Job Description

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Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


Job Title Nutritionist Grade SC9 Contract Type Service Contract Contract Duration 6 Months (extendable) Duty Station Islamabad, Pakistan This vacancy announcement is for Nationals from Pakistan only. Deadline for applications is 25 April 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. 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.


Under its Country Strategic Plan 2018-2022 and the Strategic Outcome number 3 (SO3), WFP Pakistan is currently implementing diverse nutrition interventions including Stunting Prevention and Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition to support the national effort to fight against malnutrition is Pakistan. It is in this regard that the Nutrition Team is currently seeking a Nutritionist to support the nutrition programmes particularly at national level to contribute to meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations in the country.


The main purpose of this task is to support coordination and to provide Technical Support in implementation of ongoing nutrition interventions; engagement & coordination with relevant line miniseries and departments, UN agencies, International communities and WFPs’ Nutrition implementing partners. The recumbent will also facilitate in strengthening of ongoing response by the host government and positioning WFP as lead nutrition agency in the country.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Nutritionist will be responsible for supporting the country office nutrition team in leading the Nutrition Programme interventions at the national level under supervision of Nutrition Specialist / Chief Nutrition. The Nutritionist major tasks and responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:
  1. Support in implementing and strengthening the quality of programme; Prevention of Stunting— Ehsaas Nashonuma through a Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Prevention and Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM, Prevention of micronutrients deficiencies through food fortification initiatives.
  2. Provide technical support to nutrition projects and activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes/projects that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  3. Provide technical inputs for evidence generation around nutrition specific/sensitive interventions
  4. Represent WFP at national and/or provincial level strategic consultations, contribute in discussions, exchange experiences, advocate and position WFP and identify areas of potential collaboration and partnerships wherever possible.
  5. Liaise with POs nutrition team/ implementing partners to monitor ongoing nutrition projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to the project delivery.
  6. To support establishment of a risk management plan for successful implementation; advise on the effective application of that plan utilizing existing systems and / or help develop appropriate systems to monitor and implement improvement plans.
  7. Oversee and ensure timely implementation of activities and support in submission of reports as may be required and disseminate project reports to the relevant stakeholders.
  8. Coordinate with provincial teams for keeping track of activities under Annual Work Plans
  9. Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve nutrition situation in the country.
  10. Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition problems.
  11. Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, provide Analysis" id="link" class="link">Technical Analysis, and interpretation.
  12. Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them on more complex analysis and questions.
  13. Contribute/support to emergency preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations on contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks.
  14. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  15. Support promotion and deployment of WFP corporate/CO initiatives and strategies
  16. Incorporate gender perspectives in all areas of work to ensure equal participation of women
  17. Other as required.


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 an 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.

Knowledge of Food System Ability to analyze how Food Systems influence the diets of vulnerable groups and identify how and where food systems may contribute to specific nutrient gaps.

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.



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


Overall, at least five years of experience in;
  1. working within governments / UN / INGO’s / NGO’s on implementing programme operation both in emergency and difficult operating environment
  2. implementation of nutrition specific and sensitive interventions
  3. designing programs or approaches including drafting proposals and reviewing plans & budgets and reports
  4. coordination at national and provincial level
  5. travelling with in the province/ country and developing working relations with provincial governments

  • Leverages nutrition knowledge to provide technical advice to provincial governments to design and implement provincial or district level nutrition programmes that follow international and WFP agency standards and guidance.
  • Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.
  • Ability to analyze data to determine overall health status, determining factors relating to nutrition, and possible areas of intervention for health and nutrition
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision

Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Urdu. Knowledge of local language is highly desired.

Female applicants and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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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