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Job Title:        Nutrition Specialist
Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Nutrition Manager
Job Number: 511355
Grade: P3

About US:
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Job Summary: The Nutrition Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Child Survival and Development program/s and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of progress of the nutrition projects within the country program, with focus on nutrition governance and coordination, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions. The Specialist is responsible to supporting the development of a functional and sustainable national nutrition information system to inform and monitor accelerated cover and reduction of disparities in nutrition at national and district level.  The incumbent of the post will be an active member of inter-sectoral teams and interagency coordination on issues related to nutrition and will play a key role in supporting capacity of partners to implement a sustainable nutrition information system. The Specialist will be accountable for ensuring that all aspects of the Nutrition project/programme promote gender equality, gender mainstreaming and for collaborating to mainstream key features across all related sectors of the country programme. The Specialist provides 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 programs/projects according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Provide support to programs/projects development and planning
  • Tasked with program management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Offer timely technical and operational support to program implementation
  • Tasked with networking and partnership building
  • Responsible for innovation, knowledge management and capacity building. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF Nutrition Specialist job opportunity should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, or other health related science field is required.
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in nutrition, public health, related research or planning and management in relevant areas of maternal, infant and child nutrition, at the international level some of which preferably in a developing country is required.
  • Relevant experience in health/nutrition program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an 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.
  • Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Integrity
  • Core Competencies: Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results
  • Functional Competencies: Leading and supervising, Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking, Deciding and Initiating action, and Applying technical expertise.

NB: UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. UNICEF is a smoke free environment.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan Nationals who wish to join the United Nations UNICEF in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to apply online at the link below.

Deadline: 18th March 2018

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