Programme Associate – Food Technology (Nutrition sensitiveness) SC6

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme


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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.


Sierra Leone continues to face complex human development challenges and carries its post-conflict attributes of high youth unemployment, corruption and weak governance. Problems of poor nutrition and food insecurity and widespread rural and urban impoverishment persists in spite of remarkable strides and reforms.

While acute malnutrition rates in Sierra Leone have improved, 26 percent of children under 5 are still chronically malnourished. Anemia is considered a serious public health problem; more than 50 percent of children and 70 percent of pregnant women are affected by moderate and severe anemia. Only 4.9 percent of children meet the Minimum Acceptable Diet.

The country office is implementing a 5-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2020 – 2024 which is changing the trajectory and focus of WFP in relation to nutrition in Sierra Leone:


  • Enhance focus on stunting prevention through strengthening community capacities and building resilience for the provision of affordable local nutritious products and behavior changes among target communities and better linkage with other food and nutrition security interventions.


The CSP aims at contributing to an integrated human capital development through programmatic and complementary convergence of its support to nutrition, education and food security/livelihood support.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Nutrition Unit the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Provide technical support to mother support groups on safe and hygienic production of enriched complementary foods in five chiefdoms.
  • Supervise and provide support on appropriate handling, storage, and preservation of locally produced complementary food to optimize use of resources.
  • Assist with marketing and ensuring affordability.
  • Assist and guide on procurement of raw material
  • Assist in testing the best packing material for the purpose.
  • Support the strengthening of national nutrition initiatives for local complementary food recipes including the development of national government recipe booklet.
  • Transfer skills to District Nutrition teams on knowledge in relation to food safety and quality and product optimization concepts and principles to implement protocols and tools to relating to food technology issues.
  • Based on Business model recommendations, develop framework for MSG with production site for complementary foods, supply chain plan to enhance community access and utilization of produce and prevent wastage.
  • Develop training manual on locally produced complementary food to be rolled-out by national team (WFP CO, Directorate of Food and Nutrition staff).
  • Conduct TOT for national capacities on food production, safety and quality measure.
  • Assist with semi-impact evaluation for locally enriched complementary foods
  • Perform other duties as required.



Education: Completion of secondary school education. Preferably a university degree in, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health or Social Sciences, or other related field or a diploma supplemented with at least 4 years of relevant work experience.   

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Fluency in local languages highly desirable.




Knowledge & Skills:

Knowledge of nutrition and recent developments in the field;

Knowledge on recent standards for food quality and control measures on food production.

Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing.

Good interpersonal skills ability to work in a team in a multi-cultural context;

Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook).




  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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, 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.


• Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
• Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
• Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.


Position open to Sierra Leone Nationals only

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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23 May 2022


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