UNICEF is hiring a Nutrition Surveillance Specialist.

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.

For every child, fair chance

How can you make a difference?

Objectives

The objective of the present consultancy is to support the Regional Office – Nutrition Section with management and harmonization of nutrition information among West and Central African (WCA) countries.

Specific objectives include:

  • Support the implementation of quality nutrition surveys and use of related data in WCA countries
  • Strengthen the use of quality nutrition data by regional platforms and countries to inform programming

Scope of work

The consultant will:

  • Support nutrition surveys (including SMART): preparation and conduction in countries. The incumbent will ensure that quality surveys and reports are produced. S/He will travel to countries when needed.
  • Document good practices on nutrition surveillance and support sharing of appropriate guidance among colleagues and partners.
  • Contribute to strengthening regional platforms and partners to better use nutrition information into humanitarian situation assessment and programme design.

Deliverables and Schedules

Activities

Deliverables

Due date

  • Technical support to preparation, implementation and reporting of nutrition data – in all WCAR countries with a focus on 5 Sahel countries

(example of support expected: identification of consultant who will conduct the survey, review of protocol, check quality of data, support to analysis and reporting).

Reports describing support provided to countries and clear action points. The SMART regional database will be updated regularly, and raw data stored in appropriate location to allow for future analysis.

By 30th of each month

  • Support IPC-Acute Malnutrition exercises in WCA countries, document challenges and lessons learnt.

Reports from IPC-AMN in countries are finalized and shared. Lessons learnt are documented and shared within and outside of Unicef.

After each IPC-AMN exercise, and no later than 15th of December.

  • Technical support to Cadre Harmonise: serve as Unicef focal point for CH-Nutrition Task Force and represent UNICEF WCARO as needed, during validation and consolidation workshops and other meetings as relevant.

Minutes and recommendations for future follow up from workshops/meetings are documented.

After each CH workshop and Nutrition Task Force meeting and no later than 15th of December

Total: 105 days

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

Education

At least a master’s degree in nutrition or public health or related field – or equivalent professional experience

Work experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in in nutrition, public health and/or health surveys.
  • Experience in coordinating nutrition surveys with SMART methods
  • Previous solid experience in Cadre Harmonise or IPC conduction
  • Demonstrated skills in data management included non-nutrition specific data (health, wash, etc.), analysis and report writing of survey results
  • Proven training skills to develop capacities in personnel
  • Good understanding of the problems of malnutrition in the West and Central Africa
  • Technical competency with the Emergency Nutrition Assessment (ENA) software and other statistical analysis software such as SPSS, STATA, SAS, EPI-INFO.

Languages

Fluency in French and English.

For every Child, you demonstrate commitment

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, 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 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.

Remarks

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Deadline: 16 May 2021 Greenwich Standard Time.

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