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UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is also the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries. As a global authority UNICEF is able to influence decision makers at the global level and turn the most innovative ideas into reality.
About UN Jobs in Pakistan-Nutrition Specialist
Less than a year after the United Nations General Assembly approved the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, Pakistan became the sixth nation in the world to sign and pass it. Children and teenagers in Pakistan still experience significant difficulties, though.
In order to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and assist children in realizing their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children, UNICEF assists the Government of Pakistan in accelerating progress for children. Strong alliances with provincial officials, educators and health experts, frontline workers and social mobilizers, communities and families, and of course the kids and teenagers themselves will be one way to achieve this.
UNICEF will strive to ensure in particular that:
- Every child survives and thrives — being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
- Every child learns.
- Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
- Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
The Nutrition Specialist is in charge of planning/designing, implementing, overseeing, and evaluating nutrition and early childhood development (ECD) programs in the province of Balochistan under the overall supervision of the Chief of Nutrition. The nutrition specialist oversees the management, implementation, tracking, evaluation, and reporting of the nutrition program in the Balochistan Province as part of the national program. She also assists in the creation and preparation of the nutrition program. In order to ease the operation of the maternal, teen, baby, and child feeding programs as well as ECD, s/he offers expert advice and managerial support throughout the planning processes. This is accomplished in accordance with the UNICEF Strategic Plans, norms of success, and methods for results-based management (RBM).
Responsibilities of the UN Jobs in Pakistan-Nutrition Specialist
- 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, adolescent and child nutrition is available to guide policy development, and the design and management of nutrition programmes.
- Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency, and delivery.
- Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of nutrition programmes.
- Formulate, design and prepare a sector of the nutrition programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), regional strategies, as well as national and provincial priorities, plans and competencies.
- Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the nutrition sector(s) based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.
- Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national and provincial priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
- Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
Program Management, Monitoring, and Results 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.
- Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
- Actively monitor programmes and projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress. Identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
- Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
- Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
- In close collaboration with the Chief of Field Office, coordinate the design/planning, implementation, technical assistances, as well as monitoring and reporting of ECD programmes in Balochistan Province.
Technical and operational assistance for implementing programs
- Provide technical guidance and operational support to the provincial government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners donors and others 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 provincial partners, clients and stakeholders to promote nutrition, ECD and development issues especially in the areas of emergency preparedness and response, maternal, adolescent, newborn and child survival and development initiatives.
- Draft relevant policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration, as relevant to the province.
- Provide operational and technical support to relevant Provincial Government Departments in the institutionalization, capacity strengthening and rollout of ECD interventions at scale and with concrete results.
- Support in emergency preparedness. response, and recovery initiatives for programme development, contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated.
Creating Partnerships and Networking
- Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with nutrition sector government counterparts, community representatives and provincial 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 CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development).
- Participate and/or represent UNICEF in provincial level inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNSDCF development planning and agenda setting.
Requirements of the UN Jobs in Pakistan-Nutrition Specialist
- A graduate degree (Master’s or higher) from an elite institution in one of the following disciplines is necessary: Health sciences, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, management and/or policy, or another field related to nutrition.
- An entry-level university degree (Bachelor’s) in a pertinent subject plus two more years of work experience may be accepted in place of an advanced degree.
- It is necessary to have at least five years of professional expertise in one or more of the following fields: public health, nutrition, planning and administration of nutrition programs, or mother, baby, and child health/nutrition care.
- Experience developing and managing health/nutrition programs, projects, or organizations within the UN system is advantageous.
- Additional dietary information system administration knowledge and/or instruction will be beneficial.
- English proficiency is needed. It is advantageous to be conversant in another UN formal language or the native tongue.