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Chief Health and Nutrition, P-5 Damascus Syria #88338


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.

Purpose of the Position

Chief, Health & Nutrition, is responsible for the overall management,  administration, quality control and oversight of  the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Health & Nutrition programme in the context of child survival and development within the country programme. Accountable for effective technical leadership, management guidance and programme support to facilitate the application and adaptation of UNICEF policies and strategies to achieve programme goals and expansion of UNICEF assisted Health & Nutrition interventions, including the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

As Chief of Section, directs, leads, manages, develops and enables a competent team of professional and support staff to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the Health & Nutrition programme, with a view to integrating gender equality, equity, and emergency preparedness and response across all aspects of the  programme.  

Contributes to create synergy partnerships which reinforce other organizations – including other UN Agencies – MDGs strategic directions in areas where UNICEF has primary responsibility or comparative advantage such as interrelated areas of maternal, new-born, and child health and nutrition.

Works closely, in Humanitarian Action, with the Nutrition and Health clusters within  inter-agency sector, intersector and Whole of Syria mechanisms.

Key Expected Results

1. Timely and quality sectoral analysis, input, support and coordination contribute to the Situation Analysis, its periodic update, and all programme documents to formulate effective Health & Nutrition goals, strategy, and project planning and development, in partnerships with key stakeholders, including affected populations, and with contribution of knowledge institutions.

2. Integrated Health & Nutrition strategies, methodologies and new approaches are developed and implemented based on results-based approach within Human Rights based and conflict sensitive frameworks by broad participation and collaboration with internal and external partnership. Partnerships with global funds, multilateral and bilateral agencies and development banks, as well as relations with the private sector enhanced and exploited efficiently, in order to formulate common advocacy position and influence allocation of resources, as well as investment decisions on behalf of Health and Nutrition.

3. Technical support is provided to government and non-government organizations at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries, including through back-up partnerships with specialists Health and Nutrition organizations as appropriate.

4. Monitoring and evaluation of programme performance is properly undertaken for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery, capitalizing on joint global monitoring and evaluation frameworks such as the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group for child health and nutrition, and with WFP in the areas of food and nutrition.

5. Work plan and objectives are effectively established, performance is managed, and planned results are timely delivered through exercise of strong programme management leadership; partnership frameworks that pool competencies and resources developed.

6. The capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity building programme– which also build on technical partnerships with collaborating agencies to provide state-of-the-art technical information to staff – in the development, implementation and management of the Health & Nutrition programme.

7. UNICEF and Government and implementing partners accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector; and Government counterparts and implementing partners are orientated and trained in UNICEF supply and non-supply assistance policies and procedures.

8. Effective partnership and collaboration are achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.

9. The most relevant and strategic information is provided including in cooperation with knowledge institutions to support the Health & Nutrition Programme by the effective implementation of integrated programme monitoring system.

10. All required programme reports are timely prepared and shared with concerned partners in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

11. Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination are provided; and in line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, partnerships with the Health and Nutrition humanitarian actors strengthened within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

12. Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively accomplished.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

1. Education

Advanced university degree in Public Health and Nutrition (preferably with specialized training in health planning, health and nutrition education, health care system management, HIV/AIDS prevention, or epidemiology), Child Development,  Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.

2. Work Experience

  • Ten years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition programmes including those relevant to child survival & development. Professional work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in health, nutrition, and child survival & health care.
  • Developing country work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.

3. Language

Fluency in English is required and another UN language is desirable.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

1. Core Values

  • Commitment      
  • Diversity and Inclusion     
  • Integrity

2. Core Competencies

  • Communication  [III] 
  • Working with People  [III] 
  • Drive for Results  [III]

3. Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising [III]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [III]
  • Analyzing [III]                                     
  • Relating and Networking [III]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [III]      
  • Persuading and Influencing [II]

To view our competency framework, please click here.


* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Please note that Damascus is a non-family duty station.

Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

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: Damascus
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Nutrition
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-11

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