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Internal & External: Nutrition Specialist - Child Wasting, P-4, FT #113267, PG, NYHQ

Apply now Job no: 545370
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Location: United States
Categories: Nutrition

Note: Programme Group (PG) is currently undergoing organizational changes, therefore the exact location of the post is still under consideration.  Currently, the post is based in New York but in case the location of the post will change, s/he would be expected to work remotely as the case may be, during the contractual period.    

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.

One of the critical goals of UNICEF for child survival and development is to improve child nutrition and prevent associated mortality. The management of wasting is critical for child survival and a key cost-effective component of the scaling up nutrition framework for addressing undernutrition. Globally, 47 million children under 5 years old are wasted and of these, over 14 million are severely wasted. Although significant progress has been made, the overall rate of admissions lags far behind and more needs to be done. To that end, UNICEF will be launching a new nutrition strategy (2020-2030) and an inter-UN agency Global Action Plan (GAP) on Child Wasting in 2020, providing renewed commitment to expanding the availability and accessibility of current prevention, early detection and treatment services.

For every child, Nutrition…

How can you make a difference?

To meet UNICEF’s ambitious agenda on child wasting, under the leadership of the Senior Nutrition Advisor, this role will operationalize UNICEF’s global strategies for accelerating progress on the early detection and treatment of child wasting, whilst optimizing the design and implementation of these interventions at a regional and country level.

1. Supervise operational research on simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child wasting

  • Support the development of operational/implementation research initiatives to generate evidence on selected simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child wasting.
  • Support UNICEF’s engagement with WHO on generating and adopting simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child 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.

2. Coordinate the implementation of simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child wasting

  • Provide technical assistance to Regional and Country Offices in the implementation of simplified approaches
  • Consolidate UNICEF’s global, regional and country-level needs for scaling up management of wasting, including innovations to optimize and simplify the early detection and treatment of child wasting. This should include mapping and tracking where these new adaptations are being implemented and identifying and tracking financial resources leveraged towards these.
  • Develop strategies to define UNICEF’s approach to scaling up the various adaptations included in the simplified approaches for early detection and treatment of child wasting, as appropriate. 
  • Jointly with the Regional Offices, identify opportunities for scaling up context-specific simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child wasting. 
  • Lead/coordinate the development of tools and resources (both internal and external) on the implementation of simplified approaches.
  • Facilitate the identification and integration of Simplified Approaches Indicators into SP Global Reporting

3. Support the launch of strategic partnerships on simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child wasting

  • Support the identification of funding opportunities at a global level to leverage new financing opportunities to meet UNICEF’s efforts to scale-up early detection and decentralized treatment of child wasting.
  • Facilitate the preparation and submission of global proposals from Headquarters, ensuring compliance with the UNICEF/USAID-BHA format/template (narrative and budget) and manage subsequent global awards, including coordination with Supply Division (SD) and Regional Offices (RO).
  • Organize and support the facilitation of regular technical calls and/or webinars between USAID-BHA and UNICEF
  • Support partnership discussions with key US-based partners and stakeholders to raise the profile of prevention and treatment of wasting. 
  • Manage the Global Long-Term Arrangement for Services (LTAS) for the Provision of High-Quality Technical Expertise to support to global, regional and country offices in the area of optimizing and simplifying existing treatment protocols for severe wasting and updating global and national guidelines wasting

To qualify as a champion for every child, the candidate must have…

  • An advanced university degree in public health, international development or social sciences.
  • A minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional work related to public health nutrition, public health, humanitarian assistance and development, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, or other health related social science field is required.
  • Prior experience in partnership development and management, including bilateral donors, foundations and civil society is required.
  • Direct, practical experience in the design and implementation of nutrition interventions through community-based platforms, and the integration of nutrition into basic health packages is required.
  • Prior experience in nutrition program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Previous experience in the identification, evidencing and roll-out of technical improvements in nutrition policy and practice is an asset.
  • Demonstrated analytical and persuasive writing skills experience as well as editing skills, including ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience
  • Knowledge of UNICEF programs in the field of child survival and development, UNICEF strategic plan is an asset
  • Experience in planning and financial management is an asset
  • Computer skills, including Sharepoint navigation and various office applications and VISION, is an asset.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements’ page.  If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator

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, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and 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 only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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