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Nutrition Specialist (Information), P-4, ESARO, Nairobi , Kenya, # 71810

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2 May 2016, 12:03

Job no: 494442
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Kenya
Categories: Nutrition, P-4
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

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.

Purpose of the Position

The post holder will be responsible for supporting nutrition data collection and analysis at regional and national level through development of policies and strategies in collaboration with partners and colleagues at regional and national level. The post will generate evidence to facilitate the equity re-focus to reinforce nutrition programming and nutrition awareness raising; provide in depth information on nutrition situation and trends in the region in the contexts of emergencies ( HOA, Southern Africa and Great Lakes region), food prices, overall socio-economic situation, climate change and progress towards nutrition SDGs, including stunting.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Advisory Capacity; Policy Development; Technical Leadership and Quality Assurance

Provide technical support to countries in the area of nutrition information (nutrition surveys, nutrition surveillance, nutrition data in national or sub-national surveys, etc.). This technical assistance will mainly cover quality check and support on existing and innovative methods including application of AT for data collection, analysis, storage and management.

Support nutrition programme data collection in collaboration with colleagues of regional and country offices.

Liaise with regional partners (e.g. WFP, FAO, SADC, IGAD, NEPAD, AUC, IGN etc), working groups (e.g. FSNWG, etc.) and projects (e.g. FEWSNET, etc.) for development of guidelines on inter-sectoral nutrition data analysis and for the inclusion and analysis of nutrition related indicators in vulnerability assessments and surveys.

Provide on a regular basis and whenever necessary, accurate updates and/or outlooks of the nutrition situation and trends in the region in the contexts of emergency, volatile food prices, socio-economic disparities and climate change.

Promote development of innovative and comprehensive methods for nutrition information, especially in the areas of adolescent and maternal nutrition and under 2 child nutrition.
2. Knowledge Management and capacity building
Further promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing documents and reports as well as through orientation and training programmes. Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned. Support capacity development of nutrition information by inclusion in broader nutrition capacity development initiatives and by the design and implementation of a specific strategy for nutrition information capacity development in the region.
3. Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach

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 evaluation.
4. Promotion 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.
5. Communication, 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 UNICEF Country Offices and regional partners.

Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.

Coordinate with Regional Adviser, RO and CO colleagues to ensure the integration with other sectors, ensuring that interventions to reduce gender inequalities are mainstreamed across the sectors.

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 accountability.

Interact with NGOs, the SUN movement, UN and bilateral agencies + REC's engaged in nutrition as required.
Qualifications of a Successful Candidate

An advanced university degree (Master's) in in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: statistics, planning development, planning, Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Family Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health, Health Emergency Preparedness, or other relevant discipline(s).

Training in gender and in nutrition programmes that promote gender equality an asset.

A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional work experience including nutrition information systems and nutrition programming, at the national and international levels; developing country work experience (IP) or field work experience (for NO), is required.

Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset.

Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
Competencies of a Successful Candidate

Core Values

Diversity and Inclusion
Core competencies

Communication - Level II
Working with People - Level II
Drive for Results - Level II
Functional Competencies

Leading and Supervising - Level I
Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level II
Analyzing - Level III
Relating and Networking - Level II
Deciding and Initiating Action - Level II
Applying Technical Expertise - Level III
To view our competency framework, please click here.

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 organisation.

Advertised: 22 Apr 2016 E. Africa Standard Time
Applications close: 09 May 2016 E. Africa Standard Time

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