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Junior Information Management Officer in Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-06-03

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Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance


JOB TITLE: JuniorInformation Management Officer in Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE)
TYPE OF CONTRACT: Junior Consultancy
UNIT/DIVISION: Nutrition in Emergencies Team / Nutrition Operations Unit /Nutrition Division
DUTY STATION (City, Country): Rome, Italy
DURATION: 11 months


The World Food Program’s (WFP) Strategic Plan (2017-2021) builds on WFP’s recognized role as the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. With this identify comes a responsibility of fulfilling commitments and expectations in emergency response and recovery in contexts of crisis and disruption. Following the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, WFP also continues to advocate for enhancing the complementarity between humanitarian and development assistance; safeguarding the foundations of humanitarian action; and better serve people in need. WFP Nutrition Policy (2017-2021) affirms its commitment to support good nutrition before, during and after emergencies, recognizing that the changing nature and frequency of emergencies exacerbate already critical levels of malnutrition.

In a significant number of countries, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is jeopardized by conflict, natural disasters or health emergencies. Hunger and malnutrition are widespread among crisis-affected populations, disproportionately impacting women and children. Forty-five percent of deaths in children under-five are associated with undernutrition, related to both acute and chronic undernutrition. Equally important, poor nutrition also has longer term consequences related to child growth and development – these latter consequences are largely irreversible. Therefore, nutrition is an essential part of the emergency response. However, given the high number of concurrent and complex emergencies, it remains a global challenge within the nutrition community to implement appropriate, well-coordinated and effective nutrition responses at scale.

WFP continues to improve its ways of working to address nutritional needs in diverse and complex emergency settings. I ts primary role for nutrition is to ensure those affected by a crisis receive adequate nutrients, not just adequate food. Given the multiple causes of malnutrition, WFP also advocates for a comprehensive response to the underlying and immediate causes of malnutrition to be achieved in partnership (i.e., optimal caring practices, good health services, proper hygiene and sanitation and household food security).

WFP’s Nutrition Division (NUT) supports WFP country offices in achieving an appropriate, timely, well- coordinated and effective nutrition response in emergencies at the required scale. In line with corporate priorities, Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) Team under Nutrition Operations Unit of WFP Nutrition Division works to: 1) prepare resources and capacities at all time to ensure WFP leadership in NiE response; 2) meet the minimum quality standards for WFP Nutrition response in Emergencies; 3) strengthen partnerships and coordination for Nutrition in Emergencies, and 4) to improve management of information and communication on WFP Nutrition in Emergencies. The Nutrition Division is looking to reinforce its Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) team to achieve these objectives.


  1. Enhance integration of nutrition information into the corporate operational reporting system, and information related to the main emergencies


    • Co-ordinate data gathering from main humanitarian crises and support the creation of a monitoring system to ensure and improve consistent and rigorous data collection.
    • Stay abreast of nutrition and related information related to humanitarian crises, both internal (programmatic) and external (through humanitarian platforms) and update regularly corporate tools.
    • Monitor reflection of nutrition in operational reports (especially external and internal situation reports) and take actions to strengthen it, when necessary.


  1. Assist NiE team in the production of overviews /analyses of nutrition responses in humanitarian crises to inform management


    • Track and analyze data from annual reports related to humanitarian crises to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities to inform decision making.
    • Contribute actively to the documentation of best practices, lessons learned and management of knowledge of WFP Nutrition in Emergencies, in close collaboration with relevant units and teams.



  1. Support NiE team in the strengthening of partnership and coordination with internal and external stakeholders


    • Support NiE team for the analysis of emerging nutrition risk as part of Corporate Alert System
    • Assist NiE team for the preparation and participation in interagency/ inter-clusters coordination platform, working groups at global level (Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), Global Technical Advisory Mechanism (GTAM), Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE), etc.)



    • Nutrition dashboards in Emergency Operations updated and posted regularly
    • Nutrition situation monitoring dashboards updated and posted regularly
    • Nutrition situation overviews updated and reported to the teams needed
    • Communication materials developed and posted regularly
    • Enhanced nutrition data management system




  • Advanced university degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or other related field, or first university degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.


  • Minimum of 1 year of post graduate relevant working experience in international development, preferably with a focus on international public health/ nutrition
  • Experience working in public health/food security or nutrition related activities
  • Experience in data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Experience in writing operational reports and communications materials
  • Experience and exposure to emergency response is desired

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of global humanitarian architecture
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multicultural setting and teams.
  • Good written and oral communication skills required.
  • Readiness to work in an emergency setting
  • Skills to use necessary data management and analysis tools (SPSS, Tableau, ENA for SMART, ODK Collect, etc.)

Languages: Fluency in English (level C) and French is required.


Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Deadline for applications: 3 June 2020

Ref.: VA No. 122282



Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially 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.

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