UNICEF Nutrition Manager - Nutrition Governance Information and Knowledge - Jobs in South Sudan

UNICEF Nutrition Manager - Nutrition Governance Information and Knowledge - Jobs in South Sudan

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The Nutrition Manager supports the Chief in managing the section, contributing to innovation and knowledge management.

S/He is responsible for developing, preparing and managing complex, key and integrated nutrition programmes.

The Nutrition Manager provides authoritative 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.

This is carried out according to plans, allocation results in based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

The holder of this position will lead and coordinate one of the four Nutrition Programme Outputs on “Nutrition Governance, Information, and Knowledge” aiming to ensure that “Government and non-governmental actors have improved capacity in governance, nutrition information systems, and knowledge-generation to facilitate scale-up of nutrition interventions”.

He/She will provide guidance, leadership and technical support in planning and management of activities under the output on Nutrition Governance, Information and Knowledge Generation.

The holder of this position will oversee the activities of the expanded output which includes support to the preparation of national strategic plan on nutrition, strengthening coordination of nutrition activities, nutrition information including monthly sitrep, quarterly performance scorecard and bi-annual bottleneck analysis of key nutrition intervention.

He/She will support the preparation of nutrition programme results framework and update progress towards targets for mid and end year RAM reporting.

He/She will be responsible for the preparation, implementation, and reporting of the nutrition component of twice yearly Food security and nutrition monitoring survey (FSNMS) as well as support integrated food security phase classification (IPC) analysis.

He/She will be responsible for the review and validation of all partner nutrition surveys, evaluations, and annual estimation of people in need/caseload for Humanitarian Response Plan.

He/She will support documentation of nutrition programme success stories, preparation of nutrition field reports, case studies and articles.

He/She will support resource mobilization efforts for the nutrition section through the development of quality donor proposals and reports.

He/She will support the management and monitoring of nutrition section grants/budgets under this output.


Management and advisory support to the Chief

  • Provide advice to the Chief in establishing the annual work plan, including developing strategies and determining priorities, targets and performance measurements.
  • Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.
  • Provide technical assistance and advice to colleagues in the section on all aspects of programming and implementation to enable them to achieve performance objectives.
  • Perform the full duties of the Chief in his/her absence.

    Programme development and planning

  • Provide technical support and guidance on the preparation, design, and updating of the situation analysis for the nutrition sector/s to ensure comprehensive and current data on maternal and child nutrition is available to guide policy development as well as design and management of nutrition programmes/projects.
  • Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency, and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of nutrition programmes/projects.
  • Formulate, design and prepare a sector of the nutrition programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, as well as national priorities, plans, and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the sector(s) based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM).
  • Prepare the required documentation for programme review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities and competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide authoritative technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence, and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

    Programme management, monitoring, and delivery of results

  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence, and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in nutrition programmes.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual health reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action and interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management.
  • Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes and projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Provide advice to key government officials, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other country office partners/donors on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on nutrition-related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with nutrition/health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, allies, donors, and academia, through active networking, advocacy and effective communication.
  • Build capacity, exchange knowledge and expertise, and/or promote cooperation and alliances to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity.
  • Prepare communication and information materials to highlight programme goals, achievements and/or needs to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development).
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on nutrition-related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting.
  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures, and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) 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.
  • A minimum of 8 eight years of relevant 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.
  • Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset
    Strong experience in complex emergency settings will be a must.
  • Strong experience in supervision and coaching of staff will be an asset.
  • Experience in using advanced excel functions (pivot tables), SPSS is required.
  • Experience in developing a national strategic plan for nutrition and setting a multisectoral coordination system for nutrition is desirable.
  • Experience in managing national nutrition surveys, in using the SMART methodology for nutrition survey, and using statistical software such as SPSS, SAS is required.
  • Experience in managing integrated food security phase classification (IPC) analysis is desirable.
  • Experience in preparing success stories, case studies and articles is desirable.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 28th May 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Nutrition Manager - Nutrition Governance Information and Knowledge - Jobs in South Sudan

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