Back Regional Nutritionist, Consultant, (3 months) Johannesburg, South Africa


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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance and providing technical support to 12 Southern Africa countries including, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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The Southern African region experiences high levels of stunting, micronutrient deficiencies and growing levels of overweight and obesity. The region is increasingly impacted by climate change as the frequency and intensity of natural disasters such as droughts and floods increase. Other countries are faced with insecurity that trigger population displacements. Due to these issues coupled with effect of COVID-19 and other global development that are currently affecting food prices, the risk for malnutrition is increasing in the region, with the impact experienced disproportionately by the most vulnerable.
Given the increased risk of malnutrition related mortality due to food insecurity and disease emanating from effect of above shocks and conditions thereafter, consistent technical support to governments and partners in designing emergency and non-emergency programmes is needed. This technical support will facilitate timely and quality services to mitigate impact and build the community resilience.


Nutrition sensitive programming forms an integral part of the RBJ nutrition strategy, working towards understanding and addressing some of the underlying causes of malnutrition and this component will be support in this assignment. Additionally, exploring opportunities and establishing systems for timely delivery of emergency response including strengthening emergency response capacity and response coordination will be supported. Guidance to country offices in the design and establishing programmes will also be supported while also offering gap filling as needed by the countries.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Nutrition Advisor, the regional nutritionist will provide strategic leadership and operational guidance to all countries under WFP Regional Bureau for Johannesburg in the respective areas as outlined below.

Specific areas of responsibilities include the following:

Supporting the emergency programmes response and preparation for anticipatory action (preparedness) for fast response & follow up including HR engagement support as needed. Providing leadership in the emergency nutrition supply needs analysis and guidance to countries: as part of the programme design, determine supply needs and leading on ration adjustment in times of ration review and replacement/ substitution. This also includes analysis of regional supply needs and use (type, quantity, sources, costs) – in liaison with HQ. Supporting the nutrition sensitive programming with focus on food system/resilience and related FFA/Small holder farmers engagement to leverage gains in nutrition outcome. Leading the WFP contribution in the regional partners coordination activities including engagement of regional entities/stakeholders’ nutrition partner, RIASCO, FNSWG, AUDA/NEPAD. Offering country level support on strategic direction and operations thus contributing to CSPs formulation and FLA development. Providing leadership in programme reporting and quality analysis: reviewing ACR, evaluations, research studies. Supporting the regional SBCC for increased impact during nutrition integration into other programmes. Fostering gender and nutrition collaboration (linked to FFA and small holder farmers.

As a result of the consultancy/TDY, RBJ will:

Provide the required leadership in the emergency nutrition response during the crisis and engage regional stakeholder. Nutrition will be integrated into other programmes to contribute to nutrition indicators’ set targets. Accurate nutrition programme reports reflecting on achievement and supply needs as well as utilization will be generated through RBJ guidance. Timely response gap filling will be provided to address technical gaps at country level, as needed, to ensure quality programme delivery and scale up or response.



Advanced degree (Masters) in Nutrition, Public Health, social sciences, or a related field.


At least five years of progressive professional experience. Experience implementing and running nutrition programmes, especially in integrating nutrition in Food Assistance, School Meals, Social Protection, Agriculture and Health sectors. Experience in emergency response planning and implementation including assessing these interventions’ impact. Previous experience in WFP or other UN agencies is an asset.

Knowledge & Skills

Excellent interpersonal skills required. Excellent communication skills. Strong quantitative analytical skills to interpret food and nutrition assessment and related data. Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of multi-sectoral experts (nutrition and beyond). Excellent planning and time management skills. Tact and diplomacy.


Fluency in written and spoken English. Intermediate (level B) French and/or Portuguese is an advantage.


Candidates from the southern African region are encouraged to apply. The candidate must be willing to undertake country (field) technical support missions when required to do so to achieve the objectives of the assignment.


his Vacancy Announcement will expire on the 11th of October 2022 at 11:59 South African Time.


Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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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