World Food Programme: Programme Officer - HIV/AIDS

United Nations World Food Programme
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Sunday, 21 April, 2013
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The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger worldwide.

The core policies and strategies that govern WFP activities are to provide food assistance (or enable Government to do so) to save lives in refugee and other emergency situations; to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people; and to help build assets and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities, particularly through conditional food for work and training programmes.

The United Nations WFP seeks to appoint a Programme Officer - HIV/AIDS, based in Johannesburg.

Grade: NOB

This is a fixed term contract.

In line with WFP’s UNAIDS co-sponsor responsibilities, the HIV/AIDS technical support team based in Johannesburg provides support for strategic and programmatically sound development of HIV, food and nutrition interventions in collaboration with WFP country offices (COs) and their national counterparts. The team also supports COs in their bids to access funding for HIV, Food and Nutrition programming through the Global Fund, PEPFAR, donor liaison and private sector partnerships. The team consists of small group of WFP staff and consultants with relevant expertise in food, nutrition and HIV/AIDS programming and/or associated areas.

The Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Programme Advisor in Johannesburg. S/he will liaise closely with the other team members at the Bureau, with HQ colleagues for coordination and collaboration, and will remain in close contact with COs to ensure proactive and responsive support services. Furthermore, considering the extensive partnership arrangements required to pursue integration of food and nutrition support within national AIDS responses, the programme officer will liaise extensively with stakeholders at all levels (including national government, international organizations and institutions, academia and national civil society actors).


  • Support coordination of the HIV team’s programme support to COs through consolidation of updated activity profiles and programme statistics, tracking of CO technical and programmatic support needs and development of briefs and updates as required;
  • Support country level HIV/AIDS programming:
    • Support development of HIV programmes as part of emergency, recovery and development operations; and support preparation and clearance of associated documentation in collaboration with RB programme unit and HQ based colleagues
    • Provide on-call support services to COs through routine phone and e-mail exchange as well as missions and short term assignments (the latter based on specific CO requests and TORs)
    • Provide support to country level strategy and joint programme development in partnership with UN, Government and civil society partners; for example NSPs, UNDAFs, JPSs etc
  • Support country and regional level information management including the collection and analysis of food security and nutrition vulnerability information on HIV interest groups, strengthening programme monitoring, evaluation and reporting, and development of appropriate operational research initiatives;
  • Support the development of guidance on HIV/AIDS technical and programmatic areas of common concern across the region (complementary to and building on existing WFP corporate and internationally available technical guidance) – including but not limited to Food-by-Prescription programming in ART, TB and PMTCT services, and social and productive safety nets;
  • Identification, analysis and documentation of emerging issues, promising practice, common challenges etc;
  • Contribute to development in partnership with external partners and HQ colleagues;
  • Facilitate identification and deployment of technical experts to support Country Office activities;
  • Coordinate the finalization, publication and dissemination of reports and papers emerging from regional and country specific technical assistance activities;
  • Contribute to thematic publications and presentations to showcase critical developments in the southern Africa region;
  • Contribute to regional competency building for WFP staff and partners through routine liaison with and mentoring of CO HIV Focal Points, country-to-country sharing of good practice and organisation/facilitation of learning and consultation events;
  • Support the development of funding and partnership building proposals at regional and country levels;
  • Participate in regional forums, task teams and other consultation mechanisms as relevant to WFP’s strategic priorities; support regional joint UN initiatives;
  • Any other duties as required.


  • Master’s degree in public health, nutrition, social sciences, development studies or other field relevant to international development assistance;
  • Minimum of three years of most relevant professional experience in a field associated with HIV, food and nutrition;
  • Experience from more than one country, highly advantageous;
  • Communication and networking skills, proven ability to relate to people of different backgrounds;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Working knowledge of Portuguese and/or French will be an added advantage.

Salary: As per UN salary scale.

To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and/or a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) to, quoting Announcement No: ODJ/VA 007/2013. 

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No other documents will be reviewed at this stage.

Applicant must be a South African national.

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