Nutrition Research Consultant
Vacancy Number:KVID20170221-35982
Title: Nutrition Research Consultant
Duration:20 days
Exp.:2017-02-21-(2 Months Ago)
Jobs no:1
Organization:United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP) |About United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP)
Education:Advanced University degree in public health, nutrition, international development, food security, or
Work Experience:Relevant experience Years

Work experience:

  • Has worked on Strategy and Policy development with any UN or International Organizations.
  • Has implemented or provided consultation to any research and worked with any other consultants on strategy and policy development.
  • Has proven expertise and work experience in nutrition, including the following areas:
  • Assessment and analysis of both protein-energy malnutrition as well as all major forms of micronutrient malnutrition
  • Child health and nutrition
  • Infant and young child feeding practices
  • Maternal health and nutrition
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene


  • Has participated and assisted in negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements with donors and host governments, in line with internal policies and external regulations


Advanced University degree in public health, nutrition, international development, food security, or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and Pashto and/or Dari.

Duties & Responsibilities


In order to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in identifying a clear pathway towards meeting their national targets for Sustainable Development Goal 2, a National Zero Hunger Strategic Review of food security and nutrition in Afghanistan is being undertaken. This Strategic Review is an independent, analytical and consultative exercise that identifies the key challenges Afghanistan faces in achieving zero hunger, and provides prioritized areas for action for all humanitarian and development partners. The review is supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

A Team Leader is leading the research team in the National Zero Hunger Strategic Review process in close consultation with the Lead Convener. The research team will be composed of experts in food security, food systems and nutrition.

The purpose of the National Zero Hunger Strategic Review is to:

  • Provide advice to the Government of Afghanistan on the acceleration of progress toward eliminating food insecurity and malnutrition in line with the relevant national and provincial policies/strategy documents (e.g. National Comprehensive Agriculture Development Priority Programme, Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda AFSANA, etc.), and Sustainable Development Goal No. 2 (SDG 2), to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” and the Zero Hunger Challenge. 

  • Provide inputs for the Common Country Assessment and the preparation of the next United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) which will form the overall vision of the United Nations Country Team’s (UNCT) work in Afghanistan after 2019 to support the Government’s development priorities.

  • Enhance the engagement of UN agencies with national and provincial governments on food security and nutrition and support the alignment of various agencies’ strategic orientation to national and provincial development goals, identifying opportunities for their contribution to the recommended actions based on their institutional mandate and corporate Strategic Plans.

Job Purpose:

To be the lead expert on nutrition in Afghanistan and through secondary research and from a series of provincial consultations with a wide group of stakeholders (Government, UN, NGOs, international financial institutions, donors, civil society and private sector) provide input to the Strategic Review document in partnership with experts on food systems and food security.

The main goal of the nutrition consultant is to conduct technical research and prepare a strategy for the Government to address the 5th Pillar of the Zero Hunger Challenge which is:

An End to Malnutrition in all its forms: Malnutrition is both a driver and an outcome of poverty and inequality. Undernutrition can also lead to hidden hunger, wasting and stunting, which causes irreversible damage to both individuals and society. Obesity in childhood is a growing problem in all regions. Ensuring universal access to nutritious food in the 1000-day window of opportunity between the start of pregnancy and a child’s second birthday is essential to tackling stunting. This should be supported by a multi-sectoral approach which includes nutrition-sensitive health care, water, sanitation, education, agriculture, social protection and specific nutrition interventions, coupled with initiatives that enable empowerment of women.


Reporting to the Team Leader and working with the other consultants with inputs from a Technical Advisory Group, the Consultant will:

  • Develop a workplan that outlines roles and responsibilities in line with the approved timeline for the Strategic Review.

  • Through a literature review and consultations with experts in nutrition, WASH, maternal and child health, and agriculture, and in line with the Government’s priorities for achieving SDG two, prepare draft chapter that outlines the nutrition situation in Afghanistan, achievements to date and gaps or areas of concern around ending malnutrition in all its forms.

  • Based on the outcomes of provincial and national consultations, draft a strategy for addressing the current gaps and the way forward for achieving the SDG 2 outcomes by 2030.

  • Any other duties as required.

Submission Guideline

Afghan nationals meeting the essential qualifications of the position are invited to apply by submitting a letter of interest and an updated CV. Please click on one of the following link in order to submit your online application through the WFP E-recruitment portal. Applications sent via email or hard copy submissions will not be accepted.


Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply