UNICEF Nutrition Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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For every child,

  • This post will be accountable for policy level engagement for the management and implementation of the Ethiopia National Nutrition Programme, including support to the management, implementation and monitoring of nutrition sensitive multi-sectoral linkages.
  • The actions of this position are directly linked to the outcomes of the revised nutrition programme, and of the UNDAF.
  • The incumbent in this post will need be instrumental to engage in policy discussions related to the NNP in the FMOH and amongst other sector ministries that have signed to the NNP.
  • The post will support the implementation, monitoring and supervision of the multi-sectoral coordination aspects of the NNP with development partners and among designated focal persons in the 9 ministries who were signatories of the NNP.

    How can you make a difference?

  • The successful candidate for this post will be accountable for policy level engagement for the management and implementation of the Ethiopia National Nutrition Programme, including support to the management, implementation and monitoring of nutrition sensitive multi-sectoral linkages.
  • He/she will be accountable for ensuring that all aspects of the Nutrition project/programme promote gender equality, and for collaborating to mainstream key features across all related sectors of the country programme.
  • Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

    Project Planning, Development and Management.

  • Enhance effective project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, addressing gender inequality and determinants of gender equality; ensure the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.

    Knowledge Management.

  • Further promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities.
  • Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned; provides solid technical recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

    Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach.

  • Promote the quality of rights-based Nutrition projects and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches, especially those that increase gender equality.
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or project management processes using a gender-sensitive, results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

    Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

  • Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches, with an emphasis on promoting a shared understanding and approach to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.
  • Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that Nutrition project expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database (e.g., FLS, ProMS). Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.

    Project Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.

  • Ensure project, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation.
  • Participate in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts, ensuring that quantitative and qualitative lessons learned in gender
    equality in nutrition are included as a standard feature.
  • Ensure the preparation of annual Nutrition sector status reports.

    Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals

  • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes and focusing on the contributions of gender equality in achieving these goals.

    UNICEF and Government Accountability.

  • Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.
  • Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

    Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

  • Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Nutrition programme requirements and objectives.
  • Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners, employing qualitative as well as quantitative gender sensitive monitoring methods as
  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
  • Coordinate with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers.
  • Collaborate with other Project or Programme Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors, ensuring that interventions to reduce gender inequalities are mainstreamed across the sectors.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Nutrition project or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Health programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations.
  • Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Nutrition programme goals.

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

    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). *
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Training in gender and in nutrition programmes that promote gender equality an asset.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Field Work experience and familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Local Language is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • The technical competencies required for this post are; Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Relating and Networking, Deciding and Initiating Action and Applying Technical Expertise.

  • 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.


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

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 26 Aug 2018 11:55 PM E. Africa Standard Time

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Nutrition Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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