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Nutrition Specialist (Adolescent)

Location: New Delhi
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose of The Post

 Under the overall guidance of the section chief, responsible for providing timely and quality technical and programmatic support in the area women’s nutrition, to the Government counterparts, State Offices and development partners. Responsible for carrying out policy dialogue and policy development, programme planning, implementation and management of on-going programmes, monitoring and evaluation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Chief, Child Nutrition and Development, provides state-of-the art technical support on infant and young child nutrition, nutrition and anemia control for adolescent girls, and nutrition care and support for women throughout the life cycle, including for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Technical support is provided to Government of India, State Governments and their development counterparts with a focus on evidence-based research, good practices and internationally-agreed upon guidelines and standards for in Public Health Nutrition for maternal and child survival, growth and development.

Under the guidance of the Chief, Child Nutrition and Development, supports the Country Programme in Delhi and the 13 State Offices in: policy analysis and policy development in Maternal and Child Nutrition; establishes and maintains regular contacts with government officials and implementing partners through meetings and consultations; contributes and supports the introduction and/or development of new approaches, methods and practices in project design, implementation and documentation, with a particular focus on women’s nutrition throughout the life cycle.

Under the guidance of the Chief, Child Nutrition and Development, supports the conceptualization, development and dissemination of technical analyses, reports and publications by compiling and scrutinizing information, tabulating and analyzing data and presenting findings and results. Supports the timely development and submission of quality proposals for resource mobilization as well as quality progress and final financial reports to partners and donors.

Under the guidance of the Chief, Child Nutrition and Development, supports intersectoral collaboration and coordination with other sections in UNICEF particularly, Health, WASH, Education, Advocacy and Partnerships and Communication for Development. 

Qualifications And Competencies


Advanced degree in Biomedical Sciences and/or Public Health and Nutrition

Work Experience

Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in Public Health Nutrition including technical advisory, and programme management experience in the area of Maternal and Child Nutrition.


Fluency in English (oral and written) essential

 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[1]   [  ]

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 area

* 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:

•        Maternal and Child 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:

•        Knowledge in the latest developments in Maternal and Child Nutrition: global research, international guidelines and recommendations, better practices and national policies and programmes.

•        Analytical, communication and advocacy skills

•        Managerial and teamwork abilities

•        Drive for results

•        Computer skills, including computer based word processing, presentations and statistical analysis.

•        Ability to write proposals and reports in English, versioned to the needs of a range of audiences.

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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