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Nutritionist P4 Team Lead (Knowledge Management & Digital Innovation) - Rome, Italy

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Marketing & Communications, IT, People & HR
Posted on Saturday, September 2, 2023


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 (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

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  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)


Applications must be submitted by Sunday, September 24, 2023 (11:59 PM CET).


The job is located in the Nutrition Division at Headquarters (HQ), reporting directly to the Director of Nutrition. The role’s primary focus is supervising and providing strategic direction to the following work streams:

i.) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

ii.) Research

iii.) Knowledge management

iv.) Digital Innovations

Job holders at P4 level are likely to be operating in an environment where the complexity of meeting nutritional needs is high. As such P4s are expected to have a greater breadth of knowledge of nutrition and ability to manage a team. Job holders will need a greater level of experience and knowledge to credibly influence at senior levels in more complex situations.


The purpose of this role is to offer strategic direction, technical advice, and oversight to a diverse technical team of experts. This contribution will enable the team to achieve goals and milestones that support WFP in implementing the current Nutrition Policy and associated strategy.

As this is a rotational Fixed Term position, it is expected that the incumbent will continue in other positions throughout the organisation after completion of this assignment.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Supervise the HQ Nutrition Knowledge Management and Digital Innovations (KMDI) team, including overseeing the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), Knowledge Management, Research and Digital Innovations functions by:

  • Overseeing development and implementation of workplans and deliverables within the team; and providing hand-on guidance, ensuring timely milestones, effective outcomes and day-to-day management as required.
  • Acting as a role model by exemplifying WFP values, principles, and standards, and actively fostering an inclusive work environment through respectful and constructive communication, creating space for professional and personal growth and upholding accountability for yourself and the team members.

2. Drive the development of a comprehensive knowledge management and learning action plan with a focus on internal learning needs and a vision to expand towards a broader and comprehensive contribution and engagement on knowledge management using the latest knowledge management trends and methodologies.

3. Lead strategical engagement and oversight to support WFP in making effective use of research/assessment/monitoring and evaluation to inform programming and policy to enable course correction to maximize impact by:

  • Overseeing development of an operational research plan with resource mobilization strategy finalized and implemented including improved evidence generation from WFPs monitoring and evaluations and research initiatives led by the nutrition division and other internal and external stakeholders with a focus on improving quality, rigorousness, relevance, and global impact.
  • Developing and successfully implementing the cooperate results frameworks and broader monitoring and evaluation of nutrition and HIV programming, including innovative and new approaches, establishment of appropriate norms and strengthened effective demand, supply and use of nutrition data.

4. Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams and stakeholders to harmonize research methodologies and M&E approaches, fostering a cohesive and streamlined approach to achieving impactful results and contributing to evidence-based decision-making within the organization and the broader humanitarian community. Create an enabling environment and provide strategic guidance to maximize the synergy between digital innovations in WFP and Nutrition and HIV programmatic priorities. This includes shaping focus areas, defining value propositions, and supporting the creation of global/regional and/or thematic roadmaps and implementation plans including current digital innovations CODA (Conditional On-Demand Assistance).

5. Collaborate and advise senior management and other programme units/divisions to ensure effective advocacy, design and delivery of WFP nutrition programming, policies and strategies.

6. Drive the comprehensive dissemination of acquired knowledge, research findings, and M&E data to internal stakeholders, partners, and the broader humanitarian and development community, ensuring widespread accessibility and utilization.

7. Oversee, identify, and foster internal and external partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, academic partners, and other relevant stakeholders, to support WFP in implementing the current nutrition policy and associated strategy.

8. Represent WFP's nutrition research, knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation and digital innovations portfolio at regional, national and international meetings to contribute to technical discussions, exchange experiences, and advocate for identifying areas of potential collaboration.

9. Lead and oversee resource management activities for KMDI, including budget oversight and resource allocation, to ensure efficient utilization of resources across multiple workstreams and diverse team management.

As this is a rotational position, the candidate is also expected to fulfil the following key accountabilities in future assignments:

10. Ensure that WFP nutrition programmes are consistent with WFP policies, EB decisions and other relevant guidance including translating WFP policies into nutrition strategies, programme guidance, implementation modalities and operations.

11. Provide technical and strategic advice to RBs or COs on WFP nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and commodity choice for nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming in line with WFP standards and processes.

12. Provide technical support on national nutrition initiatives, including the development of national government policies related to nutrition (including health, social protection, and education policies) as well as nutrition strategies, action plans, protocols and guidelines in line with the SUN Movement and international guidance and current evidence.

13. Oversee or advise internal and external partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, academic partners, and other relevant stakeholders, to support WFP in implementing the current nutrition policy and associated strategy.

14. Represent WFP at regional, national and international meetings to contribute to technical discussions, exchange experiences, advocate for nutrition interventions and identify areas of potential collaboration.

15. Contribute to emergency preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations on contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks.

16. Provide guidance and technical advice to seamlessly integrate nutrition comprehensively across WFP's systems, services, and capabilities, thereby enhancing the organization's influence in supporting governments and advancing WFP organizational endeavours to attain Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2).

17. Other as required.



You have:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field. Or a Bachelor's degree supplemented by additional years of experience and/or specialized training.


At least 8 years of relevant progressively responsible experience in the following:

  • Strategic planning of nutrition and HIV programming at country level, with experience at regional and global levels as an added value.
  • Developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for HIV/Nutrition programming/policies or strategies and conducting and/or overseeing operational research including multi-partner consortiums. Experience in knowledge management and digital innovations is an added value.
  • Providing technical advice to design impactful nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs or approaches coupled with experience collaborating with senior management and diverse program units to ensure effective advocacy, design, and delivery of nutrition initiatives (direct or with national governments).
  • Building strategic partnerships with governments, stakeholders and international organizations to advance shared priorities and drive effective nutrition policies and strategies.
  • Presenting nutrition findings/global evidence to governments and other stakeholders to build country-specific nutrition plans/programmes and/or influence regional and global policies, strategies and frameworks.
  • Working in emergency and development contexts in multiple countries.
  • Effectively managing multi-functional teams by cultivating an inclusive work environment, facilitating professional and personal growth, ensuring accountability, and embodying WFP's core values and principles.
  • Contributing to emergency preparedness actions, offering technical recommendations on contingency planning, risk analysis, and early warning systems related to nutrition risks.


You have:

  • Fluency (level C) in the English language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language).


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Rome, Italy to take up this assignment.


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  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
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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.