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Nutrition Specialist (Community Based Nutrition & Micronutrients), P4- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

UNICEF is looking to recruit a seasoned Nutrition Specialist to lead our Community Based Nutrition & Micronutrients unit to support national efforts to address to stunting and inter-sectoral nutrition sensitive actions.

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, making their Early moments matter

UNICEF Ethiopia has been working in Ethiopia for more than 65 years supporting the national and regional efforts towards the progressive realization of the rights of children and women.

We do this by supporting the achievements of the Growth and Transformation Plan II as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our programmes in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, Education and Social Policy and Evidence on Social Inclusion.

In addition, UNICEF Ethiopia has been leading the support in humanitarian programmes relentlessly working towards responding to emergency needs.

UNICEF has been providing technical support towards the implentation and revision of the  National Nutrition Programme to make its intervention more focussed on the first 1000 days of a child’s life, the lifecycle approach to addressing stunting and inter-sectoral nutrition sensitive actions. 

The Nutrition support to the Government of Ethiopia includes engagement with, communities, UN agencies, NGO and development partners to respond to the needs of the women and children of Ethiopia.

How can you make a difference?

Design, implementation, management and oversight of the Community Based Nutrition and Micro Nutrients (Salt iodization, Vitamin A supplementation, Food fortification, Iron folate) programme as part of the revised National Nutrition Programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.

Specific Responsibilities:

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 for nutrition specific and sensitive actions particularly for Community-Based Nutrition (CBN) and Micronutrient components of the National Nutrition programme (NNP).

 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 interventions through Results-Based Approach.

Promote the quality of rights-based Nutrition interventions 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.

Takes 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, particularly in support of CBN and MN components of the NNP, 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. Includes engagement with numerous sectors engaged in nutrition sensitive actions as per the NNP with special attention to monitoring.  Technical support provision to regional UNICEF Ethiopia offices.

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. SAP/VISION). 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. Includes technical support provision to nine regional UNICEF offices for implementation of NNP components around CBN and micronutrients.

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.

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.  Certifies 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 National Nutrition Programme scale-up, 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 and Communicate effectively with various partners and stakeholders on policy and implementation related issues to provide support for the scale-up of the NNP, ensuring effective coverage and linkage with multiple sectors engaged in nutrition specific and sensitive actions.

• Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups, including Government, 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. Grant Management

Ensure timely achievement of stated results and reporting requirements for numerous and high visibility donors in a successful, complex and dynamic funding environment.  Ensure adequate funding secured for successful scale-up of the National Nutrition Programme, particularly for CBN and MN components and to ensure program service coverage for vulnerable and hard to reach populations.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, 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 an asset
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in nutrition with a specific experience in community based and micronutrient deficiencies prevention programming.
  • 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.

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

You also demonstrate functional competencies in Leading and Supervising [I], Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II] , Relating and Networking [II] ,Deciding and initiating action[II] ,Applying Technical Expertise [II], Analyzing [III]

View our competency framework at

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.


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.


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: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-26

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