Nutritionist - NOB

United Nations Pakistan
Full time Full day

WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


Job Title: Nutritionist

Grade: NOB

Type of contract: Fixed Term

Contract Duration: 12 months

Salary: Starting at PKR 500,000 per month

Duty Station: Islamabad

Vacancy Number: 829300

Date of Publication: 18th September, 2023

Deadline for Applications: 1st October, 2023

This vacancy announcement is open to nationals of Pakistan ONLY.

Note: This vacancy announcement will also be used to build a roster of prequalified applicants for future opportunities within same job profile at the current or lower level in Pakistan.


WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, pension, leave plus a medical insurance.


To provide support to nutrition programmes and activities to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Provide support in implementing and strengthening the quality of programmes; Prevention of Stunting— Nashonuma through an integrated nutrition and Conditional Cash transfer Programme, Prevention and Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) and prevention of micronutrients deficiencies through supplementation and food fortification initiatives.

2. Provide technical support to nutrition projects and activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes/projects that complies with WFP standards and procedures.3. Provide technical inputs for evidence generation around nutrition specific/sensitive interventions.4. Represent WFP at national and/or provincial level strategic consultations, contribute in discussions, exchange experiences, advocate and position WFP and identify areas of potential collaboration and partnerships wherever possible.

5. Liaise with POs nutrition team/ implementing partners to monitor ongoing nutrition projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to the project delivery.6. To support establishment of a risk management plan for successful implementation; advise on the effective application of that plan utilizing existing systems and / or help develop appropriate systems to monitor and implement improvement plans.7. Contribute to capacity building activities to increase the effectiveness of relevant Government and project staff, Community Health Workers.8. Backstop and ensure submission of reports as may be required.9. Coordinate with provincial teams for keeping track of activities under Annual Work Plans.10. Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve nutrition situation in the country.11. Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition problems.

12. Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, provide technical analysis, and interpretation.13. Guide and supervise junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them on more complex analysis and questions.14. Support promotion and deployment of WFP corporate/CO initiatives and strategies.15. Incorporate gender perspectives in all areas of work to ensure equal participation of women.16. Other as required


Key deliverables and specific job requirements include:1. Lead the roll out of CMAM complementarities in the Benazir Nashonuma Program.2. Lead the roll out of SBCC for the Nashonuma program.3. Lead WFPs component of the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies among adolescent’s pilotprogramme in the Benazir Nashonuma program.4. Lead the nutrition capacity strengthening component in the KCO.5. Support in proposal and report preparations


Education: Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field.

Experience: Minimum 5 years of professional experience and exposure to implementation of national/international developmentprogrammes preferably with International organizations and/or with UN system.• Experience working in public health/food security/ nutrition related activities.• Experience identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country.• Has deepened technical knowledge.• Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effectiveworking relationships both within and outside the organization.• Leadership and teamwork abilities.• Good analytical, negotiation, communication, and advocacy skills.• Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan, and manage programmes, as well as to impart knowledgeand capacity building on Stunting prevention, CMAM, MIYCN and NIE skills.• Intermediate to advanced computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications• Current knowledge of the latest Nutrition developments in the field (emergency nutrition, CMAM,stunting prevention, micro-nutrient, childcare practices, infant feeding, policy development).• Development of workplans against strategy and monitoring• Willingness to travel and work under difficult conditions

Language: Fluency in English and Urdu language.

All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behavior aligned with our core values and defined in the WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK, namely:

Leading by example with integrity,

Driving results and delivering on commitments,

Fostering inclusive and collaborative teamwork,

Applying strategic thinking,

Building and maintaining sustainable partnerships.


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via ( Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Request for Disability related Reasonable Accommodations:

It is important to WFP to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and hiring process, please direct your request and inquiries to the Diversity and Inclusion team on: [email protected], cc’ing [email protected]. A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs.

This email is only to be used for any disability related accessibility requirements, and not for sending the application itself. Due to volume of applications, any applications or CVs sent through this email address will not be considered as a formal application and will not receive a reply from 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.


This job is based in the Country Office (CO) Islamabad and the job holder reports to the senior Nutritionist (NOC) under overall supervision of head of SO2. The Job holder will operate with a high degree of independence and manage junior staff to ensure that nutrition programmes and policy objectives are achieved. They will be involved in a wide variety of nutrition programme activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.


WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. 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.

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