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Nutritionist NOB

Johannesburg (South Africa)


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 (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, recognized as the leading solution provider and partner in the struggle to end hunger and malnutrition and particularly for its efforts to reach those furthest behind first. Being the frontline agency of the United Nation system that delivers innovative hunger solutions to 81 countries each day worldwide feeding more than 90 million people on average each year; WFP’s 14,800+ strong staff share a vision and commitment to end hunger by 2030.

From its base in Johannesburg, the Regional Bureau (RB) for Southern Africa supports operations in 11 SADC countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and the Republic of Congo).

In line with the strategic shift from food aid to food assistance and ongoing organizational strengthening, the RBJ region offers a wide range of opportunities to test and apply new innovative programmatic approaches – including the broadening of transfer modalities, increased focus on resilience-building and national capacity-development. This, results in an essential need to promote innovative methods and tools to meet new information needs for evidence based decision-making. A more strategic approach to monitoring and review across the region will ensure WFP’s ability to demonstrate the performance of its operations and improve project design and implementation based on evidence and lessons learned.

Repositioning WFP as a food assistance agency requires the translation of the WFP Strategic Plan into activities and actions at country level. WFP’s Regional Bureaus are a key part of the organization’s commitment to the decentralization of responsibility and decision making. The RBJ Regional Bureau will closely work with the Performance Management and Monitoring Division (RMP) to strengthen the monitoring and review capacity throughout the region.

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Under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Nutrition and HIV Advisor, the Nutrition Officer will provide support to nutrition programmes and activities across 11 countries under the Regional Bureau Johannesburg’s oversight to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.Contribute to the development of sound nutrition projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance and Provide project management support to specific and defined nutrition projects and activities in country offices (COs) and within the regional bureau (RB), ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes/projects that complies with WFP technical guidance, standards and procedures

2.Support and guide Country Offices nutrition focal points, acting as a point of referral and technical support on more specific thematic areas including fortification and overweight/obesity, to ensure alignment with WFP, international and national government policies and guidelines and support Country Offices to scale up efforts in key platforms such as the SUN Business Network, private sector engagement, Fill the Nutrient Gap analysis, as well as build strategic partnerships with key agencies and regional bodies

3.Support the capacity building of WFP, partners and governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs and by support nutrition evidence-building, knowledge generation and documentation at regional and country level


Education:   Advanced university degree in Human Nutrition, International Health and Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Public Health, Nutrition Policy and Management, Family Health and Nutrition, or other related fields.
Language:   International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.
Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in nutrition with progressively increasing responsibilities

Advanced computer skills with at least intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and nutrition/public health/social sciences software (e.g. SPSS, STATA, NVivo, ENA, NutVal).

Strong knowledge of current issues in development nutrition



  • 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
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 Standards 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.


14 August 2018.

Please kindly note that this position is only open to South African Nationals.


Female applicants are 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.

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: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-09

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