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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-22

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Nutrition Specialist, (Monitoring and Evaluation), NO-C, Temporary Appointment (TA), New Delhi - (This is a Temporary Appointment for 364 days. The vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only)

New Delhi (India)

Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist (L4) and overall guidance of Chief of Nutrition, the Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist is responsible for guiding the implementation, partner’s management, data quality monitoring, and dissemination of the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey which is carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and continue till 2020. As part of the 2018-22 RWP of Nutrition (IR 1.4, Activity 2), UNICEF has also committed to support the MoHFW to implement, analyse and disseminate the findings from the nationwide survey of children and adolescents to assess their nutritional status, micronutrient status and NCD risk. The incumbent will lead the coordination of all stakeholders and partners that are engaged in the project, providing timely and relevant information to various project stakeholders, and liaise with the MoHFW.

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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, 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 fulfil 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.

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If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in the world's thereby ensuring a better future for every child, this is the chance to make a difference. 

Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist (L4) and overall guidance of Chief of Nutrition, the Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist is responsible for guiding the implementation, partner’s management, data quality monitoring, and dissemination of the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey which is carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and continue till 2020. As part of the 2018-22 RWP of Nutrition (IR 1.4, Activity 2), UNICEF has also committed to support the MoHFW to implement, analyse and disseminate the findings from the nationwide survey of children and adolescents to assess their nutritional status, micronutrient status and NCD risk.

The incumbent will lead the coordination of all stakeholders and partners that are engaged in the project, providing timely and relevant information to various project stakeholders, and liaise with the MoHFW.

Major duties and responsibilities:

1.    CNNS KNOWLEDGE NETWORK

Provide support to the MoHFW to initiate, coordinate, and facilitate the collaboration of expert working groups and research partners with various analysis and documentation through managerial support of the CNNS knowledge network.

To ensure maximum utility of the survey data, the CNNS knowledge network will:

  • Support expert working groups on ministry defined key topics;
  • Identify the key papers for immediate and subsequent development from the CNNS and related data
  • Coordinate the network partner focal points in the development of papers to submit as supplements to international open source peer reviewed journals
  • Conduct regular meetings with knowledge partners to ensure analyses and drafting of articles follows timelines,
  • Support the network participation in National and International Conferences for dissemination of critical findings stemming from CNNS and related research

2.   FINAL REPORT

Effectively manage the CNNS partners and TAG members to produce the final report of the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey. The work will include guiding and supervising contracted organizations and individuals to complete final print ready report, state and national level factsheets, media and policy briefs

3.   NATIONAL AND STATE LEVEL DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES

Provide technical support and coordination of partners/agencies/consultants to delivery national and state level survey dissemination. This includes i) coordinating with national and state partners for preparation of the events / messaging and presentations ii) contracting and managing event management agencies as needed iii) supervision of production and delivery of dissemination materials iv) Ensuring appropriate media and social media coverage of events, v) presenting and coordinating presenters and round table participants for dissemination events

4.   COMMUNICATION

Coordinate and maintain close communication with all Knowledge Network stakeholders and partners involved in the survey including MoHFW, representatives from the TAG, external consultants, knowledge network partners and donor reporting.

5.   TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Provide technical support in preparing and disseminating relevant statistical information/survey findings/results on demand from national and state government partners as needed.

6.   RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Coordinate the effective and efficient use of UNICEF’s resources allocated to the project, including proper and timely disbursements and accounting of funds as per UNICEF financial procedures.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

Requirements of the position (QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES):

Education: 

  • Master’s / Advanced degree in any of the following: Statistics, Epidemiology, Population Studies/Demography, Nutrition, Public Health, Public Health Nutrition.
  • PhD would be an asset.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum five years of professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating large-scale health and nutrition surveys, handling databases and data analysis using statistical software such as R, STATA and SPSS.

  • Management/ coordination experience of numerous stakeholders to deliver on pre-defined analyses  considered an asset. Demonstrated capacity to publish research in respected journals is a plus.

Language:

  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station is an asset.

COMPETENCIES

Core Values (Required)

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competencies (Required)

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

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Leading and Supervising   [ I ]                      
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing   [ III]
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]

TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE:

i. Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job)

  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
  • Advanced Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas:
    • Professional technical knowledge and expertise in Large-scale Population based Survey Design, Survey Implementation, Data Collection, Evaluation Process Management, Programme Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition Research, Biostatistics, Biochemistry, Socio-medical Sciences,
    • Public Health & Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Population and Family Health & Nutrition, Public Health Preparedness, Health Emergency Preparedness

ii. Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.
  • Methodology of M&E, theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness             

Knowledge of theories and practices in:

  • Child and Maternal Nutrition and Health  
  • Nutrition and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention                  
  • Public Health and Nutrition                      
  • Educational Interventions in Health and Nutrition Care
  • Environmental Health and Nutrition        
  • Health and Nutrition Education                                          
  • Knowledge Management
  • Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and data analysis software packages such as SPSS/STATA

General knowledge of:

  • Methodology of programme/project management
  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Nutrition
  • Policies and strategy to address national and global health and nutrition issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
  • 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

iii. General knowledge of:

  • Strong statistical and analytical, quantitative and qualitative research skills, preferably in health and nutrition
  • Knowledge of standard computer software, internet navigation and office applications (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Specialized training in survey and research
  • Ability to organize and implement training
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization
  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
  • Experience with and understanding of how government data collection systems work will be an asset
  • In depth understanding and knowledge of the Public Health Nutrition / Child and Maternal Nutrition Sector
  • Current knowledge of Child and Maternal Nutrition issues, development strategies and programming policies and procedures in development cooperation
  • Drive for results
  • Understanding of the importance and role of partnerships.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills
  • Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
  • Report Writing

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) 

  • Knowledge/expertise of best practices, lessons learned and communication
  • Understanding of UNICEF’s policies and procedures for programming, monitoring and evaluation guidelines
  • Latest programme monitoring and evaluation theory, methodology, technology and tools
  • Understanding of UN Mission and system; and International Code of Conduct
  • Understanding of UNICEF Mission Statement and observance of UNICEF Guiding Principles

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all national, religious, gender and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

UNICEF has recently become the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. UNICEF’s commitment to EDGE reaffirms our pledge to gender equality and inclusion all UNICEF staff worldwide.

This certification recognizes UNICEF’s commitment to achieving significant milestones in gender equality for all its staff, including strong gender balance at all levels of the organization, pay equity, a solid framework of policies and practices, and an inclusive workplace culture.

“UNICEF’s most important asset is our staff — all of our staff. Gender diversity and equal opportunities for men and women is not only a matter of rights. It makes us more effective as an organization.” Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

For more information on UNICEF EDGE Certification, kindly view the video here.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Remarks:  

  • The position is based in New Delhi (India).
  • Selected applicant will have a 364 days Temporary Appointment contract.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. 

 For more information about UNICEF India, please refer to the link below: http://unicef.in/Wherewework 

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