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Health & Nutrition Officer, NOA, Qamishli, Syria (Temporary Appointment)


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 70 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.


The H&N Officer provides assessment on health and nutrition situation of children and women in both stable and emergency situation and accordingly develop and formulate Health and Nutrition programme plan for the AOR of the Qamishli Hub within the Country Program.


Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Chief of Qamishli Hub, the incumbent of this post should be accountable for professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting technical program information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition programme activities in the three governorates under the responsibility of Qamishli Hub (Raqqa, Hassakeh, and Deir Ezzor).


All stated health and nutrition activities will be conducted under the Annual Work Plan (AWP) and Humanitarian Response Plan HRP for 2017.



Under the direct supervision of the Chief of UNICEF Qamishli Hub, the incumbent will:

  1. Assist in planning, implementation, monitoring and documentation of health and nutrition programme including emergency interventions for children and women in the conflict affected areas of three governorates in the North- Eastern region under Qamishli Hub AOR.

2.Enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the selected health & nutrition interventions through following-up on implementation with different partners (government and NGOs), with special focus on gender-specific monitoring, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply assistance of UNICEF under health & nutrition programme.


3. Analyze collected data and information on the health situation of women and children in the targeted governorates and prepare progress reports using agreed upon indicators; assist in identification of required supplies and equipment for the target governorate assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference.

4. Undertake field visits and surveys and share information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.

5. Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.


6. Prepare needed inputs from the target governorates for regular situation reports (SitReps) for health & nutrition programme.

 7. Team with local government counterparts and local NGOs to exchange information on health & nutrition programme (including emergency progarmme) implementation for regular update on the number of children and women reached, as well as movement and distribution of supplies in the targeted three governorates.

 8. Help coordinate with other UNICEF programmes in the targeted governorates, namely WASH, to implement hygiene promotion joint interventions, involving all potential partners and local communities.




A University Degree in public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, health education, or epidemiology.


Work Experience:  

One year of professional experience in public health/nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal and neonatal health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness.


Languages:  Fluency in English and Arabic is required.


Competency Profile:


Core Values


  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity


Core competencies


  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (I)
  • Drive for results (I)

Functional Competencies:


  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise ((II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

Duration: 364 days

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Qamishly
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Nutrition
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-05

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