Nutrition Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st October, 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.


  • Provide technical competencies and skill in the design and implementing of work plans. This includes technical discussion with the counterparts at MOH and NNI, using the results of EDHS, Iodine Nutrition survey, baseline data of the situation of the IYCF, by organizing technical meetings and preparation of reports and other relevant documents.
  • Provide technical assistance at the national to lay the foundation to scale up effective nutrition action by supporting recommendations of landscape analysis and identify opportunities to integrate and scale up nutrition related actions; through technical assistance develop a strategic plan and recommendations for consolidated and harmonized action by stake holders; support in establishing the nutrition unit and a nutrition tracking system linking together with the existing nutrition databases including polices and strategies.
  • Provide technical assistance and support at sub national level in developing and implementation plan for selected communities in the selected districts to improve IYCF practices. Will be responsible for providing technical assistance and support in all aspects of the promotion and protection of breastfeeding and infant feeding (both in routine settings and in emergencies) within the context of the global strategy on infant and young child feeding. This includes analysis of data, development of project designs and work plans, planning and implementation of activities, training courses and coordination meetings and participation in field monitoring visits with stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance and support at the national and sub national level with the respect to the implementation of activities to be conducted in completing the intensification of approaches by increasing the awareness of importance of iodized salt among consumers including the food industry, retailers and family there by stabilize a demand for iodized salt and achieving political support for salt iodization at various level thereby USI target is reached; Liaise and work closely with salt producers and Processors Alliance to mobilize support for increase in the availability of iodized salt in rural communities through improved distribution and increased outlet. Also support relevant government bodies to upgrade and enforce the legislation related to salt iodization. Identify alternative solutions for the presence of non-iodized salt.
  • Provide technical assistance to the partners in the prevention and control of Micronutrients deficiencies (VAD & IDA) and in collaboration with WFP, MOHP and NNI, advocate for alternative strategies. Provide technical support for flour fortification project with National Nutrition Institute and WFP.
  • Provide technical guidance for system strengthening on monitoring and data analysis on Nutrition situation through Nutrition on essential surveillance and provide information on the development of Nutrition strategy. Organize technical review and consultation meetings to increase the capacity of the implementing partners on current knowledge in Nutrition with a focus on UNICEF supported areas.
  • Prepare sectoral documents, donor reports and briefs as required. Undertake field visits to monitor programs and represent at various National and International meetings as required. Oversee the budget for the programme.
  • Formulate and facilitate by providing technical, monitoring and evaluation support to MOHP and National Nutrition Institute (NNI) to promote consumption of iodized salt with emphasis on in the rural communities. Support MOHP in finalizing and implementing the plan of action to improve IYCF practices. In collaboration with WHO support the MOHP to introduce the new growth curves. Support the flour fortification, develops strategies to address VAD using serum retinol study report. Develops strategies to address Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children.

ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS: Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

Project Planning, Development and Management: Enhance effective project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, addressing gender inequality and determinants of gender equality; ensure the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.

Knowledge Management: Further promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities. Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned; provides solid technical recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach: Promote the quality of rights-based Nutrition projects and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches, especially those that increase gender equality. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or project management processes using a gender-sensitive, results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

  • Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches, with an emphasis on promoting a shared understanding and approach to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.
  • Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that Nutrition project expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database. Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.

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

Promotion of UNICEF's Global Goals: Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes and focusing on the contributions of gender equality in achieving these goals.

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.

Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

  • 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, employing qualitative as well as quantitative gender sensitive monitoring methods as useful.
  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups 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, ensuring that interventions to reduce gender inequalities are mainstreamed across the sectors.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections 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 Health 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.


  • As a line manager for assigned projects, lead effective and efficient planning, design, implementation and administration of specific project activities within a major programme that focus on achievement of
  • As a technical expert, contribute timely and effective technical advice, guidance and input to the preparation of situation analysis, formulation of programme strategy, planning, implementation and evaluation and human resources.
  • Conduct field visits to monitor projects as well as conduct periodic programme reviews.
  • Make viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the advancement of the rights of children and women.
  • Contribute to the development and introduction of new approaches.
  • Certify allocation and disbursement of funds; determine supply and cash needs to ensure programme delivery meets targeted goals and objectives.



  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Family Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health, Health Emergency Preparedness, or other relevant discipline(s).
  • Training in gender and in nutrition programmes that promote gender equality an asset.

Work Experience:

  • Five years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO)
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset.

Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station

Competency Profile:

Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication [ II]
  • Working with People [ II]
  • Drive for Results [ II]

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Leading and Supervising [ I]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II]
  • Analyzing [ III]
  • Relating and Networking [ II]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III]

Technical Knowledge [ II ]

Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ II] (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)

  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
  • Advanced Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas:
  • Public Health & Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Population and Family Health & Nutrition, Public Health Preparedness, Health Emergency Preparedness
  • Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition Research, Biostatistics, Biochemistry, Socio-medical Sciences,
  • Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health & Nutritional Care
  • Gender and diversity awareness

Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [ I]

Knowledge of theories and practices in:

  • Child and Maternal Nutrition and Health.
  • Nutrition and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
  • Public Health and Nutrition.
  • Educational Interventions in Health and Nutrition Care.
  • Environmental Health and Nutrition.
  • Health and Nutrition Education.
  • Knowledge Management
  • Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages.

General knowledge of:

  • Methodology of programme/project management
  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Nutrition
  • Knowledge of global health and nutrition issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches.
  • Policies and strategy to address national and global health and nutrition issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
  • Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
  • Core commitments for children in emergencies (for all Emergency positions)
  • Government development plans and policies
  • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on nutrition results, e.g. Ending Child Hunger and Under-nutrition, UNICEF Joint Health and Nutrition Strategy
  • Office work plan
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) [ II]

  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.
UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
The technical competencies required for this post are:

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 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.


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