UN Jobs – Nutrition Specialist at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Job Title:     Nutrition Specialist
Organization: United Nations
Children’s Fund Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Mbarara,
Reports to: Chief of Field
Vacancy Number: VN/PBR/2015/08
Grade: NOC
About US:
The United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general
assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet
their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to
translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on
reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all
children, everywhere.
Job Summary: The Nutrition
Specialist will support the UNICEF Field Office in the formulation, design,
planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition project(s) to
ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery
and accomplishment of project goals and objectives. The Nutrition Specialist
will also be in charge of ensuring that all aspects of the Nutrition
project/programme promote gender equality, and for collaborating to mainstream
key features across all related sectors of the country programme.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Planning, Development and Management.
Enhance effective multisectoral
coordination, planning, development and management of the Nutrition Programme including
the Enhanced Resilience Karamoja component that is funded by DFID by
contributing timely and effective technical advice, guidance and inputs to
situational analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete
monitoring and analysis, addressing gender inequality and determinants of
gender equality; ensure the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral
Further promote knowledge management by ensuring
that challenges, lessons learned, and best practices from the Nutrition
Programme including those from the Enhanced Resilience Karamoja component
funded by DFID by are documented and reports such as the Country Programme
Recommendation and Plans of Action are disseminated at all levels as well as
through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities
of the programme.
Ensure exchange of knowledge, information,
experience or lessons learned; provides solid technical recommendations on
major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the
Projects through Results-Based Approach.
Actively promote the quality of rights-based
Nutrition projects and programmes through participation in the formulation of
programme/project goals, strategies and approaches, especially those that
increase gender equality.
Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral
or project management processes using a gender-sensitive, results-based
management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and
Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring:
Takes primary responsibility for the development of
the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project
management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral
activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches,
with an emphasis on promoting a shared understanding and approach to reducing
gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.
Ensure the appropriateness of financial,
administrative and supply documentation; verify that Nutrition project
expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project
information and database (e.g., FLS, VISSION). Follow up on queries or initiate
corrective action on discrepancies.
Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting:
Ensure multi-sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency
and delivery of all components of the multisectoral Nutrition Programme through
a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation.
Take part in major evaluation exercises, programme
reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts and UN
counterparts,, ensuring that identified problems and remedial proposed actions
are implemented, quantitative and qualitative lessons learned in gender
equality in nutrition are included as a standard feature.
Ensure the preparation of annual Nutrition sector
status reports.
of UNICEF’s Global Goals:
Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through
advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication,
networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF,
leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes and focusing on
the contributions of gender equality in achieving these goals.
and Government Accountability.
Works closely with Operations and Supply staff on
supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF
and Government accountability. 
Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and
submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the
regulations and guidelines.
Collaboration, Networking and Partnership:
Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify
new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services
and achieve Nutrition programme requirements and objectives.
Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and
conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other
partners, employing qualitative as well as quantitative gender sensitive
monitoring methods as useful.
Work closely with Communication and Programme
Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials
and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
Work in liaison with Regional Advisers and HQ
Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme Officers to ensure the
integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors, ensuring that
interventions to reduce gender inequalities are mainstreamed across the
Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections
and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls
supportive of Nutrition project or sectoral planning and implementation, to
coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure
Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs,
UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Health programme/project
implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations.
Offer technical support and direction on appropriate
technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve
Nutrition programme goals.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF
Nutrition Specialist must hol an advanced university degree in one of the
disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition,
Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Family Health &
Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Health & Nutrition Education, Health
& Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health, Health
Emergency Preparedness, or other relevant discipline(s).
Additional training in gender and in nutrition
programmes that promote gender equality an asset.
At least five years of relevant professional field
work experience and background/familiarity with Emergency.
Prior experience in monitoring gender inequalities
and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset.
Fluency in English is required and strong written
and verbal communications skill therein strongly desirable.
Values (Required):
Commitment; Diversity and Inclusion; Integrity
Competencies (Required):
Communication; Working with People; Drive for
Competencies (Required):
  Leading and
Supervising; Formulating Strategies and Concepts; Analyzing; Relating and
Networking; Deciding and Initiating Action; Applying Technical Expertise.
NB: UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its
mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to
apply. UNICEF is a smoke free environment.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan Nationals who wish to join the United Nations
UNICEF must send their applications accompanied by an updated CV and P11 form, download here, as well
as two of the most recent performance evaluation report.
The Email
applications should be sent in this format to name your file attachments:
Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g. Gold_MukasaP11 or Gold_MukasaCV or
applications should be addressed to:
Human Resource
UNICEF Kampala,
Plot 9, George
P.O. Box 7047,
Kampala Uganda
Via Email
to:   ugderecruit@unicef.org
Deadline: 22nd October, 2015

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