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Nutrition Officer

Location: Patna
Closing Date: 12 October 2011

Purpose of the post:

The Nutrition Officer contributes to the overall effort of country programme implementation at state level within the framework of ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) and micronutrients programmes under RCH (Reproductive Child Health) and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The incumbent takes responsibility for extending technical assistance in planning, implementing and monitoring of high impact interventions and provides support in system strengthening and promotion of childhood nutrition, with special focus to the most vulnerable and unreached population groups.

In addition, provide co-ordinate support and technical assistance to ICDS, Health and Education Departments and management of on-going programmes statewide, focusing establishing nutrition surveillance systems under revised Dular strategy with ICDS.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Influencing Policy
Contributes to policy analysis and recommendations for shifts in management, risk allocation and coordination of service delivery related to young child nutrition, micronutrient and emergency. Establishes and maintains regular contacts with government officials, implementing partners at state and district levels through joint visits, consultations and travel.

Building Partnerships
Collaborates with the state government, NGO Sector and new partners to identify interventions and activities necessary for improved planning, implementation and monitoring of childhood nutrition, micronutrient and emergency activities in the state.  Provide technical assistance and evidence-based support to implementing partners.

Supports interactions within the state with national and international agencies, missions and commissions, on the management of Child Development and Nutrition programme. Participates in meetings with Departments of Social Welfare, Health and Family Welfare (and others as needed), responsible for programme/project reviews, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.
Contributes to partnerships for Child Development and Nutrition with government, other agencies, professional bodies, technical institutions and NGO networks in the state.
Contributes and supports the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation.

Programme Implementation
Supports the establishment/adaptation/refinement of measures for system strengthening and quality improvement to ensure continuity, effectiveness and sustainability of childhood nutrition, micronutrients and emergency nutrition services.
Undertakes responsibility for developing sector-and-project-specific work plans and activities. In the focus districts, support monitoring and implementation of the main thrusts of nutrition sector programme, such as address micronutrient malnutrition, (Vitamin A supplementation, school anemia programme for adolescent girls, and promotion of iodized salt); community based model of Dular to address child malnutrition and ICDS systems quality improvement. In addition, supports and promotes desired family and community behaviors, in coordination with Programme Communication. Review and compile progress reports and input-output statistics and data analysis with specific reference to childhood nutrition and micronutrient nutrition.

Facilitates the integration of input/advice from the Child Development and Nutrition Section (Technical Centre for Excellence) in Delhi.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Contributes and supports 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.

Supports technical collaboration with other partners such as DFID, BMGF, World Bank and Micronutrient Initiative in the planning and management of programme/projects. Contributes to the identification and recommendation of necessary action for adjustments in the Child Development and Nutrition programme.

Contributes to the preparation of Situation Analysis, led by SPPME, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and providing inputs for the Child Development and Nutrition chapter of the Analysis.

Work plan development
Responsible for the development of the Child Development and Nutrition work plan, and facilitates compliance with specific assigned objectives.

Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government 
Supports government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes focusing the CD&N thrust areas of childhood nutrition, micronutrients and emergency nutrition. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects.
Assists government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes, strengthening and streamlining nutrition surveillance systems in ICDS through revised Dular strategy, vitamin A supplementation programme, anemia control and iodized salt consumptions initiatives and addressing severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in children mainly during emergencies. 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.

Supports research and documentation on selected nutrition projects and tracking on social inclusion in Child Development and Nutrition interventions.

Inter-sectoral collaboration

Acts as a resource person on Nutrition to colleagues and also coordinate monitoring the programme in the state; advocate for promotion of nutrition and integrated interventions such as Village Health-Nutrition Days (VHNDs) and bring convergence between health, nutrition and hygiene-sanitation strategies, activities, resources and policy. Pooling resources for more effective programming.
Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development of IYCF, micronutrient nutrition and emergency nutrition to enable more effective change in key care behaviors related to feeding, hygiene and sanitation and disease management.

Supports strengthening of intersectoral collaboration within the state and/or sector with programme colleagues to share knowledge and programming experiences gained from Integrated District and also from Inclusive Programming.

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. Facilitates disbursements of funds, as per UNICEF rules and procedures monitors and submits financial status reports to Supervisors as required.

Report Writing
Drafts programme/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, Programme analysis, annual reports, case studies, etc. 
Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:

• University degree in any of the following: Nutrition, Public Health.
• Minimum two 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 English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
• In depth understanding and knowledge of the Child Development and Nutrition sector.
• 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 behavior 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.
• Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
• Report writing
• Training ability.
• Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.

Application consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent by email to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 12th October 2011. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the Title and Location of the post ((Nutrition Officer - Patna) ) 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 does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees).

UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.




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