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Job: National Professional Officer (Nutrition) at World Health Organization (WHO)

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Ref No: 2208351
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Two years
Grade: NO-C

Objectives of the Programme

  • The mission of WHO is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

Description of Duties

  • Advise on the planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programmes and activities, in compliance with WHO’s overall strategy, and guidelines. Strengthen the nutrition surveillance, identify the constraints and gaps and provide technical solutions to improve the system.
  • Develop response strategies and action plans based on the nutrition situation in the affected areas, in collaboration with partners.
  • Provide technical support to monitor the implementation of specific activities related to nutrition to improve data collection and reporting at all levels.
  • Strengthen the coordination of the prevention and control of malnutrition, including enhanced support to government systems, and referral systems.
  • Develop a strategic plan to strengthen the capacity building of health professionals involved in the management of malnutrition, where appropriate.
  • Ensure the nutrition programme pursues equitable access to emergency assistance particularly for affected and vulnerable populations, with a view to integrating gender equality and equity across all aspects of the incident nutrition programme, including supplementation and food fortification with essential micronutrients, IYCF,treatment cases of severe acute malnutrition, and other community nutrition programmes.
  • Represent WHO in the interagency Nutrition Cluster and contribute to the development and implementation of interagency SMART surveys and other nutrition assessment tools.
  • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Essential: University Degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, International Health &Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition policy or development studies,Health & Nutrition Education, Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention,or other closely related field of study to nutritional issues.
  • Desirable: Post graduate studies or specialized training in emergency management, international aid or humanitarian principles.


  • Essential: At least five (5) years of relevant experience in development and management of nutrition programmes. Related working experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency operations in the area of nutrition. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities.
  • Desirable: Experience and skills inproviding in-country technical support and building capacity in national Health and nutrition programing, preferably in developing countries. Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant non-governmental, health cluster partners or recognized humanitarian organizations.


  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of international public health with focus onnutrition.
  • Independent judgment; the ability to anticipate new trends in the field of nutrition, and take actions accordingly.
  • Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including monitoring and evaluation of programmes.

WHO Competencies:

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


  • Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at NGN25,344,462 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

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