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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, care
In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with the government, civil society, children, and families. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally – click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria: https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/.
Organizational Context and Purpose for the job
UNICEF’s fundamental mission is to promote every child’s right, leaving no one behind. In Nigeria, the nutrition situation of children under five has recorded minimal change, and currently, Nigeria is off track to achieving the World Health Assembly 2025 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Approximately one in three children under five in Nigeria is stunted, while one of every ten children is wasted. Consequently, Nigeria has the world’s second-highest number of malnourished children and the highest in Africa.
Due to the combined effects of conflict, COVID-19, and climate change, there are an estimated 3 million children likely to suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in 2023. To change the narrative, UNICEF in partnership with the government and other stakeholders aims to deliver good quality prevention and treatment services at scale to build resilience and protect the most vulnerable, particularly during the First 1000 Days of Life. The focus, in keeping with UNICEF Nigeria’s new Country Programme Strategy (2023-2027), is to (i) strengthen the enabling environment, including data, to inform policy and programming; (ii) strengthen systems, especially the health, and food and social protection system to deliver high-quality services; and (iii) address social and behavioral practices that influence diets and practices.
How can you make a difference?
To enable UNICEF to execute the above strategy in the context of emergencies, UNICEF Nigeria is seeking a Nutrition Officer (NO-B) to be based in Abuja, Nigeria. Specifically, the Nutrition Officer will be responsible for the following:
- Support the Nutrition Specialist in Abuja and Field Offices to ensure high-quality Programme development and execution along the development-humanitarian nexus
- Develop high-quality concept notes, proposals, reports, and documents to mobilize resources and document results for impact
- Work closely with policy and data specialists to strengthen the enabling environment to advance nutrition in emergencies
- Work closely with the Nutrition Sector partners and UNICEF’s Supply Team to ensure a secure commodity pipeline for life-saving nutrition services.
1. Support to programme development and planning
While prioritizing prevention, and treatment where prevention fails, the Nutrition Officer will:
- Contribute to the development of multi-sectoral nutrition programming in the context of emergencies, particularly for those in the First 1000 Days of Life.
- Ensure gender-sensitive, rights, and results-based planning and Programme development
- Ensure alignment of Programme design with national and sub-national priorities as well as UNICEF and UN policies and strategies
2. Programme management, monitoring, and delivery of results.
- Provide technical input and oversight to the implementation of programmes along the humanitarian-development nexus
- Ensure availability of near-real-time data and conduct analysis, including budget and financial, to inform decision-making, enable mid-course corrections, facilitate Programme reviews with internal and external stakeholders, and unlock resources
- Be accountable for and manage internal and external resources, effectively and efficiently
3. Provide technical and operational support to Programme implementation
- Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews, and annual reviews with government and other counterparts 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 and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other stakeholders on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices on nutrition-related issues to support Programme implementation, operations, and delivery of results.
4. Advocacy, networking, and partnership building
- Build and sustain partnerships (internal and external) and work closely and collaboratively with stakeholders (internal and external) to ensure the achievement of sustainable results for nutrition at scale
- Advocate for and support the government to increase financing and coverage of services for nutrition interventions at both national and sub-national levels.
- Prepare high-quality evidence-informed advocacy products for internal and external use
5. Innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building
- Introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
- Keep abreast of and share state-of-the-art research and implement best and cutting-edge practices in nutrition programming, especially in the context of emergencies.
- Organize, plan, and/or implement capacity-building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote transformative and sustainable results on /nutrition-related programmes/projects
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A master’s 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.
- A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience.
- Experience in implementing nutrition programming in an emergency context
- Knowledge of the UN rules, procedures, and regulations and/or working experience for the UN or other international development organization would be an asset
- Good knowledge and hands-on experience in analytical, research methodology, and statistical skills are an added advantage.
Fluency in English (both written and spoken) and the local working language of the duty station are required.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
- The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
- Builds and maintains partnerships (II)
- Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (II)
- Drive to achieve results (II)
- Innovates and embraces change (II)
- Manages ambiguity and complexity (II)
- Thinks and acts strategically (II)
- Works collaboratively with others (II)
- Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (II)
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
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.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.
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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to delivering the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government 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.
How to apply
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