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21 Apr 2022

Programme Policy Officer (National Nutrition Officer) SC 9 at World Food Programme (WFP)

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JOB TITLE: Programme Policy Officer (National Nutrition Officer)

TYPE OF CONTRACT: Service contract (SC)


UNIT/DIVISION: Programme Unit / RBJ
DUTY STATION (City, Country): Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

DURATION: 12 months

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.


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.


In support of the government’s goals in nutrition, WFP nutrition programme activities and targets are fully aligned with the National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action Plan 1 and 2 (NMNAP). WFP’s activities employ a combined approach, between nutrition specific and sensitive activities. Nutrition specific interventions couple the provision of specialized nutritious foods with gender focused Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC), to treat Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and prevent stunting and micronutrient deficiencies for both women and children in target communities. To this end, WFP implements a Supplementary Feeding Programme (SFP) and Mother/Child Health Nutrition Programme (MCHN) in health facilities in Dodoma and Singida regions. WFP has also been supporting an ongoing project of development of a locally produced specialised nutritious foods. Under nutrition sensitive interventions WFP participates in Food Security activities that aim to deliver a comprehensive package of assistance for stunting prevention by diversifying and improving diets and increasing yields through changing food production practices as well as supporting livelihood initiatives. WFP also endeavors to ensure that all its other programs are nutrition sensitive.
To support the enabling environment, WFP has continued to enhance national capacities for addressing malnutrition by working with the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC), President’s Office for Regional and Local Government (PORALG), Prime Ministers officer and district councils to increase technical capacities and programme reach. At district level support is directed towards improvement of data management, coordination and collaboration at council level. All the activities implemented under this components generate knowledge and evidence to inform the Government’s policy decisions, programme design and prioritization of investments. In June 2022 WFP will start implementation of the next country strategic plan 2022 -2027. The CSP will among other priorities address causes of all forms of malnutrition and scale up implementation of homegrown school feeding (HGSF) models through strategic outcome 2 that will ensure that vulnerable populations consume more diversified and nutrient-rich diets and have improved access to nutrition, health and education services that contribute to human capital development



Advanced university degree or first level university degree with additional relevant work experience in nutrition, food technology, public health, development studies, project management.
Five years of relevant working experience in managing or delivering food security and nutrition projects.
Fluency in both written and oral English.
Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).
Behavioral competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork.
Under the direct supervision of the head of Nutrition, the Programme Policy Officer (National Nutrition Officer) will have the following responsibilities:

To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Assist Country Office (CO) in implementing nutrition programmes (including UN joint programmes) for the reduction on stunting and scaling them up to new areas as per the country strategic plan. This includes the analysis of opportunities for local production of specialized nutritious foods, rolling out a social behavior change communication (SBCC), and implementing nutrition sensitive school feeding programmes.
Ensure WFP interventions are aligned to national multisectoral nutrition action plan and national priorities and provide technical support to national regional and local government.
Provide technical support to and spearhead engagement with national regional and local government in the implementation of the NMNAPII.
Actively participate and contribute to national or United Nations system cross-sectoral groups and platforms on nutrition and school feeding. This includes the UN sustainable development cooperation framework outcome discussions, development partners group for nutrition, Scaling up nutrition business network and the NMNAPII coordination thematic technical working groups.
Promote, identify and facilitate community ownership and strengthened integration of nutrition and school feeding interventions
Support the generation of reliable data, analysis and evidence to inform programming, and strengthen monitoring of routine data and evaluation of nutrition activities in close collaboration with M&E unit
Act as gender focal point of the nutrition unit overseeing the rollout of gender-transformative actions into WFP nutrition and school feeding operations and ensure their continuous follow-up and documentation.
Contribute to drafting corporate and donors reports in relation to funded activities, and contribute to drafting concept notes and funding proposals as required.
Any other task as required

Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
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 ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
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.


Quality Roll out of nutrition and school feeding programme in line with the country strategic plan and corporate polices.
Data, evidence and analysis are available to support and inform WFP nutrition and school feeding operations; best practices and results are adequately documented and reported.
Key operational synergies are established between nutrition, school feeding small holder farmers and supply chain and innovation thereby increasing their ability to address vulnerabilities and achieve impact
A broader portion of the food required for the nutrition and school feeding programme is procured nationally or locally.
WFP nutrition and school feeding leveraged to their best potential to overcome prevailing gender inequities.
General understanding of WFP overall operations and activities in Tanzania.

Only Tanzanian nationals should apply for this position.

All applications should be submitted through e-recruitment portal.

The deadline for receiving applications is 04 May 2022.

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.

The deadline for submitting the application is 04 May 2022.

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