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Mexico is affected by several forms of malnutrition, including undernutrition (wasting, stunting and micronutrient deficiencies), and overweight and obesity. Whilst Mexico has decreased the prevalence of stunting of children under 5 years from 21.5% in 1999 to 12.4% in 2015 , it has experienced a fast increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity (O&O) in all age groups , making it one of the main public health problems in the country. In late 2016, the Government declared the epidemic of overweight, obesity and diabetes a national emergency, but little action and progress has taken place since then. The new federal Government, which took office on December 1st, 2018 has signaled a strong initial commitment to address all forms of malnutrition and to make necessary policy adjustments to bring transformative change to the population.
Taking this context into consideration, UNICEF included nutrition as one of its four main outcomes for its new Country Programme 2020-2025 in Mexico to address all forms of malnutrition, with a focus on overweight and obesity. The approach for this outcome area will be to adopt complementary lines of action under three strategic priorities to achieve the following: (i) the health system has improved capacity to adequately prevent, diagnose, and monitor all forms of malnutrition in children and adolescents; (ii) children and adolescents grow up in enabling environments that promote adequate nutrition, practices related to safe water consumption and physical activity; and (iii) more parents and caregivers have improved behaviour towards maternal, child and adolescent nutrition and feeding practices.
Under the overall leadership of the Chief of Nutrition, this ambitious agenda will require the support of a Nutrition Office (NOB) with strong policy advocacy skills to achieve the expected results under strategic priority (ii) Enabling Environment for adequate nutrition. The Nutrition Officer will work closely with Government, Academia, Private Sector and Civil Society partners to support enforcement of the regulatory framework that favors good nutrition, specifically, labelling and marketing of products directed to children, adolescents and their families, including digital marketing. The Nutrition Officer is expected to bring expert technical knowledge on how to improve existing and new regulation towards reducing the obesogenic environment in Mexico.
The Nutrition Officer reports to the Chief of Nutrition for general guidance and direction. The Nutrition Officer also provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the nutrition programmes/projects of the output 1.2 from the Country Programme (children and adolescents grow up in enabling environments that promote adequate nutrition, practices related to safe water consumption and physical activity), from development planning to delivery of results. The incumbent implements a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of results, while applying organizational rules, regulations and procedures and aligned with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.
How can you make a difference?
1. Support to programme development and planning
- Conduct and update the situation analysis for the programme sector(s) for the development, design and management of nutrition related programmes/projects. Research and report on development trends (e.g. political social, economic, nutrition, health) for higher management use to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery of results.
- Contribute to the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning, through analysis of nutrition needs and areas for intervention; and submission of recommendations for priority and goal setting.
- Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions; preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results-based planning (RBM), and monitoring and evaluation of results.
- Prepare required documentations and materials to facilitate the programme review and approval process.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.
- Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues. Provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision-making. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
- Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess programmes/projects and to report on required action and interventions at the higher level of programme management.
- Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verifying compliance with approved allocation, goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures, donor commitments, standards of accountability, and integrity. Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management and stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
- Prepare regular and mandated sectoral programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
- Conduct regular programme field visits and surveys, and exchange information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support. Take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
- Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices on nutrition-related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.
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 to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity.
- Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programmes.
- Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings and events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners and colleagues on UNSDCF operational planningand preparation of nutrition programmes/projects, and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF’s position and strategies with the UNSDCF development and planning process.
- Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
- Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
- Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
- Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A 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. Desirable: master’s or PhD degree on a health-related science field
- A minimum of two years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition programming (planning, implementing and management), as well as infant, child and adolescent health/nutrition.
- Experience in the Mexican context is required.
- Knowledge and experience in dealing with high-level policy advocacy initiatives in nutrition is required.
- Experience in overweight and obesity prevention programming and policies is also required.
- Knowledge in data and evidence generation on nutrition (studies, evaluation, surveys) is an asset.
- Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development in a UN system agency or organization is also an asset
Language Requirements:Fluency in Spanish and English required
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 functional competencies required for this post are… Formulating strategies and concepts, analyzing, applying technical expertise, learning and researching, planning and organizing.
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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.
- National Officers Staff are recruited locally. Candidates must be of Mexican Nationality
How to apply
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 organization. To apply, click on the following linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531428