Programme Policy Officer (Food Technology), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: India

Field location: Lucknow, India

Office: WFP in Lucknow

Closing date: Sunday, 6 September 2020

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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.


Type of Contract: Service Contract

Grade: SB-4

Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Duration of Employment: 1 Year (Renewable, depending on availability of funds)

Reporting to: Project lead in the State Rural Livelihood Mission, Uttar Pradesh and Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition) in the WFP Country Office in Delhi


The World Food Programme (WFP), operating in India since 1963, aims to provide technical support to strengthening the government’s food safety-nets programmes in order to improve access to nutritious food for millions of vulnerable households throughout the country. Through its Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023), WFP India aims to support India in achieving their targets under Sustainable Development Goals 2 and

Strategic Outcome (SO) 2 of WFP’s current CSP (2019-2023) is aimed at reducing all forms of malnutrition in India, To facilitate India’s progress on the SGDs and in sustainably reducing malnutrition, WFP will focus on ‚People at high risk of malnutrition in India, especially women, children and adolescent girls, have improved nutrition by 2025‘ as laid down in Strategic outcome 2 of its CSP. This primarily translates into WFP working with National and State governments to improve the nutritional status of the population through introduction of nutritionally viable solutions and best practices in existing systems and enhancing the nutritional effectiveness of the three food based safety nets namely the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Mid-day meal (MDM) scheme and the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme. Social behaviour change communications (SBCC) accompanies all activities to help target audiences to know more about the benefits of good nutrition, appropriate child feeding practices and appropriate health and hygiene practices. WFP Collaboration with the State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) and the Department of Women & Child Development (DWCD) in Uttar Pradesh Aligned to this overarching vision around improved nutrition, WFP has been working in Uttar Pradesh across several Departments and with various stakeholders including the State Rural Livelihood Mission and the Department of Women & Child Development to ensure the availability and consumption of nutritious, quality assured and safe Supplementary nutrition through the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme. Under this project, a total of 204 Supplementary nutrition production units will be set up in 18 districts across the State; these units will be run by women led microenterprises. Each unit will produce a variety of different food products for different ICDS beneficiary groups such as children between 6 months to 6 years of age, adolescent girls and pregnant/ lactating women. This model will then be expanded across the State in a phased manner to cover all the districts. WFP will work closely with both SRLM and DWCD for the roll-out of the supplementary nutrition production through a combination of technical assistance and direct support to set up the supplementary nutrition production units. WFP will provide technical assistance at the State level and also to the various units being set up across the 18 districts, in tandem with the officials of SRLM. WFP technical assistance will be focussed primarily on the processes around the production of the supplementary nutrition. Post set-up, WFP will provide technical assistance for monitoring the implementation and production across the units; identifying gaps/ areas for improvement and helping to fill the gaps through proven solutions. WFP will also take responsibility of setting up of a single block level production unit each in Unnao and Fatehpur districts. These units will be fully automated production plants and will function as Centres of Excellence. These project sites will be used for training workers from other districts for the scale up of the production units in the remaining districts in the State. To support the roll out of this alternative model for production of supplementary nutrition, WFP will position staff at various levels, including the placement of a Programme Policy Officer (Food Technology) at the State level.


The Programme Policy Officer (Food Technology), under the direct guidance of the Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition) based at the WFP CO and the overall guidance of the Head of the Nutrition and School Feeding will be responsible for the following: Technical assistance:

Develop the terms of reference for the procurement of laboratory services as well as the various raw materials including micronutrient premixes needed to produce the Supplementary nutrition products for the units across the States;
Design standard operating procedures to produce the Supplementary nutrition products as well as protocols for the quality assurance and control of the raw materials and products at the production units and throughout the supply chain;
Formulate alternate product compositions that the women led micro enterprises can produce (in addition to the ICDS Supplementary nutrition products) with a view to generating more profits and making the Supplementary nutrition production units into a successful business venture;
Propose methods to constantly improve the quality and acceptability of the Supplementary nutrition products based on feedback from the field;
Prepare evidenced based recommendations to enable rapid response to situations with food safety concerns.

Support to on-ground implementation and monitoring of the project:

Conduct capacity building of the women led microenterprises as well as the SRLM mission staff at all levels on production process, food safety standards, nutrition, food fortification etc;
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Regularly visit the Supplementary production units across the State to monitor the implementation of the larger project, identify gaps in implementation at the Unit level and suggest mid-course; correction to the unit staff. The incumbent is also expected to gauge the response and acceptability of the community to the Supplementary nutrition products and take corrective action as required;
Liaise with project stakeholders for timely implementation and speedy resolution of issues identified in the projects.

Documentation and knowledge management

Design knowledge products and training modules for building capacity of the women and SRLM staff engaged in the production of the Supplementary Nutrition, Hygiene and quality control;
Compile and identify best practices in the implementation of the project in the different production units for wider dissemination;
Assist in the development of information, education and communication material and strategies relevant to the larger project;
In the event of food safety incidents, support investigation exercises to enable lessons learned to be documented and shared, to reduce re-occurrence of the incident. Coordination

Coordinate with government counterparts at both State and district level across DWCD and SRLM as need be to facilitate implementation of the project as well as further provision of technical assistance;
Ensure necessary coordination between WFP CO, SO and field staff and other relevant units of the organization for quality implementation of the project. Staff management

Provide guidance to field staff responsible for implementing the projects in consultation with your supervisor and assist them with analysis, queries etc;
Directly supervise WFP staff posted as Regional Coordinator responsible for the Fatehpur Supplementary nutrition production units.



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. People

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. Performance

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. Partnership

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.


Education: Advanced University degree in Food Technology. Experience: 5 years of progressively responsible work experience preferably in the development sector. Previous experience of working in partnership with the government/UN agency/INGO or on projects targeted at addressing malnutrition at the community level is desirable. â¦Â Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. fortification, etc.). â¦Â Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations. â¦Â Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions. Knowledge & Skills: â¦Â Excellent interpersonal skills required, including strong professionally communication ability; â¦Â Advocacy and networking skills with a broad range of stakeholders including government, private sector, civil society, academia, NGO and international cooperation â¦Â Knowledge of research methods with familiarity in quantitative and qualitative methods; â¦Â Advanced computer skills with proficiency in Windows, Microsoft office; â¦Â Knowledge of UN system would be an asset â¦Â Knowledge of WFP programmes is an advantage â¦Â Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of nutrition and food security experts across fourteen countries â¦Â Tact and diplomacy Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English and Hindi; ability to speak in other Indian languages is a plus.


â¦Â Ability to engage effectively with a wide range of actors from government, private sector and civil society. â¦Â Very strong communications skills, both in writing and speaking â¦Â Solid planning and problem-solving skills and action oriented â¦Â Ability to work under tight deadlines and simultaneously manage multiple tasks in an autonomous manner; â¦Â Maturity, initiative, courtesy, tact and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds â¦Â Ability to handle any other additional tasks as requested by the supervisor. â¦Â Ability to undertake travel within the country.


Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. A written test will be used as a form of screening. In the event your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide in advance a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/ certificate(s) required for this position.

This is a national position therefore candidates who are non-Indian nationals will not be considered.

Mode of Engagement:

The salary for this position is INR. 14,69,279/- per annum (depending upon the last drawn remuneration of the candidate), plus medical benefits as per WFP’s plan.

All tax liability for payments from this contract are to be borne by the subscriber.

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VACANCY CLOSING DATE : 06 September 2020

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

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