Nutrition Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Closing date: Tuesday, 16 January 2024

Categories: 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.

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Ethiopia is situated in the Horn of Africa and is the second most populous country on the continent with an estimated population of 115 million. It borders six African countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, and covers 1,104,300 square kilometers. Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Ethiopia represents a melting pot of ancient cultures with Middle Eastern and African cultures evident in the religious, ethnic, and language composition of its people.

Over the past two years, children and their families across Ethiopia faced multiple and complex emergencies, such as the conflict in the northern Ethiopia and the drought, which resulted in millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. UNICEF has programmes in Child Protection, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Social Policy, and Education and serves over 15 million children in Ethiopia. Join UNICEF Ethiopia to contribute to improving the lives of children and women.

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How can you make a difference?

Support Multisectoral Nutrition Coordination

Support and monitor the functioning of the regional Food and Nutrition Multisectoral Coordination mechanism, annual multisectoral nutrition planning, budget allocation, reviewing of progress, and reporting.

 Share learnings from the regional Food and Nutrition Coordination Unit. Identify and leverage experiences in multisectoral coordination of nutrition data both within the region and national level.
 Encourage sharing learnings and developing a learning culture across other regions and partners involved in implementing multisectoral nutrition programming.

 Develop a strategy for monitoring, evaluation, and learning capacity assessment and capacity building to deepen multisectoral nutrition data use for decision-making.

 Monitor training to regional, zonal, and woreda managers to plan and implement nutrition-specific and sensitive interventions.
Support implementation and expansion of UNISE and Ethiopian Food and Nutrition Information Sharing Portal

 Monitoring the development of standard data collection tools and Standard Operating procedures for UNISE expansion in targeted woreda and Seqota Declaration expansion phase woredas
 Monitor the development of a training plan for the expansion of UNSIE to 128 targeted woredas and Seqota Declaration Phase through the integration of Universities.

 Ensure provision of training on the existing UNSIE end-user training manual to 120 targeted woredas and SD expansion phase woredas through the integration of Universities.

 Ensure functionality of UNISE at regional, zonal, and woreda level sectors and effective use of data through supportive supervision and coaching.
 Ensure the system captures nutrition data, analyses, and generates reports for effective decision-making and planning.
 Organize a forum for sharing Experiences from UNISE implementation and its expansion in targeted woredas and Seqota Declaration expansion woredas.
 Facilitate evidence-informed decision-making using available and timely multisectoral data through UNISE.
 Support nutrition information systems and monitor the multisectoral nutrition coordination monitoring through ODK.
 Support and follow up the data entry of the woreda-based multisectoral nutrition stakeholder mapping, report generation, and preparation of briefs.
Public Financing for Nutrition

 Support the development of tools for tracking nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive budgets.
 Conduct capacity needs assessment of the nutrition implementation sectors to enhance accounting and reporting on nutrition expenditure.
 Prepare budget briefs for multisectoral nutrition implementations.
 Monitoring and support to strengthen nutrition expenditure systems, including procurement
 Support improving the visibility of nutrition in government budgets, budget classifications, and charts of accounts.
Support Multisectoral Nutrition Coordination Operational Research.

 Follow up on implementing recommended strategies and implementation plan of the nutrition-specific and multisectoral nutrition coordination operational research.
 Ensure the provision of training and required supplies available for the implementation of operational research. 
 Organize a forum to review the progress of operational research with MOH and other development partners.
 Organza a forum for the dissemination of research findings.
 Review/prepare manuscripts of the research findings for publication.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

 A first University Degree in 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.
 A minimum of two [2 years] of relevant professional experience ina developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.
 Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
 A good understanding of the ‘Seqota’ Declaration and the Government of Ethiopia’s response to child undernutrition will be an advantage.
 Experience with qualitative and quantitative research and study design and implementation, preferably in nutrition is an asset.
 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.

UNICEF’s Core Values of:

CRITAS underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

 Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
 Works Collaboratively with others (1)
 Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
 Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
 Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
 Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
 Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
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.


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

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). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be cancelled.

All selected candidates will 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.

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.

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

Advertised: Jan 02 2024 E. Africa Standard Time

Application close: Jan 16 2024 E. Africa Standard Time

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