UNICEF seeks a Health & Nutrition Officer (Data Scientist)

Health & Nutrition Officer (Data Scientist)

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Health & Nutrition Officer (Data Scientist)

  • Post Date:July 11, 2022
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Job Description

Job no: 552245
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Harare
Level: NO-2
Location: Zimbabwe
Categories: Health and Nutrition

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, safety

UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights.

Supporting the Government’s vision of a prosperous and empowered upper-middle-income society, the country programme is aimed at contributing to sustainable socioeconomic development that provides all children, including adolescents, with opportunities to fulfil their potential, lead a healthy life, access quality learning and protection and meaningfully participate in society.

For more information about UNICEF Zimbabwe please click here

You can also access and explore all new UNICEF vacancies and create job alerts via the UNICEF Zimbabwe website link: https://www.unicef.org/zimbabwe/work-us

How can you make a difference?

A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen within UNICEF Zimbabwe’s Health and Nutrition Section, for a passionate and committed Health and Nutrition Officer (Data Scientist) reporting to the Chief of Health and Nutrition and responsible for monitoring of health and nutrition section country programme and RWP indicators, reporting of ZCO data into UNICEF global databases, data analysis for health and nutrition goals and strategies, including cross-analysis of data across sectors, in order to best inform cross-programming and increased efficiency and actions.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Accurate information, data analysis, and documentation are timely made available to contribute to situation analysis, sectoral input and reporting.
  • Technical assistance are provided in the implementation of integrated Health & Nutrition approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • Work plan and objectives are effectively implemented, and planned results are timely delivered through technical support and coordination.
  • Project efficiency and effectiveness are enhanced through effective implementation follow-up.
  • Project implementation progress is monitored for adjustment and improvement of program delivery and sustainability. Gender sex aggregated data and inputs provided relevant to the Health & Nutrition programme.
  • Transparency is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for Health & Nutrition.
  • Effective partnership and working relationships are maintained for advocacy, technical coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.
  • Up-to-date programme information is kept available and reports prepared to support the Health & Nutrition programme by the effective implementation of integrated monitoring system.
  • Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses are effectively provided.
  • Continuity of essential services during hectic emergency response moments is maintained. Assist in generating data from surveys or HMIS to demonstrate continuity of essential MNCAH and Nutrition services and advocacy for the needed inputs to deliver results.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A university degree in public health/nutrition, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, with a focus on epidemiology biostatistics and data-related discipline is required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in epidemiology and biostatistics is required. Experience in public health, nutrition, health/nutrition planning and management at national level and/or in a developing country is required.
  • Experience in health/nutrition program/project development in UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

Technical Knowledge

Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for the Health & Nutrition
  • Mid-term Strategic Plan, Millennium Development Goals
  • Knowledge of some of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes (e.g., Health, Nutrition, Health & Nutrition, CSD, PMTCT,HIV/AIDS, malaria, WASH, EPI).

Common Technical Knowledge Required

Knowledge of theories and practices in:

  • Child and Maternal Nutrition and Health
  • Nutrition and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Health and Nutrition
  • Educational Interventions in Health and Nutrition Care
  • Environmental Health and Nutrition
  • Knowledge Management
  • Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

General knowledge of:

  • Methodology of programme/project management
  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Health & Nutrition
  • Knowledge of global health and nutrition issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches.
  • Policies and strategy to address national and global health and nutrition issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
  • Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines.
  • UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.

Details are contained in the attached Job description: Health and Nutrition Officer NO-2 JD.pdf

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
  • Works Collaboratively with others
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Innovates and Embraces Change
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically
  • Drive to achieve impactful results
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be 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.

Deadline: 11 Jul 2022 South Africa Standard Time