Advisor, Nutrition and Social Determinants of Health at WHO, Washington, D.C., United States

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Deadline: 3 May 2019

World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Advisor, Nutrition and Social Determinants of Health in Washington, D.C., United States. The duration of this post is 2 years.

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The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Advisor, Nutrition and Social Determinants of Health will perform the following functions:

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  • Provide strategic, technical and programmatic advice to Member States for the prevention, elimination and control of all forms of malnutrition;
  • Provide technical cooperation to implement and monitor the 2004 Global strategy on diet, physical activity and health; the Comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition (2012-2025); the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and related WHO resolutions.
  • Provide technical cooperation to build country capacity to develop and implement national intersectoral and interprogrammatic policies, plans and programs to address the social determinants of health and nutrition.
  • Build country capacity to assess, design, implement, enforce and monitor nutritional programs, regulations and guidelines to respond to the major forms of malnutrition.
  • Provide technical cooperation to develop and implement programs and actions to improve and monitor women, children and adolescent nutrition, growth and development in accordance with the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016-2030.
  • Provide technical cooperation to strengthen, preserve and recover health promoting sustainable food systems;
  • Promote and guide the incorporation of nutritional indicators in the national health surveillance systems to obtain data, disaggregated by sex, age and ethnicity.
  • Promote the use of data to orient policy decision making.
  • Promote research and gather, analyze, organize and disseminate evidence-based information.
  • Collaborate in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Organization’s Strategic Plan, and other planning tools of the Organization and collaborate in the elaboration and monitoring of the budget for those workplans.
  • Build alliances and networks and strengthen coordination mechanisms among technical entities, United Nations agencies, NGOs and other internal/external partners.
  • Mobilize international and national resources and extra-budgetary funds in support of national and regional programs.
  • Represent the Organization at national and regional technical meetings and in inter-agency consultations on areas of responsibility.
  • Provide technical support to counteract undue interference in public policies from industries with vested interests in nutrition.
  • Contribute to organization-wide policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the mandates related to Nutrition; report to Governing Bodies, through executive presentations and reports, on the status or results of the activities.
  • Participate in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Unit’s Biennial Work Plan (BWP), budget and technical evaluation reports.
  • When called upon to directly supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • University degree in nutrition or other health science, and a master’s degree in nutrition, public health, a social science or related field from a recognized university.
  • 9 years of combined national and international experience in the design, development, implementation, and monitoring of nutrition policies and regulations.
  • Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with working knowledge of the other language.
  • Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of software programs for qualitative, statistical and econometric analyses would be an asset.

How to Apply

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Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WHO.