Technical Officer, Nutrition – World Health Organization (WHO), October 2 2022
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
1. Advise on the planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programmes and activities, in compliance with WHO’s overall strategy, and guidelines. 2. Support strengthening nutrition surveillance, identify the constraints and gaps and provide technical solutions to improve the system. 3. Develop response strategies and action plans based on the nutrition situation in the affected areas, in collaboration with partners. 4. Provide technical support to monitor the implementation of specific activities related to nutrition to improve data collection and reporting at all levels. 5. Strengthen the coordination of the prevention and control of malnutrition, including enhanced support to government systems, and referral systems. 6. Support the development of a strategic plan to strengthen the capacity building of health professionals involved in the management of malnutrition, where appropriate. 7. Ensure the nutrition programme pursues equitable access to emergency assistance particularly for affected and vulnerable populations, with a view to integrating gender equality and equity across all aspects of the incident nutrition programme, including supplementation and food fortification with essential micronutrients, IYCF, treatment cases of severe acute malnutrition, and other community nutrition programmes. 8. Represent World Health Organization in the interagency Nutrition Cluster and contribute to the development and implementation of interagency SMART surveys and other nutrition assessment tools. 9. Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Essential: An Advanced University degree (Master’s level or above) in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, Medical Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition policy or development studies, Health & Nutrition Education, Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, or other closely related field of study to nutritional issues.
Desirable: Post graduate studies or specialized training in emergency management, international aid or humanitarian principles
Essential: At least seven years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in development and management of nutrition programmes. Related working experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency operations in the area of nutrition. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities.
Desirable: Experience and skills in providing in-country technical support and building capacity in national Health and nutrition programing, preferably in developing countries. Relevant work experience in World Health Organization, other UN agencies, relevant non-governmental, health cluster partners or recognized humanitarian organizations
Excellent knowledge and understanding of international public health with focus on nutrition. Independent judgment; the ability to anticipate new trends in the field of nutrition, and take actions accordingly. Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Official language.
World Health Organization salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 75,602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3459 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.
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