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National Consultant (Case Study on Nepal National School Meal Programme)


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Nepal
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Nutrition
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-05


WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.

Job Title: Programme Policy Officer/National Consultant (Case Study on Nepal National School Meal Programme)    

Grade: SSA-9 (Equivalent to NO-B)/When an Actual Basis (WAE)                

Type of contract: Special Service Agreement (SSA)                                        

Duration: November 2022 to February 2023 (a total 45 working days)               

Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal

Vacancy Number : 173581

Date of Publication: 22 September 2022

Deadline of Application: 05 October 2022

This vacancy announcement is ONLY for Nepalese Nationals. 


WFP offers a competitive benefits package salary plus a medical insurance (Medical Insurance Death and Disability Plan (MIDD) | WFPgo).  

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of head of school feeding unit, the incumbent will be responsible and accountable for:
•    Developing a desk review of literature on the National School Feeding Programme (policies, legislation, strategies, guidelines, SABER reports, project and programme reports, etc.) as well as documents from other in-country actors about school feeding.
•    Reviewing and collecting data on the key questions required to develop the case study including:
     o    Arranging for and conducting Interviews with government partners who have been instrumental in the school feeding agenda across the timeline of the evolution of the programme (Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development and Ministry of Health and Population). 
    o    Arranging for and conducting Interviews with relevant WFP teams and staff in the Country Office, the WFP Regional Bureau and Headquarters who have supported the National School Feeding programme. 
    o    Arranging for and conducting Interviews with other key stakeholders who may have played a role in the shaping of the National programme (FAO, UNICEF, USAID, World Bank, INGOs/NGOs, parliamentarians, academics, private sector partners). 
•    Producing and submitting notes for the records from the interviews, answers to key questions required for the case study, and a report synthesizing findings highlighting lessons and best practices including success factors and challenges for the National School Feeding Programme and the role of international agencies.
•    Collaborating with a writer to draft the case study and secure endorsement of the final product from different actors.  


The consultant will deliver the following outputs: 
Item Deliverable 
1    Inception Report (5 days): This report should outline the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, including timelines, and should provide preliminary insights of the scope of the study, methodology (including key informants) and outline of the report (5 workdays)
2    Desk review and secondary sources of information (10 days):
Conduct an in-depth review of the National School Feeding programme (policies, legislation, strategies, guidelines, SABER reports, project and programme reports, etc)  as well as other relevant documents 
3    Key Informant Interviews (10 Days): Conduct interviews with relevant key government and partner informants who have been instrumental in the evolution of the National School Feeding Programme. 

4    Report and NFR Drafting (10 days):  Drafting the report and submitting a first draft.
5    Collaboration with Writer and reviewing the final case study (10 Days) 


The purpose of this consultancy is to develop a case study to identify lessons learned from the school feeding programme till date. The case study will include information that explores how WFP may have supported and engaged with other partners with established upstream engagement roles to support the National School Feeding Programmes. The exercise will also seek to explore how and when countries strengthened their own capacities along the “Systems Approach for Better Education Results – School Feeding” benchmarks for quality school feeding programmes.


Education:  Advanced degree in Social Protection, Social Policy Economics, Education, Agriculture, Development Studies, Nutrition or other related qualifications.


Experience:    Required:
•    At least 3 years of prior engagement with government units responsible for project management, coordination strategic planning and programme implementation on formulating policies, plans, strategies, guidelines, and standards, in National context 
•    Experience required in research including in designing and conducting qualitative research, strategic planning, and policy and/or programming
•    Familiarity with the national school health and nutrition/school feeding programme and WFP programmes 
•    Experience in researching or conducting programmes in school health and nutrition / school feeding programmes 
•    Experience as former government official working in MoEST or any ministry of government office that have an important role on the coordination or implementation of school meals programme in Nepal.


•    Excellent report-writing skills
•    Thematic knowledge in school feeding, or broader in school health and nutrition in the Nepal and Asian region 
•    Strong research and analytical skills 
•    Strong communication and knowledge management skills
•    Experience working in team and with multi stakeholders, with good coordination skills, being able to give his or her own perspective remaining open for learning diverse opinions.

•    Ability to work independently in a timely and organised manner
•    Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
•    Ability to plan and organize work; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with other UN agencies, Government departments, Cooperating partners and communities of  different national and cultural background.  


 Fluency in English and Nepali language is essential. 
 Proficiency/level C of English. 



  • 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
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


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The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.


WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. 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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Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.

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