UNICEF announces vacancy for Technical Assistance for Program Support
(to be placed in National Nutrition and Food Security Secretariat (NNFSS), National Planning Commission, (NPC) Singhdarbar) . Interested candidates can apply for the job. Read the full article below for the job details.
Expected Qualification/Background and Experience:
- A university degree in social science, humanities, management, education preferably in Food and Nutrition.
- Minimum 2 years experience working on multi-sectoral nutrition programs and related nutrition program, preferably with prior experience working with NPC and related agencies
- Experience in health and nutrition program/project, program development and management and experience in working with multiple stakeholders will be an asset
- Having strong knowledge of federal governance and government working culture
- Fluency in both English and Nepali language is required
Duty Station and Administration:
The Technical Assistance to provide programme support will be deployed in NNFSS /NPC and stationed at NNFSS/NPC.
Initially, the contract will be issued for the duration of 12 months with three months of probation period.
Multi-sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP) was developed by the Government of Nepal (GoN) in 2013 under the strategic leadership of the National Planning Commission (NPC) in collaboration with sectoral government agencies along with development partners (DPs) and other national stakeholders. It aims to improve the nutrition status of people with a focus on adolescent girls, pregnant women, lactating mothers, infants and children by reducing all forms of malnutrition. UNICEF is providing technical and financial support to the Government of Nepal for the implementation of the MSNP since its inception. Currently, MSNP is being implemented in 308 local levels of 30 districts. In coordination with NPC, MSNP is being implemented by local governments with guidance and support from Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) and sectoral ministries including; Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), and Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC). The collaboration among GoN, European Union (EU) and UNICEF has been crucial for scaling up MSNP during the first phase of Partnership for Improved Nutrition (PIN). EU has provided budgetary support to GoN to implement MSNP – II with complementary technical support from UNICEF. UNICEF will be technically assisting all tiers of government. The financing agreement signed between GoN and the EU on 10 July 2020 also outlines UNICEF’s technical support for the implementation and scale up of MSNP- II (2018-2022) in all 753 local levels. In the federal context, NPC and sectoral ministries and departments are responsible for developing plans and policies whereas local levels are primarily responsible for MSNP implementation.
As envisioned by the MSNP, NNFSS was established in 2013 to provide secretarial and operational support to the HLNFSSC and the NNFSCC on multi-stakeholder coordination for nutrition and food security by establishing MSNP architecture at all 3 tiers of government and by bringing together all relevant government and non-government stakeholders. NNFSS also has responsibility for strengthening the Multi-sector Nutrition and Food Security Monitoring & Evaluation and Information System and NNFSS web-based portal. Similarly, NNFSS is providing technical support to three technical committees/groups formed under MSNP -II, SUN Networks and different platforms such as Academia Platform, Private Sector Platform, Media Network, etc in order to ensure effective information sharing and collaboration.
NPC is also the SUN movement focal agency and therefore has SUN related coordination and annual reporting obligations to the global SUN Movement Secretariat. Moreover, the SUN Government Focal Point has been serving as SUN Executive Committee Member. The human resource is needed to support the SUN Government Focal Point to meet those obligations in a timely manner and to contribute to coordination activities involving the in-country SUN networks and different platforms.
Application Deadline : 21 Jan 2021