Nutrition Manager (P-4), Temporary Appointment, Kinshasa, UNCIEF

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Nutrition Manager (P-4), Temporary Appointment, Kinshasa, DRC

Job Number: 520914 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Congo, Dem. Rep
Work Type : Temporary Appointment

For every child, make a difference

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in its programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why UNICEF’s focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, nutrition

Democratic Republic of Congo

In spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 176th out of 188 countries in the 2015 human development report. Child poverty is widespread, particularly in conflict-affected and hard-to reach areas. According to a recent UNICEF study, 80 percent of children aged zero to 15 years old experience at least two major child rights deprivations. Despite sustained growth in recent years, the size of DRC’s economy remains far too small to provide enough government revenue to meet the basic needs of the population, children in particular. Since 2016, political instability, the persistence of conflicts in Eastern DRC and a sharp fall in global commodity prices have been aggravating factors.

DRC is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the World where UNICEF works to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.

The overall goal of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (GoDRC) and UNICEF Country Programme is to ensure that  each child, especially the most disadvantaged and excluded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is born into and grows up in an environment conducive to the exercise of her or his rights. The achievement of this goal would be through the implementation of six country programme components related to (1) Health, (2) Nutrition, (3) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), (4) Education and Learning, (5) Child Protection and (6) Social Inclusion and Resilience. The programme address gender and geographic inequalities across the areas listed above, while promoting synergy of efforts for multi-sectoral results for children and adolescents in health zones where the convergence  approach will be implemented gradually. The outcome of the nutrition component of the country programme is for Children (aged 0 – 5), adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women, especially the most vulnerable benefit from improved feeding, nutrition and care practices and nutrition services especially in emergencies with a focus on reducing stunting’ by 2024”. These priorities are consistent with and reinforce the Key Results for Children that UNICEF DRC has committed to.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the Job:    

The Nutrition Manager supports the Chief of section in managing the section, contributing to innovation and knowledge management. S/He is responsible for developing, preparing and managing complex, key and integrated nutrition programmes. The Nutrition Manager provides authoritative 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 programmes/projects. This is carried out according to plans, allocation, results based management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

1. Management and advisory support to the Chief of Section.

2. Programme development and planning.

3. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.

4. Advisory services and technical support.

5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building.

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

1. Management and Advisory Support to the Chief of Section.

▪ Provide advice to the Chief in establishing the annual work plan, including developing strategies and determining priorities, targets and performance measurements.

▪ Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards, and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.

▪ Provide technical assistance and advice to colleagues in the section on all aspects of programming and implementation to enable them to achieve performance objectives.

▪ Perform the full duties of the Chief in his/her absence.

2. Programme Development and Planning

▪ Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.

▪ Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of nutrition programmes/projects.

▪ Formulate, design and prepare a sector of the nutrition programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, as well as national priorities, plans, and competencies.

▪ Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the sector(s) based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.

▪ Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities and competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.

▪ Provide authoritative technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

3. Programme Management, Monitoring and Delivery of Results

▪ Collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence, and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in nutrition programmes.

▪ Plan, monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.

• Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

4. Advisory Services and Technical Support

▪ Provide advice to key government officials, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other country office partners/donors on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on nutrition-related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.

▪ Participate in strategic programme discussions and planning to provide technical advice, contribute to policy discussions and agendas, and promote nutrition interventions, especially in the areas of gender, emergency preparedness and maternal, newborn, and child nutrition.

▪ Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for managementuse, information and/or consideration.

▪ Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for programme development,contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated

5. Advocacy, Networking and Partnership Building

• Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with nutrition/health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, allies, donors, and academia,through active networking, advocacy and effective communication. Build capacity, exchange knowledge and expertise, and/or promote cooperation and alliances to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity.

• Prepare communication and information materials to highlight programme goals, achievements and/or needs to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development).

6. Innovation, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

▪ Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable nutrition programme/project initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.

▪ Contribute to the development of policies and procedures, and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects           

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

Recruitment Qualifications: 


  • An advanced university degree in any of the following fields is required: Public Health, Nutrition or a related technical field.
  • (A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.)


  • A minimum of eight years of significant experience working in emergency contexts preferably in the UN or an NGO.
  • Experience in nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in French and a very good command of English are required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Competencies required:               

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)

View our competency framework at

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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Wed Mar 27 2019 07:00:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) W. Central Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Apr 11 2019 00:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) 


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