The United Nations World Food Programme is Programme Associate (HIV / Nutrition) for Tete.
Malnutrition remains a serious threat to lasting human and economic development in Mozambique. Despite a significant increase in political will, capacity strengthening in food security and nutrition (FSN) overall, and targeted investments for improved nutrition over the last 10 years, it is still estimated that almost 11 % of GDP is lost annually due to malnutrition (Cost of Hunger Study, 2017). Adding to this, Mozambique is increasingly suffering under the triple burden of malnutrition with overweight, underweight, and micronutrient deficiencies co-existing in urban settings, while the former two prevail in rural settings. A closer look at the numbers reveals the scary reality – stunting was remained largely unchanged since 2011 with a prevalence of 38% amongst children under 5 (IOF 2019/20) – while anemia affects 54% of women (DHS 2011) and 64% of children (IMASIDA, 2015).
In direct support of Government priorities and fully aligned to WFP’s Country Strategic Plans 2017-2021 and 2022-2026, WFP CO is implementing nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes.
Against this backdrop, the Nutrition Programme Associates (NPA’s) which are part of the Nutrition and HIV Unit of WFP Mozambique team and based in the field offices, in close collaborations with Provincial government and non-government counterparts, are responsible to manage, oversee, monitor and report for WFP Nutrition specific and sensitive programs and interventions, provide technical assistance to the design of policies and programs that directly impact nutrition in their respective provinces.provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet the nutritional needs as part of WFP nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming.
The NPA’s should ensure alignment with national policies and strategies related to food and nutrition security, with WFP Country Strategic Plans and WFP Nutrition and HIV strategies.
Under the direct supervision of the head of field office (FO), the NPA will be responsible for the nutrition-specific and sensitive activities under their specific duty station.
Specifically, he/she will be responsible for the following duties: