How can you make a difference?
Eight countries in MENA region have identified Complementary Feeding and specifically Diet Diversity as an area where the needs are greatest and by investing in improving diet diversity, an improvement in overall nutrition status of children under two could be achieved.
Five countries continue to scale up the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition as a life-saving intervention. More work is needed to ensure that the care for children with SAM is provided as part of an essential package of regular health and nutrition services.
Under the supervision of the Regional Senior Nutrition Specialist, the nutrition specialist will support countries in MENA by providing technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the formulation, design, planning, and monitoring for the achievement of concrete and sustainable results in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition and complementary feeding in line with global guidance and in close collaboration with partners.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
• Support to programme development and planning
• Support countries in the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for Complementary Feeding/Diet Diversity and CMAM to ensure comprehensive and current data are available to guide policy development, and the design and management of the programme.
• Keep abreast of recent developments to better inform programme design, and implemtation. Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of Complementary Feeding and/or CMAM programmes/projects.
• Provide guidance in the formulation, design and preparation of the Complementary feeding/Diet Diversity and/or CMAM programmes as applicable ensuring alignment with UNICEF strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, as well as national priorities, plans and competencies.
• Provide technical support in the establishment of specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Provide technical support in the preparation of required documentations for programme review and approval.
• Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
• Support countries with the establishment of monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, and UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for Complementary Feeding and CMAM programmes.
• Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action and interventions to achieve results.
• Actively monitor programmes and projects through field visits, exchange of information with country offices to assess progress.
• Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources) ensuring compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
• Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
• Technical and operational support to complementary feeding and CMAM programme implementation and capacity building
• Provide technical guidance and operational support to country office staff and government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and approaches on nutrition and related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.
• Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of staff and stakeholders to promote sustainable results on Complementary Feeding and/or CMAM programmes.
• Innovation, knowledge management
• Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
• Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting-edge practices in nutrition management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
• Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
• Support UNICEF Regional and Country Offices on knowledge management in the area of Complementary Feeding and CMAM.
• Help address knowledge gaps on the drivers of young children diets in the MENA region and use this information to inform the development of strategies and programs.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
An advanced university 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 eight years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management. Experience in complementary feeding/Diet Diversity project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset
• Language Requirements:
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is considered as an asset