Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nutrition Officer - UNICEF (Apply by: 18 April 2014)

Nutrition Officer

Location: New Delhi

Temporary Appointment – 364 Days

Closing date: 18 April 2014

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s rights organization working for the rights of children, seeks a temporary appointment for a Nutrition Officer.

Purpose of the Post
Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist and overall guidance of the Chief, Child Development of Nutrition, the Programme Officer is responsible for planning of programme/project activities, progress reporting and coordination of partners. Specifically, the incumbent will serve as a Coordinator of the Network of Food Fortification Partners in India for which UNICEF has been serving as a Secretariat since 2013. UNICEF has committed to support national and state governments to scale up initiatives in food fortification and in particular to lead the partners’ food fortification network.
In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating and managing the donors of UNICEF Nutrition programme by providing them with timely and relevant information.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1. Serve as a Coordinator of the Food Fortification Network in India for which UNICEF serves as a Secretariat. This includes i) Coordinating activities of various stakeholders in food fortification; ii) Identifying and collecting key reports and publications that are relevant to food fortification programmes and integrate the collected materials in the most organized manner, so that the network can function as a resource agency for food fortification; iii) Coordinating the partners meeting every 1-2 months, document progress, and disseminate reports to partners; iv) Assisting in efforts to advocate on fortification and create enabling environment for food fortification;

2. Assist in managing major donors of the UNICEF Nutrition Programme. This includes i) Collecting and assembling data and background information for consolidation of progress and final reports to major programme donors of UNICEF Nutrition programmes (Mittal, BMGF, IKEA, CIFF etc); ii) Analyzing programme status, taking corrective actions as necessary, and recommending appropriate adjustments; iii) Assist in drafting sections of donor, annual and other required reports.

3. Under the guidance of the Nutrition Specialist (L4), lead UNICEF’s efforts to mainstream the food fortification agenda in India. This includes i) Supporting UNICEF state programmes to scale up national and state initiatives in food fortification; ii) Undertake field visits to monitor initiatives in food fortification and identify and recommend necessary actions for adjustments

4. Maintains the ‘Essential Nutrition Library’ system developed for the UNICEF Nutrition Programme: i) Identify recent maternal and child nutrition reports and publications that are relevant to the CDN section policies and programmes and update the library; ii) Correspond with UNICEF state offices, regional office and headquarters to collect essential nutrition publications and update the library; iii) Identify accredited e-learning nutrition and knowledge management courses that can support the overall capacity building initiative

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education

University degree in Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Family and Community Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health Preparedness, Health Emergency Preparedness, or other relevant discipline(s).
Training in gender and in nutrition programmes that promote gender equality and asset.

b) Work Experience
Two years practical, professional work experience in project coordination, liaising with partners including data analysis. Experience of working in nutrition sector desirable

c) Languages
Fluency in English and another UN language required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.

d) Competency Profile

i. Core Values (Required)
a. Commitment
b. Diversity and Inclusion
c. Integrity

ii. Core Competencies (Required)
a. Communication (I)
b. Working with People (II)
c. Drive for Result (I)

iii. Functional Competencies (Required)
a. Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
b. Analyzing [ II ]
c. Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
d. Planning and Organizing [ II ]

iv) Technical Knowledge

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required
• Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
• Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
• UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
• Essential Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles, methods and practices in one of the following areas:
• Public Health& Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Policy and Management, Family and Community Health & Nutrition, Public Health, Health Emergency Preparedness
• Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition Research, Socio-medical Sciences,
• Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, 

Educational Interventions in Health & Nutritional Care

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required

• Methodology of programme/project management
• UNICEF programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies.
• Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
• UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
• UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.

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 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
• Office work plan
• Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

• UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
• UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
• UN security operations and guidelines.
• UNSECORD training for members of Security Management Team.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, an up-to-date CV and P11 – Personal History form should be sent to by close of business 18 April 2014. To download the P11 – Personal History form, visit the UNICEF India website at and click on “Careers at UNICEF” at the bottom of the page. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. This vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only.

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

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.

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