Programme Specialist (ECD/Nutrition Community Engagement)

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  • Lusaka, Zambia
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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.

Children deserve the best and we never give up.

For every child, We never give up

The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

To find out more about UNICEF’s work in Zambia, please visit

How can you make a difference?

Join our dynamic team in UNICEF Zambia to work under the Deputy Representative (supported by ECD multi-sectoral Lead and Nutrition multi-sectoral Lead) the incumbent will be responsible for the community level engagement programming supported by UNICEF Zambia in early childhood education, playful parenting and household nutrition counselling are coordinated and coherent contributing to sustainable behaviour change and programmed through national systems particularly government structures. The incumbent will liaise closely with the C4D focal points in the Nutrtion section and the C4D Specialists in carrying out his/her responsibilities. Additionally, the incumbent will support the Deputy Representative in coordinating the sectoral inputs into the integrated platform (Nutrition, ECD and Ending Child Marriage)

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:  

  1. Implementation of C4D activities
  2. Technical and operational support
  3. Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities
  4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Detailed Terms of Reference can be viewed here Download File Programme Specialist (ECDNutrition Community Engagement), (P-4), TA (364 Days) Zambia.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have;

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.

    Experience Required:

    1. A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required:  social development programme planning, communication for development, public advocacy or another related area.
    2. Experience in supporting C4D programming in early childhood development, playful parenting and/or integrated nutrition (stunting reduction) programming will be an added advantage
    3. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
    4. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

Language(s) Requirement:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, NUTRITION

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies required in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically

View our competency framework here; Download File Competency Framework – 2020.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

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