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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Manila
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-25

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Nutrition Specialist, NOC, Temporary Appointment (364 days), Manila, # 00107826

Manila (Philippines)

Join our dedicated team and contribute to preparation, planning and implementation of health and nutrition programs/projects that facilitate the delivery of concrete sustainable results for the Health and Nutrition Program that directly impacts the improvement of the health system of the most marginalized and vulnerable women and children in the country.

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 Fair Chance

UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao.

Unicef has a field office in Cotabato City the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms.

Visit this link for more information on Philippine Country Office: https://www.unicef.org/philippines/

How can you make a difference?

The Health and Nutrition Specialist will be accountable to the management and coordination of the KOICA-UNICEF project implementation. The project is aimed at integrating and providing health and nutrition services in the First 1,000 Days. He/she will be in-charge to ensure the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery and accomplishment of project goals and objectives. The Specialist will coordinate with other sectors of UNICEF and report directly to the Chief of Health and Nutrition.

This will involve:

1. Project Planning, Development and Management

  • Provide management and technical support in the implementation and monitoring of the UNICEF-KOICA project ensuring timely implementation and monitoring of the work plan.
  • Enhance effective project planning, development and management by coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the work plan, particularly during the program inception phase in year 1. Periodic updating through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral and cross-sectoral inputs.
  • Coordinate the knowledge management effectively and ensure its promotion through drafting/finalizing key sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned and supporting knowledge/ information exchanges.

2. Knowledge Management

  • Further promote knowledge and data management through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities with a focus on nutrition and health information systems. Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned; provide solid technical recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country. Experiences and lessons learned from project implementation at downstream level will be translated to upstream policy and guidance work in line with UNICEF overall strategy for the Country Program.

3. Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach

  • Promote the quality of rights-based First 1,000 Days Health and Nutrition programme through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or project management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

4. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring

  • Support the development of the project work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches.
  • Coordinate with DOH regional offices, Provincial/City/Municipal Health Offices, and selected DOH and local government hospitals in 19 priority LGUs and other identified areas to facilitate the sustained buy-in of decision makers and program managers and collection of necessary data for planning, implementation and monitoring.

5. Project Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Participate in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual programme and status reports.

6. Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals

  • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy, dialogue, communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.

7. UNICEF and Government Accountability

  • Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities as required 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 Integrated Health and Nutrition services and achieve programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of the program’s 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 the KOICA programme/project implementation to follow up on arrangement and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve programme goals.

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

  • An *advance degree (Masters or higher) in 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).
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience in Severe Acute Malnutrition Programmes.
  • Developing field work experience.
  • Advanced Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas:
    • Public Health & Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Population and Family Health & Nutrition, Public Health Preparedness, Health Emergency Preparedness
    • Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition Research, Biostatistics, Biochemistry, Socio-medical Sciences
    • Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health & Nutritional Care
  • Knowledge of theories and practices in Child and Maternal Nutrition, Educational Interventions in Nutrition Care, Nutrition Education and Knowledge Management
  • Knowledge of computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages
  • General knowledge in:
    • Methodology of programme/project management
    • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Nutrition
    • Knowledge of global nutrition issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches.
    • Policies and strategy to address national and global nutrition issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
    • Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
    • Government development plans and policies
    • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on nutrition results, e.g. Ending Child Hunger and Under-nutrition, UNICEF Joint Health and Nutrition Strategy
    • Office work plan
  • Fluency in English and the local working language of the duty station.

A *Advanced degree in Nutrition*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 4 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

COMMON TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE

  • Knowledge of theories and practices in:

    • Child and Maternal Nutrition
    • Educational Interventions in Health and Nutrition Care
    • Nutrition Education
    • Knowledge Management
    • Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages
  • General knowledge of:

    • Methodology of programme/project management
    • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Nutrition
    • Knowledge of global health and nutrition issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches.
    • Policies and strategy to address national and global health and nutrition issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
    • Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
    • Core commitments for children in emergencies (for all Emergency positions)
    • Government development plans and policies
    • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on nutrition results, e.g. Ending Child Hunger and Under-nutrition, UNICEF Joint Health and Nutrition Strategy, First 1,000 Days Nurturing Care Framework
    • Office work plan.

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 technical competencies required for this post are 

  • Leading and Supervising (I)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (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.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates are requested to complete an online candidate profile in http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/ by 25 February 2019  Only applications sent through the e-recruitment portal under Job Number: 519845 will be considered.

All candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, and the duly filled P 11 form which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc indicating three (3) previous supervisors.

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