Technical Officer Nutrition – UN Job Vacancy Ethiopia 2019

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Job/Task Description
Technical Officer Nutrition – P4 – Ethiopia  (1902161)  
Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: 12 Months

Background and Justification
* Purpose of the Position:

In the context of the Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), at the country level, the incumbent will provide technical expertise to the team members, national authorities, related health and non-health partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programmes and activities throughout the full cycle of the incident, in line with WHO’s related policies and strategies.

Job Description
* Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization)

Reporting to the Health Operations Team Lead, under the overall guidance of the Incident Manager and Head of WHO Country Office, and in close collaboration with the respective technical leads in the respective Regional Office and HQ, the Technical Officer will have the overall responsibility for managing and coordinating operations to ensure the timely delivery, effective and efficient implementation of the activities, and the expansion of WHO-assisted nutrition interventions, in order to achieve the best attainable health status for the populations served by WHO. The incumbent will closely coordinate activities with Ministry of Health (MOH), United Nations (UN) partners, implementing Health/Nutrition partners, including Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), other stakeholders and development partners to create synergies and ensure harmonization in the Position Description – Professional implementation of the nutrition programme at the national level, throughout the full cycle of the incident.

Summary of Assigned Duties

During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.

1. Advise on the planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programmes and activities, in compliance with WHO’s overall strategy, and guidelines.

2. Support strengthening nutrition surveillance, identify the constraints and gaps and provide technical solutions to improve the system.

3. Develop response strategies and action plans based on the nutrition situation in the affected areas, in collaboration with partners.

4. Provide technical support to monitor the implementation of specific activities related to nutrition to improve data collection and reporting at all levels.
5. Strengthen the coordination of the prevention and control of malnutrition, including enhanced support to government systems, and referral systems.

6. Support the development of a strategic plan to strengthen the capacity building of health professionals involved in the management of malnutrition, where appropriate.

7. Ensure the nutrition programme pursues equitable access to emergency assistance particularly for affected and vulnerable populations, with a view to integrating gender equality and equity across all aspects of the incident nutrition programme, including supplementation and food fortification with essential micronutrients, IYCF, treatment cases of severe acute malnutrition, and other community nutrition programmes.

8. Represent WHO in the interagency Nutrition Cluster and contribute to the development and implementation of interagency SMART surveys and other nutrition assessment tools.

9. Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

3. Recruitment Profile Competencies

1. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Teamwork.
5. Communication.

Functional Knowledge and Skills Position Description 

– Excellent knowledge and understanding of international public health with focus on nutrition.
– Independent judgment; the ability to anticipate new trends in the field of nutrition and take actions accordingly.
– Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including monitoring and evaluation of programmes.

Education Qualifications

* Essential
An Advanced University degree (master’s level or above) in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition policy or development studies, Health & Nutrition Education, Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, or other closely related field of study to nutritional issues.

Post graduate studies or specialized training in emergency management, international aid or humanitarian principles.

* Essential

At least seven years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in development and management of nutrition programmes. Related working experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency operations in the area of nutrition. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities.

Experience and skills in providing in-country technical support and building capacity in national Health and nutrition programing, preferably in developing countries. Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant non-governmental, health cluster partners or recognized humanitarian organizations.

4. Use of Language Skills

Essentiel: Excellent knowledge of English or French with a good working level of English.


Desirable: Knowledge of another WHO/UN language would be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Knowledge of office software applications.

• This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
• Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
• A written test may be used as a form of screening.
• In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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Applications from women and from nationals of non-and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

 How to Apply

Deadline: May 20, 2019

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