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The Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD) aims at building and implementing a science-based, comprehensive, integrated and action-oriented "Nutrition Agenda" at global, regional and country levels, that addresses the whole spectrum of nutrition problems. NHD coordinates nutrition and diet-related work in WHO and provides Member States and the international community with science-based guidance, recommendations and advice. NHD also provides technical guidance and operational and political support to Member States for building their capacities in identifying priority problems, effective evidence-informed policy actions and interventions as well as best policy options for addressing them, as well as in monitoring progress in their implementation and assessing impact. NHD acts globally and internationally to raise awareness and commitment, to build alliances, networks and partnerships in a human-rights and multi-stakeholder perspective, towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) and the Global Nutrition Targets 2025, as well as other nutrition and NCD-related international commitments, through implementing the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (CIP) adopted by the 65th World Health Assembly in 2012, the Framework for Action adopted by the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition in 2014, and the work programme of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016 - 2025) proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in April 2016.NHD comprises three units\: GRS (Growth Assessment and Surveillance), EPG (Evidence and Programme Guidance), and NPU (Nutrition Policy and Scientific Advice). NPU develops science-based guidelines and recommendations, disseminates these evidence-informed WHO guidance and latest available evidence on effective nutrition and diet-related policies and intervention programmes through the WHO e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Action (eLENA), and provides guidance and support to regions and countries in developing and implementing evidence-informed diet and nutrition-related policies and strategies (including legislations and regulations) as well as intervention programmes to address malnutrition in all its forms throughout the lifecourse. NPU also provides Member States and the international community with\: 1) technical guidance related to diet, nutrition and health, 2) policy and guideline implementation tools, including nutrient profile models for different applications, dietary guidelines and nutrition labelling, and 3) operational support for building capacity in assessing policy and programme implementation gaps and constraints, identifying best policy options, monitoring progress and assessing impact. In addition, NPU supports the monitoring of increasing double burden of malnutrition and coordinates the integrated Nutrition Landscape Information System (NLIS) which brings together dynamically all existing WHO Global Nutrition Databases in NHD as well as the WHO Global Database on the Implementation of Nutrition Action (GINA). NPU works closely with the WHO Regional and Country Offices and also works with outside experts in the field of nutrition science, nutrition epidemiology, obesity, nutrition policy as well as with other partners and stakeholders including national governments, UN and bilateral agencies and NGOs/civil societies.


Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Coordinator of the Nutrition Policy and Scientific Advice Unit (NPU), the incumbent will undertake the following assigned duties related particularly to the Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP) project and the RESOLVE project, in particular the elimination of TFA. More specifically this position will assume a crucial role in scoping interventions, defining cost effectiveness and developing tools to enable policy makers establish policy options to tackle childhood obesity.

1. Relating to the STOP project\:

1.1 Support the undertaking of evidence reviews on the effectiveness of identified policy actions;

1.2 Support the provision of harmonized methodology for concerned other work packages of the project as required;

1.3 Support the development of policy briefs or other tools to help facilitate effective implementation of policy options to tackle childhood obesity

2. Relating to the RESOLVE project;

2.1 Support the undertaking of the review of country experiences in taking measures to eliminate TFA from food supply, and scientific updates of potential sources of TFA exposure and different fat processing technologies and assessment of feasibility of alternative fat sources for different food preparations;

2.2 Work on further elaboration and adaptation by countries of the REPLACE action package for implementing effective measures to reduce TFA intake and eliminate TFA from food supply in close collaboration with the RESOLVE and CDC partners undertaking this work;

2.3 Support harmonization of methods and development of protocols for TFA assessment to monitor TFA levels in blood and for food analysis to assess TFA contents in food supply;

2.4 Liaise with regional and country teams to identify priority countries and support the implementing and monitoring of TFA elimination measures, including the strengthening of national regulatory capacities (including laboratory capacities) for implementation, compliance monitoring and enforcement

3. Support the running of the projects implementation including participating monthly conference calls with RESOLVE partners, liaising with STOP and RESOLVE project partners and preparing periodical progress reports as required, and preparing briefings or other technical notes on the projects implementation as necessary.

4. Undertake other related or relevant duties as may be assigned by the supervisor, including the support for the development of fundraising proposals in close collaboration with the NPU members.



Essential\: A first university degree in Nutrition, or Public Health, or other related science with training in nutrition.
Desirable\: An Advanced University Degree (Masters level or above) in Nutrition, or Public Health, or other related science with training in nutrition. A Ph.D. in nutrition science or related areas with training and specialization in nutrition and diet-related policy and legislation development.


Essential\: At least 5 years of experience working in the area of policy development and implementation addressing the issues related to diet and health at international and/or national level and experience in undertaking policy analyses and evaluation for addressing malnutrition in all its forms including the prevention of obesity and diet-related noncommunicable diseases. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable\: Experience in analysing policy actions (including legislations and regulatory actions) to address obesity, in particular childhood obesity. Working experience at the international level and familiarity with WHO or UN system an asset.


Initiative, tact, a high sense of responsibility, and ability to communicate and collaborate harmoniously with people of varied national and cultural backgrounds, both within and outside WHO, in particular with Member State representatives and partner agencies. Ability to work as part of a team. Demonstrated ability to analyse technical issues and write and present technical information clearly and concisely with good communication and presentation skills, as well as having knowledge of the process of developing and implementing multisectoral nutrition policy development and implementation in countries would be essential. Strong skills in analysis and evaluation.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 59,151 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3519 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220./ul>
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-24

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