Health & Nutrition Specialist, NO-C, Erbil, Iraq, Fixed Term, open to Iraqi nationals only

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This is a NO-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-3 contracts.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their full potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, health and nutrition

How can you make a difference?

The Health and Nutrition Specialist is responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration of the Health and Nutrition programme of the North East Zone Office based in Erbil within the context of the UNICEF Iraq Health and Nutrition programme. Under the supervision of Chief of Field Office and in close coordination with the Chief of Health and Nutrition, you will be accountable for effective technical, programme and management support to facilitate the application and adaptation of UNICEF policies and strategies, to achieve strategic priorities and objectives and expansion of UNICEF-assisted H& Health and Nutrition interventions, towards the attainment of the relevant Sustainable Development Goals. The Health and Nutrition Specialist leads UNICEF routine contact with the Kurdistan Ministry of Health (KMoH) on issues of relevance to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) governorates.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities and end results: 1. Timely sectoral analysis: input, support and coordination to the situation analysis and its periodic update for effective project planning, development and management, in partnership with key stakeholders and with contribution of knowledge institutions. 2. Quality contributions are made to the development and implementation of integrated H&N strategies and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partners. Partnerships with multilateral and bilateral agencies, development banks and the private sector enhanced and exploited efficiently, in order to formulate common advocacy positions and influence allocation of resources, as well as investment decisions on behalf of H&N. 3. Work plan and objectives are strategically established, implementation support is effectively provided, and planned results are delivered through application of technical expertise, timely, in consultation with all relevant partners. 4. Project implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability. Gender/sex disaggregated data and inputs provided, relevant to the H&N programme. 5. Technical support is provided to government and NGOs and all other partners at various stages of the project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries. 6. The capacities of the field office and KRI staff are strengthened through effective capacity building support in the development, implementation and management of the H&N programme and efficient communication is provided in building technical partnership with collaborative agency which can bring state-of-art information to staff. 7. UNICEF and Government and implementing partners accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for H&N . 8. Effective working relationships with internal and external counterparts are maintained for advocacy, technical coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking. 9. Relevant and strategic information is made available and shared with stakeholders as required to support the H&N Programme by the effective implementation of an integrated monitoring system. 10. Required programme/project reports are timely prepared and shared with relevant stakeholders as required in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures. 11. Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination are provided and in line with the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, partnerships with the H&N humanitarian actors strengthened within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. 12. Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively accomplished.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have… An advanced university degree in Health, Public Health, Nutrition, Child Development, Water Sanitation, Public Administration, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines. Five years of professional work experience at national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring, and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes related to H&N. Professional work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in child survival & development, H&N care. Fluency in English and Arabic are required.

For every Child, you demonstrate the values and competencies required for this post: Core Values Care Respect Integrity Trust Accountability Sustainability

Core Competencies Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1) Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2) Works Collaboratively with others (2) Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2) Innovates and Embraces Change (2) Thinks and Acts Strategically (2) Drive to achieve impactful results (2) Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

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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. UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates will be prioritized.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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