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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-05

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Programme Officer (Nutrition), Japanese JPO Programme (Based in NayPyiTaw, Myanmar)

Tokyo (Japan)

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.


General Information

• Title of Post: Programme Officer (Nutritionist)
• Supervisor: Head of Nutrition Unit
• Unit: Programme Unit
• Country: Myanmar
• Duty Station: NayPyiTaw
• Duration of assignment: Two years


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is saving lives, changing lives, to end global hunger.  Every day, WFP works in partnerships 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.  In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters.  After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.  Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. 

Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) are sponsored by their respective governments.  The JPO programme offers young professionals the unique opportunity to obtain training and exposure to WFP`s humanitarian work, either in a Country Office, Regional Bureau or at Headquarters.  Under the supervision of international professional staff, JPOs are assigned to different functional areas.   JPOs are offered a two year fixed term contract, subject to satisfactory performance, with the possibility of further extension according to the donor agreement.


Myanmar, with a population of 51.4 million, is the second largest country in Southeast Asia. The nation’s economy is one of the least developed in the world and is suffering the effects of extended isolation and stagnation. Myanmar ranks 150 out of 187 countries, as in 2014 UNDP’s Human Development Report. More than 13 million people or 26 percent of Myanmar’s population live below the poverty line and close to three million people are considered food poor. Development processes in Myanmar are being compromised by ethnic conflicts and intercommunal violence, which resulted in massive displacement of people.
WFP has been present in Myanmar since 1994 when it responded to a wave of 250,000 refugees from Bangladesh to NRS. Since then, it has responded to several emergencies, notably the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Cyclone Nargis, alongside its protracted relief, development, and special operations.

Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200299, Supporting Transition by Reducing Food Insecurity and Undernutrition among the Most Vulnerable (2013—2015 extended until end of 2017) plans to distribute 301,563mt to 2.9 million people in 5 years at a total value of US$341 million. The objectives are to:

• Prepare for, and respond to, recurrent natural disasters and other shocks in support of government response efforts (Strategic Objective 1).
• Assist post-disaster recovery through the restoration and rehabilitation of productive assets to improve household food security and create socio-economic opportunities for the most vulnerable, contributing to national reconciliation efforts (Strategic Objective 2).
• Combat undernutrition among the most vulnerable [boys, girls and pregnant and lactating women (PLW)] and provide support to other at-risk groups such as people living with HIV (PLHIV) and tuberculosis (TB) (Strategic Objective 4).
• Improve access, enrolment and attendance of children in primary schools (Strategic Objective 4).
• Improve the sustainability of responses to food insecurity and undernutrition through knowledge sharing and capacity development (Strategic Objective 1, 2, 4).

From 2018 to 2022, WFP will implement its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) which main objective is to assist Myanmar government achieve food and nutrition security through following strategic outcomes:

• SO 1: “Crisis-affected people in food insecure areas meet their food and nutrition needs all year round.” Life-saving food and/or cash will be provided to women, men, girls and boys affected by natural disasters, armed conflict, and inter-communal violence.
• SO 2: “Vulnerable people in states and regions with high food insecurity and/or malnutrition have access to food all year round.” WFP will provide food/cash assistance to vulnerable populations, while providing technical assistance to support the government in strengthening its social protection programmes, food systems and emergency preparedness capacity.
• SO 3: “Children under 5 in Myanmar have improved nutrition in line with national targets by 2022.” WFP will contribute to increasing the availability and access to safe and nutritious food for vulnerable populations in crisis and non-crisis situations to enhance the nutrition and resilience of the affected populations. WFP will also support the government in implementing national nutrition actions, including SBCC, preventive nutrition specific and sensitive interventions, and scale-up of management of acute malnutrition.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Nutrition Unit, the JPO will perform the following responsibilities:

• Contribute to the development of nutrition projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance.
• Provide project management support to specific and defined nutrition projects and activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes/projects that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
• Develop and co-ordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
• Track and analyze 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.
• Liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.

• Support the identification of potential partners and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting nutrition needs.
• 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.
• Guide more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
• Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
• Other as required.


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


• Three years of relevant professional experience
• 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
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook),
• Experience in Database software (MS Access)

Working Languages: Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) and intermediate knowledge (intermediate/level B) of another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish).

Age eligibility: Persons of the age 35 or below as of application


The JPO will be directly supervised by the Head of Nutrition unit, who will provide on-the job training and mentoring. The Deputy Country Director will act as a second level supervisor.

Training components

The JPO will receive on the job training in the Country Office and will expand his/her knowledge through field visits to WFP project sites.

Learning Elements

At the end of the two-year assignment, the JPO should have:

• Very good knowledge of WFP’s project cycles (from assessment to monitoring and evaluation), in a protracted relief/emergency setting
• Familiarization with WFP’s core policies and strategies on nutrition
• Interagency coordination on nutrition
• General understanding of WFP overall nutrition activities in the region of assignment

Application details

DO NOT APPLY ON OUR SITE!   For more details on the programme visit:    To be considered you must submit the appropriate documents as outlined on the MOFA site.  To see all WFP JPO TORs please visit:

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.

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