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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: National UN Volunteer - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Food technology (Food tech)
  • Closing Date: 2018-04-11

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NUNV Programme Policy Officer (Food Technology)

New Delhi (India)

Background

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.

Organizational Context & Project Description

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food-aid arm of the United Nations and is committed to fighting hunger worldwide. WFP has been operational in India since 1963; however the nature of support extended by WFP in India has evolved over a period of time from providing food to a more catalytic role in reducing vulnerability and eliminating food insecurity and malnutrition through technical assistance. WFP through the current Country Strategic Plan (CSP) (2015-2018)  focusses on enhancing the systemic efficiency and nutritional effectiveness of the various food based safety nets in support of the efforts of the Government of India and in partnership with the State governments. The role of the WFP nutrition unit in India is limited to improving the nutritional effectiveness of the food based safety nets.

The larger principle of WFP  engagement in India follows a four phased approach: (i) designing pilot projects or approaches on the basis of strategic discussions with national and state governments and sound situation analysis in order to address known gaps in food & nutritional provisions, design, or knowledge (ii) implementation of these pilot projects or approaches and demonstration of the results (iii) assessment, evaluation, documentation and preparation of replicable, cost effective models and advocacy for scale-up and (iv) providing support for scale-up. WFP in India works in close collaboration with the government throughout all the four phases.

In line with this overall vision and four phased principle of engagement, WFP nutrition unit works on enhancing the nutritional content of food provided by the social safety nets through fortification of staples & blended foods, diversification of the food basket and improvising the composition of food provided to young children and pregnant/lactating women in alignment with age-specific, physiological requirements. To ensure due translation of the nutritional benefits, WFP also establishes requisite quality assurance and control mechanisms; undertakes information, education and communication campaigns to improve cooking & feeding practices and kitchen hygiene in the community and government delivery channels; sets up model kitchen facilities and conducts capacity building on the same and beyond of the government functionaries.

Living Conditions

New Delhi and the surrounding National Capital Region is a large and bustling metropolis of some 14 million people undergoing rapid changes. The capital city is an administrative, cultural and commercial center with modern amenities and well connected by air. It is a safe place with large expatriate community drawn from embassies, UN agencies, MNCs and foreign businesses. It has short moderate winter and long hot summer.

A 12-month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of Rs. 42,473.67 (Rupees Forty Two Thousand Four Hundered Seventy Three and Paise Sixty Seven only) is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

Interested candidates should submit their applications at http://www.in.undp.org/content/india/en/home/operations/careers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Programme, WFP Country Office, direct supervision of the Head of the Nutrition Unit and as an integral part of the nutrition unit, the UNV will be responsible for supporting and contributing towards the projects and programmes of the nutrtion unit with a specific focus on the various food technology and safety interventions embedded in them. The incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Provide technical support to the fortification process of food provided in WFP supported pilots in the Mid-Day Meal scheme, the take-home rations of the Integrated Child Development Services and the Targeted Public Distribution System.
  • Contribute towards the development of project proposals/concept notes, implementation plans, terms of reference for various vendors  and processes while ensuring incorporation of food technology inputs into various nutrition projects as appropriate.
  • Provide project management support to the nutrition projects and programmes in coordination with the country office, state office, field and other  cross functional units to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets  adhering to project timelines and in line with WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Support development of and follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring alignment with the overall nutrition project obectives.
  • Analyse national nutrition policies/programmes and food based safety net schemes including operational issues therein as well as undertake research and development activities pertaining to the various food commodities proposed for/used in the WFP nutrition projects not limiting to shelf-life analysis, accepatability trials etc.
  • Review various nutrition project reports and also contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reports on the larger nutrition programmes and activities with a specific focus on collation/analysis of reports relating to food quality and safety, for effective delivery of the nutrition projects. Report analysis is expected  to be used for recommendations to supervisors, ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and to inform risk management/mitigation on food technology aspects of the projects.
  • Support the unit in the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national/state/district government counterparts as need be for the various nutrition projects encompassing food safety,hygiene and food technology issues.
  • Assist in the development of information, education and communication material and strategies focusing on food safety/handling/kitchen hygiene and cooking practices relevant to the larger nutrition projects.
  • Coordinate and liaise with both government counterparts and project stakeholders to establish appropriate food quality control and assurance mechanisms along with their  implementation and rigorous monitoring.
  • Foster relationships and support partnership-building with local partners, agencies, NGOs and relevant food science/technology government institutions to further WFP technical assistance to government.
  • Provide guidance to field staff in consultation with supervisor and assist them with analysis, queries etc.
  • Perform  other related duties as required.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs

  • Effective support in preparation and implementation of programme strategies related to Nutrition with specific focus on various food technology and safety interventions
  • Management of the CO programme on food quality control and assurance mechanisms
  • Provision of top quality advisory services to the Government counterparts, project stakeholders
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and management
  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
  • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Competencies

Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.

Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.

Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.

Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.

Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;

Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;

Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;

Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Required Skills and Experience

Master's Degree in food technology; food sciences; food control, food safety or other related fields.

3 years of progressively responsible work experience preferably in the development sector. Previous experience of working in partnership with the government/UN agency/INGO  or on projects targeted at development of fortified products/ nutritious food products as solutions to address malnutrition is desirable.

Excellent communication skills in English (speak, read & write) is essential.

A good working experience in the usage of MS office (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc) is essential.

Working knowledge of internet and  Microsoft Outlook is desirable.

Disclaimer

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

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