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

Job Title:       Nutrition Manager
Organization: United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Job Grade: P-4
Reports to: Chief CSD
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
Manager will supports the Chief in managing the Section, contributing to
knowledge management/innovation and developing/preparing nutrition
programs/projects. The Specialist provides authoritative 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 programs/projects according to plans, allocation,
results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s
Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.
 Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Management and/or advisory support to the Chief:
Offer technical advice to the Chief in
establishing the annual work plan including developing strategies and
determining priorities/targets and performance measurements. Coordinate work
progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and
performance standards and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.
Provide technical assistance/advice to
colleagues in the Section on all aspects of programming and implementation to
enable colleagues to achieve program/performance objectives
Perform the full duties of the Chief in his/her
Program development and planning:
The jobholder will also plan and/or provide
technical support/guidance to the preparation/design and conduct/update of
situation analysis for the nutrition sector/s to ensure timely comprehensive
and current data on maternal and child nutrition are available to guide policy
and development, design and management of nutrition programs/projects. Keep
abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and
Actively 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 and Country
Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework
(UNDF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
Establish specific goals, objectives and
strategies and implementation plans for the sector/s based on results-based
planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for
program review and approval.
Work closely and collaboratively with internal
and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies
and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of
concrete and sustainable results.
Provide authoritative technical and operational
support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration,
coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and
achievement of results as planned and allocated.
Program 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.
Actively participate in monitoring and evaluation
exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other
counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions
to achieve results.
Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports
to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify
lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely
intervention to achieve goals.
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
Plan, monitor and certify and control the
optimum/appropriate use of program resources (financial, administrative and
other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules,
regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and
integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources
Prepare mandated and key program/project reports
for donors and other partners to keep them informed of program progress.
Advisory services and technical support:
Provide advice to key government officials, NGO
partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on
policies, strategies and best practices and approaches on health and related
issues to support program development planning, management, implementation and
delivery of results.
Take part in program strategic discussions/planning
to provide technical advice/contribute to policy discussions and agenda setting
to promote health/nutrition interventions especially in the areas of gender,
emergency preparedness and maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition.
Prepare policy papers, briefs and other
strategic program materials for management use, information and/or
Actively participate in emergency preparedness
initiatives program development and contingency planning and/or to respond to
emergencies in country or where designated.
Advocacy, networking and partnership building:
Build and maintain strategic partnerships with
nutrition/health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and
global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and
effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and/or
promote cooperation and alliances to achieve program goals on maternal/children
rights and social justice/equity.
Prepare communication and information materials
to highlight program goals, achievements and/or needs to promote awareness,
establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programs
(maternal, newborn and child survival and development).
Actively participate and/or represent UNICEF in
appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on health and related
issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully
considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and
agenda setting. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues UNDAF
planning and preparation of nutrition programs/projects.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:
Actively promote critical thinking and
innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable health
programs/projects initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
Stay abreast, research, benchmark and implement
best and cutting edge practices in health management and information systems.
Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
Actively contribute to the development of
policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure
optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
Organize, plan and/or implement capacity building
initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote
sustainable results on health/nutrition related programs/projects.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant for the United Nations UNICEF
Nutrition Manager job placement should hold an Advanced University Degree in
nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, public health, global/international health
and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, or other
health related science field is required.
At least eight years of professional experience
in public health/nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of
maternal, newborn and child nutrition health care at the international level
some of which preferably in a developing country is required.
Significant experience in health/nutrition
program/project development and management in any UN system agency or
organization is an asset.
Fluency in English (written and verbal) is
required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French,
Spanish, Russian) or a local language is an asset.
Personal Competencies:
Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity
Core Competencies: Communication, Drive for Results, Working
with People
Functional Competencies: Leading and Supervising (I),
Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II), Analyzing (III), Relating and
Networking (II), Deciding and Initiating Action (II) and Applying Technical
Expertise (III)
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 candidates who wish to join the
United Nations UNICEF in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to visit
the link below to Apply.
Deadline: 13th December 2016
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