Health and Nutrition Officer
Application deadline 7 months ago: Thursday 13 Jul 2023 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.
North Macedonia is an upper middle-income country and a candidate for EU membership since 2005. Skopje is an “A” family duty station. UNICEF office in North Macedonia is small size office (app.25 people).
The UNV assignment is expected to be part of the Health and Nutrition team and contribute to the results in the areas of Health system strengthening and support for families and care givers.
More specifically, the current focus of the Health and Nutrition team is on the following areas:
- Mental Health as a cross-sectoral initiative together with Education and Child Protection teams and in close partnership with WHO
- Strengthening vaccination services (in close collaboration with Social Policy and Social and Behavioural Change teams)
- Promotion of digital solutions to increase effectiveness and quality of healthcare services for mothers and children
- Promotion of sound nutrition practices including through generation of critical evidence and advocacy to address child obesity.
In addition to duty station specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.
Under the direct supervision of the deputy representative the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
• Accurate information, data analysis, and documentation are timely made available to support • situation analysis, sectoral input and reporting. • Technical assistance are provided to the development and implementation of integrated Health • & Nutrition strategies and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and • external partners. • Work plan and objectives are effectively established, and planned results are timely delivered • through technical support and coordination in consultation with all relevant partners. • Project efficiency and effectiveness are enhanced through effective implementation follow-up. • Project implementation progress is monitored for adjustment and improvement of program • delivery and sustainability. Gender sex aggregated data and inputs provided relevant to the • Health & Nutrition programme. • Transparency is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of • programme funds for Health & Nutrition. • Effective partnership and working relationships are maintained for advocacy, technical • coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking. • Up-to-date programme information is kept available, and reports prepared and shared with • relevant stakeholders as required to support the Health & Nutrition programme by the effective • implementation of integrated monitoring system. • Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with • effective coordination is provided and in line with the Core Commitments for Children • (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, partnerships with the Health and Nutrition humanitarian • actors strengthened within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). • 10. Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively accomplished.
The UNV Health and Nutrition Officer will contribute to obtain the following results:
• Project management support provided to specific and defined health and nutrition projects and activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes/projects that complies with organizational standards and procedures. • Demonstrated technical knowledge and understanding of health and nutrition standards. • Timely and good quality contribution to knowledge products, reports and documents conducted as requested or assigned. • Field and monitoring visits, meetings and trainings attended and reported as requested;
• Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, Sustainability (CRITAS) • Adaptability and flexibility • Creativity • Judgement and decision-making • Planning and organising • Professionalism • Self-management
Health and Nutrition development programmes; experience with public health and/or nutrition at the national and/or international level is required , experience with the UN or other international development organization in the area of health and nutrition is a strong asset; • Experience in project management and coordination • Planning skills with focus on results based planning; • Technical knowledge in one at least one of the areas following areas: routine immunization; mother and child healthcare; nutrition; early childhood development. • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; • Sound security awareness; • Have affinity with or interest in the Health and Nutrition area of UNICEF volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
North Macedonia is a landlocked country, geographically located on the Balkan Peninsula, southeastern Europe with around 2.02 million inhabitants. Capital city is Skopje with around 600,000 inhabitants. It is the largest city of North Macedonia, the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic centre. There is a wide range of hotels, restaurants, educational centers, access roads, public transport (buses, taxis, trains), public services and places for recreation, airports. Medical services in the main cities (public, private clinics and hospitals) are available.
North Macedonia is an upper-middle-income country that has made great strides in reforming its economy over the past decade. Following strong economic growth during the period 2002–08 averaging 4.3%, average GDP growth has declined to 2.1% per year since 2009. The main drivers of growth since 2009 have been construction, industry, and wholesale and retail trade. Skopje is the capital city with majority of the population of the country living there. The country is a candidate for EU membership and a NATO member.
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