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Job title: Nutrition (Early Childhood Development) Officer, NO-B, Temporary Appointment (364 days) Thailand CO, Bangkok, (Thai Nationals only)
Nutrition (Early Childhood Development) Officer- Opens for Thai Nationals Only
Vacancy No. EAPRO/TCO-VA-2020/028
Job Level: NO-B
Position No: 113583
Duty Station: Thailand Country Office, Bangkok
Contract Type: Staff contract – initially 364 days with possibility of extension
Application Close: 25 May 2020
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, how can you make a difference?
Education and health factors play a major role in determining social and economic outcomes at the individual level and contributing to human capital development. UNICEF Thailand is committed to promoting holistic early childhood development (ECD) which includes positive, nurturing experiences, such as parenting support, early health and nutrition services, childcare and preschool across the different government ministries as well as the private sector. In addition, it is also exploring how to tackle new challenges, including the rising incidence of overweight and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), where the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension have tripled and quadrupled, and the role of nutrition in addressing the issues.
Under the overall ECD programme, the staff member will be responsible for the health and nutrition component and supporting family friendly workplace policies for children 0-3 years and their parents; and engaging with key stakeholders – both governmental and non-governmental – to advocate for holistic policy and programme development and increased investment for ECD. In addition, the staff member is also expected to provide technical assistance on the emerging overweight and diet related NCD challenge, including technical assistance, coordination, information sharing and communication function at the national level.
Reporting to the ECD Officer (with strategic oversight from the Chief of Education and technical assistance from the Chief of Adolescent Development and Participation), the Nutrition Officer will be responsible for:
Support to programme development and planning
- Responsible for the situation analysis on Nutrition component for the development, design and management of nutrition related programmes/projects. Research and report on development trends (e.g. political social, economic, nutrition, health) for higher management use to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery of results.
- Increased attention to local drivers of malnutrition in all its forms (overweight & obesity, stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies). It also includes managing the landscape analysis of the situation and policies and programmes for overweight in Thailand using the latest UNICEF global protocol and production of advocacy material (briefs or evidence paper, ppt slides, etc.).
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.
- Coordinate and facilitate the Early Moments Matter initiative, which focuses on addressing childcare, well-being, and associated challenges between the third month to the third year of the child’s life (3:3 challenge), including the mobile platform, parenting school with the Department of Health, and private sector engagement for family friendly workplace practices.
- Participate, reporting, and contribute to effective programme management, monitoring, and delivery of agreed results. Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess programme. Monitor and report on the use of programme resources and prepare regular reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed. Conduct regular programme field visits and exchange information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support.
- Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues. Provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision-making. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
Technical and operational support to programme implementation
- Provide technical advice and policy advocacy for development and implementation of policy and operational guidelines on promotion and support for optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in Thailand, which builds on existing successes and good practices in the country (e.g. adoption of the BMS code and associated capacity-building); aims to fully integrate mandatory, skilled counselling services and promotion activities in all public and private facilities, and is informed by data and evidence.
- Provide technical assistance for social behaviour change communication, advocacy and programmatic strategies for overweight prevention and promoting healthy diets and lifestyles, with a focus on double-duty actions in multi-sector delivery platforms (health, ECD, education); and coordinating, and communicating on key nutrition issues with UNICEF regional office and other UN agencies.
Networking and partnership building
- Leading and strengthening coordination between key stakeholders – both government and non-government – to improve planning and implementation of UNICEF supported ECD interventions and activities with an enhanced focus on 0-3 years.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
- Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
- Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Advanced University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, and global/international health and nutrition.
(University degree with a minimum of two years professional experience in the field of work could be considered in lieu of Advanced
- A minimum of two years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.
- Experience of NCD prevention an asset.
- Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development in an International NGO/UN system agency or organization is an asset.
- High fluency in English and Thai is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
- Proven proficiency and knowledge of relevant computer applications.
- Good organizational and communication skills; and analytical, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to be tactful, exercise discretion, be a self-starter and demonstrate good judgement.
- Thai Nationality.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Meet and aligned with UNICEF core values and competencies.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in 1) Builds and maintains partnerships, 2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, 3) Drive to achieve results for impact, 4) Innovates and embraces change, 5) Manages ambiguity and complexity, 6) Thinks and acts strategically, 7) Works collaboratively with others, and 8) Nurtures, leads and manages people.
The functional competencies required for this post are… Formulating strategies and concepts (I), Analysing (II), Applying technical expertise ((II), Learning and researching (II), and Planning and organizing (II)
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Successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package under the UN system.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Please send application no later than 25 May 2020.
All UN including UNICEF candidates need to send an application letter together with Personal History (P-11) and Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs) of the last two years.
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 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.
For gender balance in the workforce, Thai National male qualified candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Advertised: 12 May 2020 SE Asia Standard Time
Applications close: 25 May 2020 11:55 PM SE Asia Standard Time
Job date: Thu, 14 May 2020 04:38:37 GMT