Health Specialist (Nutrition and Health Emergency)

Health Specialist (Nutrition and Health Emergency)
Health Specialist (Nutrition and Health Emergency)

10 Julho, 2019


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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, Hope 

Purpose of the Assignment: The UNICEF Health and Nutrition Specialist (Emergency) will ensure leadership, coordination, planning, strategy development and advocacy on behalf of UNICEF programming within the Health and Nutrition Clusters. The incumbent will be based in Beira (Sofala province) to ensure proper implementation and monitoring of the UNICEF Emergency Health and Nutrition response and conduct periodic missions to Cabo Delgado to support the team there. She/he will be an active member of the health and nutrition cluster at a provincial and central level, by participating in the meetings (provincial level) or by providing regular updates and meaningful analyses of the field situation to the CHN Section (central level).

How can you make a difference?

The Health and Nutrition Specialist (Emergency) will undertake the following activities on a regular basis in order to: 

1. Situation Analysis and Strategic Engagement

  • Support the MoH and health and nutrition partners to assess the evolving health and nutrition needs of affected populations in order to restore the health services provision, including malaria, immunization, nutrition, and HIV services and health promotion, as defined by the Core Commitment for Children in Health and Nutrition Emergencies.
  • Ensure analysis of information on the impact of the emergency and needs of affected populations for planning and monitoring purposes, including age, gender, and diversity in collaboration with the MoH at the central and subnational level and health cluster partners.
  • Participate in coordination forums to advise and recommend strategic interventions a wider sector/partnership level.
  • Coordinate closely with other sectors for complementary efforts including WASH, child protection, and education.

2. Programme Implementation

  • Guide UNICEF field team and partners on the design, implementation, and monitoring of the UNICEF-specific areas of health and nutrition interventions; including preparation of quarterly financial requests/cost requirements.
  • Provide direct support the development and implementation of the priority activities, including operation of outreach teams, training and capacity building of health staff, and reinforcement of community systems for health and nutrition service delivery
  • Ensure active communication with the CHN section/team to ensure UNICEF’s meaningful and timely technical contributions to effective support and supervision of implementation
  • In coordination with health and nutrition programs and logistics, monitor supplies, particularly for PHC interventions (vaccines, basic medicines, and nutrition commodities) in order to forecast additional supply needs and prepare distribution plans and release orders.
  • Executes the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies, monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources/inputs.  Identifies problems and constraints in order to ensure effective project delivery.

3. Monitoring and Reporting

  • Regularly update the UNICEF Humanitarian Tools, such as ERP, SitRep, HAC, donor reports.
  • Monitors partner funding/expenditures; review partner.
  • Sets up a reporting system and sends weekly, monthly situation reports to concerned parties.
  •  (including information management) for timely and effective needs assessments, planning, prioritization, implementation, reporting, and evaluation.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: public health/nutrition, paediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of [5] five years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public health/nutrition planning and management, maternal and neonatal health care, or health emergency/humanitarian preparedness.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or NGO is considered as an asset. 
  • Experience in humanitarian action within the health and nutrition interventions.
  • Understanding of the humanitarian action dynamics and situation in Mozambique, and is familiar with the main components and structure of the Government-led mechanisms at the national and sub-national level.
  • In-depth understanding of Core Commitments for Children on health in emergencies.
  • Excellent advocacy and communication skills particularly in relation to advocating for health services provision in humanitarian crises.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish harmonious and effective working relations both within and outside the organization.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish is desired.

Management and Supervision:   The Health and Nutrition Specialist (Emergency) will be supervised by and report directly to Head of Field Office, with technical supervision by the Chief, Health & Nutrition.  

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.

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.

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.

*Duration of the temporary appointment is 6 months, through 31/March/2020

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.


Closing Date Sun Jul 14 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time) 


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