Programme Associate (Nutrition) G6

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme


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.


This position is based in the WFP Country Office, and entails supporting implementation of the nutrition programmes ensuring vulnerable populations meet their nutritional needs preventing malnutrition supporting objective of Country Strategic Plan: WFP Sierra Leone’s 2020 – 24 Country Strategic Plan.

At this level, job holders are expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems daily. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.



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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of Nutrition Programs and activities within the specific area of work supporting alignment with Government priorities.
  2. Provide support to Nutrition Programs; prevention of chronic malnutrition, Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition, and other nutrition platforms nationally, ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  3. Prepare monthly program reports and database for food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  4. Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  5. Coordinate and communicate with Government institutions, UN agencies, NGOs, and other institutions to ensure efficient delivery of food assistance in all nutrition programs.
  6. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, and national government in management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition and implementation of prevention of chronic malnutrition.
  7. Closely monitor Nutrition commodities from stock reports update and provide guidance on deliveries and utilization in a timely manner.
  8. Provide support to government counterparts on WFP supply chain and financial standards for program implemented monthly.
  9. Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems for nutrition programs implemented.  

10. Support and review nutrition related documents within the nutrition unit, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.

11. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP can quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.

12. Any other related 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.



  • 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 Leonean 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


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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