United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Landscape Analysis for Prevention of Childhood Obesity)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF Mongolia is looking for a Consultant who will conduct a comprehensive landscape Analysis on the situation of obesity/overweight of children in Mongolia. 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 UNICEF Mongolia Country Office works in close partnership with the Government of Mongolia, NGOs and Local Communities to ensure the realization of the rights of every child in Mongolia. UNICEF works to ensure that children enjoy the rights guaranteed to them in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).  In the current Country Program (2017-2021), UNICEF Mongolia is driven by an overall objective of ensuring better equity for all children in Mongolia, especially the most disadvantaged, and the creation of a policy environment for the promotion and protection of their rights. Since the start of the UNICEF Mongolia Country Programme 2017-2021, the childhood obesity prevention has been identified as the priority area for UNICEF nutrition programme and several actions including the nutrition and physical activity lessons in primary and secondary schools, school meal recipes and standards, modelling school canteens, promotion of healthy eating and physical activity for children in schools and kindergartens have been undertaken. In line with the Global Programming Guidance on the Prevention of Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents (2019), a comprehensive landscape analysis on childhood overweight and obesity is planned based on a standard protocol issued by UNICEF at global level. How can you make a difference? The National Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Officer.  The consultant will operate in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health, WHO Mongolia, the National Centre for Public Health, and other relevant ministries and agencies as required. The specific tasks include but not limited to:
  1. To conduct a comprehensive landscape analysis on (i) the situation of obesity/overweight of children  in Mongolia, using the latest available data; (ii) to take stock of the key stakeholders’ capacities, policies, legislations, standards and programmes relating to woman and child overweight and obesity prevention in Mongolia and association of maternal nutritional status with child nutritional status and birth outcomes.

  2. To disseminate, in convened stakeholder consultation meetings, initial findings of the study to elicit recommendations on priority policies and actions to effectively prevent child overweight and obesity in Mongolia.

Scope of work The consultancy will look primarily at the overall national situation and policy framework, as well as factors and norms in the public that affect the obesity/overweight situation in Mongolia. The study will reply to the following key questions:
  1. What is the epidemiological situation with regards to overweight/obesity among children aged 0-18 years and women?

  2. What are the key policy, legislation, standards and programmes that are in place to address overweight/obesity among children aged 0-18 years and women?

  3. Who are the key stakeholders, what are their roles? And their capacity?

  4. What should be the key policy changes and actions by the key stakeholders?

  5. What should be the focus of policy and Public Advocacy on this, and how?

Please click the link for more detailed information of the ToR Download File TOR_Obesity Landscape Analysis.pdf Estimated duration of the contract: The consultant will work for 3 months period on the above work assignment , from 7 December 2020 to  8 March 2021. Working conditions:
  • The consultant will be working from his/her own premises for the entire duration of contract while having UNICEF email address, and to bring all necessary laptop and computer accessories.

  • The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, International Health and Nutrition, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Social Sciences, Economics, Development Studies or a related nutrition field is required;

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in the public health/nutrition policy programming and research at national and at the international level;

  • Proven experience in conducting nutrition policy and programming landscape analyses including Infant and Young Child Feeding policy and programme, analyzing and synthesizing policy and programme information, and in conducting literature reviews on health and nutrition is a major asset;

  • Good computer knowledge. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint), various email applications, Data Entry using proprietary databases, and using the internet for researches and reports i.e. analysis, proposal, etc;

  • Advanced skills on analyzing relevant documents from various sources, statistic Data Analysis to generate/summarize required reports;

  • Strong networking and communication skills (written and verbal) in English and Mongolian required;

  • Familiar with the UN system and knowledge is desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.   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. Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
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