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Job Title:              Nutritionist (JPO)
Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Head of Field Office
Nationality: USA only

About US:
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. . Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary: The nutritionist will be responsible for managing the joint KNP workplan at Karamoja level and play a pivotal role in ensuring a high level of coordination, collaboration and joint implementation with WFP-UNICEF, as well as cooperating partners and the MoH, to achieve effective implementation. The nutritionist will also monitor the partner performance and work closely with the regional government to ensure maximum program impact.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:    
  • Provide project management support to the joint (WFP/UNICEF) Karamoja Nutrition Programme (KNP), ensuring a co-ordinated approach with wider WFP programmes/projects in Karamoja region;
  • Lead coordination with UNICEF staff involved in the KNP at Karamoja level;
  • Contribute substantial input to development of operational research questions, project concept notes, and field research guides, as needed;
  • Help to develop and coordinate research dissemination and follow-up activities;
  • Track and analyse programme data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities;
  • In liaison with UNICEF and partners, undertake regular monitoring and progress reviews of the KNP ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency and highlight potential risks to the delivery;
  • Support the identification of potential partners, and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting nutrition needs;
  • Represent the KNP in coordination meetings, staff meetings, workshops, and meetings with stakeholders;
  • Participate in nutrition training activities for WFP staff, partners and national government;
  • Participate in different nutrition training workshops and opportunities;
  • Perform other tasks as may be required.

Key Result Areas:
  • Progress reports (monthly, quarterly and review reports) on implementation of nutrition programmes in Karamoja;
  • Karamoja nutrition programme joint workplans prepared and shared periodically;
  • Concepts and operational research proposals developed to contribute to evidence building for ongoing nutrition programmes in Karamoja;
  • Design inputs to Karamoja Nutrition Programme Proposal;
  • Synthesized reports on research findings;
  • Nutrion programme briefs


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Nutritionist job placement should hold an advanced University degree, or University degree with experience and training/courses, in one or more of the following disciplines: Nutrition, Public Health, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field;
  • At least three years of post-graduate, progressively responsible, relevant experience;
  • Strong computer skills - proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint,Outlook);
  • Strong interpersonal skills, team spirit and ability to work in a multicultural setting;
  • Behavioural competencies as follows: Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork.
  • Previous experience in the implementation of national/international development programmes;
  • Experience working in public health/food security/ nutrition related activities;
  • Experience developing partnerships in nutrition and working with multiple stakeholders with varying viewpoints and agendas;
  • Experience with Behaviour Change Communication for improving nutrition outcomes;
  • Good working knowledge of another official UN language (i.e Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian);
  • As WFP’s international professional population is required to serve in different locations (including in hardship duty stations) around the world during the course of their career, readiness to be mobile would maximise opportunities for future, long-term retention into the Organization.

Please Note: to be eligible for this position you must be a national of the USA of max 35 years of age at the time of application

How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.


Deadline: 15th April 2018

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