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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/12/TA101
Title: Technical Officer/Nutrition
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  One (01) year
Date: 21 September 2012
Application Deadline: 12 October 2012 Vacancy Notice Status in Review
Duty Station:  Multiple duty stations, various
Organization unit:
To provide technical support in strengthening and implementing effective nutrition interventions for addressing maternal, infant and young child nutrition through strengthening national nutrition surveillance and implementing scaling-up action in nutrition.
Description of duties:
1.Provide support to selected countries in the sub-region in integrating and harmonizing nutrition surveillance through strengthening and upgrading existing national nutrition surveillance systems at central, regional and district level, and establishing links between these and national health management information systems, where appropriate

2.Provide support for conducting nutrition surveys (e.g., anthropometry, micronutrients, infant young child feeding) in selected countries

3.Participate in multisectoral collaboration to set up and operate the surveillance system, liaising with UN and NGOs partners

4.Conduct capacity building training on the area of nutrition surveillance

5.Provide support to WHO Country Office (WCO) staff for the implementation of the Project workplan related to scaling-up action in nutrition in three countries (Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda)

6.Monitor and evaluate nutrition activities, including nutrition surveillance in the selected countries in the Sub-region, in close collaboration with the Regional focal point

7.Provide regular progress report on nutrition activities in the ten selected countries

Essential: Master's level University degree in Nutrition, Medicine or other related field, with sound knowledge of nutrition.

Desirable: Epidemiology and public Health background

Advanced knowledge of the quantitative principles and practice of epidemiology and/or scientific research.
Ability to critically appraise scientific literature to interpret and synthesize research evidence
Excellent knowledge of and demonstrated ability to write technical reports in English
Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to work effectively in a team
Ability to motivate, guide and develop other capacities at national level
Ability to carry out advocacy and communicate nutrition message.
Essential: At least 7 years of experience working in the area of developing and implementing national nutrition programmes and activities, in particular nutrition monitoring and surveillance, including organization of epidemiological data, collection and analysis of nutritional data, interpretation of the results, analysis of anthropometric data, application of analytical techniques and statistical methods in nutritional epidemiology

Desirable: Experience in working in countries in Africa an asset
Strong ability to act strategically, to build and maintain solid networks of contacts to implement nutrition programmes and advocate for nutrition would also be an asset
Excellent knowledge of English or French and a working knowledge of the other.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 67,483 at single rate
US$ 72,467 with primary dependants

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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