Nutrition Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.  to save their lives.  To defend their rights.  To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Job Context

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, nutrition, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital.

Purpose of the Position

Supports the development and preparation of the nutrition programme and responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the programme progress of a sector of the nutrition programme within the country programme. Provide technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results in maternal, infant and child nutrition programmes/projects.

Key Accountabilities

Support to programme development and planning, Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results, Technical and operational support to programme implementation, Networking and partnership building and finally Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

Detailed Generic Job Profile can be viewed here:  Download File Nutrition Specialist NO-3.pdf

Qualifications

As a champion, you will need to have:

An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field is required.

A minimum of five years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care is required.

Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is a strong asset.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it.  Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:  https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2) ▪ Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3) ▪ Works Collaboratively with others (4) ▪ Builds and Maintains Partnerships (5) ▪ Innovates and Embraces Change (6) ▪ Thinks and Acts Strategically (7) ▪ Drive to achieve impactful results (8) ▪ Manages ambiguity and complexity

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework.  Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels:   competency framework here

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children.   The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a  wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and  reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.  UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.  UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.  All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history.  Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions.  Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).  Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF.  UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Remarks

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.  For this position, eligible and suitable men, including people with disability are encouraged to apply.

“UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The list can be accessed at  http://www.whed.net

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This Generic Vacancy Announcement is open to all (internal and external candidates).


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