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UNOPS helps its partners in the United Nations system meet the world's needs for building peace, recovering from disaster, and creating sustainable development. UNOPS is known for its ability to implement complex projects in all types of environments around the globe. In an effort to promote organizational excellence, UNOPS seeks highly qualified individuals for the following position: Vacancy Details Vacancy Code Post Title Post Level Org Unit


Nutrition Project Officer, Emergency

LICA 6 / ICS 9 Equivalent Kenya Operations Centre (KEOC)

Duty Station Duration Closing Date

Nairobi with frequent travel within Kenya, including emergency districts in security Phases two and three and occasionally external travel to technical meetings

12 months 2 August 2011

Background While Kenya has witnessed significant economic recovery in the last few years, a growing proportion of the population suffers from chronic and acute food insecurity. Poor rains, rising food and fuel prices, reduced cereal production and livestock diseases have converged to dramatically increase food insecurity among many vulnerable populations throughout the country. Despite significant improvements of overall food security in most parts of the country in 2010, impact on recovery at household level was moderated by persistent high food prices and has now been negated after a succession of poor seasons. The failure of the long rains in 2011 has affected livelihood productivities of many household and negatively impacted on household food security. The rains were highly depressed and poorly distributed with some parts of the country experiencing late onset of the rains. Significant parts of Marsabit, Moyale, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo and Tana River received less than 10 percent of normal rain. Other pastoral areas as well as the south Eastern and coastal lowlands received only 20-50 percent of normal rains. The impact of the rains on food security is further worsened by the persistent high food and fuel prices, thereby increasing vulnerability of many households. It is estimated that 3.5 million people have been affected by the drought and in need of food assistance. According to nutritional surveys conducted in 2011, levels of acute malnutrition have significantly increased as a result of the deteriorating food security. This is particularly significant for Turkana, Wajir, and Marsabit where Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM, Weight-for-Height <-2 z-scores) rates are above 25%, with Turkana district having a GAM rate of 37.4%. High levels of acute malnutrition (GAM >20%) are also reported in Isiolo and Samburu. Admissions of children affected by severe acute malnutrition have increased sharply since January 2011 and are now 78% higher when compared to 2010. This also indicates a clear deterioration of the nutrition situation (see figure 2 and 3 below). The nutrition sector is estimating that about 385,000 children below five years old and 90,000 pregnant and lactating women will be affected by acute malnutrition within the next twelve months. This is up from 240,000 and 45,000 respectively in 2010. Levels of acute malnutrition and associated morbidity and mortality are expected to continue rising if

the current trends are not immediately addressed. The nutrition sector has identified key actions that should be immediately implemented to respond to the deteriorating situation. These actions include: scale-up access to critical services at health facility and community levels, scale-up technical support through additional human resources to ensure quality service delivery, support and scale-up coordination mechanisms and information management to enable adequate and timely response as well as blanket supplementary feeding to reverse current trends in the most affected areas (i.e. Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir). UNICEF is committed to support the nutrition sector plan and scale-up critical nutrition interventions through existing partnerships providing that additional funds are made available to the organization. While Kenya experiences phases of severe drought, levels of malnutrition are unacceptably high at any given time and key nutrition indicators like anaemia, Vitamin A are generally poor. While the access to essential nutrition services at health facility and community levels is gradually increasing, the scale remains suboptimal to ensure that nutrition indicators are improved. Besides limited access to critical nutrition services, other major factors contributing to constant high malnutrition in Kenya include chronic and acute food insecurity, poor dietary diversity and low access to fortified foods as well as suboptimal child care and feeding practices including poor practices related to hygiene and sanitation. Causes of malnutrition are also rooted in inadequate growth and are likely to be as much due to poor growth before birth as after birth including poor maternal nutrition. In 2008, the Lancet series packaged a range of efficacious nutrition interventions. In 2009, the World Bank studied the programmatic feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed package of interventions and identified a more selective package of 13 high impact interventions. This package has been further analyzed and endorsed by a larger group of partners including the European Commission in the recently released `Scaling Up Nutrition - A Framework for Action' (SUN). The SUN framework establishes a set of basic principles for guiding the scaling-up of a package of high impact interventions capable of reducing stunting by a third, young child morbidity by a quarter and maternal mortality by 20% within a few years of being implemented at scale. Out of these 13 interventions, Kenya adopted in July 2010, eleven (11) High Impact Nutrition Interventions (HINI) which includes: a) exclusive and continued breastfeeding promotion, b)complementary feeding for infants after the age of six months, c) improved hygiene practices included hand washing, d) vitamin A supplementation, e) zinc supplementation for diarrhoea management, f) de-worming, g) iron-folic acid supplementation for pregnant women, h) salt iodization, i) multiple micronutrient supplementation, j) prevention of moderate under nutrition and k) treatment of acute malnutrition. Partners in Kenya have commenced implementing the comprehensive package of high impact interventions. A special focus has already been given to three districts for full scale-up alongside a strong monitoring and evaluation component that should guide the nutrition sectors further for country scale-up. The coverage and up-take of the agreed package of high impact interventions needs to be scaled-up in all affected districts to reach the desired results. Recovery, and therefore resilience, of affected populations can be significantly influenced through focused scale up of these interventions while continuing to address lifesaving interventions. Although priority will be given to scaling-up lifesaving interventions, UNICEF is committed to continue supporting Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS) in scaling-up HINI in affected districts and would require substantial funding to ensure planned results through adequate and continuous support. It is also important that continuous advocacy efforts for increased investment in Nutrition must remain during this period. Therefore UNICEF intends to continue contracting a Nutrition Officer-emergency to support the current emergency response at sub national level. Under the guidance of the Nutrition Specialist, the incumbent will be responsible to support the planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of specific Nutrition components of the Child Survival and Development Programme, particularly those related to Nutrition in Crisis and other Emergency situations. The Nutrition officer will be responsible for major project outputs which will be undertaken with the support of the UNICEF Nutrition team, in collaboration with GoK and NGO partners. S/he will play a key role in supporting capacity of partners and nutrition support officers to implement sustainable interventions to improve nutrition in Kenya, with a specific focus at district and provincial level. The incumbent will also be key in supporting coordination at sub-national level and ensure that UNICEF fulfils its responsibility as Cluster lead.

Duties and Responsibilities · · · · · · · Provide technical advice and support to MoPHS officers and other partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programme/project(s). Promote compliance with international standards in nutrition programme implementation through guideline development, training, mentoring and monitoring. Support nutrition coordination at national and sub-national level with active follow-up action points/recommendations. Participate in meetings with ministries and partners responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations, deliberations and agreements. Support UNICEF/partners activities including development and monitoring of Partnership Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with NGO partners and ensure quality assurance reports on (PCAs) with partners and adherence to UNICEF work processes. Support planning and monitoring of project budget, HACT monitoring and participate in spot checks and liquidation processes of UNICEF. Supervision of Nutrition Support Officers to scale up essential nutrition services in the assigned district through close monitoring and technical backstopping Contribute towards the preparation of Nutrition Situation Analysis by compiling, analyzing and evaluating information. Assist government authorities in planning and organizing training programmes this include Identification of training needs and priorities, Support MoPHS in timely reporting of nutrition data from the districts. Liaise with Nutrition Information Specialist to ensure that key information is available and utilized in planning and monitoring. Ensure timely deliveries of supplies to the districts (to avoid stock outs) by reviewing district supply needs and facilitating supplies movement to the districts. Prepare programme/project status reports required for management, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, among others

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Outputs · · · · · · System for coordination in place within MoH at sub-national level and evidence of coordination in minutes of Health and Nutrition Coordination meetings. Draft national capacity development strategy developed and presented to the working group Monitoring reports and updates on partners cooperation agreements available Preparedness and response nutrition matrix regularly updated Action points from coordination meetings and field trips followed-up and implemented Minutes, briefs, HACT reports, and trip reports available

Required Selection Criteria · · · · · · · · · · University degree in Nutrition or related science. At least 5 years professional experience in nutrition of which at least 3 years in developing countries. Knowledge and experience on short and long term issues related to nutrition in crisis affected populations. Conceptualization and programme development skills. Good experience in nutrition assessments, surveillance and surveys. Experience in coordinating, designing, implementing and monitoring nutrition projects. Good communication and writing skills Good analytical and data interpretation skills Good leadership and negotiation skills Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

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Knowledge of computer applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, EPINFO, ENA. Fluency in English required.

Submission of Applications Candidates are strongly requested to carefully review the application guidelines below, incomplete documents and/or submissions not meeting the application guidelines will not be considered. Interested candidates must submit their applications, including 1. Letter of interest 2. Complete Curriculum Vitae 3. Complete, updated and signed United Nations P.11 form All of the above required documents must be sent via e-mail to [email protected] indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line when applying by email. The body of the email must include the table below with responses in the exact format. Last name: First name: Highest completed educational qualification: Exact years of experience relevant to the assignment Experience with the United Nations (Yes/No). If yes, specify name of agency, Fund or Programme and exact years of relevant experience: Professional qualification and/or experience UNOPS reserve the right to reject any application without the above format in the submission email. Additional Considerations Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.

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