Jobs at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), January 2016

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – In September 2014 UNICEF began implementing a joint programme with UN Women on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) funded by the European Union (EU). The programme will support the Nigerian Government (Federal level), three Northern Nigerian States namely Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau and selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings.

UNICEF is responsible for implementation of Component 2 of the programme, namely ‘to increase access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, in 3 states of northern Nigeria”. This will entail enhancing avenues for reporting of child rights violation and Gender Based Violence in Plateau and Gombe States, strengthening access to and quality of services for children and women who have experienced violence (including gender based violence (GBV), abuse, neglect and exploitation and strengthening the information management system for collecting data on violations.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  is recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Child Protection Specialist

Vacancy number: VN-NG R-08-2016
Location: Abuja
Level: National Professional (NO-C)
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Duration: Two years
Purpose of the Post

The incumbent of this post will manage the social norms components of the child protection programme, with a specific focus on FGM/C abandonment preventing and responding to violence against children and ending child marriage, complementing policy and legal reform and the child protection systems strengthening interventions.

Qualifications and Competencies Required

  • Advanced university degree, preferably in the Social Sciences, Law or other relevant field.
  • Five years of professional work experience at national or international levels in child protection,
  • Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods for social norms change especially in the field of child protection, with a focus on ending violence against children, FGM/C and/or child marriage
  • Experience in designing, implementing and monitoring social norms change progammes
  • Experience of working with community leaders, communities and religious leaders to effect social norms change is desirable
  • Gender and diversity awareness Fluency in English
  • Good written and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Job Title: Nutrition Specialist
Vacancy number: VN-NGR-07-2016
Locations: Ondo & Rivers States
Slot: 2
Level: National Professional (NO-C)
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Duration: Two years
Purpose of the Post

  • The incumbent of the post under te supervision of concerned Chief of Field Office and technical guidance of Chief, Nutrition Section is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of progress of the nutrition programs/projects within the field office.
  • The incumbent will provide technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results in maternal, infant and child nutrition programs/projects according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability frame work.
  • He/She will also engage with government counterparts and authorities in policy dialogue and technical advice on nutrition policy issues in order to contribute to leverage state-level resources for pursuing and accomplishing national and state nutrition goals.
  • The nutrition programme has a specific focus on up-stream work including policy development, budget development and analysis, advocacy and strategic partnerships to mobilize and support Government and other partners to scaling up nutrition interventions.

Qualifications and Competencies Required

  • An Advanced University Degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Nutritional Epidemiology, Global/International Health and Nutrition, Health/Nutrition Research, Policy and/or management, or other health related science field is required.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in Nutrition, public health, related research or planning and management in relevant areas of maternal, infant and child nutrition, at the international level some of which preferably in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in health/nutrition policy/program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Experience with up-stream health and/or nutrition work at federal or state level, including high level advocacy; policy development; Government health and nutrition budget planning; health and nutrition policies – and systems development, financing and analysis.
  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station.
  • Gender and diversity awareness.

Job Title: Health Specialist
Vacancy number: VN-NGR-06-2016
Locations: Ondo & Rivers States
Slot: 2
Level: National Professional (NO-C)
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Duration: Two years
Purpose of the Post

  • The incumbent of this post under the supervision of respected Chief of Field Offices and technical guidance of Chief of Health responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of program progress in the Health (Maternal, Newborn and Child Health) program/s within the country program.
  • The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Qualifications and Competencies required

  • An Advanced University Degree in Public Health/Nutrition, Pediatric Health, Family Health, Health Research, Global/International Health, Health Policy and/or Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Socio-Medical, Health Education, Epidemiology, Health Economics or other health related science is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in public health/nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal, neonatal and child health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness and health systems strengthening at the national or international level preferably in a developing country is required.
  • Relevant experience in health/nutrition program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station.
  • Gender and diversity awareness
  • Leadership in identifying, encouraging and mentoring capable women.
  • Knowledge of the global commitment on aid effectiveness, including the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra
  • Agenda for Action as well as knowledge of the Global Programme Partnerships (GPPs).
  • Ability to work independently

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should submit their applications, accompanied by updated CV’s in English and a completed United Nations Personal History Form.

Applications should be sent to: [email protected] Candidates are advised to put the position title they are applying for on the subject line of their emails.

Click here to download United Nations Personal History Form

Application Deadline  9th February, 2016.

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