Temporary Appointment: Nutrition Specialist, P-3, Bor, South Sudan
Under the supervision of the Chief of Nutrition, you will design, plan, implement, and manage the monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition projects to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness, and to help ensure delivery and accomplishment of project goal and objectives. You will also coordinate and support the timely completion of the Nutrition Situational Analysis, and will draft or finalize sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action. You will participate in forming rights-based Nutrition projects and programme goals, strategies and approaches; support the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions; and ensure programme efficiency and delivery through evaluation.
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UNICEF South Sudan faces a complex operating environment, with challenges related to conflict and lack of road infrastructure. Our work has been focusing on lifesaving needs, tackling issues such as acute malnutrition, displacement and insecurity, and basic health. We are also continuing with regular programming, such as providing routine and supplementary immunization services, safe drinking water, access to sanitation, and strengthening early childhood development.
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Under the supervision of the Chief of Nutrition, you will design, plan, implement, and manage the monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition projects to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness, and to help ensure delivery and accomplishment of project goal and objectives.
You will also coordinate and support the timely completion of the Nutrition Situational Analysis, and will draft or finalize sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action. You will participate in forming rights-based Nutrition projects and programme goals, strategies and approaches; support the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions; and ensure programme efficiency and delivery through evaluation.
Key Expected Results
- Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective project planning, development and management.
- Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key Nutrition sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and ensuring knowledge/information exchange.
- Quality of rights-based Nutrition projects /programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to project management process through results-based management.
- Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined project strategies and approaches.
- Project delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
- UNICEF's global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the Nutrition sector.
- Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply and non-supply assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the Nutrition sector.
- Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration, ensuring that gender-specific feature and requite issues are highlighted.
- Capacity building of UNICEF national staff members including implementing partners and government counterparts.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
1. Project Planning, Development and Management.
- Enhance effective project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, addressing gender inequality and determinants of gender equality; ensure the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.
2. Knowledge Management.
- Further promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities.
- Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned; provides solid technical recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.
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. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.
- Take primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches, with an emphasis on promoting a shared understanding and approach to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.
- Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that Nutrition project expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database (e.g., FLS, ProMS). Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.
5. Project Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.
- Ensure project, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation.
- Participate in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts, ensuring that quantitative and qualitative lessons learned in gender equality in nutrition are included as a standard feature.
- Ensure the preparation of annual Nutrition sector status reports.
6. 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.
7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.
- Coordinate with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.
- Certify disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.
8. 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 Government counterparts and other partners, employing qualitative as well as quantitative gender sensitive monitoring methods as useful.
- 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 Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme 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 Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Health programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Nutrition programme goals.
9. Capacity building of UNICEF national staff members including implementing partners and government counterparts.
As part of transitioning process to nationalization of the posts, incumbent will:
- Build the technical capacity of the national Nutrition staff member(s) by providing mentoring and supervision in technical Nutrition areas.
- Implement a capacity building programme to ensure that both implementing and government counterparts are able to implement and oversee the sustainable running of Nutrition programmes.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, 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 is considered an asset.
*A first University Degree combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management at the international level and/or in a developing country is required.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply
* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
* Please note that 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
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Bor (Serbia)
- Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
- Closing Date: 2018-07-18