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.


Job Title Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition) SC8 Grade Level 8 of Service Contract Contract Type Service Contract Contract Duration 6 months (extendable) Duty Station Multan, 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 Programme Policy Officer to support the nutrition programmes particularly in Punjab to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations in this province.


The main purpose of this task is to support implementation and Coordination of the Nutrition Programme at the provincial level, including coordination of involved government ministries, UN agencies, and implementing partners. Facilitation of timely and effective implementation of nutrition interventions in Punjab and ensure that the capacity of Provincial and local institutions is strengthened to respond to and coordinate nutrition interventions that demonstrate results and achieve impact.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Programme Policy Officer will be responsible for leading the Nutrition Programme at the Provincial under general supervision of Chief Nutritionist at Country Office. The major tasks and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
  1. To coordinate on regular basis with all relevant stakeholders to develop the synergies and partnerships for successful implementation of BISP Stunting prevention project at district and provincial level. (To develop linkages among different sectors through multi-sectoral approach to develop the synergies.
  2. To maintain close liaison with Department of Health, LHWP, BISP Taluka/District office to mobilize eligible beneficiaries at Ehsaas Nashunuma Center and to develop the required partnerships
  3. Plan and manage/lead WFP Field Operations within the area of assignment to ensure effective and efficient delivery of food assistance and that daily operational issues are quickly resolved to prevent losses or
  4. Provide Project Management Support to specific and defined “Ehsaas Nashonuma” activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programme/projects that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  5. Ensure that allocated resources are used efficiently and are in line with agreed plans, and any deviations are reported to the area/CO
  6. Assist in building the capacity of district and provincial teams on the Project component across the target area in collaboration with other partners.
  7. Provide guidance in sorting out the operational issues in effective manners.
  8. Provide support for strengthening the information management system at the District level.
  9. Support setting up of coordination structures across partners at district and provincial levels as appropriate to ensure required set of services envisaged under the project document support they require if and when caseload thresholds are passed.
  10. Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve nutrition situation in the country.
  11. Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition problems.
  12. Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, provide Analysis" id="link" class="link">Technical Analysis, and interpretation.
  13. Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them on more complex analysis and questions.
  14. Effectively manage and supervise staff working under direct supervision of this position by delegating clear job responsibilities and closely monitoring the performance and achievements; determine staff development needs and coordinate with management and HR for appropriate trainings and Capacity Building of the supervisees
  15. Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance
  16. Contribute to emergency preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations on contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks.
  17. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  18. Support promotion and deployment of WFP corporate/CO initiatives and strategies
  19. Incorporate gender perspectives in all areas of work to ensure equal participation of women
  20. Other as required.


Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.

Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.

Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government Counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.



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


At least three years of experience in
  1. working within governments / UN / INGO’s / NGO’s on implementing programme operation both in emergency and difficult operating environment, preferably nutrition specific or sensitive, but not essential
  2. designing programs or approaches including drafting proposals and reviewing plans & budgets and reports.
  3. 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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