Deadline: 20 November 2021
World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Technical Officer, Malnutrition and Food Systems in Washington, D.C., United States. The duration of this post is 9 months.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Technical Officer, Malnutrition and Food Systems will perform the following functions:
- Provide technical and programmatic support to the Risk Factors and Nutrition Unit, particularly for the Caribbean Subregion, in the development and implementation of the technical cooperation program of work for the prevention and control of all forms of malnutrition provide technical cooperation to build country capacity to develop and implement national intersectoral and inter-programmatic policies, plans and programs, including the promotion of optimal nutrition throughout the life-course as part of a comprehensive food systems’ approach.
- Provide technical cooperation to build countries’ capacity to enact, implement, monitor and enforce policies to eliminate industrially produced trans fatty acids.
- Plan and provide direct technical cooperation to Member States for the development of policies, programs and interventions on maternal and child nutrition, prevention of wasting, stunting, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight/obesity, as well as the promotion of optimal nutrition throughout the life-course through implementation of essential nutrition actions.
- Provide technical cooperation to strengthen capacity to conduct surveillance, as well as monitoring and evaluation of community- and population-based interventions programs to assess the nutritional status of populations and groups at high risk of malnutrition.
- Promote and provide technical cooperation on the incorporation of indicators on maternal and child nutrition, breastfeeding and complementary feeding, wasting, stunting, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight/obesity in the national health surveillance systems.
- Promote and provide technical cooperation on the assessment of diet and nutritional status in populations throughout the life-course, relevant to the national needs.
- Build country capacity to assess, design, implement, enforce and monitor nutritional programs, regulations and guidelines to respond to all forms of malnutrition.
Applicants must have:
- Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition or other health science from a recognized University.
- Master’s Degree in nutrition, public health, a social science or related field from a recognized University would be an asset.
- 7 year’s combined national and international experience in the fields of nutrition and public health, including food and nutrition policies to address all forms of malnutrition, including the social determinants of health and sustainable food systems.
- Practical experience working in public health projects at the international level in Latin America and the Caribbean and/or experience working in the design, development, implementation, and monitoring of nutrition programs and policies would be an asset.
- Demonstrate ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook.
- Knowledge of software programs for qualitative, statistical and econometric analyses would be an asset.
- Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with working knowledge of the other language.
- Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.