Uganda: Consultancy- Nutitiion Consultant (Uganda Nutrition Action Plan Secretariat) Ugandan Nationals Only – 11 Months

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 23 May 2018

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Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist, the consultant will provide technical support to the UNAP Secretariat to effectively coordinate the implementation of the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Policy and its attendant implementation strategy (UNAP II) at national and decentralized level.

Background

Uganda joined the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in March 2011. During the same year 2011, the Cabinet under Minute 293 (CT 2011) approved the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) as the Government Strategic Plan for Scaling up Nutrition (SUN). It was also approved that coordination of the UNAP would be carried out by the Office of the Prime Ministe (OPM). The UNAP was extended until 2018 to enable the finalization of the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Policy and the development of the second UNAP (UNAP II). The UNAP is therefore Uganda’s common results framework for nutrition programming.

Since February 2017, UNICEF has provided support to OPM through a consultant for day to day coordination of the UNAP implementation. During this period, a lot has been achieved in the areas of coordination and partnership, district-level support supervision and monitoring, policy development, district action planning, learning and experience sharing at national and district level and development of capacity building tools for nutrition governance, among other achievements. This first period of engagement has led to a greater diversity and number of actors involved in nutrition programing at national and local government. This evolving diversity of actors needs to be embraced and strategically harnessed .During this period , the consultancy was able to map all partners supporting DNCCs as well as nutrition parners in general. In additional mapping of all districts with functional DNCCs was done. The consultant also provided technical support to 28 districts to develop Multi-sectoral Nutrition action Plans . in addition the consultancy was very instrumental in process of finalization of the National Nutrition Policy (in terms of cosolidation of comments into the policy document, technical review of the draft policy working documents . While this support has resulted into strengthening of the UNAP secretariat functions, an additional eleven months engagement is still required to further strength the role of the UNAP Secretariat, as per mandate. For 2018 going forward , the UNAP secretariat is tasked with facilitating the process of implementation of the new policy and strategic plan (UNAP II ) and given the limited Human resource within the secretariat, this calls for continued technical assistance to the department of Strategic Coordination and Implementation at OPM to move the nutrition forward .

Key Tasks:

Support and facilitate national level multi-sectoral nutrition coordination efforts

  • Prepare, facilitate and report on the implementation of the annual UNAP Secretariat coordination work plan
  • Facilitate the process of organizing coordination meetings and the National Nutrition Forum, by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions; preparing materials (concept note, agenda, technical briefs) and documentations, developing letters of invitation, etc.
  • Facilitate the process of finalization and dissemination of the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Policy and UNAP II. This includes organizing meetings for the technical working group (TWG), preparing workshop materials (agenda, invitations, technical briefs and latest draft documents) for the UNAP II validation and providing regular updates to partners through emails on the policy and UNAP II process
  • Support and provide guidance to sectors to prepare operational implementation guidelines for sectors and districts to suppport UNAP II implementation.. In addition develop a schedule for sector review meetings in consultation with sectors, participate in sector review meetings and share minutes of sector review meetings with all stakeholders.
  • Bi-annually update the nutrition stakeholder profile by both government and other players at national level.
  • Facilitate the various Multi Sectroal Nutrition platforms to meet on a regular basis including: preparation of agenda; maintain contact lists of members; prepare and send invitations; record and disseminate minutes and related documentation; oversee follow-up on action points; etc.) and information sharing amongst stakeholders.
  • Function as focal person to liaise with the various nutrition coordination stakeholder structures (UN, donor, civil society, academia and private sector) and government sector heads regularly at central level and define needs and provide support, as and when required. Facilitate the development of an information-sharing and planning/calendar of events platform.
  • Organise and coordinate nutrition stakeholder participation in Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) activities and events, including bi-monthly SUN Country Calls, the annual SUN Self-Assessment, and other SUN processes. To include sharing of agendas ahead of time, minutes of all meetings, taking lead in consolidation SUN Self assessment reports.
  • Coordinate and manage processes to integrate nutrition into multi-sectoral policy and planning processes at national-level.

    Support the UNAP Secretariat alongside with relevant sectors to facilitate the process of developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Sectors, District Nutrition Coordination Committees (DNCCs) and Sub-county Nutrition Coordination Committees (SNCCs).

  • Support and facilitate UNAP implementation at decentralized levels

  • Function as point of call for District Nutrition Coordination Committees (DNCCs), maintaining an active link between DNCC chairpersons and District Nutrition Focal Persons.
  • Provide supervision and mentorship to DNCCs in the area of nutrition governance
  • Support district local governments (DLGs) to prepare annual district nutrition coordination work plans in support of UNAP implementation.
  • Strengthen capacities of local governments for integrated performance-based planning, budgeting and implementation of multi-sectoral nutrition interventions. This should include working close (e.g. preparing workshop materials, participating in TWGs and developing brief updates on the process) with Ministry of Local Government to review the PBB process to integrate nutrition.
  • Knowledge management and reporting

  • Facilitate the Multi-sectoral nutrition Technical committee to undertake regular support supervision for local governments
  • Prepare quarterly progress reports on UNAP implementation, stakeholder and resource mapping, including implementation tracking
  • Generate policy briefs
  • Contribute to national advocacy, knowledge-sharing and learning events and visits.
  • Support with any other duties agreed with the supervisor and/or the UNICEF nutrition team.
  • To qualify asan advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced degree in Nutrition, Food Security, Public Health or Agriculture, Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy or administration or related fields with a post-Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the nutrition field, a good knowledge and understanding of multi-sector nutrition approach is an asset.
  • Previous experience in planning and implementing national nutrition or other multi-sectoral programmes in Government or development partner fields,
  • Experience working in government and/or with governments is a critical asset for this assignment.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in managing programmes and policy processes; at regional, country, district levels
  • Experience in guiding policy processes and advocacy at national /subnational level;
  • Experience in facilitating multi-partner and multi-sector working groups in national settings
  • Field experience at national and sub-national level work environments with good working knowledge of UNAP implementation at de-centralized and National Level being an added advantage
  • Proven experience and skills in programme management and strategic planning
  • Proven ability to strengthen capacity of national and sub-national counterparts and partners
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills; Ability to influence and inter-act with senior- level decision-makers across different organisations; Capacity to act with credibility, tact and diplomacy on sensitive issues and topics; Experience in change management
  • Proven skills in strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Effective organizational skills; high drive for results;
  • High commitment;
  • Teamwork and strong interpersonal and intercultural skills;
  • Computer literacy especially with Excel and database management is required.
  • Desirable:
  • Knowledge of the SUN movement and the UNAP;
  • Understanding of issues and challenges in the areas of nutrition and food security.
  • Understanding of the Uganda policy environment, an added advantage
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    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.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

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    http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    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.

    Remarks:

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=512930

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