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Under the guidance of the Nutrition Manager and/or Chief, Child Survival and Development, you will be responsible for the development, planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of specific Nutrition components of the Child Survival and Development Programme, particularly those related to Nutrition in Crisis and other Emergency situations.

The incumbent of the post will be an active member of inter-sectoral teams and interagency coordination on issues related to Nutrition in Emergencies and will ensure that UNICEF Kenya fulfills its responsibility as Cluster Lead in Emergencies.

The incumbent will play a key role in supporting capacity of partners to implement sustainable interventions to improve nutrition in Kenya.

Advanced university degree in Nutrition or equivalent background in Nutrition, Health or related technical field.
Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in the development, implementation, management and evaluation of nutrition programmes, with special emphasis on emergencies.
Experience in sector coordination is essential.
Fluency in English and another UN language required. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station is an asset.
A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Key Expected Results:
Contributes towards the preparation and regular updating of the Situation Analysis by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the Analysis.
Designs, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates assigned programmes or specific project(s). Analyzes and evaluates data to ensure achievement of objectives and/or takes corrective action when necessary to meet programme/project objectives. Contributes to the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation both within UNICEF and within other UN agencies.
Meets with national and international agencies covering the management of programmes/projects. Plays a lead role in meetings with ministries responsible for programme/project review, planning and management, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements. Ensures UNICEF’s role as Cluster Lead in Nutrition is fulfilled.
Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes, as well as conducts periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Proposes and/or undertakes action on operational procedures affecting project management and implementation.
Provides technical advice and assistance to government officials and other partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme/project(s).
Assists government authorities in planning and organizing training programmes particularly those related to emergency.. Identifies training needs and objectives for the purpose of capacity building, programme sustainability, as well as promotion and advocacy.
Participates in inter-sectoral collaboration with other programme colleagues. Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate programme development.
Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF, partner and government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to supervisor, Section Chief or Representative, as required.
Uses understanding of aid environment to solicit programme funding. Prepares programme/project status reports required for management, Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
Prepares nutrition documents for the Country Programme Recommendation (CPR) and Plans of Action, Country Programme Summary Sheet, and other programme documents, as required.
Ensures the accurate and timely input of project information in the computerized programme system, and issues status reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Participates in the development of the nutrition and Child Survival and Development workplan, ensures the achievement of specific assigned objectives.
Provides guidance and support to staff in meeting project objectives.

Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities.
Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children’s rights organization, would like to hear from you.

Visit us at to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2011-000913.

Applications must be received by 24 June 2011.

Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.

In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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