capacity Building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs for example the production and review of training materials • Support to scale up rice fortification in the country providing technical guidance and operational support • Provide technical guidance for WFP work related to Managing Acute Malnutrition (MAM) including technical support for Thriposha programme. • Liaise with internal and external counterparts, if and when needed, to ensure effective collaboration between nutrition team and other units, monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery. • Liaise with the Research, Assessment and Monitoring and the Gender team to ensure integration of nutrition within these workstream, including supporting food security assessment and surveys, gender Analysis and others as required. • Provide technical and operation guidance for Social and Behaviour Change Communication programme: • Represent Nutrition team and serve as the main technical focal point for the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network initiatives. • Provide technical support on nutrition considerations to emergency preparedness and response, and social protection teams for programme design and implementation. STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS Education: Advanced University degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field or, First University degree with additional years of related work experience Language: Excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language. Working knowledge of local language/s. DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE Minimum of 3 years of postgraduate progressively responsible relevant professional experience at a national or an international organizational in nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific intervention, specifically related to School Meal or other institutional feeding, community based Agriculture and livelihood programmes aimed to improved nutrition, and in providing technical support for government and other stakeholders. Proven experience in resource mobilisation, seeking new funding opportunities and preparing proposals, and donor liaison. Added advantage; • Experience in working in cross-cutting areas related to nutrition, namely gender and food security. • Experience in conducting formative and operational research, particularly social and scientific research in the field of nutrition • Experience in working with community nutrition projects • Experience in working with school nutrition and health related programmes • Experience on Social Behaviour Change Communication• Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.). • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations. • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions. KNOWLEDGE Strong knowledge on management of moderate acute malnutrition, nutrition sensitive programmes and agriculture, social and behaviour change communication approaches and methodology and food security issues in a developmental context. COMPETENCIES • Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with other agencies/organizations, donors, government counterparts and other NGOs/ INGOs • Ability to develop, plan and manage programmes • Good analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills • Leadership and teamworking 4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES Purpose
  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.

  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS * Initial contract will be for a period of one year which is renewable, depending on the performance of the post incumbent, financial feasibility and the organizational requirements. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Qualified female applicants 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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