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Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
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.
These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy 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.
Working in Nepal since 1963, WFP has extensive knowledge of the Nepal context as related to food and nutrition security, livelihood creation as well as logistics capacity and emergency response. At present, WFP Nepal operates across the country with tailored programming based on present and predicted needs. Being a well-trusted UN partner, WFP is uniquely well-placed to support the Government, as well as local communities to tackle the underlying factors causing hunger, to build self-reliance and improve food security. As part of its renewed global calls for holistic, multi-sectoral approaches to fighting malnutrition, WFP prioritize multisectoral nutrition programming as a key area for growth and acceleration of progress in nutrition. WFP’s global nutrition strategy is a multisector and holistic approach, where the multifaceted approach will galvanise implementation of both nutrition-specific, and nutrition-sensitive interventions.
Meanwhile, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has made remarkable progresses in the field of nutrition as evidenced by the reduction of national stunting rate from 57% in 2001 to 35.8% in 2016. Following the successful implementation, and lessons from the Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP 2013-2017), the GoN formulated and implementing MSNP II (2018-2022) with aim of improving maternal, adolescent and child nutrition by scaling up essential nutrition-specific and sensitive interventions and creating enabling environment for nutrition. While promoting the production and consumption of diverse diets as priority strategy, improving the safety, quality, and acceptability of processed food is equally at the core of the multi sector nutrition strategy in Nepal.
Rice fortification is among the major program that WFP is supporting in Nepal, where in 2019 WFP and four government organizations; namely Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MOICS), Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC), and Food Management and Trading Company (FMTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement a three-year plan of action (POA) on rice fortification programme in Nepal. The programme envisages to distribute fortified rice through FMTC in targeted remote and food insecure districts under an existing social safety net program. WFP’s role is to provide technical and financial support in carrying out several key programme activities including development of fortified rice standard, capacity building for establishing monitoring mechanism, procurement and installation of fortification equipment set at rice mills, etc.
Therefore, with the purpose of supporting implementation of WFP nutrition programming and strengthening related technical capacities of relevant Government Ministries, Private sector, and partners working on value chain addition, and to enhance food risk management in Nepal, WFP is looking for a food technologist with the following responsibilities and minimum qualifications.
To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Functional Area: Programme
Position Title: Food Technologist
Type of Contract: Consultancy Contract
Duty Station: Kathmandu
Contract Duration: 6 months (possible extension)
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the overall guidance of the WFP Country Director, and direct supervision of the Head of Nutrition (Nutrition Advisor) with matrix relation to Head of Supply Chain, the job holder will carry out the following tasks:
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES CONTINUED
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES CONTINUED
2. Support capacity strengthening efforts to the Government line ministries on food technology
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES CONTINUED
3. Enhance internal and external partnership and coordination
4. Others as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced university degree in Food Technology, Biotechnology, Food Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology or related field, or First University degree with at least 5 years of relevant work experience.
Language: Fluency in both written and spoken English and Knowledge of Nepali languages will be an advantage
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
|Capability Name||Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level|
|Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance||Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.|
|Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)||Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.|
|Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)||Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.|
|Emergency Programming||Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.|
|Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government||Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.|
Functional competencies including Providing guidance to team on the appropriate handling, storage, and preservation of food types to optimize use of resources; Knowledge of food safety and quality and product optimization concepts and principles to implement protocols and tools to relating to food technology issues; and Understanding of when to handle minor risks and/or escalate larger issues to appropriate authorities among others.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
Technical skills and knowledge:
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE CONTINUED
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Monday, 21 September 2020
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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.