Nutrition Specialist – Child Overweight and Obesity Prevention (P-4), Nutrition Section, PD – New York HQ # 00103428

By UN Children’s Fund Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 29 Oct 2018

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.

UNICEF’s overarching vision is to prevent all forms of malnutrition and ensure treatment when prevention efforts fail, and that this be available in all contexts. UNICEF’s goal is also to reach at least 6 million children suffering from SAM with early and quality care annually by 2021. UNICEF’s ambition is to increase engagement in system strengthening, prevention programming, and leverage an increasing number of platforms to ensure that fewer and fewer children suffer from SAM, and that early care is provided to those who still do require life saving treatment and support.

For every child, a hope….

You provide technical guidance and support to UNICEF Regional and Country Offices for the implementation of programmes for the prevention of child overweight and obesity in line with the UNICEF programmatic guidance in this field. You will also stay abreast of scientific developments and global technical guidance, and update the programmatic guidance as required.

How can you make a difference?

Technical support and guidance

  • Serve as a focal point for advocacy, policy, programming and technical expertise in the prevention of child overweight and obesity using a child’s rights and equity approach.
  • Provide technical support to UNICEF Regional and Country Offices in developing and implementing policies and strategies for the prevention of child overweight and obesity.
  • Update UNICEF guidance documents in line with latest scientific and programmatic knowledge.
  • Undertake support visits to UNICEF offices and provides continuous distance support for improvement of programming to address child overweight and obesity.
  • Knowledge management and sharing

  • Organize, collect and disseminate results of UNICEF’s research, lessons learned and best practices on the prevention of child overweight and obesity in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Support UNICEF Regional and Country Offices on knowledge management on the prevention of child overweight and obesity.
  • Help address knowledge gaps on the burdens and drivers of child overweight and obesity and translates this in implementation strategies.
  • Networking and partnership

  • Participate and/or represents UNICEF in global, regional, and national fora related to maternal and child nutrition, particularly in the area of prevention of child overweight and obesity.
  • Participate and/or represents UNICEF on global expert groups and (UN) networks.
  • Advocacy and resource mobilization

  • Works with colleagues in the Section, the Private Fundraising and Partnership Division and others where relevant, to mobilise resources for the prevention of child obesity including the development of funding proposals.
  • Works with relevant colleagues to strengthen global advocacy for the prevention of child overweight and obesity with equity.
  • Monitoring and reporting

  • Contributes to meeting organizational reporting requirements at UNICEF Headquarters
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, public health, global/international health and nutrition, development, health/nutrition research, or other health related social science field is required.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience at the national and international levels in nutrition and public health is required.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience in low- and middle income countries is desired.
  • Prior knowledge and experience in working in child overweight and obesity prevention and food systems 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.
  • 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. To view our competency framework, please clickhere.

    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 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.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=516962

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