Nutrition Manager

UN Children's Fund, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th December, 2018

Job Description

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 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, a champion

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in Programme, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated.

There is growing evidence that investing in the health, Nutrition, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

The Nutrition Manager supports the Chief Field Office in managing the Nutrition team and deliverables for Rohingya’s response for the L3 emergency, . S/He is responsible for developing, preparing and managing complex, key and integrated Nutrition Programme. The Nutrition Manager provides authoritative technical guidance and management support throughout the Programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results in maternal, infant and child Nutrition Programme/projects in the context of emergency and beyond. As the emergency is protracted support in the transition to development Programme. This is carried out according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Management and advisory support to the Chief Field Office

  • Provide advice to the Chief in establishing the annual work plan, including developing strategies and determining priorities, targets and performance measurements.
  • Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards, and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.
  • Provide technical assistance and advice to colleagues in the team on all aspects of Programming and implementation to enable them to achieve performance objectives.

Programme development and planning

  • Provide technical support and guidance on the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the Nutrition Programme linked to Rohingya response to ensure comprehensive and current data on maternal and child Nutrition is available to guide policy development as well as design and management of Nutrition Programme/projects.
  • Keep abreast of development trends to enhance Programme management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic Programme discussions on the planning of Nutrition Programme/projects.
  • Formulate, design and prepare emergency Nutrition Programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s mandate for emergencies, Strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, as well as national priorities, plans, and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the sector(s) based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for Programme review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities and competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide authoritative technical and operational support throughout all stages of Programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of Programme/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence, and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in Nutrition Programme.
  • Prepare regular and mandated Programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of Programme progress.
  • Plan, monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral Programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Actively monitor Programme and projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports on Rohingya response to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in Programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, Programme reviews and annual health reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action and interventions to achieve results for emergencies.

Advisory services and technical support

  • Provide advice to key government officials, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other country office partners/donors on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on Nutrition-related issues to support Programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.
  • Participate in strategic Programme discussions and planning to provide technical advice, contribute to policy discussions and agendas, and promote health/Nutrition interventions, especially in the areas of gender, emergency preparedness and maternal, newborn, and child health and Nutrition.
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic Programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration for Rohingya response.
  • Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for Programme development, contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies both for Rohingya’s and the host community.

Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with Nutrition/health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, allies, donors, and academia, through active networking, advocacy and effective communication. Build capacity, exchange knowledge and expertise, and/or promote cooperation and alliances to achieve Programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity.
  • Prepare communication and information materials to highlight Programme goals, achievements and/or needs to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and support fund raising for Nutrition Programme for emergencies (maternal, newborn and child survival and development).
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency discussions and planning on Nutrition-related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on response planning and preparation of Nutrition Programme/projects.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable Nutrition Programme/project initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services beyond emergency/protracted emergency.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting-edge practices in health management and information systems. Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures, and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable Programme and projects.
  • Organize, plan and/or implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results on health/Nutrition related Programme/projects.

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

  • Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Nutrition, public health, Nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and Nutrition, health/Nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, Nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of eight years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: Nutrition, public health, Nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/Nutrition care. Experience of handling emergencies is required. Experience in health/Nutrition Programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as 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 competencies required for this post are:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)


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