Nutrition Officer, NO-2, Awasa, Ethiopia (Open to Ethiopian Nationals Only)

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This is a NO-2 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-2 contracts.

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

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For every child, nutrition

Ethiopia is situated in the Horn of Africa and is the second most populous country on the continent with an estimated population of 115 million. It borders six African countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, and covers 1,104,300 square kilometers. Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Ethiopia represents a melting pot of ancient cultures with Middle Eastern and African cultures evident in the religious, ethnic, and language composition of its people.

Over the past two years, children and their families across Ethiopia faced multiple and complex emergencies, such as the conflict in the northern Ethiopia and the drought, which resulted in millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. UNICEF has programmes in Child Protection, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Social Policy, and Education and serves over 15 million children in Ethiopia. Join UNICEF Ethiopia to contribute to improving the lives of children and women.

How can you make a difference?

1. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision.
  • Work closely with the UNICEF nutrition team and nutrition team of government counterparts and engage in conducting risk assurance activities and guide the respective offices for better program implementation and reporting.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programs/projects and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of program management.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative, and other assets), Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
  • Follow up on unresolved issues with the integration of Nutrition specialist/ nutrition officer and CFO to ensure resolution.
  • Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Prepare regular/mandated sectoral program/project reports for management, donors, and partners to keep them informed of program progress.

2. Technical and operational support to program implementation

  • Conduct regular program field visits and supportive supervision and/or exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support, take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution.
  • Report on critical issues, bottlenecks, and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Provide technical support for the successful implementation of nutrition projects (MMS, WIFAS, and family MUAC) and contribute for achieving results for children.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on nutrition and related issues to support program implementation, operations, and delivery of results.

3.Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with nutrition sector government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate program implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve program goals and rights of mothers, newborn and children.
  • Contribute to drafting communication and information materials for Field Office program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programs with the collaboration of SBC officers.
  • Build strong partnership and work relation with regional Bureau of Finance (BoF) to manage AWP and FACE request and liquidation issues and with regional RHB, maternal, child health and nutrition core work process to facilitate smooth program implementation.
  • Participate in appropriate inter-agency meetings/events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on AWP operational planning and preparation of nutrition programs/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF position and strategies with the AWP development and planning process.

4. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
  • Research, benchmark, and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
  • Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Key Deliverables:

  • Capture nutrition information from different sources and conduct analysis triangulating with other contextual factors and produce synopsis every month.
  • With the support from nutrition team, prepare biweekly and monthly SitReps and share to the field office before the deadline.
  • Conduct field monitoring visits and prepare reports and upload on eTools and follow implementation of PMV action points/recommendations in the due time.
  • Closely following the implementation of MMS project and regularly update the monthly achievement on shared drive.
  • Work closely with BoF UN program coordination unit and facilitate liquidation of outstanding DCTs.

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

Minimum requirements:

Education: A University Degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Health and Nutrition, Health Sciences, Nutritional Epidemiology, or other health related science field is required.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.
  • Experience in health/nutrition program/project development in UN system agency or organization is an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English & Amharic is required. Knowledge of another local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

Remarks:

As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

UNICEF shall not facilitate the issuance of a visa and working authorization for candidates under consideration for positions at the national officer and general service category.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

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