World Food Programme (WFP)

Consultant (Nutritionist)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  The United Nations World Food Programme is the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of Climate Change. In Lao PDR, WFP supports the government in providing school lunches for primary students, counters malnutrition with targeted food support to the most vulnerable, and helps communities build resilient lives with sustainable livelihood options.


Lao PDR is characterized by high levels of stunting (33%), wasting (9%) and micronutrient deficiencies in children and women. Overweight and obesity have significantly increased in the past decade, echoing global and regional trends, and is a growing concern particularly among women of reproductive age. Thus, Laos can be characterized as experiencing the triple burden of malnutrition. Nutrition remains a high priority in the national development agenda.

Having established a presence in Lao PDR in 1975, the World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Lao Government’s vision of “a prosperous country, with a healthy population, free from Food Insecurity, malnutrition and poverty”. In its approach, WFP is gradually shifting from the delivery of services to building the capacity of both institutions and communities to address the challenges of food insecurity and malnutrition. As populations are scattered over vast areas where access can be difficult, strengthening the self-reliance of communities for solving their own nutrition and Food Security problems is central to WFP’s strategy.

Since April 2017, WFP has been implementing a Country Strategic Plan 2017-2021 which is formulated around the achievement of four strategic outcomes. Through Strategic Outcome 2, WFP aims to improve the nutritional status of key population groups. This includes promoting changes in people’s behavior through the introduction of complementary, nutritious foods; diversification of diets; improving infant and young child feeding practices; and enhancing communities’ ownership of initiatives such as school feeding. WFP aims to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable people throughout their life cycle, as well as increase their resilience to seasonal and long-term shocks and stresses.

The International Consultant will manage the nutrition team and activities within Strategic Outcome 2 of the WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP, 2017-2021). The Consultant will also be responsible for advising on nutrition aspects across the other Strategic Outcomes of the CSP and leading / co-leading the development of the strategic direction for nutrition in the coming years, particularly in the formulation of the new CSP (2022-2026) and the nutrition strategy for the new CSP (including a new social and behaviour change (SBCC) strategy).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Lead and coordinate the development of WFP Laos’ nutrition strategy through managing research and evidence generation activities, as well as coordinating with relevant government counterparts and other partners.
  • Lead the development of nutrition projects, plans, processes and donor proposals, ensuring alignment with wider programme and nutrition policies and procedures.
  • Manage the monitoring and Analysis of project data to inform programme adjustments and to contribute to the timely and accurate reporting on nutrition activities to donors and other stakeholders.
  • Work with staff in procurement, Logistics, finance, other programme units and other divisions to ensure effective Design and delivery of WFP nutrition programming.
  • Provide support for operational partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, to ensure a strong multi-sectorial response to nutrition and to ensure WFP’s strategic positioning in nutrition.


Advance University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, medicine or other relevant field.


  • At least five (5) years of experience developing or implementing programme strategies with a focus on nutrition;
  • Deep technical knowledge in the field of nutrition gained through exposure to technical teams and projects;
  • Fluency in both written and oral English; strong Interpersonal Communication skills;
  • Good analytical, facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different cultural backgrounds;


Duty Station: Vientiane, Laos Contract type: Consultant- regular Contract duration: 11 months (renewal) Reporting: Head of Programme


Posting date: 26 January 2021 Closing date: 8 February 2021
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