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Nutrition Specialist, P-4, USSC, Nairobi, Kenya

Vacancy No:  E-VN-2014-000915
Duty Station: Nairobi
Country: Kenya
Region: ESARO
Job Level: P-4
Position#: 00063948
Application Close: 01-May-14
Contract Type: Long-term Staff (FT)

Purpose of the Position: On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia and UNICEF (as the lead agency for the IASC Nutrition cluster), and in collaboration with the State Authorities, the main purpose of the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator post is to:
  • Provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective Nutrition response in Somalia.
  • Mobilize and advocate for adequately resources for and from cluster partners to respond to the nutrition needs in the country.
  • Support the Government and partners in the Nutrition cluster in Cluster/sector visioning, strategy formulation and the articulation of a ‘Road Map’ to provide adequate nutritional responses to emergency-affected populations.
  • Ensure all the emergency nutrition needs of the women and children in Somalia are met with dignity and respect for cultural diversity.

Key Expected Results
  • Nutrition response through Inclusion and coordination of all humanitarian stakeholders in the country supported.
  • Ensure sustained establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms at all levels in the country.
  • Coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and    other actors enhanced
  • Ensure that adequate aattention to priority cross-cutting issues are embedded in nutrition programming.
  • Planning and strategy development of government and partners improved through effective coordination mechanisms.
  • Ensure the application of global nutrition standards, guidelines and protocols are agreed upon and adhered to by all stakeholders in the nutrition response.
  • Effective Monitoring and reporting mechanisms are put in place and followed by all nutrition stakeholders to ensure quality nutrition response.
  • Ensure that adequate resources for nutrition response are mobilized including enhancing advocacy for the response with donors, humanitarian coordinator, government and all the other stakeholders.
  • The quality of the nutrition response is enhanced through effective and sustained training and capacity building approaches to all nutrition partners
  • Ensure enhanced accountability to Affected Populations throughout the nutrition response.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Family Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health, Health Emergency Preparedness, or other relevant discipline(s). Training in gender and in nutrition programmes that promote gender equality an asset.
  • *A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.*

Work Experience
  • Eight years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO)
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset.

  • Fluency in English and another UN language (for IP)
  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station (for NO).
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate

Competency Profile

i) Core Values
  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

ii) Core Competencies
  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

iii) Functional Competencies
  •   Leading and Supervising
  •   Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  •   Analyzing
  •   Relating and Networking
  •   Deciding and Initiating Action
  •   Applying Technical Expertise

iv) Technical Knowledge

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required
  • Advanced Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas:
  • Public Health & Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Population and Family Health & Nutrition, Public Health Preparedness,
  • Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition Research, Biostatistics, Biochemistry, Socio-medical Sciences, Health & Nutrition Education,
  • Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health & Nutritional Care
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning
  • Transformative Agenda
  • Humanitarian Reform and the Cluster approach
  • CAP and Pooled Funding mechanisms
  • Gender and diversity awareness

b) Common Technical Knowledge

Knowledge of theories and practices in:
  • Child and Maternal Nutrition and Health
  • Nutrition and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Health and Nutrition
  • Educational Interventions in Health and Nutrition Care
  • Environmental Health and Nutrition
  • Health and Nutrition Education
  • Knowledge Management
  • Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages

General knowledge of:
  • Methodology of programme/project management
  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Nutrition
  • Knowledge of global health and nutrition issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches.
  • Policies and strategy to address national and global health and nutrition issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
  • Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
  • Core commitments for children in emergencies (for all Emergency positions)
  • Government development plans and policies
  • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on nutrition results, e.g. Ending Child Hunger and Undernutrition, UNICEF Joint Health and Nutrition Strategy
  • Cluster work plan
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired / Enhanced
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines.
  • UNICEF policies, strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity.

Remarks: * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.*

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

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