UNICEF recruits 01 Nutrition Specialist, (P3)
Nutrition Specialist, (P3), Temporary appointment, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Job Number: 522660 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Burkina Faso
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For Every Child, a good nutrition.
UNICEF promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the Organization does in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to childrens rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give more children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
How can you make a difference?
Under the direct supervision and general guidance of the Nutrition Specialist P-4 in Charge of Nutrition Programme, the Nutrition Specialist supports the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Nutrition programme within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the Nutrition-related output results in the country programme.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Programme development and planning
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Technical and operational support for programme implementation
Humanitarian Nutrition preparedness, coordination and response
Networking and partnership building
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
1. Programme development and planning
Plan and/or provide technical guidance to the preparation/update of situation analysis for the nutrition sector/s as well as the development of the sectoral nutrition emergency plan.
Provide timely, comprehensive and current data to inform Nutrition policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation in community management of acute malnutrition and emergency response.
Participate in strategic program discussion on the planning of nutrition programs/projects. Formulate, design and prepare nutrition (and/or large sector/s) of programs/projects proposal, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, Regional Office Management Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
Assist in the formulation of the Nutrition outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification. Prepare required documentation for programme reviews.
Work with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of Nutrition output results in the country programme, with emphasis on emergency nutrition preparedness and response.
Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of Nutrition with other UNICEF sectors, for the achievement of the Nutrition output results.
Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector/s in nutrition programs.
With other external support agencies, strengthen national government Nutrition sector monitoring systems, with a focus on Nutrition outcomes in emergency settings (behaviours), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (Nutrition).Â
Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned.
Actively monitor programs/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/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 report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation
Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.
Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in Nutrition, to support programme implementation.
Plan for use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the Nutrition programme, through remote support and on-site visits.Â
Participate in Nutrition programme meetings, to review progress, with government, other sector agencies and implementation partners, involved at various stages of Nutrition programme implementation, to provide expert advice and guidance.
Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices and headquarters.
Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives program development and contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in affected areas.
Provide technical support on introduction of innovative approaches, methods and practices to ensure community participation and ownership of the nutrition problems and solutions.
4. Humanitarian Nutrition preparedness, coordination and response
Prepare requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for Nutrition in emergency situation.
Contribute to the coordination of humanitarian Nutrition sector with all nutrition partnersÂ
Ensure that all UNICEF Nutrition staff are familiar with UNICEF procedures for responding in an emergency.
Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.Â
5. Networking and partnership building
Build and strengthen partnerships with nutrition/health sector government counterparts, and national stakeholders through active networking, effective communication, information sharing and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve Nutrition output results.
Prepare materials for Nutrition programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEFâ€™s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.
6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of Nutrition action research and innovation (technical or systems).Â
Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall Nutrition sector development.
Create and deliver learning opportunities for UNICEF Nutrition staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.Â
Contribute to the systematic assessment of Nutrition sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiative to strengthen capacities systematically.
Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
To qualify as a champion for every child you will haveâ€¦
An advanced university degree in nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, public health, global/international health and nutrition, or other health and nutrition related field is required. Â
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively experience at the national and international levels in Nutrition-related programmes for developing countries is required, preferably in Africa and one (1) year deployment in a humanitarian situation (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.
Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demostrateâ€¦
UNICEFâ€™s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The technical competencies required for this post are:
Leading and Supervising [I]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
Applying Technical Expertise [III]
Relating and Networking [II]
Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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.
Closing Date Wed Jun 12 2019 00:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)