Programme Associate

  • Full Time
  • Kathmandu
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World Food Programme (WFP)


Career Opportunities: Programme Associate (Nutrition) – Roster, SC-6 (827678)

WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

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.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting to end hunger worldwide. The mission is to achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no one goes to bed hungry and that the poorest of most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. In WFP Nepal, the currents Country Strategic Programme (CSP,2019-2023) establishes as strategic outcome that food-insecure people in targeted areas have improved nutrition throughout the key stages of their lives by 2025. The CSP’s Strategic Outcome 2 (SO2) establishes outputs for targeted populations, including: children aged 6-59 months, pregnant and breastfeeding women and girls and school children, receive an integrated package of assistance to prevent and treat malnutrition and improve dietary intake; targeted populations in food-insecure areas receive nutrition-sensitive, shock-responsive and gender-transformative social services delivered through a strengthened national social protection framework; and people benefiting from the national social safety net programme receive post-harvest fortified rice.

WFP Nepal’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2019-2023) integrates five strategic outcomes (SO), of which SO 2 supports the decentralization of the national social protection framework to realign with the federal system, including the Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) programme and rice fortification. The SO 2 contributes to United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) outcome area 2, SDG2.2 and WFP Strategic Results 2. It also takes a life cycle approach to addressing malnutrition, food security, health and hygiene practices including WASH, education, and women’s empowerment with focus on pregnant and breastfeeding women and adolescent girls (PBW/G), children aged 6 — 23 months and school children in regions with high prevalence of food insecurity and/or malnutrition. These activities are embedded in the National Framework for Social Protection (2011-2021), the Multisector Nutrition Plan II (proposed MSNP III 2023-2030), and the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP 2016-2023).
The Programme Associate (Nutrition) will primarily focus on technical support and assistance in the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.


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


Position Title: Programme Associate (Nutrition) – Roster
Contract Type: Service Contract (SC)
Grade: SC-6 (Equivalent to GS-6)
Contract Duration: Not less than 6 months and maximum 12 months at a time
Duty Station: Various Locations in Nepal
Vacancy Number: 827678

This vacancy announcement is ONLY for Nepalese Nationals.
WFP offers a competitive benefit package including salary, social security, leave plus a medical insurance (Medical Insurance Death and Disability Plan (MIDD) I WFPgo).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Officer and the overall supervision of the Head of Nutrition, the Programme Associate (Nutrition) will be expected to perform the following duties:

1. Support CO to plan, implement and monitor integrated nutrition activities:

  • Provide technical support in the development of nutrition projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance.
  • Work closely with other WFP staff at country office, sub-office and provincial levels to update and advise on any government priorities and strategies
  • Provide support on nutrition programming in emergencies, including emergency preparedness actions, contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks.
  • Provide project management support to nutrition-related programmes, projects and activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes and projects that complies with WFP standards and procedure.
  • Provide support in program related data/information gathering and preparation of required reports of related program for different purposes.
  • Carry out other tasks as required, to support the day-to-day activities of WFP CO.

2. Technical assistance

  • Support implementation of nutrition programme under the WFP Nepal CSP including:
    – Nutrition in emergencies programmes under strategic objective 1 of the CSP
    – Activity 2 and 4 WFP Nepal CSP.
  • Support in planning and designing nutrition related activities and ensuring various key WFP programmes are nutrition sensitive.
  • Provides technical and operational support to government and cooperating partners during planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning of nutrition programmes with an emphasis to maternal and child nutrition, and nutrition in emergency, as well as inclusion of social and behavior change communication works across the MSNP implementation.
  • Within the specific area of responsibility, advocate and support adequate budgeting for nutrition during annual planning processes.
  • Support in assessing needs and organize/facilitate nutrition orientation, review workshop, training and refresher courses to help develop the capacity of the Government staff at the provincial, district, Palika and health facility level in coordination with the country office.
  • Within the specific area of responsibility participate as a resource person in training/orientation and/or consultative/advocacy meetings related to nutrition at provincial, district and local level as required.
  • Provie support towards development or adaptation of nutrition related strategies, policies, guidelines and manuals, protocols.
  • Support dissemination of appropriate and timely nutrition information, standard operational protocols and guidelines to the province, municipality, Plaika and health facility levels.
  • Provide support for the implementation of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition Programme (IMAM), as per the national protocol.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs for example the production and review of training materials.


3. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Support the preparation of presentations, reports and data analysis on nutrition programmes and policies and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Support the Nutrition Officer in documenting lessons learnt on implementation and provide technical nutrition guidance to strengthening the WFP nutrition programme.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or any other related field is desirable
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in Nepali and English languages.



  • 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.



Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills.
  • Good computer knowledge and skills and good knowledge on statistical software for nutrition analysis.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and under strict deadlines.
  • Ability to engage effectively with a wide range of colleagues and partners.
  • Proactive, takes initiative, courteous, tactful, and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to handle additional tasks.


  • At least five six years of relevant experience in Nutrition or Public Health or related fields.
  • Previous experience in areas of technical assistances at national, provincial or district level.
  • Experience and expertise in delivery of nutrition prevention and treatment programs including social and behaviour change communication, nutrition integration and community-based nutrition programming.
  • Experience in negotiation, training, communications, advocacy & resources mobilization.
  • Knowledge and experience of UN and Government partnership will be an asset.
  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.


Leading through Others – Level 1
Leads by example with Integrity
Drivers results and Delivers on commitments
Fosters inclusive and collaborative teamwork
Applies strategic thinking
Builds and maintains sustainable partnerships


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via (

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

We want to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible. Please contact us at to advise us of any accessibility needs you may have.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

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.

Deadline Application: 25 June 2023

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