Programme Associate (Nutrition) – Mekelle

at World Food Programme (WFP)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted March 22, 2022
Category Other
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

WFP Ethiopia is working with the government and other humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school. It aims to contribute to Ethiopia’s five-year development agenda, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), through which the Government combats food insecurity.


A year since the conflict in Tigray broke out, the region continues to face a serious humanitarian crisis. About 1.8M people are reported as displaced (IOM, December 10th, 2021) – with newly reported displacement linked to the recent active conflict in the Western zone and bordering areas of Afar and Amhara regions and to tensions in some of the Northern border locations with Eritrea. Despite the cessation of active conflict within most of the region since July 2021, its continued isolation from the rest of the country is resulting in a shortage of food and non-food supplies, including critical medicines and medical supplies. Woreda and Kebele institutions, organizing structures and services have also not gained full functionality. These factors hamper the overall economic, social and market systems thus aggravating and compounding the dire food and nutrition situation in the region.

Against this backdrop, the delivery of humanitarian assistance to an estimated 5.2M people in need remains severely constrained. According to OCHA (December 9, 2021), only 13% of the required humanitarian supplies have been delivered to the region in a period of 6 months ie July-December 2021, while lack of fuel is hindering the provision of basic services, including health & nutrition, water, and sanitation, electricity interruption, limited transportation, and limited access to livelihoods and markets.

A missed planting season (May/July 2021) for most, combined with high costs of food due to non-functional markets and low affordability also means the majority of the population do not have access to age-appropriate diverse and nutritious diets. This dire food security situation combined with disrupted health, nutrition, and WASH services), increases the risk of deterioration of nutritional status, especially for children under five years of age and pregnant and lactating women (PLW). MUAC screening data reported by the nutrition cluster and from WFP’s supported nutrition interventions shows acute malnutrition among children is above 15%, while on average 60% of screened mothers are found to be acutely malnourished.

WFP is supporting the implementation of the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) and the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (BSFP) as key nutrition-specific programmes, with an aim of contributing to the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition among children below five years and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) in Tigray region. Since February, the interventions have reached 874,000 children and mothers (target:1.4M) across 71 woredas. The interventions are delivered through NGO cooperating partners, supported by WFP operational teams: one each based in Mekelle SO and Shire FO. WFP also works in partnership with other nutrition stakeholders including, the regional health bureau (RHB), UNICEF and WHO and NGOs within the various cluster mechanisms.


Under the direct supervision of the emergency nutritionist, the Nutrition Associate will 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 to the distribution planning process by both cooperating partners (CPs) and WFP direct distribution teams, where applicable: collate plans and share with the emergency nutritionist.
  2. Coordinate and monitor the efficiency of the nutrition commodity release process, including a focal point for receiving and reviewing CP nutrition supply requests
  3. Oversee and review the work of the nutrition programme assistant and data clerk, providing practical advice and guidance on nutrition commodity release process, deliveries and distribution data capture, data reconciliation (with logistics systems) and preparation of necessary analytics and reports on nutrition supplies
  4. In close coordination with logistics, act as nutrition team focal point on nutrition commodity stock status tracking including arrivals, daily stock balances, tracking of best-used-by dates (BUB) and Terminal disbursement dates (TDD)
  5. Compiling regular reports for the food deliveries at the CP warehouses and verifying the amounts received by the CPs have been properly recorded including the damaged or suspected to be damaged; provide on-spot training on commodity handling and appropriate record maintenance (in collaboration with logistics)
  6. Support the financial settlement processes under Field level agreements (FLA) including verification of invoices and expenditures
  7. Act as a point of contact for nutrition non-food items, performing regular stock-taking and releases (as needed) and liaising with the administration unit on purchase requisitions/orders and safe storage
  8. Undertake regular programme site monitoring visits to provide on-job training and supportive supervision to staff, and identify other implementation capacity gaps for the attention of the emergency nutritionist
  9. Provide support to strengthen the capacity of the WFP staff, CPs and regional government involved in the nutrition response to ensure quality program implementation as needed
  10. Perform any other related duties as required.


  • A comprehensive report of the overall programme implementation outlining successes, challenges and lessons learnt
  • Prepare and share a detailed handover note at the end of the contract


Education: Minimum of a University degree in Nutrition and health-related areas. A master’s degree in nutrition or Public Health will be an added advantage.


  • Minimum of 6 years of field experience with nutrition/health/food security or related field. Experience working with the UN is an added advantage. Familiarity with nutrition-specific interventions, both treatment (IMAM/CMAM) and prevention programming
  • Previous experience in similar technical support provision and capacity building role to field offices/activities
  • Experience and exposure to implementation of national or subnational programmes and interventions that impact on nutrition.
  • Experience working in Tigray is an added advantage

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Conceptual knowledge of nutrition in emergencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in multicultural settings and teams.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills.
  • Microsoft Proficient.
  • Capacity to plan and organise own work, and work with minimum supervision.
  • Able to work and achieve results under stress
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and simultaneously manage multiple tasks in an autonomous manner
  • Ability to travel frequently and to work in difficult environments
  • Ability to handle any other additional tasks as requested by the supervisor


  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Tigrinya. Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage.



  • 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 the 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 the 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.

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.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, 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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