Nutrition Specialist - Islamabad, Pakistan - United Nations Children's Fund

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    UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among other things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilizers, communities and families, and, of course, the children and adolescents themselves.

    In particular, UNICEF will work so that:
  • Every child survives and thrives by being in good health, immunized, protected from polio, and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation
  • The post holder has joint responsibility with the UNICEF, resourcing partners and all sector participants at the national and sub-national level for the efficient management and functioning of the national emergency nutrition sector encompassing the following:
  • Strengthen and maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism;
  • Strengthen pre-exiting sectoral coordination through increased predictability and accountability;
  • Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps;
  • Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocate for the effective functioning of the sector and its response;
  • Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, climate change, and protection;
  • Maintain flexibility within the sector to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation;
  • Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between sector participants and other stakeholders;
  • Interact with other sectors (including through inter-sector coordination), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement, and active contribution of operational partners;
  • Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms;
  • Monitor performance of the core sector functions.
  • Following are the core sector functions:
  • Supporting service delivery:
  • Coordinate for the provision of platform to ensure that service delivery is driven by the agreed strategic priorities
  • Develop mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery among humanitarian partners
  • Strengthen and support sub technical working groups under the nutrition sector.
  • Informing strategic decision-making of the Humanitarian Coordination Team (HCT) for the humanitarian response:
  • Coordinating needs assessment and gap analysis (across other sectors and within the sector)
  • Facilitate through analysis to identify and address (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication, and cross-cutting issues impacting nutrition
  • Conduct prioritization of response that is grounded on the situation analysis
  • Planning and Strategy Development:
  • Develop sectoral plans, objectives and indicators directly support realization of the HCT strategic priorities
  • Application and adherence to existing standards and guidelines
  • Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and sector contributions to HC's overall humanitarian funding considerations (Flash Appeal, CAP, ERF/CHF, CERF)
  • Advocacy:
  • Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to emergency nutrition priorities and HCT messaging and action
  • Undertaking advocacy activities on behalf of nutrition sector participants and the affected population
  • Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the sector strategy and results; recommending corrective action where necessary
  • Contingency planning/preparedness for recurrent disasters whenever feasible and relevant.
  • Accountability to affected populations
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...
  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in health sciences, public health, nutrition, international development or related disciplines.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive and relevant professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care, in an emergency context with proven coordination capacity.
  • Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in UNICEF is an asset.
  • Experience in Cluster Coordination and Leadership within the UN system is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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