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 WFP Sri Lanka Country Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022 aims to support and facilitate multi-sector approaches to nutrition through both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming, including supporting the government to scale up its rice fortification effort, promoting positive nutrition practices through nutrition advocacy campaign and behavior change communication, as well integrating nutrition lens within the WFP assisted School Meal Programme and resilience building programme. Additionally, WFP Sri Lanka has recently embarked on a new joint project with UNFPA to improve access to information and services on sexual and reproductive health, enhanced health, and improve nutrition and food security among women and girls, living in post-conflict settings and tea plantations in Sri Lanka.
JOB PURPOSE: To support these efforts, WFP Sri Lanka is recruiting a School Meal Programme and Nutrition Programme Assistant, with experience working in nutrition and development, to be based in Colombo, but with notable time spent in the field.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive): The incumbent will be responsible for a wide variety of nutrition related assignments including – but not limited to – the following:
List expected outputs/tasks:
- Support the Nutrition officer in representing WFP at field-based project and stakeholder meetings, as needed. Particularity those related to the joint sexual and reproductive health and nutrition project being implemented in partnership with UNFPA, the resilience building project, and School Meal Programme initiatives.
- In collaboration with the nutrition team at the Country Office and identified partners support the field-level implementation nutrition related projects and programmes. Tasks include but not limited to:
- Coordinate and facilitate districtlevel meetings, events and workshops
- Work in collaboration with government stakeholders to train and build capacity of stakeholders in the district by providing integrated and highquality technical support services
- Coordinate project implementation activities at the district level
- Assist in monitoring activities in the district, as necessary
- Liaise with internal and external counterparts, if and when needed, to ensure effective collaboration and implementation, monitor ongoing projects, ensuring, timeliness and efficiency of projects, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
Perform other relevant duties as required by the supervisor.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- 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.
- Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
- Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
- Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
- Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
- Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
- Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to deliver high quality products in a timely manner within tight deadlines;
- Demonstrated organization and project management skills;
- Excellent language skills in English (written and spoken);
- At a minimum, working knowledge of Sinhala and Tamil is required;
- And ability to spend substantial amounts of time in the field (30 – 70% of the time, as required)
- Work experience related to: gender, school-aged children, monitoring and evaluation, and communications is an advantage.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: An advanced degree in community nutrition or public health;
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Three to five years previous relevant work experience in nutrition in a development setting;
- Demonstrated experience coordinating high-level meetings and events;