Nutrition Specialist (IYCN), P-4, New York Headquarters

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.For every child, hope
The post is based in the Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) unit and reports to the Senior Nutrition Advisor, IYCN. The Nutrition Specialist will work closely with other members of the IYCN Unit as well as members of the Nutrition Section and Programme Division. He/she will be working closely with UNICEF's implementing partners and donors. The position will involve frequent travel.
For more information on the Nutrition Section in Headquarters, visit:https://www.unicef.org/nutrition/
How can you make a difference? The Nutrition Specialist is responsible for providing technical support to the field in all aspects of complementary foods and feeding within the context of the Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding, adopted by the World Health Assembly and UNICEF Executive Board in 2002.
This will involve:
1. Technical support for complementary feeding advocacy, policy, programming and planning
Serves as focal point for advocacy, policy, programming and technical expertise in complementary foods and feeding, behavior change and community participation and empowerment. Develops and advocates global policies and strategies for improved complementary feeding, with a special focus on improved complementary feeding through an equity approach, within the context of the Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding. Supports regional and Country offices in large-scale comprehensive programming by applying the latest knowledge and tools for effective programme planning and implementation. Organizes capacity building events and activities at the regional and country level to strengthen staff capacity for programming on complementary feeding. Undertakes support visits to UNICEF offices and provides continuous distance support for improvement of programming and planning for improved complementary foods and feeding.
2. Technical support and guidance on integration with other sectors
Ensures that promotion and support of adequate young child feeding, especially complementary feeding programming and use of home fortification where needed, is implemented at community and family level. This includes providing guidance and technical assistance on strengthening policies for young child feeding, ensuring it is integrated into nutrition, health and other sectors' plans and programmes, such as Early Childhood Development (ECD), Social Protection and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
3. Knowledge management and sharing
Organizes, collects and disseminates results of research and best practices on issues related to complementary feeding and prevention of stunting and other forms of malnutrition, including overweight and obesity and other relevant community-based programmes.
4. Technical support to build national capacity
Assists in, organizes, and coordinates technical assistance for the development of training materials and provision of technical support related to complementary feeding, in humanitarian and пот-humanitarian contexts.
5. Advocacy, networking and resource mobilisation
Works with PFP to advocate for securing of funds for complementary feeding programming, in addition to the management of available resources and staff dedicated to improve early childhood nutrition. Prepares funding proposals and donor reports.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in the fields of human nutrition and/or public health.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of progressive, relevant professional experience at the national and international level, in young child feeding, public health and program management.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience working in community-based development and knowledge of food systems.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) or a local language is considered an asset.
  • Advanced knowledge of computer management and applications, especially in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • 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.
    This position is classified as "rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty,
    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds 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=503227