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Deadline: 25 May, 2021

Location: Namibia

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Nutrition Specialist.

Across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.


  • Contribute to and support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the nutrition sector(s) to ensure comprehensive and current data on maternal and child nutrition is available to guide policy development, and the design and management of nutrition programmes/projects
  • Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery
  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish 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 the assigned sector in nutrition 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
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to 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
  • Participate in discussions with national partners, clients and stakeholders to promote nutrition and development issues especially in the areas of emergency preparedness and maternal, newborn and child survival and development
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with nutrition sector government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge
  • Facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity
  • Prepare communication and information materials for country office programme advocacy, promoting awareness, establishing partnership/alliances and supporting fund raising for nutrition programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development)
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in interagency discussions, ensuring UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting
  • 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
  • Research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting edge practices in nutrition management and information systems
  • Assess, institutionalise and share best practices and knowledge learnt
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects
  • Organise and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results on nutrition-related programmes and projects


  • University degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Nutritional Epidemiology, Global/International Health and Nutrition, Health/Nutrition Research, Policy and/or Management, Health Sciences, Nutritional Epidemiology, or a related field
  • Five years, minimum, of professional experience in handling nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care in a developing country
  • Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organisation is an asset
  • Experience working on community health platforms is an asset
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of a local language will be a plus

To apply and for more information, click here.

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