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Consultancy: International Individual consultancy for Nutrition research on the potential impacts of the pandemic on the diets of young children, adolescents, and pregnant and lactating mothers ( 9 Months), Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi (Kenya)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Youth
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-21

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UNICEF ESARO is seeking a highly experienced consultant to lead research on the impacts of COVID-19 on nutrition in selected countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. The aim of the research is to understand the impact of the pandemic on diets of young children, adolescents and pregnant and lactating mothers. The research will contribute to a better understanding of the global secondary impacts of COVID-19 on nutrition and other social sectors

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

How can you make a difference?

Please see attached TORs

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

  • Advanced University Degree or higher in nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology;
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in nutrition, public health, related research at the international level some of which preferably in a developing country;
  • Experience in conducting remote survey at country level an asset;
  • Knowledge and experience with recent WHO/UNICEF recommendations on nutrition programming in the context of COVID-19
  • Experience developing reports, policy briefs and journal articles for a range of audiences including practitioners in the field and policy makers;
  • Excellent written and spoken English is required and fluency in French an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


The functional competencies required for this post are...


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.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


The Consultant will mostly be home-based with limited travels in line with recommendations on travel restrictions. Regular remote meeting (frequency to be defined with the supervisor) will be organized to provide updates. The consultant will use his/her own office equipment. As most of the work will be done remotely, the consultant must have high internet connectivity and must be available/reachable online throughout the consultancy.

Limited travel anticipated, due to current travel restrictions and economy class travel when its confirmed.

As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.

The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF's General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.


Given the increased workload around supporting RCCE for COVID-19 response, not having this additional support poses a reputational risk to UNICEF.

All applicants must provide an all-inclusive financial proposal for the work outlined above


Download File TOR for nutrition research consultancy on impacts of COVID.doc


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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