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Nutritionist (Deputy Nutrition Cluster Coordinator) Consultant - CST II

South Sudan

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: South Sudan
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Nutrition
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-17


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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works 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.


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

Fluency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of Arabic will be an added advantage.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and report to the Division/Regional/Country Director or the designate. P3 job holders are likely to be involved in more straight forward nutrition programmes and/or focus on a specific theme(s).


 Heightened under-nutrition and food insecurity continue to ravage the world’s youngest nation. The prolonged civil conflict exacerbated by a severe economic crisis has resulted in two-thirds (60%) of the South Sudan people being severely food insecure of which an estimated 21 percent are children under the age of 5 years. South Sudan presents with a significant burden of under-nutrition even prior to the crisis. Based on the South Sudan Household Health Survey in 2010, nearly one-third of children under 5 were stunted, 23 percent wasted, and 28 percent underweight. Nearly a decade after, per the Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) Survey Round 22 which was concluded during the green harvest period, an estimated 17.1 percent of children under 5 are stunted, 13.3 percent wasted, and 15.2 percent underweight an overall improvement in the general nutrition situation. Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) levels vary seasonally with peaks up to 30 percent in some locations and substantially across states. Sporadic spikes of GAM are also observed in the harvest season. For instance, per the September 2018 IPC analysis, the overall nutrition situation has slightly improved though critical levels (GAM 15.0 – 29.9%) have been reported in 31 counties in of four former states.

In South Sudan, WFP plays a leading role in defining nutrition responses for treating and preventing Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM), in collaboration with the nutrition and food security clusters and other key agencies that contribute to better nutrition prevention and treatment programmes. As the lead United Nations agency responsible for addressing and preventing moderate acute malnutrition, WFP continues to shift focus from direct implementation to partnering closely with the government in strengthening the country’s capacity to develop strategies and implement programmes while scaling up high-quality nutrition interventions. It is this focus on national capacity development that is the cornerstone of this consultancy, with the overall objective of enhancing the capacities of the Republic of South Sudan Ministry of Health Department of Nutrition (MOH-DN) both at national and state level as well as WFP and its partners, to plan and manage effective nutrition programmes.




Under the supervision and guidance of the National Nutrition Cluster Coordinator of the cluster lead agency (UNICEF), on behalf of the South Sudan Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and UNICEF South Sudan Country Office as the lead agency for the Nutrition Cluster and in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition of the Ministry of Health, the Nutrition Cluster Deputy Coordinator will facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response in South Sudan and ensure that the capacity of local institutions is strengthened to respond to and coordinate emergency nutrition interventions that demonstrate results and impact achieved with specific focus on management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) – targeted and blanket supplementary feeding programmes (TSFP and BSFP). The incumbent will be seconded to the Cluster Coordination Unit by Nutrition Cluster partner (WFP) for a period of eleven (11) months. The support provided will contribute to the following core cluster functions in the field.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

 Supporting service delivery:

  • Identify key humanitarian partners for the Nutrition Cluster response and other key partners including local and Sub-National authorities, etc. that implement MAM management;
    • Identify and liaise with FSL cluster partners to ensure integration of NiE intervention with general food distribution; propose corrective actions, if needed;
    • Regularly update Nutrition Cluster database of partners based on WFP Field-Level Agreements (FLA) to ensure convergence of SAM and MAM interventions, identification of needs and gaps and discuss possible scale-up. Propose corrective actions, if needed;
    • Regularly identify partners/actors who implement MAM management interventions and who do not have WFP FLA or UNICEF PCA (identify scope, targets and locations of interventions) to monitor the progress towards achievement of those targets, to identify bottlenecks and discuss possible scale up for MAM.
    • Support the Cluster Coordination team in organising of and participating in regular cluster coordination meetings and information sharing in all crisis-affected states to ensure appropriate coordination between all nutrition humanitarian partners, including provision of inputs for the agenda and information and evidence to inform cluster partners discussions and facilitation of sessions related to MAM management;

Key accountabilities continued

  • Provide regular inputs from cluster partners for Nutrition cluster information management products, cluster bulletins, etc., including needs, gaps, supply pipeline updates, etc;
  • Provide relevant inputs to the Cluster coordination team in conducting the mapping of all current and potential actors– government, national and international humanitarian organizations as well as national institutions, the private sector, including provision of regular inputs/updates to the cluster’s 3W (Who, What, Where) matrix, cluster’s priority response matrix and other tools;
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the Nutrition Cluster’s response plans and implementation of MAM management interventions;
  • Regularly liaise with the Roving Cluster Coordinator and/or State Cluster Focal Points to identify progress, gaps, bottlenecks and challenges in implementation of MAM management interventions, communicate/feedback to the National Cluster and propose corrective actions (if needed);
  • Act as an OIC for the National Nutrition Cluster Coordinator in his/her absence.

Key accountabilities Continued 2

Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response:

  • Participate and support cluster and inter-cluster initial rapid needs assessments (IRNA), multi-cluster initial rapid assessments (MIRA), humanitarian needs overview (HNO), IPC analysis, etc, using cluster tools and provide relevant inputs (tools, identification of needs, gaps, etc) to the National Nutrition Cluster Coordination team focussing on MAM interventions;
  • Ensure effective links between cluster partners and with other clusters at the state level (with OCHA support), especially Health, Food Security and Livelihoods (on linkages with GDF), WASH, Child Protection and Education;
  • Ensure full integration of the IACS’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches.  In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed;
  • As a part of the cluster coordination team, support monitoring of the performance of the core cluster functions.

Key accountabilities additional

Prioritization, grounded in response analysis:

  • Provide relevant inputs to the National Nutrition Cluster with  inputs from crisis-affected states for the development, revision and/or update of the Crisis Response Plan (CRP) and/or Strategic Response Plan (SRP) and Nutrition Cluster Response Strategy ensuring that partners inputs are adequately reflected in the overall country and cluster strategies, including identification of people in need at the state, county and payam (if possible) levels (sex-, and age-disaggregated, caseload/target calculation, supply requirement, etc) with specific focus on MAM management;
  • Ensure that Nutrition Cluster partners are aware of relevant policy guidelines and technical standards on MAM management;
  • Ensure that the Nutrition Cluster responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards on MAM management, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.
  • Work with the Ministry of Health and relevant cluster partners to ensure that national guidelines and relevant job aids and other tools for management of MAM are up to date, approved and distributed;
  • Regularly monitor implementation of Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) activities with specific focus on MAM management interventions in all crisis-affected states to ensure that cluster members are adhering to national and international best practice documents;
  • Draw lessons learned from past activities and provide inputs to the national Nutrition Cluster for revising strategies and action plans accordingly;
  • Developing an exit, or transition, strategy, contingency planning and preparedness plans for the cluster.

Key accountabilities additional 2


  • Support National Cluster Coordinator and cluster partners in identification of core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements for MAM management;

Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the cluster strategy and results:

  • Undertake regular monitoring visits to all crisis-affected states;
  • Support Roving Cluster Co-coordinator and State Focal Points in ensuring regular quality reporting against the Nutrition Cluster indicators of service delivery (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) through communication and discussions with cluster partners and provision of technical support for timely and quality reporting on MAM interventions;
  • Identify MAM supply pipeline issues and bring them to the attention of the national cluster and supply managers;
  • Support analysis of the Nutrition Cluster at the state level in closing gaps and measuring impact of MAM interventions.

Key accountabilities final

Training and capacity building of cluster partners, Sub-National /local authorities and civil society:

  • Coordinate partners’ capacity development for MAM programme implementation by regularly conducting a gap analysis on capacity for MAM;
  • Liaise with WFP and CLA as a provider of last resort to ensure the capacity for MAM is enhanced based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity;
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Sub-National /local authorities and civil society on MAM.

Accountability to affected population:

  • Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms by ensuring that the target populations are aware how the needs for MAM programmes are identified, how the programme is targeted and how the population views around satisfaction and feedback could be collected.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  •  Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships 
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Knowledge of Nutrients Has strong understanding of key nutrients requirements, food sources, food science and food technology related to vitamins and minerals to present evidence on nutrition effectively to WFP staff and partners.
Situation Analysis and Evidence Assessment Leverages new evidence and applies that to provide technical advice, identify and prioritise country nutrition gaps, design programmes and train staff and partners on the new evidence.
Knowledge of Public Health Ability to analyze data to determine overall health status, determining factors relating to nutrition, and possible areas of intervention for health and nutrition.
Knowledge of Food System Expert knowledge of emerging trends and developments in food systems and value chain transformations, as well as innovative programming, policies and interventions achieving good nutrition-promoting food systems.
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.


  • Six or more years of post-graduate progressive experience in a related field
  • Knowledge of Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) interventions
  • Knowledge of Humanitarian reform and Transformative Agenda principles, international humanitarian law, inter-connectedness and reform pillars & reform updates
  • Knowledge of the Cluster approach guidelines and terms of Reference (and knowledge of how to apply them)
  • Knowledge of cluster partners (their mandates, capacities, attitudes, limitations,) and how to integrate them into the cluster approach

        .Ability to mitigate and mediate conflict and disagreements among cluster partners



All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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