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JOB TITLE

Programme Associate (Nutrition)

CONTRACT TYPE

SPECIAL SERVICE AGREEMENT

JOB GRADE

SSA-6

UNIT/DIVISION

Nutrition

DUTY STATION

Manila

DURATION OF CONTRACT

6 MONTHS

NO. OF VACANCY

1

ABOUT WFP

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.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT

The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change. The World Food Programme’s engagement in the Philippines is constantly evolving. Initially commencing operations in the 1960s, WFP officially re-established its presence in 2006 to support the peace process in Mindanao, provide lifesaving food assistance in emergencies and develop programmes that seek to improve nutrition and the overall quality of life of vulnerable people.

Since 1 July 2018, WFP has been implementing a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2018-2023) to support the Government of the Philippines to address food insecurity, reduce malnutrition and building the resilience of vulnerable populations. In its strategic plan, WFP identified four outcomes and five main activities:

  • Strategic outcome 1: Crisis-affected people in the Philippines can meet their food and nutrition needs during and immediately after an emergency.
  • Strategic outcome 2: Women, boys and girls in provinces prioritized by the Government have adequate and healthy diets to reduce malnutrition by 2022 in line with government targets.
  • Strategic outcome 3: Vulnerable communities in Mindanao have improved food security and nutrition by 2022 in line with government targets.
  • Strategic outcome 4: National and local government agencies have enhanced capabilities to reduce vulnerability to shocks by 2022.

JOB PURPOSE

The Programme Assistant (Nutrition) will provide technical and administrative support in the implementation of Activity 2 under Strategic Objective 2 of the current CSP. The Programme Assistant (Nutrition) will work under the supervision of the Nutrition Programme Policy Officer (Activity Manager), with guidance from the Strategic Outcome (SO) Manager.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

In the framework of the Strategic Outcome 2 (end malnutrition) of its Country Strategic Plan, WFP provides technical support to the national and regional governments in the formulation and development of policies to integrate food security and nutrition dimensions in its plans. Particularly, WFP provides technical assistance to the Zero Hunger Task Force and the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty. One of WFP’s flagship publications in the Philippines is the “Fill the Nutrient Gap (FNG)” which identified the cost of a nutritious diet and the barriers faced by the most vulnerable to accessing healthy and nutritious foods. During the second half of its CSP —prioritizing its limited resources and working closely with the Government—WFP under the activity 2 plans to focus its efforts to reduce malnutrition through: The implementation and scaling up of the Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) strategy for pregnant and lactating women, children, and caregivers; to positively influence their health and nutrition-related behaviors. Continued to support the development and implementation of nutrition-sensitive social safety net programs and support the design of new pilot projects for pregnant and lactating women and children, such as fresh food vouchers. Support for the local production of ready-to-eat supplementary food designed to meet the daily energy and nutrient needs of pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls, and children. Scaling up the use of iron-fortified rice in national social safety net programs (school feeding, supplementary feeding, and family food pack). Support for food transformation and nutrition value chains to increase access to nutritious food, enhance livelihoods, and broaden smallholders’ business prospects, with a particular focus on women empowerment. Continued investment in evidence generation with (i) assessments to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and other calamities on food security and nutrition, and (ii) the update of the Fill the Nutrient Gap study.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of Nutrition Programme Policy Officer (Activity 2 Manager) will be responsible and accountable for:

  • Support the Activity 2 Manager in the planning and implementation of nutrition activities in the CO and BARRM.
  • Support the Activity 2 Manager in the development of projects, activities and processes that are aligned with nutrition objectives and national policies.
  • Provide support to the Cotabato Sub office in the implementation of nutrition-sensitive programmes of Strategic Objective 3.
  • Provide technical and administrative support to the SUN Business Network and SUN Development Network activities.
  • Provide support in the implementation of the WFP Innovation Accelerator – Sprint Programme.
  • Provide technical assistance in the conduct of evidence generation and project implementation on Rice Fortification (i.e., KR Project and IO Grant).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (Contd.)

  • Assist in carrying out activities on Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) and in sustaining engagement with Department of Education particularly on the implementation of National School Feeding Programme and initiatives relevant to the commitments to the Global School Meals Coalition.
  • Assist in resource mobilization efforts of Activity 2.
  • Perform other related responsibilities as required

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduate of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the field of Public Health, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine, Social Sciences, or other related discipline.

Experience:

  • At least five (5) years’ experience in Government Units responsible for project management, coordination strategic planning and programme implementation related to the Food Fortification, National School Feeding Programme, and Social and Behavior Change.
  • She/he should have a thorough knowledge of strategic planning, policy formulation and analysis, project management and monitoring and evaluation systems as well as a high level of analytical, research capability and excellent interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills.
  • She/he has gained experience in implementing technical programs/projects.

Language: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Filipino.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required, including strong professional communication skills;
  • Knowledge on formative research methods, including qualitative methods;
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills;

  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously independently;
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan, and manage programs, leadership, and teamwork skills, good analytical, communication, negotiation and advocacy skills;
  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Advanced computer skills with mastery of Windows and Microsoft Office;

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.

REMUNERATION PACKAGE

  • Approximate monthly based salary: PHP 59,000++ min to PHP76,000++ max
  • Medical insurance coverage that can be extended to eligible dependents

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

The deadline for applications is on 25 September 2022, 11:59 PM. Qualified candidates are required to complete an online candidate profile in UN WFP Careers Website ( (link)). Only applications received from this website are considered valid and will be processed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, 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.