United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Careers – Nutrition Specialist

Organisation: United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Reports to: Chief, Health
and Nutrition (Alive Programme)
Vacancy No:  E-VN-2014-001463
Duty Station: Kampala,
For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries
and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The
world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports
child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education
for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence,
exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary
contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Job Summary: The Nutrition
Specialist will be responsible for the overall management, development,
planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programme in
the context of ‘Keeping Children Alive’.
Key Duties &
  • Significantly contributes to the
    preparation of the Situation Analysis and its periodic update. Prepares
    nutrition programme inputs to the Country 
    Programme Document (CPD) and all related documents.
  • Formulates and develops nutrition
    programme goals, strategies, methodologies and approaches and implements
    based on result-based approach within Human Rights framework by broad
    participation and collaboration with internal and external partnership.
  • Reviews and evaluates the technical,
    institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of nutrition
    programmes in coordination and collaboration with government and other
  • Provides technical support to government
    and non-government organizations at the national, regional and provincial
    levels in the planning, development and implementation stages of the
    health and nutrition programmes.
  • Plans, organizes and conducts training and
    orientation activities for government personnel and beneficiaries, for the
    purpose of capacity building at the central and regional levels, and
    expansion of coverage of services.
  • Undertakes field visits in order to
    monitor and evaluate nutrition programme performance/implementation;
    identifies problems and proposes remedial action; identifies alternative
    courses of action, to accelerate/improve efficiency of programme delivery.
  • Develops the work-plan for the nutrition
    programme and monitors compliance to ensure objectives and targets are met
    and achieved.
  • Guides and supervises professional and
    support staff.
  • Ensures their training needs are met, and
    provides on-the-job training.
  • Coordinates with Operations/Supply staff
    on supply and non- supply assistance activities.
  • Approves disbursement of funds ensuring
    proper utilization and accountability, and those activities are within
    established plans of action, and the programme budget allotments.
  • Coordinates activities and exchanges
    information/ideas with other programmes, to contribute to achievement of
    overall country programme objectives.
  • Participates in establishing effective
    monitoring, information and reporting systems, and in the development of
    communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and community
  • Participates in the preparation of all
    programme reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme
    analysis, annual reports, etc.
  • Perform any other job tasks as assigned by
    the supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills &
  • The applicant should possess an advanced
    university degree in nutrition and specialized training in public health,
    covering clinical, biochemical and public health aspects. (The Nutrition
    Specialist may hold a university degree with a relevant combination of
    academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the
    advanced university degree.)
  • Strong background in Economics and Social
    Development advantageous.
  • At least eight years of relevant work
    experience at the national and international levels in programme planning,
    management, monitoring, and evaluation, in the field of ‘Keeping Children
  • Past exposure and experience/familiarity
    in emergency programmes management experience is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge
    of another UN language or the local working language of the duty station
    would be an asset.
  • Strong technical leadership and
    comprehensive background in nutrition, encompassing curative, but most
    importantly preventive and promotive nutrition interventions;
  • Proven ability and experience in guiding
    transition from emergency response to a development modus operandi,
    including the institutional capacity building that would be needed to
    sustain multi-sectoral collaborative efforts;
  • Substantial hands-on experience in
    administrative, financial and supply management;
  • Considerable work experience in supporting
    programming and promotion of Infant and Young Child Feeding and other
    Essential Nutrition Actions;
  • Demonstrated leadership and experience in
    influencing the integration of nutrition into other key sectoral
  • Past experience in communication-based
    nutrition planning, communication, marketing, participatory approaches in
    community mobilisation and partnerships building;
  • Strong advocacy and networking experience
    for multi-sectoral and comprehensive approaches to nutrition.
  • Strong hands-on experience in supporting
    the design, coordination and implementation of multi-sectoral stunting
    reduction efforts, such as SUN and similar innovative efforts, coupled
    with familiarity with in-country partnerships such as REACH would be
    highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge
    of another UN language.
Personal Competencies:
  • Communicates effectively to varied
    audiences, including during formal public speaking.
  • Able to work effectively in a
    multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality of work
    and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Has good leadership and supervisory
    skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team
    are clear.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans
    and objectives.
  • Analyzes and integrates diverse and
    complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
  • Quickly builds rapport with individuals
    and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across
    organizational departments.
  • Identifies urgent and potentially
    difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates
    team- and department-wide activities.
  • Demonstrates, applies and shares expert
    technical knowledge across the organization.
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and
    inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male
    candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including
    persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our
How to Apply:
If you want to work for the United Nations UNICEF as a nutrition
specialist, Please click on web link below to visit and review the requirements
and Click “Apply Now.”
Deadline: 17th July, 2014

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