Nutrition Specialist, NO-3 Job Vacancy At UNICEF

Nutrition Specialist, NO-3

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Nutrition Specialist, NO-3 Job Vacancy At UNICEF

A Nutrition Specialist, the NO-3 job vacancy is currently available at United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified individuals who possess all the below-listed criteria.


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Job No: 545649
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Categories: Nutrition
Level: NO-3

How Can You Make a Difference?

  • The Nutrition Specialist will support the development and preparation of the SBCC strategy and will be responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the progress of key deliverables of the nutrition programme within the country programme.
  • The Nutrition Specialist will provide technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results in maternal, infant and child nutrition programmes/projects.
  • This will be carried out according to plans, allocation results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Communication for Development Specialist – NERICC Responsibilities

Support to programme development and planning:
  • Contribute to and support the preparation, design and development of a robust gender-transformative behaviour change communication strategy to improve maternally, infant and young child nutrition.
  • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of gender-sensitive nutrition programmes/projects, on behaviour change communication, with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Formulate, design and contribute to the development of high-quality nutrition programme proposals, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, as well as national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare high-quality documentations for programme review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss gender and nutrition transformative strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:
  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to establish gender-transformative monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, and UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in nutrition programmes.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other stakeholders to assess progress and to determine required action and interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use the knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes and projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress. Identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare regular high-quality programme/project reports and databases for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
Technical and operational support to programme implementation:
  • Lead the development of high-quality user-centred formative research to inform programme strategies across the country.
  • Oversee implementation of gender-transformative behaviour change communication strategies for nutrition, working in partnership with government, development partners and private sector.
  • Work with nutrition stakeholders to build consensus on a harmonized national behaviour change communication strategy.
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and behaviour change communication approaches on nutrition and related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.
  • Participate in discussions with national and sub-national stakeholders to promote nutrition and development issues especially in the areas of behaviour change communication.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
Networking and partnership building:
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with nutrition sector government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge.
  • Represent UNICEF in external meetings as appropriate.
  • Facilitate programme implementation and build the capacity of stakeholders to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity.
  • Prepare high-quality communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fundraising for nutrition programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development).
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated into the UNDAF development planning and agenda-setting.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:
  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of normative change.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting-edge practices in nutrition management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results on nutrition-related programmes and projects.

Requirements For Nutrition Specialist, NO-3

  • An Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields is required: 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.
  • A minimum of 8 to 10 years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading/managing user-centred behaviour change communication approaches to achieve normative change.
  • Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language(s) of the duty station is considered 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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
Core competencies:
  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
Functional Competencies:
  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (3)

How To Apply For Nutrition Specialist, NO-3 Job

  • Hit the ‘APPLY FOR JOB’ button below.
  • Follow the displayed link to proceed to the UNICEF recruitment portal.
  • Hit the ‘Apply Now’ button and create an application account in the portal.
  • Log into your dashboard and complete your application.
  • Submit your application.
  • The application deadline is 14th November.

Important Notice

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • To view our competency framework, please visit here – PDF.
  • Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.
  • 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.

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