Research & Development and Knowledge Management Consultant (155008) Requisition ID 155008 – Posted 28/04/2022 – Short Term Monthly – Europe, Western – Italy – Rome – Working Job Language (1) – OTHER  Job Description Print Preview Apply

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World Food Programme (WFP)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Research & Development and Knowledge Management Consultant (155008)
Requisition ID 155008 – Posted 28/04/2022 – Short Term Monthly – Europe, Western – Italy – Rome – Working Job Language (1) – OTHER
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WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

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.


WFP is scaling up efforts to prevent and treat all forms of malnutrition in line with Sustainable Development Goal 2. To do so, WFP is supporting governments and working with other UN agencies, NGO partners as well as with the private sector to increase access, availability, demand, and consumption of nutritious foods within vulnerable populations.

The number and range of new foods proposed for use in WFP operations has been increasing, especially foods proposed to treat and/or prevent undernutrition. In order to enhance the alignment of new, or existing, foods with WFP food specifications and/or guidance, there is a need to proactively support food development initiatives in an early stage.

To achieve the above, WFP has internal and external committees where the topics of new foods, specifications and existing and emerging food safety and quality risks are discussed, namely:

New Foods Committee (NFC); is an internal committee composed of Nutrition, Procurement, Logistics and Food Safety and Quality, which reviews product concepts on monthly basis to assess their suitability within WFP programmes.

Specialized Nutrition Foods Working Group (SNF-WG); is an internal committee which works on SNF supply, including operationalizing SNFs.

Humanitarian Interagency Working Group (IAWG); is an external committee composed of USAID, UNICEF, WFP, MSF and other humanitarian organizations. The group collaborates to harmonize, maintain and further improve SNF quality and safety.

Coordinate knowledge management of the NFC and IAWG and communicate developments from the committee to the SNF-WG and support FSQ trainings management.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the direct supervision of the Research & Development Manager, the staff will perform the following

New Foods Committee (NFC) coordination:
⦁ Lead NFC meetings on a regular basis:

Draft meeting agenda
Liaise with applicants and consolidate preliminary review of new foods submitted to the NFC
Ensure relevant materials are collected and available for NFC members prior to NFC meetings
Prepare Notes for the Record and decision memos of the NFC reviews to ensure discussion outcomes are well-documented and action items are clear
⦁ Draft NFC decision memos and process for approval by the Director of Nutrition and Director of Supply Chain
⦁ Manage the NFC email account, webpage and workspace and facilitate the communication with food applicants, colleagues in HQ, RB and/or CO to ensure all stakeholders are informed of NFC decisions.
⦁ Ensure the timely collection of the Declarations of Interests (DoIs) of the NFC.


From NFC to SNF-WG:
⦁ When SNFs are approved by the NFC, prepare product one-pagers to share with the SNF-WG to highlight product suitability and applications
⦁ Share NFC outcomes with FSQ to create product specifications when needed


Humanitarian Interagency Working Group Secretary:
Acting as the Secretary of IAWG:
⦁ Organize IAWG regular meetings & annual workshop, including agenda drafting, meeting coordination and minutes of the meeting and SMART actions
⦁ Following the meeting, inform relevant stakeholders of the actions and follow-up as per agreed timeline
⦁ Manage the IAWG Team workspace
⦁ Prepare quarterly FSQ newsletter with content from relevant stakeholders


Under the supervision of the Knowledge Management & Capacity Strengthening Manager
⦁ Support the organization, scheduling, and execution of trainings
⦁ Liaise with internal partners such as SC Management, RBs or COs regarding the activities
⦁ Liaise with external stakeholders and manage the budget for knowledge management activities
⦁ Support trainings and others knowledge management activities as required


Other activities (as needed):
⦁ Support in Capacity strengthening material development
⦁ Support organization of compliance testing activities as required

Qualifications and experience

⦁ University degree in Food science and technology, Nutrition or other field relevant to international development assistance
⦁ Desirable at least two years post Bachelor’s or one year post Master’s, job related experience in knowledge, communication or process management within the food industry
⦁ WFP-specific work experience is an asset and desirable with knowledge of common WFP business principals, processes, and specific systems


⦁ Experience with knowledge and project management tools
⦁ Experience developing content for trainings, coordinating teams
⦁ Strong oral and written English communication skills, able to clearly articulate insights to WFP internal and external stakeholders
⦁ Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Team)


Working Languages

Fluency in oral and written English, with an intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is an advantage.

17 May 2022

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