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Nutrition Officer

Duty Station: Bhubaneswar
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

The Nutrition Officer contributes to the overall effort of country programme implementation at state level within the framework of ICDS and micronutrients programmes under Health and education. Takes responsibility for extending technical assistance in planning, implementing and monitoring of high impact interventions. Supporting in system strengthening, promotion of childhood nutrition through ICDS and emergency nutrition, with special focus to those most vulnerable and unreached population groups.

In addition, provide co-ordinated support and technical assistance to ICDS, Health and Education Depts and management of on-going programmes statewide, through demonstrated strategies to reduce malnutrition.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

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 programs to address childhood 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.

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.

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

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.

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, Care, 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.

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.

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 in ICDS and Health on Infant and Young Child Nutrition, vitamin A supplementation programme, anemia control and iodized salt consumption initiatives and addressing severe acute malnutrition in children. 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 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 inter-sectoral collaboration within the state and/or sector with programme colleagues to share knowledge and programming experiences.

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 Program Manager/Chief Field Office as required.

Work plan development

Responsible for the development of the Child Development and Nutrition work plan, and facilitates compliance with specific assigned objectives.
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 And Competencies required to perform the duties of the post:

a) Education

University degree in any of the following: Nutrition, Public Health, Health or Hospital Management or Administration

b) Work Experience

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

c) Languages

Fluency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset, especially fluency in Oriya.
1. Competency profile:

i)  Core Values (Required)
• Commitment  
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Integrity
ii)  Core Competencies (Required)
• Communication [II] 
• Working with People [I]
• Drive for Results [I]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
• Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I]
• Analyzing [II]
• Applying Technical Expertise [II]
• Planning and Organizing [II]
• Learning and Researching [II]
Technical Knowledge   [  ]

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [  ]

  (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 
•  Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan

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

•  Methodology of programme/project management
•  UNICEF programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies.
•  Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
•  UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
•  UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.

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

•  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.
•  UNSECORD training for members of Security Management Team.

Other Skills And Attributes

• 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 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.

• Training ability.

• Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.

• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.

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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