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UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:
- survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
- development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
- protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
- participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them
How can you make a difference?
The Nutrition Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking a qualified individual to support the finalisation of landscape analyses for complementary feeding and maternal nutrition in 6 ASEAN countries.
Background: Complementary Feeding and Maternal Nutrition in ASEAN countries.
Childhood undernutrition remains a major problem in resource-poor settings. Approximately one in four children less than five years of age in Southeast Asian countries is stunted (low height-for-age), which translates to 15 million stunted children. It is well-recognized that the period from conception to two years of age is the “critical window” for the promotion of optimal growth, health, and development. Evidence shows that the largest proportion of stunting in low and middle-income countries occurs during two time periods: during gestation and during the complementary feeding period of 6-23 months of age which is a transition time from exclusive breastfeeding to consuming a wide range of family foods with continued breastfeeding. Other forms of malnutrition, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies, also have a negative impact on growth and development during these critical time periods. Improving maternal nutrition and complementary feeding is therefore essential to accelerate efforts to reduce malnutrition in Southeast Asia.
UNICEF and its partners are identifying and supporting strategies and actions to improve maternal nutrition and complementary feeding. A multiple systems approach is being adopted which recognises that there are multiple determinants (or predictors) of maternal nutrition and complementary feeding, and multiple systems required to address these predictors. Landscape analyses of complementary feeding and maternal nutrition have been prepared, which have involved the systematic collection, appraisal, mapping and synthesis of the complementary feeding and maternal nutrition stakeholder, policy and programming landscape in each of six ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam). The purpose of the landscape analyses is to identify gaps and barriers in the policy and programme landscape where accelerated action is needed. Findings from the landscape analyses are being used to support the modelling of improved approaches and innovations, replication, institutionalization and scale up of key maternal and child nutrition interventions with a focus on complementary feeding and maternal nutrition.
The landscape analyses have been prepared by national consultants with the support of a regional consultant and UNICEF regional staff. They consist of a series of excel and word files covering: key informant interviews; country profiles; enabling environment; policy matrix; programme matrix; bottleneck analysis; and stored documents. Further work is required to finalise the landscape analyses by ensuring that they are accurate, coherent and logical so that they can be made available as a key on-line resource for partners working in the six countries and beyond. Guidance notes and templates were prepared to assist the national consultants to populate the files.
Under the supervision of UNICEF EAPRO Nutrition Section:
- Become familiar with the guidance notes and templates in order to understand the breadth of the information required in each file.
- Check all data for accuracy, remove unnecessary data, and update with the latest survey data in the case that new data are available.
- Check all references for accuracy and that hyperlinks are working.
- Identify missing information.
- Conduct an on-line search for relevant background studies/reports/documents where this may not have been fully conducted in some countries.
Final landscape analyses folders for complementary feeding and maternal nutrition for six RISING countries.
Duration of Assignment: July-September 2019
Official Travel: UNICEF EAPRO, Bangkok, Thailand.
- Current enrollment or recent graduation from a masters or PhD programme in Public Health Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, International Health and Nutrition, Maternal and Child Nutrition, or other nutrition-related science field is required.
- Experience in nutrition and public health policy and programming is an asset.
- Experience in conducting policy or programming landscape analysis, analyzing and synthesizing policy and programme information, or in conducting literature reviews on health and nutrition is a major asset.
- Expertise in Infant and Young Child Feeding and Overweight and Obesity programming is an asset.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Demonstrable analytical and research skills, review and synthesis of data and information.
- Excellent oral and written English skills.
Conditions of Intern:
- Expenses: Stipend according to UNICEF’s guideline is applicable.
- Visa: Intern is responsible for obtaining the necessary entry visa and arranging their travel to Bangkok. UNICEF/EAPRO will assist only in issuing documents required in visa processing.
- Health/Medical insurance: UNICEF accepts no responsibility for costs or fatality arising from illness or accidents incurred during the internship whether on or off UNICEF premises. The intern must carry adequate and regular medical insurance. The intern will be required to provide with a proof of medical insurance prior to commence work.
- Confidentiality. The intern is required to respect the confidentiality of information that s/he collect or is exposed to at UNICEF. No reports or papers may be published based on information obtained from UNICEF without the explicit written authorization by the Head of Office or Division Director.
- Impartiality. The intern is required to respect the impartiality and independence required of UNICEF and will not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to UNICEF.
- Employment Prospects. There is no expectance of employment at the end of the internship.
Provision of Supervising and Monitoring:
The intern will work under the supervision of Nutrition Specialist.
How to apply:
Interested individuals are requested to submit application letter and CVno later than 16 July 2019.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.