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Nutrition Specialist /Information System

Type of Contract   : Temporary Appointment (TA)
Post Level : L - 3
Duration : 11 Months
Duty Station  : Kinshasa
Closing Date  : April 21, 2011
1. Purpose of the post

Under the overall direction of Nutrition Manager and the Head of child Survival section responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the nutrition and food security information system.

2. Major duties and responsibilities

 Provide leadership and guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of technically sound, cost-effective and practical approaches to the implementation of the surveillance system and the institutionalization of the system into a government structure(s), specifically National Nutrition programme (PRONANUT), National institute of Statistics (INS) and other relevant institution 
 Participate in and contribute to technical working groups and committees working on issues related to food security and nutrition.
 Compile data from the surveillance system as well as programme routine data (management of acute malnutrition) analyze the data to generate useful information to be presented in domestic and local meetings, workshops and conferences dealing with food security and nutrition surveillance and early warning 
 Take a lead role in facilitating dialogue and providing information to policy makers, donors and planners in DRC.
 Ensure the timely delivery of materials and supplies, cash assistance, technical assistance (training) and other services for the implementation of the nutrition surveillance 
 Lead the process of institutionalization by ensuring that the capacity with the government is sufficiently built to maintain and sustain the surveillance system after the life of the project or that adequate plans and funding is in place to continue UNICEF involvement longer if required
 Work closely with a number of institutions including, the EU/ECHO, FAO, WFP, WHO, Ministry Agriculture, Ministry of Health (PRONANUT), National institute of statistics, The humanitarian action coordination (OCHA)  etc.
 Develop proposal to mobilize fund for the continuation of the system and write donor reports on this specific topic 
 Any other task assigned by the supervisor 

3. Qualifications, skills and attributes

 Advanced university degree in health, nutrition, social sciences or other related field. 
 Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in managing project and/or offices and staff, programme formulation, planning, management and evaluation, some of which in emergency programme management and operations. A high level of experience in surveillance in international will be an asset.
 Fluency in French. 
 Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills in French and English.
 Versatility, judgement, maturity, ability to work in a team, scope under stressful and difficult conditions, and political/cultural sensitivity.
 Current knowledge of development issues, policies, as well as social programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation.
 Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas as well as transfer knowledge and skills.
 Ability to supervise and direct a team of staff
 Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
 Good knowledge of computer management and applications.
 Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment.
 Reputation as a flexible team player able to forge consensus
 Demonstrated knowledge of surveillance systems and best practices in public health
 Demonstrated ability in data analysis, program design, strategic planning, program coordination and implementation, especially within a developing country context
 Demonstrated ability in multi-cultural leadership and management
 Skills in coaching, mentoring and developing staff capacity
 Effective networking and interaction with donor and collaborating agencies, including private companies, government, and public and non-profit organizations

4. Application procedure

 Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications by E-mail to :
 The applications should contain an updated UN Personal History Form (P.11), CV, copies of academic certificates, diplomas, degrees etc…..

 The UN P11 from could be downloaded from:   

 UN staff members are requested to provide last two Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs).

Only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged.

Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply

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