Field Nutrition Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

Three Field Nutrition Specialists with intermediate-level French language skills and a degree and work experience in nutrition, health, statistics or a field relevant to international development assistance are needed to work with offices of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in different field offices in Guinea. A Comprehensive Food and Nutrition Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA+N), conducted by WFP and Guinea’s National Agency of Agriculture and Food Security Statistics in 2018, indicated that 21.8 percent of households are food insecure, with 2.4 percent severely food insecure. The support WFP is giving to education aims to improve the attendance rates of elementary pupils through the daily provision of hot school meals to 131,895 primary school students throughout the school year in targeted prefectures, and WFP also supports communities to produce locally grown food that can be used for school feeding programs. The Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRV) have been requested to strengthen the capacity of WFP sub-office staff, governmental and non-governmental partners to address hunger and malnutrition in targeted communities.

The PCRVs will work with the staff of the WFP Sub-Offices to reinforce skills of field staff on nutrition promotion in vulnerable/target communities; carry out administrative, analytical and field monitoring of nutrition activities; and conduct field visits to health centers, school canteens, storage facilities, etc. The PCRVs may also carry out administrative, analytical and field monitoring of nutrition activities; analyze monthly reports and give feedback to the Head of the Sub-Office and the country nutrition manager to take corrective measures when necessary; and participate in the optimization of the working methods of each sub-office. The overall goal of the assignment is for the PCRVs to build the capacity of each of the WFP Sub Offices to ensure projects are well implemented and monitored.

Partner Information

United Nations World Food Program (WFP)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: nutrition, health, statistics or a field relevant to international development assistance
• Experience or training in the field of food, health or more particularly in nutrition
• Intermediate French language skills required
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
• Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
• Demonstrated organizational skills
• Good communication skills
• Highly adaptable and flexible in accepting work assignment outside normal desk descriptions
• Culturally sensitive: candidate should enjoy working in a new context, with people of other cultures

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Guinea

  • Guinea may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; dermatology; some types of gynecologic support; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizures; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Guinea, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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