Program Policy Officer (National Nutrition Officer) Job at WFP

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Program Policy Officer (National Nutrition Officer) Job at WFP

Programme Policy Officer (National Nutrition Officer) SC 9 (161232)


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.

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In support of the government’s goals in nutrition, WFP nutrition program activities and targets are fully aligned with the National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action Plan 1 and 2 (NMNAP). WFP’s activities employ a combined approach, between nutrition-specific and sensitive activities.

Nutrition-specific interventions couple the provision of specialized nutritious foods with gender-focused Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC), to treat Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and prevent stunting and micronutrient deficiencies for both women and children in target communities.

To this end, WFP implements a Supplementary Feeding Programme (SFP) and Mother/Child Health Nutrition Programme (MCHN) in health facilities in Dodoma and Singida regions.

WFP has also been supporting an ongoing project of the development of locally produced specialized nutritious foods.

Under nutrition-sensitive interventions, WFP participates in Food Security activities that aim to deliver a comprehensive package of assistance for stunting prevention by diversifying and improving diets and increasing yields through changing food production practices as well as supporting livelihood initiatives.

WFP also endeavors to ensure that all its other programs are nutrition-sensitive.

To support the enabling environment, WFP has continued to enhance national capacities for addressing malnutrition by working with the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC), President’s Office for Regional and Local Government (PORALG), and Prime Ministers officer and district councils to increase technical capacities and program reach.

At the district, level support is directed towards the improvement of data management, coordination, and collaboration at the council level.

All the activities implemented under these components generate knowledge and evidence to inform the Government’s policy decisions, program design, and prioritization of investments. In June 2022 WFP will start implementation of the next country’s strategic plan 2022 -2027.

The CSP will among other priorities address causes of all forms of malnutrition and scale-up implementation of homegrown school feeding (HGSF) models through strategic outcome 2 that will ensure that vulnerable populations consume more diversified and nutrient-rich diets and have improved access to nutrition, health, and education services that contribute to human capital development



  • Advanced university degree or first-level university degree with additional relevant work experience in nutrition, food technology, public health, development studies, and project management.
  • Five years of relevant working experience in managing or delivering food security and nutrition projects.
  • Fluency in both written and oral English.
  • Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).
  • Behavioral competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Innovation, Partnering, and Teamwork.


Under the direct supervision of the head of Nutrition, the Programme Policy Officer (National Nutrition Officer) will have the following responsibilities:


To provide support to policy and program activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

Program Policy Officer (National Nutrition Officer) Job at WFP

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Assist the Country Office (CO) in implementing nutrition programs (including UN joint programs) for the reduction of stunting and scaling them up to new areas as per the country’s strategic plan. This includes the analysis of opportunities for local production of specialized nutritious foods, rolling out a social behavior change communication (SBCC), and implementing nutrition-sensitive school feeding programs.
  • Ensure WFP interventions are aligned to the national multisectoral nutrition action plan and national priorities and provide technical support to national regional and local governments.

Provide technical support to and spearhead engagement with national regional and local governments in the implementation of the NMNAPII.

Actively participate and contribute to national or United Nations system cross-sectoral groups and platforms on nutrition and school feeding.

This includes the UN sustainable development cooperation framework outcome discussions, development partners group for nutrition, Scaling up nutrition business network, and the NMNAPII coordination thematic technical working groups.

Promote, identify and facilitate community ownership and strengthened integration of nutrition and school feeding interventions

Support the generation of reliable data, analysis, and evidence to inform programming, and strengthen monitoring of routine data and evaluation of nutrition activities in close collaboration with the M&E unit

Act as gender focal point of the nutrition unit overseeing the rollout of gender-transformative actions into WFP nutrition and school feeding operations and ensuring their continuous follow-up and documentation.

Contribute to drafting corporate and donors reports in relation to funded activities, and contribute to drafting concept notes and funding proposals as required.

Any other task as required



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understand WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to its own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and share with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and include these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in their own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget, and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate the needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantify and demonstrate WFP’s unique value as a partner.


  • Quality Roll out of nutrition and school feeding programs in line with the country’s strategic plan and corporate policies.
  • Data, evidence, and analysis are available to support and inform WFP nutrition and school feeding operations; best practices and results are adequately documented and reported.
  • Key operational synergies are established between nutrition, school feeding smallholder farmers, and supply chain and innovation thereby increasing their ability to address vulnerabilities and achieve impact
  • A broader portion of the food required for the nutrition and school feeding program is procured nationally or locally.
  • WFP nutrition and school feeding leveraged to their best potential to overcome prevailing gender inequities.


Only Tanzanian nationals should apply for this position.

All applications should be submitted through the e-recruitment portal.


The deadline for receiving applications is 04 May 2022.


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