Organization: UN Children’s Fund
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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,
How can you make a difference?
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.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
- 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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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
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 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 link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=517150