Job Code: UNNSH
Closing Date: 11th May, 2011
Purpose of the post:
The incumbent will be responsible for facilitating and influencing the State Government’s policy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for the Child Development and Nutrition programme in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:-
Programme Implementation :
With guidance from the Child Development and Nutrition Section (Technical Centre of Excellence), proposes designs for the Child Development and Nutrition Programme. When agreed, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates the UNICEF assisted Child Development and Nutrition programme or specific project(s) such as community based early child care models, interventions to address micronutrient malnutrition and ICDS systems quality improvement.
This includes the effective design, implementation and monitoring of Child Development and Nutrition interventions in integrated and other focus districts. Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives. Contributes to and enables the concurrent monitoring and reporting on performance indicators of the Integrated Child Development Services (Government flagship programme), accreditation systems and /or UNICEF–NGO managed programmes under the Project Co-operation Agreement. Integrates input/advice from the Child Development and Nutrition Section (Technical Centre for Excellence) in Delhi.
Influencing Policy :
Analyses and recommends policies, systems of management, risk allocation and coordination systems around the Child Development and Nutrition programme.
Building Partnerships :
Convenes strategic partnerships to impact on overall policies for Child Development and Nutrition, to support programmes and resources in the States. Interacts with national and international agencies, missions and commissions, on the management of the Child Development and Nutrition programme. Participates in meetings with Ministries/Departments of Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare (and others as needed), responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements. Fosters partnerships for Child Development and Nutrition in the state with government, other agencies, professional bodies, technical institutions and NGO networks in the state. Assists the state government in the establishment and implementation of NRCs in selected priority districts . Assists in the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation.
Monitoring and Evaluation :
Facilitates the review of systems and capacity related to delivery of services for Child Development and Nutrition, and the interventions to improve such systems and capacities.
Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance), as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.
Identifies and recommends necessary action for adjustments in the Child Development and Nutrition programme. Provides advice and assistance to government officials and other partners such as the World Bank, CARE, Micronutrient Initiative in the planning and management of programme/projects.
Contributes to the preparation of the Situation Analysis, led by SPME, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing the Child Development and Nutrition chapter of the Analysis.
Inter-sectoral collaboration :
Proactively collaborates within the state and/or sector with programme colleagues to give and receive knowledge and assistance. Pooling resources for more effective programming.
Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development of the Child Development and Nutrition programme.
Facilitates the planning and formulation of Behaviour Development/Behaviour Communication Change initiatives in state institutions, to enable more effective change in key care behaviours related to Infant and Young Child Feeding and family care practices.
Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on social inclusion in Child Development and Nutrition interventions.
Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government:
Assists government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects.
Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.
Supplies and Cash Assistance:
Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff/programme support on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, as per UNICEF rules and procedures monitors and submits financial status reports to Programme Manager or CFO as required.
Writes programme/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, case studies, etc.
Work plan development :
Responsible for the development of the Child Development and Nutrition work plan, and ensures compliance with specific assigned objectives. Provides guidance and support to subordinate staff to manage and implement projects.
Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:
• Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Family Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health, Health Emergency Preparedness, or other relevant discipline(s).
• Minimum five years progressively responsible professional work experience in social development- preferably in child development and nutrition at state level, project administration, monitoring and evaluation.
• Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
• Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in development cooperation.
• A strong familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children
• Understanding of social mobilization and behaviour change communication
• Understanding of the importance and role of partnerships.
• Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
• Report writing skills
• Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
Application consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 May 2011. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the Job Code of the post and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.
UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.