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National Professional Officer (Nutrition)

Jakarta (Indonesia)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Jakarta (Indonesia)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-27

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To assist the Ministry of Health of Indonesia and other relevant partners in the development and implementation of national programmes for Nutrition.


Under the direct supervision of the Team Lead, NCDs and Healthier Populations, and the overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Collaborate closely with concerned government counterparts - including those working in nutrition, noncommunicable diseases, maternal and child health, and family health, to advance progress on national nutrition targets, commitments of the Rome Declaration, Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 3, and deliver on WHO's Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13), and relevant triple billion goals/targets;

2. Provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and other ministries to mobilize and coordinate action across sectors to improve population nutrition status;

3. Support the development and dissemination of technical guidelines for the health and social sectors to improve nutrition across the life-course, with a focus on maternal and childhood nutrition (including breastfeeding, wasting, stunting, micronutrient deficiencies and childhood obesity), nutrition needs of adolescents, adults and older persons, particularly related to noncommunicable disease prevention;

4. Provide technical assistance and leadership for implementation of the Regional Strategic Action Plan to reduce the double burden of malnutrition in South-East Asia 2016-2025;

5. Provide technical advice on the delivery of essential nutrition actions in primary health care as part of Universal Health Coverage;

6. Advocate proactively with key stakeholders in government and civil society on actions to improve population nutrition status;

7. Produce policy and technical briefs, background documents, reports, and strategic communication materials to support advocacy for and action on the double burden of malnutrition, and its social determinants;

8. Provide technical advice on policy and fiscal measures to reduce population consumption of salt and sugar, and to eliminate industrially produced transfats from the food supply, through approaches including regulations and legislation, front of pack labelling, reformulation of food products and taxation;

9. Coordinate with other programme areas within WHO, especially maternal and child health, environmental health, noncommunicable diseases, and health system strengthening, to integrate action on nutrition into these areas;

10. Ensure timely and appropriate implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the biennial WHO-Government of Indonesia collaborative workplan; and

11. Perform any other relevant work requested by the Team Lead and WHO Representative.



Essential: University degree in nutrition or health sciences with a focus on nutrition, obtained from a recognized university.
Desirable: Advanced degree (Master's degree or PhD) in nutrition, or public health with a focus on nutrition, or a relevant area.


Essential: At least two years of professional experience in the development and implementation of health programmes at national or subnational level in the field of nutrition.
Desirable: Experience in addressing nutrition from the perspective of preventing noncommunicable diseases. Experience of working with UN agencies or international development organizations.


- Sound knowledge of the WHO and United Nations mandate on nutrition.

- Proven technical knowledge of strategies and practical actions to address malnutrition in all its forms.

- Understanding of health systems and commitment to improve population nutrition as part of achieving universal health coverage.

- Understanding of equity and a commitment to eliminate inequalities in health and in the determinants of health.

- Ability to plan, design, implement, monitor and evaluate public health programmes.

- Ability to adapt WHO global guidelines to national context.

- Ability to form effective working relationships with government counterparts and key stakeholders.

- Ability to advocate effectively.

- Ability to identify issues, evaluate evidence, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.

- Ability to ensure one's own professional development.

WHO Competencies

1. Teamwork
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Communication
4. Producing results
5. Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at IDR 548,124,000 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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