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The Nutrition Specialist supports the development and preparation of the nutrition programme and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the programme progress of a sector of the health and nutrition programme within the country programme. The Nutrition Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results in maternal, infant and child nutrition programmes/projects. This is carried out according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF's Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.
How can you make a difference?
Support to programme development and planning
- Contribute to and support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the nutrition sector to ensure comprehensive and current data on maternal and child nutrition are available to guide policy development,
- Ensures effective project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management.
- Formulates sectoral programme goals, objectives, and strategies and implementation plans for the nutrition sector(s) based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM).
- Ensuring coherence of the sectoral program with National priorities and policies, management of nutrition programmes /projects.
- Supervises preparation of the sectoral inputs to the Country Programme Document and related documents
- ensuring coherence of the sectoral programme with National priorities and policies.
- Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
- Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action and interventions to achieve results.
- Define performance indicators, and UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in nutrition programmes.
- Ensuring the integration of the sectoral programme with other UNICEF sectors in all stages of the programming process and programme communication to ensure integration of nutrition programme with other sectors.
- Contribute in the formulation and development of nutrition goals, strategies and approaches for the UNICEF plan of cooperation
- Participates with UNICEF, government, donors and other partners in the development of integrated strategies, methodologies and identification of innovative approaches for improving programme delivery, with emphasis on advocacy, community participation and social mobilization based on the Human Rights framework and cross sector approach to Programming and Community Capacity Development.
- Monitors latest Nutrition developments at the regional and national levels; identifies/develops new methodologies and approaches for managing and improving CMAM programme effectiveness and efficiency of delivery.
- Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management.
- Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
- Actively monitor programmes and projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress.
- Identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
- Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
- Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
Technical and operational support to programme implementation
- Provides technical support to government and non-government organizations at the national, provincial and operational levels in the planning, development and implementation of the Nutrition programme.
- Plans, organizes and conducts training and orientation activities for government personnel and beneficiaries, for institutional capacity building and expansion of coverage of nutrition services.
- Participate in discussions with national partners, clients and stakeholders to promote nutrition and development issues especially in the areas of emergency preparedness and maternal, newborn and child survival and development.
- Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
- Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for nutrition programme development, contingency planning and/or to respond to nutrition and health emergencies in country.
- In collaboration with other colleagues, establishes effective information and reporting systems to monitor and evaluate the impact of the nutrition programme and achievement of targeted goals.
- Undertakes field visits to monitor and evaluate project implementation.
- Participates in quarterly and annual reviews and planning meeting on the country programme to assess and evaluate programme effectiveness, identifying problems and adopting remedial measures to accelerate/improve programme delivery.
Networking and partnership building
- Takes responsibility for the development of the results-based sectoral work plan as well as for managerial oversight and implementation of sectoral project activity, consistent with the defined project strategies and approaches.
- Ensures that objectives and targets are timely met and achieved, by providing advice, guidance oversight, coordination, and support to professional and support staff.
- Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with nutrition sector government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge.
- Facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity.
- Prepare communication and information materials for country programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development).
- Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF's position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
- Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting-edge practices in nutrition management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
- Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results on nutrition related programmes and projects.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field.
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in French is required. Knowledge of English is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.