Nutrition Coordination Officer job at United Nations Volunteers

United Nations Volunteers

Nutrition Coordination Officer job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 10 January 2022

Hiring Organization: United Nations Volunteers

Job Details:

Nutrition Coordination Officer – UN Volunteers

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, 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 fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. 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. In Uganda, UNICEF is working to ensure that the government and stakeholders at national and sub-national level will have increased capacity to expand and sustainably provide a package of high impact nutrition interventions for infants, children, adolescents and women of reproductive age in development and humanitarian situations (including in the context of COVID19), and urban settings. This is done through interventions in adolescent and maternal, child nutrition, care of children with wasting, nutrition in emergencies and nutrition governance. UNICEF operates through three zonal offices in addition to the country office in Kampala. The Nutrition Officer (Coordination) will be based in Mbarara Zonal Office
Task description
• Under the direct supervision of the Health Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
• Provide day-to-day support to district local governments to roll out maternal, infant, young child and adolescent nutrition strategy, including family led-MUAC.
• Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and districts to discuss operational and implementation issues to accelerate implementation strategies on children diet.
• Provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and district level stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision-making
• Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned
• Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess programmes/projects and to report on required action and interventions at the higher level of programme management.
• Prepare regular and mandated sectoral programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
• Conduct regular programme field visits and exchange information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support.
• Support to nutrition programme planning in the Western Zonal Office. Results/Expected Outputs:
• Monthly progress report on the nutrition activities in the UNICEF zonal office-MIYCAN rolled out in UNICEF focal districts of the zonal office.
• Family MUAC implemented at the community level within selected districts.
• The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
• Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Required experience
3 years of experience in Professional experience in implementation of nutrition projects and programmes, programme management function or a technical expert capacity in nutrition, health and nutrition education and behaviour change approaches.
Experience in district and/or sub national level engagements with government and partners, technical knowledge of nutrition prevention approaches, especially in maternal, infant and young child nutrition, team building and rallying partners around a common objective and willingness to travel including in districts and communities to monitor and implement nutrition programmes

Area(s) of expertise
Development programmes
English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, food science, biological sciences, anthropology, medicine, or another health-related science field.
Competencies and values
• Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
• Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations
• Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
• Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner.
• Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
• Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations
• Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
Other information
Living conditions and remarks
The volunteer will be working in UNICEF Western and Central Zonal Office in Mbarara. The volunteer will have to find their own accommodation.
Inclusivity statement
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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Date Posted: 2021-12-29




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