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Latest Vacancies at the United Nations Children's Fund, 19th October, 2018

Oct 19, 2018, 7:11 PM

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Nutrition Sector Coordinator, P4, (364 days)
Job Number: 517150
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

Key Functions, Accountabilities and Related Duties/Tasks
Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms:

  • Ensure appropriate coordination between all Nutrition humanitarian partners (including national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, UN and other international organizations active in the sector) as well as government authorities;
  • Secure commitments from sector participants in responding to needs and filling gaps, avoiding duplication and ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the sector, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary;
  • Ensure the establishment/maintenance of appropriate sector coordination mechanisms including working groups at all levels;
  • Ensure effective links with other sectors (with OCHA support);
  • Represent the interests of the Nutrition Sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator as well as donors on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy; and
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the Nutrition Sectors response plans and operations.

Planning and Strategy Development:
  • Ensure predictable action within the sector for the following:
    • Develop standard assessment formats for use within the sector and identification of gaps;
    • Ensure context analysis features in strategy development enabling the appropriate promotion of emergency response actions, early recovery planning as well as the development of transition strategy for the sector;
    • Draw on lessons learned and revise strategies and action plans accordingly; and
    • Develop/update agreed response strategies and action plans for the Nutrition Sector and ensure that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) an integral component of the CAP process or equivalent processes at country level.

Identification and training of key partners:
  • Identify key humanitarian partners for the Nutrition Sector response and other key partners including local and national authorities, etc.;
  • Carry out existing capacity and capacity gap mapping of all current and potential actors government, national and international humanitarian organizations as well as national institutions, the private sector and advocate to donors, NGOs, government and other stakeholder on the nutrition programme needs and services;
  • Promote and support training of the Nutrition Sector partners personnel and build the capacity of all the Nutrition partners based on the capacity gap mapping; and
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society.

Advocacy and resource mobilization:
  • Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the Humanitarian Coordinators and other actors;
  • Map resources mobilized by partners for priority activities to ensure coverage and reduce duplication and advocate for donors to fund sector agencies to carry out priority activities, while at the same time encouraging sector participants to mobilize resources for their activities; and
  • Act as the focal point for reviewing and ensuring quality control for all the Nutrition Sector project submitted for Flash Appeal, CERF, NHF and other funding mechanisms.

Application of standards:
  • Ensure that Nutrition Sector participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law;
  • Ensure full integration of the IACSs agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches.  In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed; and
  • Ensure that the Nutrition Sector responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.

Monitoring and reporting:
  • Ensure regular reporting, monitoring and analysis of the Nutrition Sector indicators of service delivery (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) to measure progress, impact and inform Sector strategies; and
  • Ensure vital Information Management (IM) tasks and functions are carried out by the Sector IM colleagues, to support the information needs of Sector partners' and OCHA, including monthly Dashboards, google mapping of 5W data, full reporting on Activity Info, etc.

Acting as Provider of last resort�:
  • As agreed by the IASC Principals, cluster leads are responsible for acting as the provider of last resort to meet agreed priority needs and will be supported by the HC in their resource mobilization efforts in this regard.

Job Requirements
  • Advanced university Degree in Nutrition, Public Health or a related technical field.
  • Minimum of eight to ten years with significant experience working in emergency contexts preferably UN or NGO experience at a senior programme management level
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of humanitarian reform principles, international humanitarian law, inter-connectedness and reform pillars & reform updates;
  • Knowledge of the Cluster approach guidelines and terms of Reference (and knowledge of how to apply them);
  • Knowledge of cluster participants (their mandates, capacities, attitudes, limitations,) and how to integrate them into the cluster approach); and
  • Ability to mitigate and mediate conflict and disagreements among cluster partners.

Function-Specific Technical Requirements:
  • Ability to use and adapt cluster coordination tools (e.g. stakeholder mapping, NAF, CHAP, CERF, CAP, Flash Appeals, GAP ID, IM tools, Need-Capacity-Resource Mapping, Contingency planning etc.

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results:

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Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply



Job Title: Programme Specialist (Field Results), P4, #90801
Job Number: 517153
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

Job Descriptions

Knowledge Management for Programmes:

  • Ensure that area/country programmes are supported by knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of "lessons learned" and other corporate-level databases.
  • Participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.

Programme Development and Management:
  • Identify critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
  • Draft changes to/or prepare programme work plans as required. Prepare program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices.
  • Establishes programme workplans, monitors compliance and provides training, support and guidance to the programme team in order to meet objectives. Identifies human resources requirements and on-going staff development needs.
  • Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of programme/projects in collaboration with Government and other partners.
  • Prepares relevant programme reports required for management, the Executive Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

Optimum Use Of Program Funds:
  • Establish and supervise programme work plans and monitor progress and compliance.  Monitor the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
  • Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Programme Monitoring and Evaluations:
  • Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.
  • Carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation with the Representative, the Operations Officer, the Evaluation Officer and others to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery.
  • Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts.  Ensure the timely preparation of annual program status reports.

Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach:
  • Adopt rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks.
  • Formulate consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects.
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.
  • Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.

National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability:
  • Provide government authorities with technical supports and guidance to plan and organize training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Ensure the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships.

Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels:
  • Conduct policy analysis from a children's and women's rights perspective and advocacy at the government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication.

Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:
  • Develop partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
  • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for effective overall coordination on programmes.
  • Plans, develops and implements sectoral programme(s) by collaborating with the government and other partners. Provide leadership in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programme and country level cooperation.

  • Advanced university Degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in conflict resolution.

Work Experience
  • Eight years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO) Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

View our competency framework at


Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply


Application Deadline 2nd November, 2018


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

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