World Food Programme (WFP)

Business Support Assistant (nutrition Curricula Development)

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.


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.


Assisting 86.7 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve Nutrition and build resilience.

WFP Armenia Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019 — 2024, building on past and current experience, foresees significant strategic investment in the establishment of a comprehensive and strategic response to Food Insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty. The four main pillars of WFP's CSP 2019 — 2024 are the continuation of its school feeding programme with a clear handover strategy for a full ownership of the programme by the Government of Armenia by 2023; the establishment of effective and sustainable, nutrition sensitive food value chains; support to the Government in tackling malnutrition; and Emergency preparedness and response.

Capitalizing on current and present outstanding achievements, WFP and partners enhance focus on nutrition. WFP enhances nutrition education and behavior change for healthy meals and makes the school feeding programme more nutrition sensitive. Simultaneously, WFP supports communities, provinces, Ministries, and the Government of Armenia to strengthen their capacities for improved national policies, programmes and systems.

Given the above and taking into consideration the upcoming scaled-up activities, the WFP Armenia is currently seeking to hire this role to support the Country Office (CO) to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education, Sciences, Culture and Sports in piloting of the in-school healthy lifestyle (HL) clubs in the framework of the state curricular reform.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall guidance of the WFP CO Director" id="link" class="link">Deputy Director and the direct supervision of CO Nutritionist the Business Support Assistant, in close cooperation with the rest of the UN consultants’ working team (the team will consist of 1 team leader and 5 consultants), will be responsible for quality assurance and timely implementation of the following activities: 1. Collate information for inclusion in reports, documents and correspondence, to support the effective work of other staff; 2. Respond to standard queries and provide timely and accurate guidance; 3. Process and manage routine administrative and financial tasks in various functional areas, to contribute to the effective and timely management of resources; 4. Manage and maintain records and databases, to ensure information is organised and readily available for staff; 5. Maintain relationships with a range of individuals through provision of business support to assist in information sharing and service delivery to staff; 6. Proof-read reports, documentation, correspondence, etc., making changes in line with established guidelines where appropriate; 7. Development of a curriculum for the subjects related to Nutrition and physical activity for healthy life style curricula (HLC) for the grades 5-11 in accordance with the learning outcomes (in total 48) that have been developed earlier approved by the Ministry of Education. In particular, considering international standards and best practices, develop a learning plan and with the learning objectives and propose a time allocation for each domain per grade, provide teaching methods and approaches for formative assessment of learning outcomes and for monitoring of HLC respective domains, finalize curriculum with the team leader; 8. Development of teaching materials for domains related to Nutrition and physical activity for piloting of HLS club in grades 5, 7 and 10. After the approval of the curriculum by the Ministry, develop detailed lesson procedure description with recommended problem-solving projects/exercises; key facts for learners; additional information for teacher; and tips for learners’ formative assessment. Provide teaching materials and methodology, suggest tools and techniques including paper-based or online handouts and multimedia tools (videos, presentations, other) that will increase engagement of learners in the learning process. (Work closely with the consultant, who will be responsible for the inclusiveness of the teaching materials for the students with disabilities). Finalize and validate teaching materials with the team leader; 9. Development of a teacher training curriculum for domains related to Nutrition and physical activity to prepare teachers for piloting HLC in selected schools in grades 5, 7 and 10. In particular, considering international standards and best practices develop competency-based teacher training curriculum, finalize and validate training curriculum with the team leader, participate in regular catch up meetings with the group of consultants; 10. If required, perform other tasks assigned by team leader within the scope of the current ToR.


Education: Master’s degree in education, special education, educational technology, or related discipline.

Experience: Four or more years of of related work experience.

Knowledge & Skills:

● Knowledge of nutrition and physical activity topics.

● Experience in adopting curriculums, conducting research, use of participatory techniques.

● Demonstrated problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and focus on quality.

● Excellent communication skills (written & oral).

Languages:  Excellent knowledge of Armenian and English.



  • 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.


Applications must be submitted online through WFP e-Recruitment System.

Internal WFP staff can access the VA through the internal WFP CAREER page via the link: Make sure that you answer all mandatory questions accurately and to attach your updated CV in English.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their application not later than Tuesday 27th April 2021.

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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