Senior Nutrition Specialist  at World Bank Group

World Bank Group - Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff globally. We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Senior Nutrition Specialist Duties and AccountabilitiesThe Senior Nutrition Specialist will:Provide direct technical support in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the nutrition engagement in Nigeria, support operations to ensure that high quality, relevant, and cost effective program interventions are designed and implemented in line with international best practice and to ensure that high impact nutrition interventions and activities are implemented and accelerated in a timely manner, within budget and are of good quality;Work closely with partners, the Nutrition Global Lead and Global Solutions Group and HNP GP teams to ensure that the latest country data and, when available, costed national plans for nutrition, are incorporated into the Nigeria operations across HNP, Agriculture, WASH, Education and Social Safety nets;Promote the integration of nutrition into maternal, child and adolescent health programs and delivery platforms, while ensuring that it takes place within the broader health system strengthening efforts at the country level; and linking to WBGs new focus on “Investing in the Early Years”Provide technical resources, learning and guidance to address nutrition within the design and implementation of operations across sectors, including through identification of both policy and programmatic barriers.Provide technical assistance to explore the opportunities to support multi-sectoral interventions for nutrition-specific and sensitive actions in existing (and future) investments in the health, social protection, agriculture, education and WASH sectors.Prepare and submit recommendations on project implementation plans to strengthen the design, timeliness, alignment and targeting of nutrition actions, as well as the consistent use of nutrition indicators in the projects results framework;Coordinate closely with the private sector working groups in Nigeria to leverage platforms and partnerships to support nutrition;Maintain a constructive relationship with key partners in Nutrition in Nigeria (e.g., SUN global movement; Power of Nutrition, Dangote Foundation, the Gates Foundation etc.) to ensure that WBG investments are aligned and coordinated with other agencies in this field;Participate in and contribute to the Nutrition Global Solutions group via contribution to global events/ASAs, peer reviews, learning events, etc.Summarize and document results, lessons learned success and best practices, strategies and approaches to support the effective integration and delivery of nutrition services to vulnerable populations;In consultation with the Global Lead on Nutrition, contribute to positioning nutrition as a critical issue to improve human development outcomes and accelerate poverty reduction in Nigeria.The Global Practices perform the following functions:Defining Strategic Direction: (i) define strategic priorities to deliver solutions and achieve results based on country and regional demands and interactions and global priorities; (ii) define/implement integrated resource strategies, (iii) engage in selected, high priority partnerships, and (iv) establish robust monitoring and reporting systems.Developing and Deploying Expertise Globally: (i) lead the development and delivery of solutions to clients by deploying the right technical staff where and when needed; and (ii) invest in developing technical talent.Delivering Integrated Solutions: (i) deliver operations, while Regions ensure fit for purpose; (ii) develop public-private integrated solutions that draw on GPs, CCSAs, MIGA and IFC; and (iii) hold the “Concurrence” role in all project/AAA approval steps, ensuring that all technical quality, safeguard and fiduciary requirements (if applicable) are met.Capturing and Leveraging Knowledge Effectively: (i) ensure knowledge is used effectively to deliver solutions to clients; (ii) assign staff roles and accountabilities in creating, capturing, sharing and using knowledge’ (iii) reward knowledge sharing and learning, in performance management and career development; and (iv) develop knowledge base around key development challenges and solutions sets.Health, Nutrition and Population global PracticeContext:The central contribution of the HNP Global Practice to the World Bank’s twin goals is to enable the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which all people are effectively covered by essential health services, and nobody suffers undue financial hardship as a result of illnesses. In the quest for UHC, the HNP Global Practice is building on progress made in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, an array of analytical and advisory services, strategic partnerships with partner institutions and other financing agencies, and an active lending portfolio. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices.The HNP Global Practice is led by a Senior Director, who has overall responsibility for the GP. The Senior Director is assisted by the Director, who serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Practice. The HNP Global Practice Leadership Team, which leads and manages the HNP GP, consists of the Senior Director, the Director, ten HNP Practice Managers and seven Global Leads (for Financing; Healthy Societies; Nutrition; Population and Development; Decision and Delivery Science; Service Delivery; and Private Sector). The HNP Global Practice works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. Accordingly, a capacity to work across GP boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-practice solutions is essential for achieving the major objectives of improving HNP outcomes.The HNP Global Practice covering the Sub-Saharan Africa Region is configured in three units with a Practice Manager for each unit.Country/Regional Context:Major challenges to maternal and child health and development due to poor nutrition remain across multiple countries and regions despite recent progress on some indicators. Many countries are producing new generations of their population who are locked into low productive capacities due to the effects of malnutrition on children’s physical and cognitive development. Countries affected by stunting and other forms of malnutrition lose billions of dollars in waged employment and avoidable health care spending.Nigeria is one of the six countries that contributes one half of child deaths globally due to malnutrition, with under five and infant mortality rates above the African regional average. In 2014 the prevalence of stunting in children under five was 32 percent. There is significant regional variation within the country, with the North having higher rates than the South and nine States - each the size of an African country - having rates that exceed 50 percent. Although child malnutrition is more common in poor households, nearly 25 percent of children in high-income families are stunted. Vitamin A deficiency is common in children and women while vitamin A supplementation is low (70% in 2015) representing a lost opportunity for saving children’s lives. Anemia, due to poor dietary iron combined with common infection and parasites, affects three-quarters of children and two-thirds of women. Nigeria is one of the focus countries for the “Investing in Early Years” initiative of the World Bank.  Some sectors such as Health/Nutrition/Population, Agriculture and Social Protection have designed nutrition-sensitive operations, but these will require considerable operational support to achieve intended results.  It is anticipated that additional World Bank operations with a nutrition focus would be developed during the next few years.   

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