WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME - ARMENIA
Armenia Country Office, Yerevan | Armenia
Special Service Agreement (3 months with possible extension)
WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
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.
The Government of Armenia and WFP stepped up cooperation in 1993. The first years of this strong partnership marked different food relief projects gradually evolving into community development initiatives. In 2010, the Government of Armenia, WFP and their strategic partners joined hands for improved nutrition, education and social protection by relaunching School Feeding Programme. The common goal and vision is a nationally-owned, sustainable National School Feeding Programme for the benefit of Armenian people. Nowadays, it is a state-of-the-art Programme that is fully integrated in the life of children, their families and communities.
The WFP’s plans for the next five years, created as a joint effort with national and international partners, will continue tackling food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty as important national issues identified by the National Strategic Review (NSR) that embraces the future development priorities of Armenia.
Capitalizing on current and present outstanding achievements, WFP and partners will enhance focus on nutrition and creation of innovative and sustainable nutrition sensitive food value chains. Simultaneously, WFP will support communities, provinces, Ministries and the Government of Armenia to strengthen their capacities for improved national policies, programmes and systems.
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Director and the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer, the National Consultant (Nutritionist) will provide strategic and programmatic support to WFP Armenia in designing and implementing nutrition interventions, as well as support the capacity strengthening activities.
- Contribute to the development of nutrition projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance;
- Support the evidence-base generation around nutrition, particularly, to the design, implementation, data analyses and reporting of the nutrition assessments and studies ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained;
- Support the Government in nutrition and healthy lifestyle education curricula development in line with global lessons learned and best practices;
- Support the nutrition Behavior Change Communication (BCC) strategy and action plan development and implementation;
- Provide technical assistance to relevant Ministries and the Country Office for the preparation of regulations and guidelines on nutrition aspects of the school meals, in line with national health and hygiene specifications and international standards ensuring children receive diversified meals that meet their basic food and nutrition needs;
- Ensure a coordinated approach of the specific and defined nutrition projects and activities with wider programmes/projects that complies with WFP standards and procedures;
- Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders;
- Work closely with key partners and stakeholders, including Government counterparts at central and field levels, NGOs, implementing partners and other UN agencies;
- Contribute to the nutrition capacity strengthening of the national partner responsible for the school meals programme administration and management, as required;
- Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs, such as production and review of training materials;
- Perform other related duties, if required.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education: Advanced University degree in Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Public Health, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
Experience: At least four years of progressively responsible professional experience in public health, food security and nutrition related activities. Experience and exposure to implementation of national/international development programmes. Experience in identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country, as well as designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
Knowledge & Skills: Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team; ability to plan and organize work with minimum supervision; ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; foundational knowledge of the core public health sciences (i.e., biostatistics; epidemiology, etc.); ability to appropriately interpret the nutrition situation, analyze primary causes of malnutrition, define limitations to the analysis and prepare an overview of the nutrition situation in country.
Languages: Fluency (level C) in both oral and written communication in English and Armenian languages. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of Russian is desired.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- 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
Knowledge of Nutrients: Utilizes knowledge of vitamins and nutrients to understand the causes of malnutrition, the relationships between the different types of malnutrition, and is able to articulate the UNICEF conceptual model.
Situation Analysis and Evidence Assessment :Able to appropriately interpret the nutrition situation, analyze primary causes of malnutrition, define limitations to the analysis (e.g. seasonality) and prepare an overview of the food security and nutrition situation in country.
Knowledge of Public Health: Has foundational knowledge of the core public health sciences (i.e., biostatistics, epidemiology, social science, environmental health, and prevention of chronic and infectious disease and injury) in order to assess a country’s/region’s health situation.
Knowledge of Food System: Ability to analyze how food systems influence the diets of vulnerable groups and identify how and where food systems may contribute to specific nutrient gaps.
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.
All qualified candidates who meet the above requirements are encouraged to submit their online application accompanied by an updated Curriculum Vitae (in English) and UN Personal History Form (P11) available at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pbcpo4y88i29imw/P11%20form.doc?dl=0
Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
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