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Programme Associate – Nutrition, World Food Programme Vacancy Announcement


Programme Associate – Nutrition, World Food Programme Vacancy Announcement; February 8 2023



Organization: World Food Programme

Position: Programme Associate – Nutrition

Employment: Contract

Location: Jijiga Area Office, Jijiga Sub-Office, Gode and Dollo Ado

Date of Announcement: February 7 2023

Deadline: 21 February 2023





Job description



Job Title:                 Programme Associate – Nutrition

Contract Type:        Fixed Term

Grade:                     G6

Duty station:          Jijiga Area Office, Jijiga Sub-Office, Gode and Dollo Ado 


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.


WFP Ethiopia has initiated a strategic planning process to review its current portfolio of activities and to better position itself in the country for the period 2020-2025, to support progress towards zero hunger. Nutrition integration across is one of the five outcomes expected from the CSP. Accordingly, Strategic outcome 3 is related to addressing chronic malnutrition and preventing stunting (SDG Target 2.2).


These jobs are based in the WFP Jijiga Area Office, Jijiga, Gode, and Dollo Ado Sub-Office. The job holders will report to the Programme Policy Officer.

The Programme Associate will provide technical support primarily between WFP Somali Region Sub Office and sector institutions (Governmental, INGOs, NGOs, UN agencies) based in Somali Region that are working in nutrition for improved programme design, implementation, management, reporting, and monitoring of nutrition-related programmes.


Under the direct supervision of the emergency nutritionist, the program associate (nutrition) will provide technical and operational support to nutrition programmes and activities to contribute to quality delivery of the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries in Somali Region.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Nutrition Program monitoring: 
•    Organize visit to the field teams implementing nutrition activities in line with sub office monitoring plans
•    Provide on-job training and supportive supervision to staff and identify implementation capacity gaps for the attention of the are office emergency nutritionist.
•    Make reports identifying the gaps, corrective action taken at field level and follow-up action with individual WFP partners
•    Contribute to the area office roll out plans for nutrition training on all WFP government partners and WFP sub offices.
•    Participate in training health workers and WFP CPs at the zonal and woreda level
•    Ensure that the nutrition reports (Cooperating partners Distribution reports, Monthly statistical reports, progress reports) are shared to the area office in a timely manner. Ensure that the CPDR are accurately reflected on the WFP accountability platform -COMET.
•    Contribute to analysis of the available Nutrition data to make evidence-based decision to improve the program

Nutrition operational activities: 
•    In liaison with the area office logistics team, monitor the nutrition commodity release process, in line with the CP nutrition supply requests
•    Provide support to the nutrition commodities distribution planning process at TPM, WFP CPs and WFP SO staff. Collate plans and share with the area office emergency nutritionist.
•    In close liaison with JAO logistics, consolidate nutrition commodity stock status including deliveries, daily stock balances, tracking of best-used-by dates (BUB) and Terminal disbursement dates (TDD) from sub offices.
•    Train and guide the area office nutrition monitoring assistant and other SO staff to compile regular reports on the food deliveries at the CP warehouses and verify that the amounts received by the CPs have been properly recorded including the          damaged or suspected losses; provide on-spot training on commodity handling and appropriate record maintenance (in collaboration with logistics)
•    Follow up on action points raised in SO reports on range of issues arising from delivery of SNFs including utilization by the beneficiaries
•    Support the area office emergency nutritionist in financial settlement processes under Field level agreements (FLA) including verification of invoices and expenditures
•    In line with frequency determined at the cluster level, support the emergency nutritionist to represent WFP in zonal level coordination meetings that includes all partners implementing health, nutrition and food security activities and share note           for   record (NFRs) indicating clear action points. Strengthen the coordination platforms at the woreda level for effective contributions by TPM monitors
Nutrition evaluations and assessments:
•    As guided by the area office program lead or nutritionist, participate in evaluations, assessments and operational studies that are conducted in relation to the nutrition programmes
Perform any other related duties as required. For instance:
•    Represent WFP in other program meetings when needed.
•    Coordinate area office activities when called upon.


Below are the requirements for this world food programme vacancy announcement.



Education:      •    Secondary education or University degree in Nutrition or related field areas. A master’s degree in nutrition or Public Health will be an added advantage

  • Minimum of 4 years of field experience with nutrition/health/food security or related field.
  • Experience working with the UN is an added advantage.
  • Familiarity with nutrition-specific interventions, both treatment (Integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM)/Community based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and prevention programming.
  • Previous experience in similar technical support provision and capacity building role to field offices/activities.
  • Experience and exposure to implementation of national or subnational programmes and interventions that impact on nutrition.
  • WFP experience working in somali region is an added advantage


Knowledge & Skills: 

•    Conceptual knowledge of nutrition in emergencies.

•    Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in multicultural settings and teams.

•    Excellent written and oral English communication skills.

•    Proficiency in Microsoft software packages.

•    Capacity to plan and organize own work, and work with minimum supervision.

•    Able to work and achieve results under pressure.

•    Ability to work under tight deadlines and simultaneously manage multiple tasks in an autonomous manner.

•    Ability to travel frequently and to work in difficult environments

•    Ability to handle any other additional tasks as requested by the supervisor

•    Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Somali Languages. Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage.



  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organized manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Ability to work in a team and multi-task as needed.
  • A strong understanding of nutrition issues
  • Strong coordination and oversight skills


21 February 2023 (Open to Ethiopian National Only)


This position is open to all qualified candidates. Female applicants and people with disability are especially encouraged to apply.



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