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Nutrition Specialist (NO-C), Juba

South Sudan Country Office

 Va No.  Post Title /No.  Level  Duty Station  Cont. Status  Closing Date
 SSCO/VA 2013/05/01  Nutrition Specialist  NO-C  Juba  Temporary Appointment (TA)  24 May 2013

If you are South Sudanese National who is passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

Purpose of the post

Accountable for professional technical contribution to expand and strengthen the planning and implementation of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) including introduction of Micro Nutrient Powder (MNP) supplementation in South Sudan

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1. Project Planning, Development and Management. Enhance effective planning, development and management of IYCF/MNP program by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, addressing gender inequality and determinants of gender equality; ensure the timely preparation or finalization of the inputs for IYCF/MNP.

2. Knowledge Management. Further promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing IYCF/MNP documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendations and Plans of Action as well as through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities. Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned; provides solid technical recommendations on major directions and on introduction of new initiatives on IYCF/MNP in the country.

3. Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach. Promote the quality of rights-based IYCF/MNP programming through participation in the formulation of goals, strategies and approaches, especially those that increase gender equality. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or project management processes using a gender-sensitive, results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

4. Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring. Takes primary responsibility for the development of the preventative components (IYCF and MNP) of Nutrition work plan and technical decisions as well as for management, implementation and monitoring of assigned activity, in compliance with the defined IR strategies and approaches, with an emphasis on promoting a shared understanding and approach to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming. Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that IYCF/MNP expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database (e.g. Vision). Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.

5. Project Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting. Ensure IYCF/MNP related sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participate in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts, ensuring that quantitative and qualitative lessons learned in gender equality in nutrition are included as a standard feature. Ensure the preparation of IYCF/MNP report for annual Nutrition sector status reports.

6. Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes and focusing on the contributions of gender equality in achieving these goals.

7. UNICEF and Government Accountability. Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities of IYCF/MNP program to ensure proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability

8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership. Ensure exchange of information, experience; identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve IYCF/MNP program requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor implementation of IYCF/MNP activities and conduct periodic reviews with Government counterparts and other partners, employing qualitative as well as quantitative gender sensitive monitoring methods as useful. Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts on promoting optimal IYCF practices. Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of IYCF/MNP planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability. Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Health programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve IYCF/MNP goals.

Minimum qualifications & experience required.

• Advanced university degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Epidemiology, and Public Health Nutrition. Training in gender and in nutrition programmes that promote gender equality an asset.

• Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in Nutrition in emergencies, Advanced Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in Public Health Nutrition, Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset.

Remuneration: An attractive package will be applicable at the UN salary scale including social security benefits.

Submission of Applications:

Applications from qualified South Sudanese nationals, accompanied by updated CV in English and a completed United Nations Personal History Form [Word] should be sent to the address below by on or before Friday 24th May 2013. UN/UNICEF staff members are requested to enclose their 2 most recent Performance Evaluation Reports with their applications. Send application to:

Human Resources Officer
UNICEF South Sudan Country Office, Juba. 

OR PREFERABLY: Email: jubavacancies@unicef.org

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