United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Nutrition Officer (consultancy), Dili, Timor-Leste

Job Overview


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.


Job Title: Nutrition Officer (consultancy)

Contract Type: International Regular Consultant

Duty Station: Dili, Timor-Leste

Durition: 11 months


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.


  • At least five years or more of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in the area of international humanitarian development, nutrition, health or food security, including on advocacy and communication, and SBCC
  • Experience working with governments on developing nutrition policies and/or implementing nutrition programme (within food security or health).
  • Experience conducting nutritional assessments, analysed data and drafted recommendations for programme.
  • Experience working in multiple countries.
  • Experience working in both emergencies and development context.

Knowledge and Skill:

  • Ability to conduct research, analyse and interpret diverse information, draw out the key messages and translate evidence into context-specific and operational solutions.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to persuade, influence and adapt communication style to different situations and individuals. Experience in the field of communication in a UN organization or NGO is an asset.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, able to clearly articulate insights to stakeholders in WFP
  • Knowledge of common business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems. Experience in the UN desirable.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written English. Fluency in Tetun or Portuguese desirable.


The World Food Programme (WFP) in Timor-Leste is implementing a Country Strategic Plan (CSP), which focuses on building the capacity of the Government of Timor-Leste in managing nutrition interventions through the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) and other line ministries such as the Ministry for Social Solidarity and Inclusion (MSSI) and the Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Industry (MTCI). The CSP, which runs from January 2018 to December 2022 is complementing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2020-2025. The provision of technical assistance and leveraging Government capacity development, with a strategy for hand-over of a sustainable food-based programme to the Government are key priorities.

Under the nutrition and emergency components of the CSP, targeted boys and girls between 6-59 months, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls will benefit from the project through a combination of food-based approaches and gender-sensitive nutrition education in order to improve their nutrition status, dietary diversity and empowerment. To positively influence nutrition-related behaviours in individuals, communities, and society as a whole, Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) encompassing advocacy, social engagement and support to community members and awareness raising at individual level are instrumental in delivering sustainable malnutrition prevention actions. In alignment with the WFP new nutrition policy, a SBCC strategy and related action-plan has been developed and is being implemented as a joint and holistic approach with government partners, UN agency and other development partners to address selected determinants and behaviours affecting the nutritional status of girls and boys and adolescents. Emphasis will be put on reaching out adolescents’ girls and securing stronger engagement of men and adolescents boys.

Another critical area for partnership is WFP’s contribution to the Government and partners to generate evidence for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of national programmes and safety nets, in line with the national nutrition strategy (NNS) priorities – providing evidence for programme design, and improve policies and capacity for multi-sector nutrition action. The Country Office has undertaken a “Fill the Nutrient Gap” analysis to assess people’s access to and needs for nutrients, with support from WFP headquarters and the regional bureau and in collaboration with key partners. Through the compilation and analysis of nutrition and food security data, including analyses of the cost of diet and the policy environment, the Fill the Nutrient Gap analysis will contribute to national dialogue and inform decision making on evidence-based nutrition programmes and future policies. It will also define ways to address the nutrient gaps of segmented population groups identified through the analysis.


WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Timor-Leste has the Strategic Outcome 1, Improve nutrition for children under five, pregnant and lactating women and girls, and adolescent girls in line with national targets by 2025. A key area of its interventions through supporting the national priorities for nutrition and food security established in the MoH National Nutrition Strategy, the National Food and Nutrition Security Policy, and the SDG road map for the country.

The consultancy will serve two purpose: the first is the consultant will be expected to help bring together evidence, and input from consultation with nutrition stakeholders in the country to develop a WFP nutrition strategy that helps inform the CSP design and process which is expected to begin in July 2021 through April 2022.

In addition to the strategy development, the consultant will provide nutrition related expertise and credibility to lead the nutrition team to engage Government and development partners to design, implement, analyse, monitor and report nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive activities that will contribute towards the consolidation of WFP leadership as partner of choice to prevent malnutrition and curb food insecurity in Timor-Leste.


Reporting to the Head of Programme/Deputy Country Director (DCD) the Consultant works in close coordination with the National Policy Officer and the National Nutrition Officer, respectively Activity Managers for Activity 1 and Activity 2 of the CSP and all relevant staff and divisions within WFP. Within delegated authority, the Consultant will be accountable for developing, managing, coordinating, implementing and monitoring various nutrition specific and nutrition-sensitive activities with key stakeholders, including WFP and various line Ministries and national institutions at central and decentralized levels. Key accountabilities shall include but not be limited to the following: Overall responsibilities

  • To develop WFP’s future strategy in country which will inform the new CSP design. Support the strengthening of national nutrition initiatives, including the development of national government policies related to nutrition as well as nutrition strategies, action plans, protocols and guidelines in line with the SUN Movement and international guidance and current evidence. Coordinate with UNICEF on building a research component into the Governments ‘Simplified Protocol’.
  • Provide support for operational partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, to ensure a strong multi-sectorial response to nutrition in both emergency and non-emergency settings.
  • Prepare accurate and timely reporting and learning, contributing to a knowledge base that informs decision making of WFP and other stakeholders.
  • Design, conduct and communicate the nutrition situation clearly and effectively to nutrition stakeholders.
  • Represent WFP at regional, national and international meetings to contribute in technical discussions, exchange experiences, advocate for nutrition interventions and identify areas of potential collaboration.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, provide technical analysis, and interpretation.
  • Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition problems.
  • Develop contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks.
  • Perform any other related duties as required

CSP 2.0 Strategy Development

  • Follow-up on the nutrition scoping mission recommendations regarding the future shape of WFP operations in country.
  • Support the CO team to conduct a policy and context analysis, and stakeholder consultation to develop strategy for WFP in nutrition by identifying opportunities, gaps and potential positioning of WFP over the next 5 years.
  • To use findings of the policy and context analysis, and stakeholder consultation to determine whether national policies, legal and regulatory frameworks, national programmes, markets and public private partnerships create an enabling environment for adequate nutrient intake, especially good access to nutritious foods.
  • Engagement with Government, donors and development partners to drive the process of the CSP2.0 development with strong nutrition lens.

Social behavioral Change Communication (SBCC):

  • Lead and initiate SBC activities as proposed in the CSP with relevant units
  • Review ToRs for formative research, communication products and other such activities; SBC strategy; M&E plans
  • Review/develop concept notes, fundraising proposals for initiating/proposing new SBCC initiative
  • Work with the M&E team to review and monitor progress of SBC activities and develop reporting mechanisms for sharing information on the key learnings
  • Engage in strategic discussions with key partners in TL who are working on SBCC to initiate collaborations and other engagements


PURPOSE: 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.

PEOPLE: 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). PERFORMANCE: 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.

PARTNERSHIP: 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.



  • Nutrition Strategy for WFP which aligns with the next generation CSP
  • Input into the CSP to help define WFP’s role and vision for nutrition over the next 5 years
  • Nutrition related logframe indicators collected and/or integrated into other representative evaluations (e.g. national nutrition survey)
  • Nutrition training for FSUs and other relevant CO and partners staff developed and conducted
  • Operations research designed/initiated (with UNICEF) on simplified approach to treatment of acute malnutrition
  • WFP Timor-Leste SBCC strategy and workplan updated
  • Agreements formulated and signed with partners


08 Sept 2021, midnigth Timor Leste Time


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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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