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Nutrition Specialist (P-4), LACRO, Panama City, Panama, #72359

Panama City (Panama)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Panama City (Panama)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-21

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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, Nutrition

The Survive & Thrive outcome of the 2018-2021 Regional Office Management Plan (ROMP) for Latin America and the Caribbean aims at ensuring that girls, boys and adolescents in LAC benefit from equitable policies and programmes that guarantee their health, wellbeing and full development. This outcome focuses on supporting countries in the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030) in the region, across its broad agenda of survive, thrive and transform, with an emphasis on reducing health and nutrition inequities, strengthening health and community systems, promoting multi-sectorial action and building partnership in health, nutrition and HIV including in fragile and emergency contexts.

Furthermore, LACRO will strengthen UNICEF's "learning" agenda on issues such as child overweight and obesity and diet related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and adolescent health, by generating evidence and promoting evidence-based advocacy and innovation approaches which, in turn, will be used to guide Country Offices' programing and advocacy efforts and contribute to the overall UNICEF "public good".

How can you make a difference?

In the capacity of Regional Nutrition Specialist and as a member of the Survive & Thrive Section, lead the Nutrition component of the Survive & Thrive outcome by developing and updating a strategic vision for UNICEF's Nutrition engagement in LAC in response to emerging issues and trends, and supervising a Nutrition Specialist at the P3 level. Provide Country Offices with quality technical assistance and support as well as oversight and quality assurance, including monitoring and evaluation of the Nutrition response. Guide and coordinate innovative knowledge management interventions, especially on the "learning agenda", and foster country-to-country learning on good practices taking into account gender, culture and age. Specific areas of attention are the prevention of overweight and obesity and diet related NCDs in children and adolescents, and nutrition in emergencies. Establishing and maintaining collaboration with relevant partners is also crucial.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have....

  • An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in one of the following: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field.
  • Eight years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Working experience in a developing country.
  • Background/ familiarity with emergency situations.
  • Familiarity with Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish. Knowledge of another UN language is considered 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.

The functional 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).

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Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one or more one or more of the following areas:

  • Public Health & Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Population and Family Health & Nutrition, Public Health Preparedness, Systems Strengthening
  • Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition Research, Socio-Medical Sciences
  • Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention,
  • Nutrition in Emergency (Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness, Response) studies or proven experience is mandatory.


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.

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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