Specialist - Knowledge Management, New York

Organization: Unicef

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNICEF New York

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Thursday, 25 February 2021

Nutrition Specialist - Knowledge Management (P-4), # 00115610, Nutrition Section, PD - NYHQ (Temporary Appointment)

Job no: 537970

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Programme Division

Department/Office: Nutrition Section, UNICEF NYHQ

Categories: Nutrition, P-4

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.

One of the critical goals of UNICEF for child survival and development is to improve child nutrition and prevent associated mortality and morbidity. Although significant progress has been made, there are still 149 million children under 5 with stunting and almost 50 million with wasting.

To address this, UNICEF has launched a new nutrition strategy (2020-2030) to achieve a vision of a world where all children, adolescents and women realize their right to nutrition. The strategy has six results areas, including Results Area 5 on Maternal and Child Nutrition in Humanitarian action, which encompasses UNICEF’s nutrition programming in emergencies. Results Area 5 is guided by UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action and UNICEF’s commitments as Cluster Lead Agency for Nutrition.

Knowledge for maternal and child nutrition is one of the strategy’s programming priorities. UNICEF advocates for and supports evidence-informed nutrition policies, strategies, programmes and financing. This involves conducting studies, research and evaluations to support evidence-informed policies and programming and strengthening mechanisms to share and exchange knowledge.

For every child, a good nutrition....

You will work with Programme Division - Nutrition Section, Regional and Country offices and other partners, as required. In addition, the Nutrition Specialist will coordinate and supervise the work of consultants that are engaged to support specialized knowledge management and evidence-generation activities.

How can you make a difference?

Lead UNICEF’s evidence-generation and knowledge management on COVID-19 and Nutrition.

Support Regional and Country Offices in the design, implementation and utilization of evidence on the impact of COVID-19 and Nutrition. This will include coordinate the allocation of resources for operational research and the consolidation and dissemination of emerging evidence at a global level.

Represent UNICEF in internal and external coordination platforms on COVID-19 and Nutrition. This includes inter-agency discussions on operational research, UNICEF-WHO collaboration on COVID-19 and Nutrition and UNICEF-CDC partnership on operational research on COVID-19 and Nutrition.

Lead efforts to disseminate emerging evidence on COVID-19 and Nutrition. This includes generation of knowledge management products and outputs, and public facing communications on the impact of COVID-19 and Nutrition.

Support UNICEF’s knowledge management and evidence-generation agenda on the prevention, early detection and treatment of Child Wasting

Support the finalization of the "No Time to Waste" narrative and plan, and support the coordination and launch of the plan by strengthening communication and resource mobilization efforts.

Support evidence-generation and utilization on simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child wasting. The Senior Advisor will work closely with UNICEF HQ, Regional and Country Offices to determine where new research studies or operational studies are required, and what gaps in evidence these studies will seek to address and support the design of these studies. This support is expected to include (but not limited to) the technical design of new operational research studies, the development of tools/guidance on research protocols and the analysis and generation of evidence for specific programmatic adaptations.

Support the development of a coordinated plan for the generation of new evidence on simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child wasting. The Senior Advisor, in collaboration with UNICEF HQ, Regional and Country Offices, will support the development of a clear, purposeful plan for UNICEF’s support and involvement in the generation of new operational evidence on simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of child wasting in support of WHO’s wider agenda on evidence generation under the Global Action Plan on Child Wasting.

Strengthen Knowledge Management of UNICEF’s work in Nutrition in Emergencies

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Develop a capacity statement for UNICEF’s work on nutrition in emergencies (NiE): This capacity statement will communicate UNICF’s leadership role in NiE, and explain what we do before, during and after an emergency as the Cluster Lead Agency on Nutrition.

Contribute to the development of a ‚think piece‘ on UNICEF’s vision on NiE: This broader ‚think piece‘ will examine our future vision for NiE and, in particular, the opportunities to strengthen the capabilities of national governments, UNICEF and partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies. This may include, for example, the shifts we predict on early warning and early action, and how we can leverage innovative approaches to overcome existing limitations.

Support efforts to disseminate new evidence, learning and technical products for NiE. This includes generation of knowledge management products and outputs, and public facing communications on NiE for UNICEF and the GNC Technical Alliance.

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

Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, or other health related science or other related field is required.

A minimum of 8 (eight) years of professional experience, at the national and international levels in the area of nutrition, public health, related research or planning and management in relevant areas of maternal, infant and child nutrition, some of which preferably in a developing country is required.

Prior experience in generating, synthesizing, and documenting knowledge on nutrition in a range of publication styles.

Relevant experience in health/nutrition program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.

Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements‘ page. If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator

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

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

"UNICEF 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 at http://www.whed.net/"

Advertised: Feb 10 2021 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Feb 24 2021 Eastern Standard Time