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Nutrition Manager,P4,Asmara,Eritrea,#40981(For Non-Eritrean Nationals)

Asmara

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Asmara
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-03

The Nutrition Manager post is a fixed term position in the UNICEF Eritrea Country Office that reports to the Chief of Child Survival and Development (CSD) Section. It is based in Asmara. The Nutrition program is a major component of the Country Program (or UNSDCF) and it accounts for about 50% of the Country Office budget. UNICEF Eritrea is also the lead agency for the nutrition outcome of the Government of the State of Eritrea-United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (GoSE-UNSDCF) (the equivalent of the UNDAF) and is the co- convener for Outcome 1 of the GoSE-UNSDCF which aims to ensure equitable access to inclusive and quality essential social services including nutrition.

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Job Context

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

How can you make a difference?

The Nutrition Manager post is a fixed term position in the UNICEF Eritrea Country Office that reports to the Chief of Child Survival and Development (CSD) Section. It is based in Asmara. The Nutrition program is a major component of the Country Program (or UNSDCF) and it accounts for about 50% of the Country Office budget. UNICEF Eritrea is also the lead agency for the nutrition outcome of the Government of the State of Eritrea-United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (GoSE-UNSDCF) (the equivalent of the UNDAF) and is the co- convener for Outcome 1 of the GoSE-UNSDCF which aims to ensure equitable access to inclusive and quality essential social services including nutrition.

Purpose of Position

Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition project(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery and accomplishment of project goals and objectives.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

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, and the timely preparation or finalization of nutrition sectoral input.

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 Projects through Results-Based Approach.

Promote the quality of rights-based Nutrition projects and programmes 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. Sectorial Leadership and Coordination

Enhance multisectoral coordination and programming around nutrition through engaging all concerned sectors to be able to implement nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific actions there by reach improved nutrition outcomes. Bring all sectors including agriculture, health, social protection, and WASH which are essential to optimal nutrition and create coherence and coordination among all these relevant sectors and institutions, ensure effective linkage at national level.

5. 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 nutrition activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches.

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. VISION). Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.

6. 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. Ensure the preparation of annual Nutrition sector status reports.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9.  Community Based Services

Strengthen community nutrition services, contribute in coordinating all services at community level, identify areas for improvement in community nutrition services provision and extending community-based nutrition services to cover urban and peri-urban areas, ensure community capacity development actions.

10. 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 Nutrition 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Education:

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

Work Experience: 

Eight years of relevant professional work experience. Developing country work experience and Background/familiarity with Emergency is required.

Relevant experience in a UN system agency or international organization is considered as an asset.

Experience working in a developing country is considered an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local language and other UN languages is an asset.

 UNICEF’s Core Values: Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability

UNICEF’s Core Competencies

Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2); Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2); Works Collaboratively with others (2); Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2); Innovates and Embraces Change (2); Thinks and Acts Strategically (2); Drive to achieve impactful results (2); Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

View our competency framework here  

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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.

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.

Please note that UNICEF is a smoke-free environment.

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