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Somalia: Nutrition Officer NO-1, Garoowe, Puntland (TA- 364 days )

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 22 Jun 2017

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.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does, in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism.

Children in Somalia are facing increasing vulnerabilities resulting from persistent drought, loss of livelihoods, escalating food prices, scarcity of portable water, malnutrition and infectious disease outbreaks. This situation has led to mass displacement of people to neighboring countries and IDP settlements in search of humanitarian assistance including food and pasture. As of January 2017, the national global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate stood at 14.9 per cent while severe acute malnutrition (SAM) rate was reported at 3 per cent, with further deterioration expected in the coming months. Compared to the August 2016 post-Gu FSANU assessment, the prevalence of acute malnutrition had increased resulting in 363,000 children currently acutely malnourished (from 320,000), including 71,000 affected by severe acute malnutrition (SAM) (up from 50,000) with a total burden of acute malnutrition estimated at 944,000 children, including 185,000 with SAM. According to the May 2017 FSNAU-FEWSNET food security alert, it is estimated that approximately 2,510,000 people will be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and 700,000 will be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) by June. In Puntland, this situation is aggravated by spread of AWD/Cholera disproportionately affecting IDPs settlements (38%) in all affected regions. There is a slight increase in the number of new AWD/cholera cases and deaths reported – 1,178 cases/ 23 deaths were recorded in week 17 compared to 1,069 cases/22 deaths in week 16 while the district of Qardho reported 42 cases and 4 deaths during week 16 and 17.

For every child, Health

How can youmake a difference?

Under the general supervision of Health and Nutrition Specialist, the Nutrition Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the nutrition programs/projects within the Country Program from development planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative program tasks to facilitate program development, implementation and program progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting of results with more focus on humanitarian response and provide guidance for action and moving towards defined benchmarks.

Summary of key accountabilities:

  1. Support to program development and planning
  2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results.
  3. Technical and operational support to program implementation
  4. Networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  6. Develop and submit project quarterly and annual activity report

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have:

  1. A University Degree or higher in Nutrition, Public Health, Nutritional Epidemiology is required.
  2. A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in Nutrition, Public Health, Nutrition Planning and Management and/or in relevant areas of maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care at country level is required.
  3. Experience in health/nutrition program/project development in UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  4. Experience in humanitarian situation and emergency nutrition programming
  5. Fluency in English and Somali language is required.
  6. Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  7. Knowledge and experience with multi-sectoral nutrition programming is desirable

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.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

How 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