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WFP Vacancy Announcement - CMAM Specialist

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Nancy Aburto

Chief of Nutrition-Specific team, WFP HQ

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30 Jun 2017, 09:26

The Nutrition Division of the World Food Programme headquarters is recruiting a consultant to work as a CMAM Specialist. The ideal candidate would be a highly motivated nutritionist with expertise and experience in CMAM operations.

1. Inform WFP future strategic direction in acute malnutrition through field learnings, participation in international platforms, and coordination work with partners and academics. Articulate and share WFPs approach to addressing acute malnutrition both internally and externally.
2. Provide nutrition technical advice and operational guidance to field offices in acute malnutrition:
a) Visiting field programmes implementing CMAM and innovative programming in acute malnutrition to understand challenges/constraints and to offer support for troubleshooting in order to assure quick programme enhancements.
b) Updating the WFP Food and Nutrition Handbook related to acute malnutrition and the “Programming for nutrition-specific activities” guide.
c) Defining training to WFP field staff on WFP quality standards for treatment and prevention.
d) Providing technical expertise to knowledge management (KM) team for building diverse and innovative trainings in acute malnutrition to disseminate the guidance defined in a,b, and c;
e) Informing other trainings that include a component related to acute malnutrition such as emergency preparedness training (in close collaboration with Nutrition in Emergency team).
3. Working closely with both WFPs NGO and UN partners, monitor global nutrition landscape, emerging evidence, and engage in technical discussions in the area of addressing acute malnutrition. Support the Nutrition Division to distil relevant information and critically assess the dynamic global conversation.
a) Actively represent the Nutrition Division and organization in relevant international for for sharing, discussing, and learning regarding emerging themes relevant to CMAM, which might include the MAM task force, drafting committee for UN Joint statement on CMAM, amongst others.
b) Staying current on emerging scientific evidence globally.
c) Collaborating with partners on the COMPASS study and other innovative research initiatives to define the next generation of acute malnutrition programming
4. Understanding that one of the major barriers to support for the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition is the lack of evidence on what works for MAM and at what cost, and recognizing that to produce robust evidence there needs to be solid programming with strong M&E coming from operations, the consultant will both contribute to improved WFP programmes and build evidence through:
a) Providing technical reports of emerging evidence in acute malnutrition to improve WFP programing.
b) Providing technical expert advice for technical protocols and M&E activities in acute malnutrition programming.
c) Supporting operations research activities in acute malnutrition.
5. Support the Nutrition-Specific Unit work plan with other activities

Advanced degree in nutrition, international development or related field.

Experience in the design, implementation, and management of acute malnutrition programs in different settings required.
Experience working in emergency nutrition programming including programme monitoring, survey and assessment required.
Experience working in CMAM programming required.
Experience working in emergency context in the field required.
Experience working in a UN agency or cooperating partner in the field required.
Experience working with government as well as a wide range of partners in the nutrition response to acute malnutrition required.

Knowledge & Skills:
Knowledge of issues, challenges, and response options for acute malnutrition required.
Knowledge of challenges in implementing CMAM and current topics around improving the model required.
Knowledge of global nutrition architecture required.
Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multicultural setting.
Attention to detail.
Excellent written and oral communication skills required

Please apply via the WFP careers website - job listing 57805 - CMAM Specialist Consultant on the WFP. (
Deadline to apply is July 10, 2017.

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