Nutrition Specialist (Emergency Response Team), P-4, Nutrition Section, Programme Division – New York HQ with frequent travel to the field
New York City (United States of America)
Under the overall direction of Nutrition Senior Advisor, responsible for support to development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s emergency preparedness and response in activities and results related to Nutrition; ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action as well as national and international humanitarian standards. This includes working with Headquarter, Regional and Country offices in developing plans and activities to strengthen UNICEF’s capacity to deliver effective Nutrition support in emergency situations; provision of technical assistance to Regional Offices and Country Offices both in addressing acute emergencies and in programming to mitigate the Nutrition impact of chronic and complex emergencies; and contributing to improved approaches and systems for emergency Nutrition response within UNICEF. Primary focus of work will be in Level 3 emergencies. When deployed, responsible for collaborating with the country team to support optimal nutrition response, ensuring implementation of high impact Nutrition interventions in acute and chronic emergencies as outlined in UNICEF’s technical guidelines and providing guidance and direction on emergency Nutrition issues.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.
For every child, a champion
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
How can you make a difference?
Under the overall direction of Nutrition Senior Advisor, responsible for support to development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s emergency preparedness and response in activities and results related to Nutrition; ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action as well as national and international humanitarian standards. This includes working with Headquarter, Regional and Country offices in developing plans and activities to strengthen UNICEF’s capacity to deliver effective Nutrition support in emergency situations; provision of technical assistance to Regional Offices and Country Offices both in addressing acute emergencies and in programming to mitigate the Nutrition impact of chronic and complex emergencies; and contributing to improved approaches and systems for emergency Nutrition response within UNICEF. Primary focus of work will be in Level 3 emergencies.
When deployed, responsible for collaborating with the country team to support optimal nutrition response, ensuring implementation of high impact Nutrition interventions in acute and chronic emergencies as outlined in UNICEF’s technical guidelines and providing guidance and direction on emergency Nutrition issues.
Situation analysis and strengthening of Nutrition information systems
- Support the CO to consolidate the Nutrition situation analysis based on available information.
- Advise on what additional Nutrition related information is needed through one off data collection or strengthening of available Nutrition information systems to guide the Nutrition response.
- Undertake field visits to emergency locations to assess Nutrition programme progress, to identify major problems and constraints and to propose solutions and actions.
Strategy and capacity development
- Collaborate with CO, RO and HQ in providing technical guidance, analysing and advising the Representative and the country team on the development of appropriate Nutrition policies, strategies and implementation frameworks to deliver a comprehensive package of Nutrition services, relevant to the Nutrition needs, national policies and overall emergency response. These strategies will also take into account existing country programme and long term national priorities.
- Work with the CO to support the Nutrition response and preparedness by coordinating inputs, preparing plans of action and work plans for implementation.
- Advise and support definition and setting up monitoring mechanisms.
- Identify capacity needs for UNICEF staff and agencies engaged in the Nutrition response and appropriate capacity development activities and resources.
- Coordinate and direct organizational contribution to Nutrition Cluster so as to ensure effective response to emergencies.
- Lead and guide UNICEF’s engagement with stakeholders working in emergencies.
- Participate in the development of joint policies and technical guidelines for appropriate provision of Nutrition response in emergencies, in coordination with other UN agencies, relevant NGOs and institutions through sector/cluster coordination mechanisms.
Identification of human and other resourcing needs
- In collaboration with CO, RO and HQ (including EMOPS Global Cluster Coordination Unit) advise on the appropriate staffing (level and skills) required to deliver on UNICEF’s cluster lead agency mandate for both programme and cluster responsibilities from onset through transition from emergency (where relevant).
- Advise on immediate and ongoing supplies needs as well as financial needs for the emergency response in close coordination with Supply Division and contribute to resource mobilization.
Promotion of partnerships and networks
- Promote partnership with relevant agencies and negotiate country level MOU and LOU as appropriate.
- Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including assistance to sectorial leadership of the IASC Nutrition Cluster.
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the emergency response
- In cooperation with the Emergency Response Team, HQ and the Regional and Country office participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the Nutrition component of the emergency response to ensure achievement of the organization’s objectives in this area (e.g. documentation of the response, lessons learned, good practices monitoring and evaluation frameworks) as well as liaising with donors and contribute to donor/response reporting to ensure that the emergency response is adequately resourced and documented for future planning and strategy development.
Ongoing technical support
- Prepare end of mission/handover reports for submission to the CO, RO and HQ colleagues outlining required action from each level.
- Ensure regular liaison with regional offices, headquarters and partners to ensure follow-up actions at the respective levels and information needs are met.
Improving UNICEF’s emergency response systems and emergency preparedness (approximately 30% non-deployment)
- Identify institutional bottlenecks in delivery of the emergency response, and liaise with other Divisions and sectors within UNICEF (eg Health, Education, WASH, HATIS, EMOPS- in particular the GCCU- Supply Division) in order to improve UNICEF systems and standards for emergency response.
- Work closely with the Nutrition Senior Advisor in the Nutrition Section to ensure that UNICEF’s contribution to Nutrition in emergencies are of the highest possible quality.
- Support the PD Nutrition in emergencies team’s oversight and ensures UNICEF’s contribution and engagement in global Nutrition policies, standards and guidelines including the Global Nutrition Cluster.
- Contribute to work on comprehensive risk-informed programming.
- Work with the Emergency Focal Points and other relevant staff members in PD, DHR, Supply Division etc. to direct, ensure and improve UNICEF’s capacity to be prepared and respond to emergencies including staffing, supplies and mechanisms.
- In collaboration with HQ, RO and CO, design and conduct training for UNICEF’s staff/consultants and counterparts in emergency preparedness and response, in order to improve the quality and consistency of emergency response activities.
- Support the development of emergency preparedness and response plans for incipient crisis countries.
- Support the documentation of lessons learnt from UNICEF Nutrition programmes and activities and identifies priority areas for consideration, analysis and research in emergency context.
- Supports HQ technical contributions to emergency funding proposals and reporting.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Education: An Advanced University Degree in nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, public health, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, or other health related social science field is required
* A first level university degree (Bachelor's) in a relevant technical field (as identified above), in conjunction with ten (10) years of relevant work experience in a relevant technical field (as identified below), may be taken in lieu of an advanced university degree (Master's).
- Work Experience: A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in programme management or advisory support in the area of nutrition assessment, programming or policy work at national level, at least 3 years of which at international level, is required. Relevant experience in health/nutrition program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset. Experience in Emergency settings (preparedness and response) required. Experience with the IASC Cluster approach desired.
- Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and another UN language is required (French or Arabic preferred).
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are:
Analysing: Level III
Leading and Supervising: Level I
Formulating Strategies and Concepts: Level II
Relating and Networking: Level III
Deciding and Initiating Action: Level III
Applying Technical Expertise: Level III
Planning and Organizing: Level II
Adapting and responding to change – Level III
Coping with Pressure and Setbacks – Level III
View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
* Candidates that applied to the previous Nutrition ERT position (Requisition #512643) need not 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.
* Post is office-based with frequent travel to emergency affected countries with missions up to 3 months for country support in addition to remote support to country and regional offices.
* When based in the post location (New York), the post will be managed by the Nutrition Senior Advisor in the unit covering Programme Area 4 (Nutrition in Emergencies).
* When deployed for emergency response, the management of the post will be supervised by Country Representative of the country to which the ERT is deployed.
* The incumbent will be exposed to difficult working conditions, limited infrastructure, stressful situations and long working hours
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: New York City (United States of America)
- Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
- Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
- Emergency Aid and Response
- Medical Practitioners
- Project and Programme Management
- Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
- Closing Date: 2018-08-08