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In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria.
All 14 Pacific Island countries and territories have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here www.unicef.org/pacificislands.
How can you make a difference?
Overweight/obesity is a serious public health problem in the Pacific. In Fiji this affects over a third of older children and adolescents (34.0%), and almost two-thirds of adults (65.6%). Similarly, the prevalence of overweight/obesity among children under five years of age is relatively high (7.7%). On the other hand, Pacific Island countries and Territories face both small- and large-scale emergencies on a regular basis such as cyclones and droughts affecting access to healthy diets and putting children at risk of undernutrition. Overall, the exclusive breastfeeding rates are declining. Complementary feeding of young children is not optimal among the majority of mothers/caregivers of young children. Pregnant women are not well supported to have optimal nutrition.
The Nutrition Officer will provide professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the overweight & obesity prevention, maternal, infant, child and adolescent nutrition programmes/projects within the Country Programme, from development planning to delivery of results where the primary goal is strengthening of government systems.
In doing so, the incumbent implements a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of results. Special attention will be given to multiple systems engagement (food, education, health and social protection) and multi-sectoral coordinated actions to reduce the triple burden of malnutrition, including in emergencies.
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UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. 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.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
With regard to higher educational qualifications, UNICEF only considers degrees obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
Internal and external candidates are welcome to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates meeting the specific criteria will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.