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Nutrition Specialist

Duty Station: Chennai
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

Responsible for facilitating and influencing the State Government’s policy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, for the Child Development and Nutrition programme within in Tamil Nadu State in India. Responsible for influencing policy planning in the area of Child Development and Nutrition in the state of Kerala 

The jobholder works at the State and District level. They also work under the daily supervision of the Chief of Field Office or Programme Componenet Results  Manager , and take sector specific guidance from the Child Development and Nutrition Section.

Major Duties And Responsibilities

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 in the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation.

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 intensive 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.

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, World Food Programme, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Senior Programme Officer or Representative as required.

Report Writing

 Writes programme/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, case studies, etc.

Qualifications And Competencies

a) Education

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).

b) Work Experience

Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in social development- preferably in child development and nutrition at state level, project administration, monitoring and evaluation.

c) Languages

Fluency in English required. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.

d) Competency Profile :

i)  Core Values (Required)

•  Commitment 
•  Diversity and Inclusion 
•  Integrity    

ii) Core Competencies (Required)

  •  Communication  [ II ] 
  •  Working with People   [ II ]      
  •  Drive for Results   [ II ]  
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  •  Leading and Supervising    [ I ]                      
  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  •  Analyzing   [ III] 
  •  Relating and Networking [ II ]
  •  Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]
iv)  Technical Knowledge    [  ]

(a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [  ]

•  Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
•  Advanced Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas:
 Public Health & Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Population and Family Health & Nutrition, Public Health Preparedness, Health Emergency Preparedness
 Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition Research, Biostatistics, Biochemistry, Socio-medical Sciences, 
 Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health & Nutritional Care

(b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [  ]

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

(c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) [  ]

•  Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
•  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.

e) Other skills and attributes: 

• Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as  programming policies and procedures in development cooperation. 
• Drive for results.
• 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.
• Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
• Report writing
• Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.

Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download)  should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 15 August 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the post title and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged.

UNICEF does not charge any 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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