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Programme Associate (Nutrition) at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:


Job Title: Programme Associate (Nutrition) – G6

Requisition: #65621
Location: Maiduguri, Borno

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Nutrition Unit, the INP Associate /focal point will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Be a focal point for all local NGOs, providing coordination and technical support monitoring of the implementation of the Nutrition programmes;
  • Conduct distribution monitoring and provide distribution updates as per the agreed schedule and act as an alternate to the unit reports focal person;
  • Provide information and updates on INP activities as required; informing the Head of Nutrition and as necessary Head of Programme on emerging issues in INP that require urgent attention;
  • Maintain close relations and collaboration with UNICEF whom WFP is partnering with in the INP, acting as their link to ensure all activities are implemented according to the agreed protocol;
  • Liaise with M&E and VAM units to ensure INP activity implementation is enriched with well-designed outcome monitoring assessments and findings are accurately reported and used to inform implementation improvements;
  • Support the 27 health facilities to implement INP activities according to the agreed protocol and consolidating their respective reports and ensuring they are well captured by the M&E unit.
  • Work in collaboration with the identified implementing partner for the Shani INP pilot project to ensure both facility and community based components including setting up of the nutrition care groups are in place and cash transfers are effected as planned;
  • Participate and support the design and development of the Shani pilot project in collaboration with UNICEF and the implementing partners ensuring that the WFP contribution to the pilot is clearly articulated and integrated within the implementation framework.
  • Be responsible for the unit’s internal business processes including procurement, preparing of forecasts for both operational and partner advances as well as managing the material and equipment inventory;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities
Purpose:

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  • Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.

People:

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.

Performance:

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  • Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  • Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.

Partnership:

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.

Functional Capabilities

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance:    

  • Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers):   

  • Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas:    

  • Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.

Emergency Programming:   

  • Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.

Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government:    

  • Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.

Qualifications
Education:

  • A University Degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Health Sciences, International Health, Food Science or any other relevant field.

Language: 

  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is a requirement. Fluency in Hausa and Kanuri is desirable

Experience: 

  • At least 3 years working experience in humanitarian and or development work, preferably with a focus on public health and or nutrition interventions.


Skills & Knowledge:

  • Experience working in public health, food security and nutrition-related activities.
  • Experience and exposure to emergency nutrition or public health response is desirable.
  • Relevant experience and familiarity with social behavioural change communication interventions would be an asset.
  • Relevant experience in health/nutrition program/project development and implementation in any UN system agency or organization would be an asset.

Terms and Condition

  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications must be submitted online (use English language)
  • Nationality and Residency: The applicant should be either a Nigerian national or have a valid Nigeria Residence/ work permit at the time of application.
  • Only candidates who are short-listed will be contacted at each stage.  Canvassing is strictly prohibited and candidates found to be involved will automatically be disqualified.

Application Closing Date
22nd November, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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