UNICEF Pakistan is looking for a seasoned Health Officer professional to join the dynamic Health team in Islamabad. 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!
For every Child, Health!
Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.
UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among other things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilizers, communities and families, and of course, the children and adolescents themselves.
In Particular, UNICEF Will Work So That
- Every Child survives and thrives — being in good health, immunized, protected from polio, and accessing nutritious food.
- Every Child Learns.
- Every Child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
- Every Child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country
website www.unicef.org/pakistan and videos on YouTube and Vimeo
The Nutrition Officer provides professional technical, operational, and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the nutrition programs and projects. In addition, the incumbent applies theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing, and presenting technical program information to support the development and formulation of the Nutrition Programme within the Country Programme, while learning organizational rules, regulations, and procedures.
To make a difference, you will be responsible for the following key results and major accountabilities:
Key End-Results Expected
Summary Of Key Functions/accountabilities
- Support for program development and planning.
- Research and analyze regional and national political, nutritional, social, and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify, and synthesize information to facilitate program development, design, and preparation.
- Prepare technical reports and inputs for program preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and relevancy of information.
- Facilitate the development and establishment of sectoral program goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning through analysis of nutrition needs and areas for intervention, as well as submission of assessments for priority and goal setting.
- Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical program transactions, preparing materials and documentation, and complying with organizational processes and management systems to support program planning, results-based planning (RBM), and monitoring and evaluating of results.
- Prepare required documentation and materials to facilitate the program review and approval process.
- Programme management, monitoring, and delivery of results.
- Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues. Suggest solutions on routine program implementation and submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep records 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 sectoral reviews with the government and other counterparts, and prepare minutes and reports on results for follow-up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
- 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 inputs for sectoral programme and donor reporting.
- Technical and operational support to programme implementation.
Undertake 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 and donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices on nutrition-related issues to support program implementation, operations, and delivery of results
- 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 enhance program implementation and build the capacity of stakeholders to deliver concrete and sustainable results.
- Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances, and support fundraising for nutrition programs.
- Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings and events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of nutrition programmes/projects; and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF’s position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process.
- Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
- 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…
- An advance university degree (Masters) 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.
- A minimum of one year of professional experience in a 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.
- A first University Degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- 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…
UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).
Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are
- Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (1)
- Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
- Works Collaboratively with others (2)
- Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
- Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
- Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
- Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
- Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
- The 7 core competencies apply to all employees. However, the competency Nurtures, Leading and Managers people is only relevant to staff who supervise others.
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
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 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.
- Verified educational certificates/ HEC Attested Degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process, candidates will be required to present HEC-attested degrees/certificates.
- UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to delivering the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates will be prioritized.