Closing date: Monday, 18 September 2023

Chief, Nutrition, (P-4), Mexico City, Mexico #112529

Job no: 565458

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Mexico Division/Equivalent: Latin America and Caribbean Regional Off

School/Unit: Mexico

Department/Office: Mexico City, Mexico

Categories: Health, Nutrition, 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, health.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy, and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias, or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic, and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens and addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable developm ent of nations.

Mexico is going through a nutritional transition characterized by a double burden of malnutrition; where undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies coexist with a high prevalence of overweight, obesity, and chronic diseases. On one hand, over 40% of children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years are overweight or obese, while close to 13% of children under five years suffer from stunting, and one-third of children aged 1 to 4 years suffer from anemia. Although the measures taken by the country have managed to reduce the prevalence of chronic undernutrition in children under 5 years of age, the prevalence of overweight and obesity (O&O) continues to increase in all age groups and has become one of the main public health concerns in Mexico.

UNICEF is currently supporting the Government of Mexico to transform children’s diets, across three strategic priorities: i) strengthening nutrition services in the health system, ii) transforming food environments, iii) implementing behavior change programmes. UNICEF improves partnerships, data, knowledge, advocacy, and financing, which are the five pillars of governance work for nutrition.

For more information related to the work of our organization in Mexico, please visit our website: UNICEF Mexico and our latest Annual Report 2022: Informe Anual 2022 UNICEF México

How can you make a difference?

If you are hired as the Chief of Nutrition you will be responsible for managing and supervising all stages of the nutrition programme, from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of results. The Chief is also responsible for leading and managing the Nutrition team, besides being accountable for ensuring that concrete and sustainable results in maternal, infant, and child nutrition programmes are achieved in accordance with plans, allocation, results based-management approaches, and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Your main responsibilities will be: 1. Managerial leadership

2. Programme development and planning

3. Programme management, monitoring, and delivery of results

4. Advisory services and technical support

5. Advocacy, networking, and partnership building

6. Innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building

If you are interested in learning more about this position and the key-end results and accountabilities, read the complete Job Description: JD – Chief Nutrition Level 4.pdf

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

Education: An advanced university degree (recognized Master’s or PhD), preferably in any of the following fields: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field.

Work Experience: A minimum of eight years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant, and child health/nutrition care.

Language: Fluency in English and proficiency in Spanish (Advanced level).

It will be considered an advantage if you have …

  •  Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization.
  •  Fluency in Spanish.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  •  UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).
  •  The technical competencies in UNICEF´s Competency Framework

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 . UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. disabilities

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 to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.
  •  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  •  The Chief, Nutrition will be based in UNICEF’s Mexico City Country Office. However, this position might require visiting UNICEF field offices in other states of the country as well as meeting key stakeholders in diverse locations.
  •  Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  •  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 are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees who 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.
  •  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  •  This is a fixed-term appointment, and the expectation for the duration of the first contract is one year, with possibilities of extension.

and JOIN US as the next Chief of Nutrition at UNICEF Mexico!

Advertised: Aug 31 2023 Central Standard Time (Mexico)

Application close: Sep 17 2023 Central Standard Time (Mexico)

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  •  Closes Sep 17 2023Chief, Nutrition, (P-4), Mexico City, Mexico #112529 in Mexico

    We are looking for someone with senior managerial experience in Nutrition programmes or projects who can lead our strategy and implementation in the Mexico Country Office and contribute to the health and nutrition of millions of children in Mexico. If you believe you have what it takes, please apply today!


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