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23 Dec 2020

Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition) NOA

Job Description


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: Graduate degree in nutrition and/or public health, medicine, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance; or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
  • Experience:

At least 5 years of post-graduate progressive experience in a related field which may include experience in working on food/cash assistance programmes, project management and design,  working in or with government structures, especially the MoH departments and participation in policy fora;


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


This position will be based in the Nutrition Unit at the WFP Country Office in Juba, South Sudan. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Nutrition and the overall guidance of the Head of Nutrition Unit as the coordinator of the Institutional Feeding Programme and responsible for WFP South Sudan’s programmatic and strategic engagements in the area of HIV/AIDs & TB.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The incumbent will perform the following tasks:

  • Undertake the overall operational coordination of the IFP programme, providing technical and implementation oversight to field offices.
  • Engage with key policy actors and partners at both national and state level, undertake consultative meetings and field visits where needed, to review existing programmes and identify coverage gaps, operational challenges/constraints and best practices that will inform adjustments to the programme design;
  • Liaise with the key stakeholders in the country (national and international organizations) establishing sound relationship with different agencies for effective collaboration and common understanding and contribution to HIV/AIDs and TB related programmes;
  • Participate in key strategic fora including the JUNTA meetings, IFP partner coordination meetings, World AIDS Day and other related meetings.
  • With the technical support of Roaming Nutrition Officers, operationalize the strategy, building on existing approaches within WFP institutional feeding programmes;
  • Conduct training of WFP cooperating partners’ staff and Ministry of Health staff on the IFP programme;
  • Undertake regular performance reviews of the IFP in consultation with the relevant Country Office units, Field Offices and cooperating partners (CPs);
  • Perform additional tasks assigned by the Deputy Head of Nutrition Unit.



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


Performance Indicators

  • Leadership and guidance for implementation of the new Country Office nutrition strategy for the HIV & TB programme provided to SMOH and Cooperating Partners (CPs) e.g. through supportive supervision, capacity building and development of tools;
  • IFP proposals submitted by partners are technically reviewed and cleared ensuring that they are prepared according to WFP and related national guidelines;
  • Technical support provided to Field Offices on gap analysis, programme planning and implementation to achieve programme goals and increase coverage of services;
  • Active participation in coordination forums, workshops and consultations at national level to ensure quality programme implementation.


  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
    • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
    • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Knowledge and Competencies:
  • Computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard software packages and systems.
  • Good analytical skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgments, tact, negotiating skills;
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrable evidence to work under complex crises and challenging situations;
  • Willingness to travel to remote field locations



This position is open to South Sudanese National and Qualified Female Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


17 January 2021

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