Programme Specialist

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd October, 2019


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.

​For every child, a new idea

UNICEF’s Nutrition Sector works towards Goal Area 1 “Every child survives and thrives” and three specific nutrition-related results in the new Strategic Plan 2018-2021:

  • Children receive services for the prevention of stunting and other forms of malnutrition.
  • Children receive services for the treatment of severe wasting and other forms of severe acute malnutrition.
  • Adolescent girls and boys receive services for the prevention of anemia and other forms of malnutrition.
  • Achieving results in these areas will allow us to contribute to the broader Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, and specifically SDG Goal 2 to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”.
  • The Nutrition Section steers our ‘One Nutrition’ approach across the sector working in compact with Regional Offices and Country Offices to improve the nutrition of children, adolescents, and women, especially the most disadvantaged. Together, we aim to move the needle in four areas where progress is greatly needed, namely: Improving diet diversity in children aged 6-23 months, Improving nutrition of adolescent girls (and boys), improving nutrition of pregnant women and detecting and treating severe wasting in children early, in all contexts.

For every child, a new idea 

To meet UNICEF’s ambitious agenda on wasting, by maximising the impact of key global partnerships on wasting (e.g. the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Office of Food for Peace (FFP)) whilst optimizing the design and implementation of wasting interventions at a regional and country level. The role will support the targeted delivery of technical and programmatic support to regional and country offices, whilst strengthening collaboration and strategic dialogue between UNICEF and its global partners.

How can you make a difference?

Support the implementation of UNICEF’s strategic goals on wasting

  • Oversee the consolidation of UNICEF’s global, regional and country-level needs for scaling up prevention and management of wasting. This should include mapping supply chain and programmatic needs in all focus countries and identifying and tracking financial resources leveraged towards these.
  • Support the identification of funding opportunities at a global level to leverage new financing opportunities to meet UNICEF’s efforts to prevent and manage child wasting.
  • Support partnership discussions with key US-based partners and stakeholders to raise the profile of prevention and treatment of wasting.
  • Support the design, implementation, and documentation of operational pilots to assess the impact of different approaches for addressing wasting.
  • Jointly with the Regional Offices, identify opportunities for generating operational and programmatic evidence on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, quality and coverage of approaches for addressing wasting.
  • Document the impact of these interventions and contribute to the dissemination of emerging evidence and knowledge on the opportunities, challenges, and implications of new programmatic approaches for the prevention and management of wasting in fragile contexts.

Coordinate the global relationship between UNICEF and USAID-FFP, including with COs and Ros

  • Facilitate the preparation and submission of concept notes/proposals from Headquarters, Supply Division, (SD) Country Offices and Regional Offices (COs and ROs), ensuring compliance with the UNICEF/USAID-FFP format/template (narrative and budget).
  • Maintain a spreadsheet/tracking system to track concept note submission, agreement receipt and details, budget breakdowns, VISION grant numbers etc. for each annual contribution. Share this with Headquarters (HQ), RO and CO colleagues, updating on a daily/weekly basis, and flag any bottlenecks/delays to UNICEF staff and USAID-FFP.
  • Participate in all HQ-managed or coordinated processes that involve USAID-FFP. These include but are not limited to internal meetings with PD, SD, and PPD.
  • Develop global networks and foster partnerships between COs and ROs and USAID-FFP country and regional focal points.
  • Organize and support the facilitation of annual face-to-face meeting/consultation between UNICEF and USAID-FFP and finalise the Note for the Record (NFR) including action points, sharing this with USAID-FFP and ensuring agreement. Monitor the implementation of action points.
  • Organize and support the facilitation of regular conference calls and/or webinars between USAID-FFP and UNICEF, including with ROs and COs, on both technical and award issues.
  • Organize field visits to COs jointly with HQ and ROs to further support programme monitoring. This will include both internal (UNICEF) field visits and joint field visits with USAID-FFP.

To qualify as a champion for every child, you will have:

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in public health, nutrition, food security or social sciences and/or related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience at the national and/or international levels in work related to public health nutrition and/or project management is required.
  • Prior technical knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis of nutrition programs including (but not limited to) management of wasting is desired.
  • Prior experience in planning and monitoring projects approaches for the management of wasting is an asset.
  • Demonstrated analytical and persuasive writing skills experience as well as editing skills, including the ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience is an asset.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=526332


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