Nutrition Data, Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist

Fixed-Term Contract

Mission and objectives

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 fulfil their potential.

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

For every child, early moments matter

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 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 favouritism. 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 most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will 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 development of nations.

And we never give up.

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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UNICEF Zimbabwe implements a broad Nutrition programme that supports policy and enabling environment work, subnational capacity building and community nutrition interventions under the Maternal, Infant, Young Child and Adolescent nutrition (MIYCAN), management of wasting, micronutrient supplementation and emergency response. Zimbabwe is a country with a low burden of wasting, but relatively higher chronic malnutrition (stunting) and ‘hidden hunger’ – micronutrient deficiencies. The major drivers of malnutrition in Zimbabwe are chronic in nature, and there is a need to better understand the sectoral trends and their impact on malnutrition in Zimbabwe. Whilst it is widely accepted that multiple interventions have been implemented and continue to be implemented, there is need for strengthened nutrition information management, comprehensive trend analysis and knowledge management on performance of key indicators, success factors and barriers to optimal nutrition programming, as well as documentation and communication on key nutrition issues. UNICEF Nutrition needs to demonstrate efficiency in its programming, communicate key interventions and successes, and adopt a more concerted approach to data analytics in its programming.

The UNV will support data generation and utilization, trend analysis, knowledge management and communication and visibility for the UNICEF Nutrition programme. The UNV will be the section focal point for DHIS2 and other routine information systems as well as ZimLAC Assessments and other surveys and assessments.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support documentation, knowledge management and operational research for nutrition.
  • Support the development of interactive dashboards and tools for updating, tracking and reporting the situational analysis for nutrition for early warning and early action.
  • Engage with partners to ensure relevant nutrition data is provided to UNICEF on a timely manner.
  • Review data and develop visual presentation of the nutrition situation in the country.
  • Develop visual tools or reports to present nutrition information through factsheets, newsletters, infographics, maps or any other relevant means.
  • Support the design and establishment of a nutrition repository/library for ongoing work within the nutrition sector.
  • Support the development of a talent mapping/capacity database for nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programming.
  • Conduct social listening or social analysis on nutrition issues and generate content for social media and where possible conduct social media analysis.
  • Provide monthly and quarterly reports on nutrition data analysed and support monitoring activities carried out.
  • Engage in and technically support data collection exercises including the annual ZimLAC and other surveys and assessments.
  • Document key successes through human interest stories, promising practice and lessons learned.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); eMwTZhZ u5zWY
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in national and/or international level in social marketing, data and statistical analysis and visualization, or other relevant programmes; experience with M&E tools is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area, e.g. Graphic design, Data Analytics, Statistics, Social Marketing or area related to health informatics; Master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • Strong and demonstrable graphic designing or data visualization skills and analysis of large datasets is a must;
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development.
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.
  • Advanced computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.), power BI and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.
  • Sound security awareness.
  • Have affinity for or interest in Nutrition or child health related matters and, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Shona, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Sindebele, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Nutrition, Public Health Programming and Digital Marketing

Competencies and values

Adaptability and Flexibility

Building Trust

Commitment and Motivation



Empowering Others

Ethics and Values


Knowledge Sharing


Respect for Diversity


Technological Awareness

Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

General Information

Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe. It is the seat of Government, the industrial hub and commercial centre for Zimbabwe. Harare is a cosmopolitan town full of culture and history. It has over a million residents and a large UN agency presence. It has a range of dining and entertainment facilities and is directly connected by air to Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and other neighbouring countries as well as being served by Emirates airlines.

Zimbabwe has one of the most favourable climates in the world with beautiful vegetation. Harare overflows with lush gardens.

Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular waterfalls, is in the country’s northwest. The country has numerous beautiful nature sites and is famous for its many game reserves within easy commuting distance.


The Security Level in Harare is classified as Low (Level 2) as per the UN security management system in Zimbabwe. There are no major security challenges to UN operations in Harare. However, individuals must be on the alert as crime, mainly robberies, house break-ins and smash & grab thefts from motor vehicles at traffic lights and road accidents are some of the increasing risks to the UN in Zimbabwe.


Different types of long-term accommodation are available in Harare. House rentals and prices differ depending on size and location. You should always check with the UNDSS Security Advisor on recommended areas. Ensure that the property has a prolific borehole with a water tank in place and solar energy as back up since electricity can be a challenge.

There is an online classifieds website and various reliable estate agencies one can contact to assist with house to rent searches. A list will be provided in the Welcome Pack that is shared with new staff. Depending on your family size and need, it is possible to rent furnished and unfurnished houses, townhouses or apartments.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Reasonable accommodation

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.