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Nutrition Specialist

Nutrition Specialist
Location: Guwahati
Closing date: 17th September 2013

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 Assam and North-East States.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Implementation:

In accordance with the results framework outlined in the CPAP 2013-2017, and with guidance from the Child Development and Nutrition Section, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates the UNICEF Child Development and Nutrition programme in Assam. This includes the effective design, implementation and monitoring of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Nutrition interventions at state-level and in select districts.

Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action as necessary, to meet programme/project objectives. Contributes to and enables concurrent monitoring and reporting on performance indicators of the Government flagship programmes, accreditation systems and/or UNICEF–NGO managed programmes entered into through PCAs.. During the programming process, integrates input/advice from both the CFO and the Child Development and Nutrition Section in Delhi, as required.

Influencing Policy:

Analyzes and recommends policies, management & co-ordination systems, as well as problem-cum-risk analyses around the Child Development and Nutrition programme, based on global and country evidence.

Building Partnerships:

Convenes strategic partnerships to impact policies for Maternal, Child & Adolescent Nutrition and supports programmes and resources in the State, including both national and international agencies, missions and commissions.  . Participates in meetings with the Departments of Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare, NRHM and others, responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.

Fosters partnerships for Maternal, Child and Adolescent Nutrition in the state with government, other agencies, professional bodies, technical institutions and NGOs.. Assists in the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in management and evaluation of Nutrition programmes.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Facilitates a critical review of systems and capacities related to the delivery of services for Maternal, Child and Adolescent Nutrition, and proposes interventions to improve quality. . Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes (including HACT monitoring), and conducts periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Based on this monitoring, identifies and recommends necessary actions for adjustments/mid-course correction in the Child Development and

Nutrition programme in the state. Provides advice and assistance to government and other partners including I-NGOs in the planning and management of Maternal, Child & Adolescent Nutrition programme/projects. Contributes to the preparation of the State Situation Analysis and other similar reports/documents by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and drafting the inputs the nutrition situation of mothers, children and adolescents in the State.

Capacity Building and technical assistance to Government:

In partnership with training institutions, assists government to plan and organize capacity building initiatives based on idenfitied training needs and sustainability of programme/projects.  Provides technical expertise as required, and facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.

Inter-sectoral collaboration:

Proactively collaborates with programme colleagues in the State and within the India Country Office to integrate Maternal, Child and Adolescent Nutrition into related sectors, notably Health, WASH, C4D.  . Assists in the planning and formulation of appropriate communication and information strategies to support and/or advocate for the adoption of essential nutrition interventions at state, district and sub-district levels, ensuring inclusion and equity.

Work plan development: Responsible for the development of the Child Development and Nutrition Rolling Work Plan, with monitorable output and outcome indicators. Provides guidance and oversight to Consultants placed at state and district level to effectively carry out their responsibilities as per the approved TORs.

Budget Monitoring:

Coordinates the effective and efficient use of UNICEF’s resources allocated to the CDN programme in the State, including proper and timely disbursements and accounting of funds as per UNICEF financial procedures.  Undertakes periodic HACT-related programme monitoring of partners.

Report Writing:

Develops analytical inputs for various programme/project documents including proposals to donors, mid-year reviews, annual reports, case studies, etc.  Also prepares presentations and other documents as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education

Master’s degree in any of the following: Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, Public Health, Public Health Nutrition, Child and Maternal Nutrition.

b) Work Experience

Minimum five years progressively responsible professional work experience in Public Health Nutrition or Child and Maternal Nutrition.

c) Languages

Fluency in English and Hindi required. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station is 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.

Other skills and attributes:
• In depth understanding and knowledge of the Public Health Nutrition / Child and Maternal Nutrition Sector.
• Current knowledge of Child and Maternal Nutrition issues, development strategies and programming policies and procedures in development cooperation. 
• Drive for results.
• A strong familiarity on how public administration systems affect the 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 cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to icorecruitment@unicef.org by 17th September 2013.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post 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 committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organizations qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.



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