Nutrition Specialist, Manila, Philippines

Organization: Unicef

Country: Philippines

City: Manila, Philippines

Office: UNICEF in Manila, Philippines

Closing date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Nutrition Specialist, NO3, TA, Manila, Post number 114563

Job no: 534761

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: Philippines Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: Philippines

Department/Office: Manila, Philippines

Categories: Nutrition, NO-3

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UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. To ensure that interventions are sustainable and scaled up, UNICEF primarily supports local government units (LGUs) as the main instruments of delivering services and building systems. The level of engagement with government institutions will take into account capacities, economies of scale and sector issues.

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How can you make a difference?

The Nutrition Specialist will support the development and preparation of the nutrition programme, and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the programme progress of the Philippines Country Plan for the prevention and treatment of Wasting, in-line with the Global Action Plan (GAP) for Wasting and PIMAM strategic plan. The Nutrition Specialist also supports and build capacity for Nutrition Preparedness and Response including the national nutrition cluster response activities, technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results in health systems strengthening maternal, infant and child nutrition.

Under the direct Supervision of the Nutrition Manager, the post shall undertake the following tasks and responsibilities: Support to programme development and planning

Contribute to and support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the nutrition to ensure comprehensive and current data on maternal and child nutrition is available to guide policy development, and the design and management of nutrition programmes/projects.

Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.

Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of nutrition programmes/projects.

Formulate, design and prepare nutrition programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development (PFSD), regional strategies, as well as national 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 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/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

Provide technical support to Samar Province and the UNICEF Samar Province Alternate Focalpoint for the Country Program.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

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

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors 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 national partners, clients and stakeholders to promote nutrition and development issues especially in the areas of emergency preparedness, PIMAM and maternal, newborn and child survival and development.

Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.

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Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for programme development, contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated.

Provide technical support to DOH, NNC, the legislative arm of government (Senate ang HOR), and PLCPD in developing relevant laws and IRRs and protecting key nutrition legislation and policy instruments

Provide technical support to NNC and DOH on Cluster Coordination and Information Management as Nutrition Cluster Co-Lead including monitoring and reporting of response accomplishments and challenges

Provide technical support to DOH, its regional offices, and partners on PIMAM, including but not limited to strategic and operational planning, supplies estimation, analysis of bottlenecks, monitoring and reporting.

4.Networking and partnership building

Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with nutrition sector government counterparts and national 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 inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNPFSD development planning and agenda setting.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.

Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting-edge practices in nutrition management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.

Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.

Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results on nutrition related programmes and projects.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

An *advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 7 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

A minimum of five years of professional experience in a UN system agency or organization in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, nutrition in emergencies, management of acute malnutrition or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.

Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset

A good grasp and understanding of development and humanitarian work is a plus.

Emergency experience an advantage.

How to apply

Qualified candidates are requested to complete an online candidate profile in by 14 October 2020. Only applications sent through the e-recruitment portal under 534761 will be considered.

By applying through our Talent Management System (TMS) you agree to our privacy statement which is in line with the Philippines‘ Data Privacy Act. You are strongly advised to read carefully through the privacy statement before submitting your application.

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

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

The competencies required for this post are: Core competencies

Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

Works Collaboratively with others (2)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies:

Analyzing (3)

Deciding and Initiating action (2)

Applying technical expertise (3) View our competency framework at

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.


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

Temporary Appointment (TA) staff, consultants, UNVs are all considered internal as per the definition of internal candidates.

Advertised: Sep 29 2020 Singapore Standard Time Application close: Oct 14 2020 Singapore Standard Time