Chief Health and Nutrition, Amman, Jordan

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Jordan

City: Amman

Office: UNICEF MENA RO Amman

Closing date: Sunday, 15 January 2023

Chief Health and Nutrition, NOD , Fixed-Term, Amman , Jordan country Office, # 00103181

Job no: 557526

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Jordan Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: Jordan

Department/Office: Amman, Jordan

Categories: Health and Nutrition

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.

For every child, Health.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is leader in the region for the rights of its children. Working closely with the Government of Jordan, civil society, the private sector and communities, UNICEF Jordan Country Office aims to sustain results achieved for children to date, and strive to further improve policies, national institutions and programmes, for the well-being of every child in Jordan, in line with Jordan’s Vision 2025 and the National Human Resources Development Strategy (2016-2025) towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Our programmes focus on improving the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the Kingdom, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or background. Our main pillars include: Child Protection; Education; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Adolescent and Youth Engagement; Health and Nutrition; Social Protection; and Operations.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Deputy Representative, the Chief Health and Nutrition leads, manages, develops and enables a competent team of professional and support staff to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the Health & Nutrition programme. Contributes to create synergistic partnerships which reinforce other organizations - including other UN Agencies - SDGs strategic directions in areas where UNICEF has primary responsibility or comparative advantage such as interrelated areas of maternal, new-born, and child health and nutrition as well support Strengthening Primary Heath Care as a platform for achieving Universal Health Coverage. Specific responsibilities are highlighted below:

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

1. Timely and quality sectoral analysis, input, support and coordination contribute to the Situation Analysis, its periodic update, and all programme documents to formulate effective Health & Nutrition goals, strategy, and project planning and development.

Leads and provides technical supports to ensure the timely preparation and completion of the relevant components (e.g., Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child Protection, Social Policy/Social Protection and Adolescent and Youth)) of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate monitoring and analysis and timely preparation and finalization of sectoral input. Ensures effective project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management

Formulates sectoral programme goals, objectives, and strategies. Supervises preparation of the sectoral inputs to the Country Programme Document and related documents, ensuring coherence of the sectoral programme with National priorities and policies and with United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

2. Integrated Health & Nutrition strategies, methodologies and innovative approaches are developed and implemented based on results-based approach and Human Rights framework by broad participation and collaboration with internal and external partnership. As a member of the management team, ensures the integration of the sectoral programme with other UNICEF sectors in all stages of the programming process. Maintains close working relationships with other UNICEF sectors, particularly Education, Child Protection, Social Policy/Social Protection, Adolescent and Youth and WASH, and programme communication to ensure integration of the Health & Nutrition programme with other sectors. Takes the lead in the formulation and development of Health & Nutrition goals, strategies and approaches for the UNICEF plan of cooperation. Participates with UNICEF, government, donors and other partners in the development of integrated strategies, methodologies and identification of innovative approaches for improving programme delivery, with emphasis on advocacy, community participation and social mobilization based on the Human Rights framework and cross sector approach to Programming and Community Capacity Development. Monitors latest Health & Nutrition developments at the international, regional and national levels; identifies/develops new methodologies and approaches for managing and improving programme effectiveness and efficiency of delivery; and expands collaboration with allies, focusing on developing partnership frameworks which address specific needs and have potential to leverage resources and scale up programmes. Facilitates and promotes active and participatory partnerships with key stakeholders (Government, other UN agencies, NGOs, bilateral agencies, donors and national and international academic institutions) for collaboration at various stages of Health & Nutrition programme design and implementation.

3. Technical support is provided to government and non-government organizations at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries. Provides technical support to government and non-government organizations at the national and provincial levels in the planning, development and implementation stages of the programmes/projects. Provides support to the government on overall economical aspect of investing in primary health care and universal health coverage. Plans, organizes and conducts training and orientation activities for government personnel and beneficiaries, for the purpose of institutional capacity building and expansion of coverage of services.

4. Monitoring and evaluation of programme performance is properly undertaken for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery. In collaboration with other colleagues, establishes effective information and reporting systems to monitor and evaluate the impact of the Health & Nutrition programme and achievement of targeted goals. Undertakes field visits to monitor and evaluate project implementation. Participates in quarterly and annual reviews and planning meeting on the country programme to assess and evaluate programme effectiveness, identifying problems and adopting remedial measures to accelerate/improve programme delivery. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

5. Work plan and objectives are effectively established, performance is managed, and planned results are timely delivered through exercise of strong programme management leadership. As head of the Health & Nutrition group, the incumbent takes primary responsibility for the development of the results-based sectoral work plan as well as for managerial oversight and implementation of sectoral project activity, consistent with the defined project strategies and approaches. Ensures that objectives and targets are timely met and achieved, by providing advice, guidance oversight, coordination, and support to professional and support staff.

6. The capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity building programme in the development, implementation and management of Health & Nutrition programme. Plans and organizes a staff training/development programme with Regional and HQ Advisers to upgrade the capacity of UNICEF Country Office staff enabling them to progressively engage in and lead in the programme development, implementation and management of the Health & Nutrition programme. Oversees relevant orientation, workshop, training and staff learning/development activities

7. UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector. Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, ensuring those activities are within established plans of action and programme budget allotments. Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Ensures programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation. Submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

8. Effective partnership and collaboration are achieved and maintained in the advancement of advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, resource mobilization, information sharing and knowledge networking. Makes a substantive contribution to technical cooperation, programme coordination and advocacy in the areas of Health & Nutrition, ensuring knowledge networking and experience sharing with other programmes for identification of new strategies and approaches to improve delivery of programme results and promote effective advocacy. Participates in establishing effective monitoring, knowledge database/network and reporting systems to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme information/data,and contributes to the development of communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and community participation. Maintains close working relationships and forges partnership and collaboration with external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate relevant data, exchange information on programme/project development and implementation. Ensures exchange of knowledge, information, experience and lessons learned.

9. The most relevant and strategic information is provided to support the Health & Nutrition Programme by the effective implementation of integrated programme monitoring system. In collaboration with monitoring and evaluation and program communication colleagues, conducts accurate and timely monitoring and data collection, and supports an integrated programme monitoring system. Provides technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary. Coordinates with partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardized across programmes to feed into programme performance monitoring. Participates in major evaluation exercises, programme mid-term review, annual sector review and preview meetings. Analyses and evaluates data to ensure achievement of objectives and recommends corrective measures as appropriate. Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key program performance and management indicators, provides expert input to management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports. Provides technical advice to programme staff, government counterparts and other partners on planning and management of integrated monitoring and evaluation as appropriate.

10. All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures. Oversees and ensures the timely preparation of annual sector status reports in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures. Makes technical contributions to the preparation of all programme reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, and provides guidance and assistance in programme related reporting.

11. Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination are provided. Collaborates in forming emergency preparedness plan relevant to Health & Nutrition. In case of emergency, participates in monitoring and assessing the nature and extent of the emergency in the assigned area. Coordinates and provides assistance to the Country Office in identifying where support is required in terms of immediate response as well as long-term strategy and plan.

12. Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively accomplished. Assumes any other duties and responsibilities assigned as appropriate to the purpose of this post, and delivers the results as required.

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

Education: Advanced university degree in: Public health, nutrition, child development, social policy, social development, community development, or other relevant disciplines. Specialized training in health planning, health economics or public policy preferred.


Eight years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition programmes relevant to child survival, health & nutrition care including engagement in health policy formulation, budget review and costing and financing of essential package of health and nutrition interventions.

Professional work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in the health, nutrition, and child survival & health care.

Field work experience is an asset.

Background/familiarity with Emergencies is an asset.

Language: Fluency in English and Arabic is required

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others. (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to delivering the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: Nov 29 2022 Jordan Daylight Time Application close: Jan 15 2023 Jordan Standard Time

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Closes Jan 15 2023

Chief Health and Nutrition, NOD , Fixed-Term, Amman , Jordan country Office, # 00103181 in Jordan

The United Nations Children’s Fund Jordan Country Office in Amman seeks a dedicated, experienced, highly motivated, and proactive Chief Health and Nutrition, for its Health & Nutrition Team. Under the direct supervision of the Programme Deputy Representative, the Chief Health and Nutrition leads, manages, develops and enables a competent team of professional and support staff to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the Health & Nutrition programme. Contributes to create synergistic partnerships which reinforce other organizations - including other UN Agencies - SDGs strategic directions in areas where UNICEF has primary responsibility or comparative advantage such as interrelated areas of maternal, new-born, and child health and nutrition as well support Strengthening Primary Heath Care as a platform for achieving Universal Health Coverage.

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