National Nutrition Consultant – UNICEF

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National Nutrition Consultant – UNICEF, September 8 2022



Organization: UNICEF

Position: National Nutrition Consultant

Job Type: Contract
Contract Type: Consultancy
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Application DeadlineSeptember, 20/2022 






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 fulfil 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, courage

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the post 

Join our team to provide support implementation of the Adolescent and Maternal nutrition progamme (planning, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of Adolescent and Maternal nutrition programme).

Scope of Work:

UNICEF provides technical, advocacy and financial support to the government’s National Nutrition strategy with an aim to influence policies, strengthen delivery of nutrition services, promote positive behaviours and eventually, improve the nutrition status of children, adolescents, and women.

Among the key programmes supported under the National Nutrition strategy is Adolescent and Maternal Nutrition which are the critical components to curb the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition. Over the last couple of years, UNICEF has been intensively supporting Ethiopia’s adolescent and maternal nutrition programme for various types of interventions including micronutrient supplementation for women and adolescent girls, SBC on healthy diet/lifestyle and school nutrition interventions. Since then, the programme has grown significantly, to become one of the largest UNICEF-supported programme in the country with huge recognition from the government of Ethiopia.

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UNICEF ECO nutrition section intends to recruit a nutrition consultant for seven months, to ensure continuity of programmes as well as support to MoH and other ministries as required. The nutrition consultant will mainly be working with UNICEF team focusing on implementation and adolescent and maternal nutrition interventions. The consultant is expected to have considerable experience in designing and implementing adolescent and maternal nutrition programmes as well as the experience of working with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other ministries as relevant.

Work Assignment Overview


  • Engage with FMOH and MOE on inclusion of Food and Nutrition contents in the formal education curriculum
  • Closely work with FMOH and provide technical inputs during the revision and endorsement of the national WIFAS implementation guideline
  • Ensure school-based nutrition interventions are being implemented according to the plan in all implementation woredas
  • Closely work with UNICEF Education, WASH, Protection and health sections in planning, implementation and monitoring integrated programmes being implemented currently in targeted locations

Summary of monthly reports for the key activities mentioned under tasks for seven consecutive months 

From Aug 25- March 24

  • Provide national-level support for the Implementation of IFA supplementation for adolescents and implementation of adolescent deworming in targeted woredas
  • Support nutrition and NTD team of FMOH in planning, implementation, and monitoring of adolescent nutrition programmes
  • Support national-level guidelines, training materials and monitoring tools development for Adolescent and maternal nutrition programmes
  • Project specific monthly reports for three main donors (Canada, Norway and Thematic)

From Aug 25- March 24

  • lead resource mobilization (assessing needs, developing concept notes, writing proposals) for adolescent and Maternal nutrition interventions
  • Coordinate and monitor supply forecasting, procurement and distribution of supplies for adolescent and maternal nutrition programmes


Job requirements

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Public health Nutrition, public health epidemiology, food and nutritional sciences or related technical field is required.
  • A minimum of 5 [Five] years of relevant professional experience in nutrition and health programming in developing countries context.
  • Demonstrated experience in producing documents, proposals, and reports for resource partners, including UN agencies.
  • Good understanding of adolescent and Maternal nutrition interventions, and experience in designing programmes and community-based nutrition/ health interventions programming in Ethiopia.
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Good knowledge of the application of the equity lens and human rights perspectives to programming.
  • Good ability to support the translation of analytical findings and evidence into a cohesive narrative.
  • Sound negotiation skills and ability to collaborate with different stakeholders
  • Experience in implementing nutrition research and programs will be considered an asset
  • Advanced computer literacy is expected in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies 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…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

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

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. Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need a reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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 will therefore 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.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.



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