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Nutritionist - NOB - Fixed-Term - Antananarivo


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Antananarivo
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: Closed

Position open only to staff of the

United Nations in Madagascar



Position Title




Contract Type



One year (renewable)



Duty Station


Opening date

Le 05 juin 2024

Closing date

Le 18 juin 2024



WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic or social origin, genetic information, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.



The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting global hunger. WFP's mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. Every day, WFP works around the world to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, especially women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.



In Madagascar, WFP is supporting the government's efforts through an assistance strategy to respond to the humanitarian emergency, strengthen community resilience and support sustainable development efforts. In collaboration with government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN system partners, WFP, organizes cash or in-kind transfers to meet the food needs of families affected by climatic hazards, provides school meals that promote access to education for girls and boys, supports the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, and provides technical and financial support to groups of small agricultural producers to improve their production and access to the market.

WFP also provides the air transport service, ensuring safe, reliable and cost-effective transport for humanitarian and development actors to other parts of Madagascar.


ORGANIZATIONAL        These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or

CONTEXT:                        Country Offices (COs).  Job holders are likely to report to a more senior Nutritionist or Programme Officer.

JOB PURPOSE:             To provide support to nutrition[1] programmes and activities to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, within delegated authority):

  1. Contribute to the development of nutrition projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance.
  2. Provide project management support to specific and defined nutrition projects and activities, ensuring a co-ordinated approach with wider programmes/projects that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  3. Develop and co-ordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained. 
  4. Track and analyse data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  5. Liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  6. Support the identification of potential partners and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting nutrition needs.
  7. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs for example the production and review of training materials.
  8. Guide more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  9. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  10. Other as required.

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS (details to be determined by Post Managers):

This section is optional to describe other duties, skills & knowledge required for the specific job.



Leads by Example with Integrity

Upholds WFP values, principles, and standards

Demonstrates and encourages others to uphold the WFP values, principles and standards

Respects others and values diversity

Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to do the same

Stays focused and calm under pressure

Stays focused and calm when under pressure, encourages others to do the same, and offers guidance and support to manage

difficult situations

Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn

Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and pursuing opportunities to develop

Drives Results and Delivers on


Delivers results for maximum impact

Identifies and aligns objectives to the required outcomes, holding self and/or others accountable for the delivery of results for maximum impact

Delegates appropriately

Delegates responsibly and provides appropriate support empowering others to deliver results

Adapts readily to change

Responds readily to change in different contexts and adapts accordingly

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative

Is inclusive and collaborative

Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by encouraging colleagues to collaborate by sharing ideas and openly raising issues

Gives timely and constructive feedback

Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback

Builds and shares new perspectives

Seeks out, trusts and listens attentively to diverse views to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives

Applies Strategic


Communicates and

fulfils WFP’s vision

Communicates and

fulfils WFP’s vision and operational outcomes to deliver meaningful solutions

Embraces curiosity and new ways of doing things


curiosity, designs and implements new ways of doing things when relevant

Analyses and evaluates data

Gathers data and

different perspectives, shares knowledge and uses evidence to inform decision making

Considers the impact of decisions

Implements decisions, considering the risks and implications of actions for teams, projects and other


Builds and




Builds partnerships

Initiates and builds partnerships by identifying and promoting opportunities for mutual areas of interest and benefit

Collaborates to                                                         

deliver common objectives

Collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives by sharing information and cocreating innovative solutions with beneficiaries when appropriate


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Knowledge of Nutrients

Utilizes knowledge of vitamins and nutrients to understand the causes of malnutrition, the relationships between the different types of malnutrition, and is able to articulate the UNICEF conceptual model.

Situation Analysis and

Evidence Assessment

Able to appropriately interpret the nutrition situation, analyze primary causes of malnutrition, define limitations to the analysis (e.g. seasonality) and prepare an overview of the food security and nutrition situation in country.

Knowledge of Public Health

Has foundational knowledge of the core public health sciences (i.e., biostatistics, epidemiology, social science, environmental health, and prevention of chronic and infectious disease and injury) in order to assess a country’s/region’s health situation.

Knowledge of Food System

Ability to analyze how food systems influence the diets of vulnerable groups and identify how and where food systems may contribute to specific nutrient gaps.

Applying Programme & Policy


Leverages nutrition knowledge to provide technical advice to governments to design and implement country nutrition programmes that follow international and WFP agency standards and guidance.


  • Experience and exposure to implementation of national/international development programmes.
  • Experience working in public health/food security/ nutrition related activities.
  • Experience identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country.


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


Experience:     At least 03 or more years of postgraduate professional experience  in public health/food security/ nutrition related activities.


Language: National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.





WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to behaviors such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of power and discrimination. All selected candidates will be required to adhere to WFP's standards of conduct and will therefore be subject to rigorous background checks either internally or by the intermediary of third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may result in disqualification or dismissal.

WFP will not seek payment at any stage of the recruitment process, including at the offer stage.


[1] The notion “nutrition” refers to 1) nutrition stand alone and 2) nutrition and HIV/AIDS and TB.

This vacancy is now closed.