Nutritionist – Mogadisho

  • Full time
  • 8 months ago
  • / Monthly

Job Information

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    Posted On Dec 5 ,2020
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Level :
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    Job Experience : 5 years

Job Description

Nutritionist, FT NOC Mogadishu (132002)


Organizational Background:

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.

The World Food Programme Somalia activities include relief assistance, safety-net support including school feeding, nutrition programmes and livelihood support through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers and capacity strengthening.

This position is open to qualified Somali candidates. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Nutrition and School Meals, and the overall supervision of Deputy Head of Programme, the incumbent will:

  • Support the Head of Nutrition with the regular analyses on the adequacy of the nutrition programme response implemented by WFP and assist in identifying new strategies and course of action to improve the delivery of services and programme coverage and achieve programme objectives;
  • Coordinate with the federal and state-level government for the efficient and smooth implementation of the WFP supported nutrition programmes;
  • Support the strengthening of national nutritional initiatives including the development of national government policies as well as nutrition strategies, action plans, protocols and guidelines;
  • Ensure the ongoing nutrition interventions are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government/local policies. Provide technical guidance to WFP staff and partners to ensure compliance of projects implementation with WFP corporate and global guidelines, protocols and policies;
  • Undertake regular gap analyses of WFP staff and partners’ capacity – including skills, knowledge, equipment, and the structural environment - to inform the Capacity Development Plan (CDP). Engage with the government in developing Letters of Understanding for the implementation of nutrition programme and the CDP;
  • Continuously mentor WFP staff and counterparts including implementing partners and coordinate necessary training to implement the CDP, monitor progress, and advise on the best course of action to achieve CDP objectives;
  • Conduct regular monitoring and field assessment visits to programme sites for evaluating programme efficiency, identifying problems, and instituting remedial measures;
  • Ensure full integration of cross-cutting issues such as age, gender, disability and social protection utilizing community-based approaches in all nutrition programming;
  • Provide technical oversight to Area Offices, identify new/potential partners, and evaluate the performance of current implementing partners and review the proposals submitted to WFP for nutrition interventions;
  • Represent WFP at national and sub-national meetings, contribute to technical discussions, exchange experiences, advocate for nutrition interventions and identify areas of potential collaboration;
  • In collaboration with other functional units, strengthen field monitoring and reporting system ensuring that nutrition outputs and outcomes are measured and reported;
  • Contribute to emergency preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations on contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks;
  • Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition problems.
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them on more complex analysis and queries.
  • Participate in VAM-led nutrition and food security assessment as required and assist in designing data collection tools, training, vetting of survey results;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Qualification:

Education: Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology or Medicine.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in nutrition, public health management, development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food assistance.
  • Experience in nutrition survey methodologies, nutrition assessments and relevant data analysis;
  • Food security and multisector programme kno

Language: Proficiency in both oral and written communic

  • wledge and experience are desirable.

ation in English and Somali is a requirement.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience working with governments on developing nutrition policies and/or implementing a nutrition programme (within food security or health sector);
  • Solid understanding of nutrition and recent developments in the field of nutrition;
  • Knowledge of sound research methods and monitoring and evaluation standards;
  • Understanding of donor policies, strategies, and programme priorities;
  • Advanced computer skills with at least intermediate proficiency in windows-based word processing, spreadsheet and nutrition/public health software (i.e. EPI Info, SPSS, etc);
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration is highly desirable.

Applications Instructions:

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment:

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.