Chief Nutrition

UN Children's Fund, Juba, South Sudan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th July, 2017

Job Description

Purpose of the Position

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, accountable for the development, design, planning, implementation and management of the Nutrition project/programme within the country programme; accountable for ensuring that all aspects of the Nutrition project/programme promote gender equality, with an emphasis on gender disaggregation and gender inequalities to guide policies, programmes, monitoring and evaluation.

As head of section, direct, lead and manage a group of professional and support staff to develop, manage and administer the sectoral or inter-sectoral project/programme, with a view to gender mainstreaming across all aspects of the country programme.

Key Expected Results

1. Project Planning, Development and Management

  • Manage effectively project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by supervising, coordinating, or supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input addressing gender inequalities and determinants of gender inequality. Ensure timely submission.
  • Monitor developments at the international, regional and provincial levels; develop methodologies and new approaches for improving Nutrition programme effectiveness.
  • Provide seasoned technical recommendations and advice on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

2. Knowledge Management

  • Ensure effective knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through sharing of implementation experience, lessons learned knowledge/information/data exchange, highlighting gender inequalities and interventions to achieve gender equality.
  • Conduct orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities.
  • Provide authoritative advice/guidance/interpretation of programme policy and guidelines.

3. Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach

Promote the quality of rights-based Nutrition projects and programmes through the formulation of project goals and strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or project management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

4. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring

Responsible for development of the sectoral work plan as well as implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, ensuring compliance with project strategies and approaches; with an emphasis on promoting a shared understanding and approach to reducing gender inequalities and achieve gender mainstreaming.

5. Project Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting

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

6. Promotion of UNICEF Global Goals

Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue in the Nutrition sector through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.

7. 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.

8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership

  • Provide technical and policy advice to the Senior Programme Officer on Nutrition project or sectoral strategies, planning and implementation; provide interpretation of guidelines and organizational policy, contributing to the development of new guidelines through the programme cycle.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with Programme Communication Officer 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.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section 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 Nutrition 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.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • Advanced university degree in the combination of the selective disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Family and Community Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health Preparedness, Health Emergency Preparedness, or other relevant discipline(s).
  • A first University degree (Bachelor's Degree) in the above fields of studies, combined with 2 additional years of relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • Ten years of relevant professional work experience. Developing country work experience and field work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Training in gender and nutrition programmes that promote gender equality an asset.


  • Fluency in English.
  • Knowledge of the working language of the duty station is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Integrity

Core Competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and Networking
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Persuading and Influencing


  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
  • Please note that Juba is a non-family duty station.

Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.


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