Nutrition Specialist, P3, Amman, Jordan Country Office, #125665 [Temporary Appointment 364 Days] [ [Non-Jordanians only]
The UNICEF Jordan Country Office is looking for an internationally experienced, innovative, and results-driven Nutrition Specialist to drive and create partnerships in championing the Nutrition Programme agenda.
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For every child, healthy living
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a leader in the region for the rights of its children. Working closely with the Government of Jordan, civil society and, the private sector, the UNICEF Jordan Country Office aims to sustain results achieved for children to date, and strives to improve the well-being of every child in Jordan, especially the most vulnerable. UNICEF’s contribution to the country is in line with the Economic Modernization Vision that contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. UNICEF’s programmes focus on improving the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or background.
How can you make a difference?
The Nutrition Specialist supports the national Nutrition Specialist in the development and preparation of the nutrition programme and will support the national nutrition specialist in managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the progress of the nutrition programme.
The nutrition programming context in Jordan requires UNICEF to work on addressing the triple burden of malnutrition with specific actions in the areas of nutrition in middle childhood and adolescence, maternal nutrition, micro-nutrient deficiencies, overweight prevention and school-age and adolescent nutrition. The food, health, and social protection systems aspect links closely to various other areas of work in the Nutrition Section, including maternal and early childhood nutrition and development to prevent child food poverty and malnutrition.
The Nutrition Specialist, along with the National Staff will provide 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 programmes/projects. This is carried out according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.
The incumbent will report to the National Nutrition Specialist with oversight from the Deputy Representative in the absence of the Health & Nutrition Chief.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
4. Networking and partnership building
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care. Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. Experience in working on systems strengthening and policy development is an asset as is working on addressing obesity and overweight as part of the triple burden of malnutrition.
Developing country work experience internationally and/or familiarity with emergency contexts is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required and fluency in Arabic is highly desired
For every Child, you demonstrate...
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UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
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