New Opportunities at UNICEF


National consultant at UNICEF

Job no: 566118
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: Consultancy
Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: 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, Opportunity 

UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), is supporting a food systems transformation agenda, with a focus on improving the food environment for the prevention of overweight and obesity and other nutrition disorders in Tanzania. To inform food environment transformation in Tanzania, the Ministry of Health is planning to conduct assess consumers’ knowledge, attitude, and practices towards food labelling and the influence of marketing techniques on consumers choices. Findings and recommendations of
this study will inform advocacy and support for development of front-of-pack nutrition labelling regulations and food marketing restrictions of unhealthy foods. It will provide scientific evidence on food environment in schools and social behavior change strategies on healthy food choices of consumers, especially children and caregivers. In addition, the study is expected to inspire the private sector, along the food chain to produce healthier food.

How can you make a difference?

Specific Tasks

  • Develop a study protocol and an inception report:
  •  Organize an inception meeting with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO, and other key partners.
  •  Develop the study protocol, including data collection tools, and obtain ethical clearance from
    responsible institution.
  • Establish a research advisory committee to advise the study progress.
  •  Through literature review conduct a situation analysis to figure out current scientific and policy gaps
    on packaged food and marketing strategies and provide recommendations.
  •  Data collection and analysis.
  •  Organize stakeholders meeting to validate the findings of the study.
  •  Present the study progress and findings in selected country’s technical meetings, including the nutrition sensitive thematic working group, the development partners group on nutrition and the in country RECAP meetings.
  •  Produce a written study report, its executive summary, policy brief and PowerPoint point
  •  In collaboration with UNICEF, identify and support preparation of two articles for submission to peer
    review journals.
Work Assignments Overview Deliverables Estimated Budget
Develop an inception report, and draft data
collection tools. Engage stakeholders in review and finalization of tools

Inception report detailing the approach to the assignment and data collection tools


Conduct interviews, analyze data, and develop draft report, organize stakeholders’ validation meeting

Draft report available (including research findings and recommendations)

Develop a final report with key recommendations and PowerPoint presentation and present to key stakeholders.

A final report, approximately 30-40

pages in length, exclusive of annexes, policy brief and a PowerPoint presentation with key



Develop three articles for submission to peer

review journals.

Three articles submitted on peer review journals.


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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in   Nutrition, Public Health, epidemiology, or related fields
  • At least 10 years’ experience in Nutrition, Public Health, epidemiology, or related fields.

  • Demonstrated ability to generate evidence for the development of policy, legislation, guidelines, especially on nutrition, food standards and food environments.

  •  Proven communications skills and ability to establish professional networks with experts on food standards, nutrition, and marketing regulations.

  •  Familiar with food regulations, technology, and manufacturing to understand feasibility and constraints.

  •  Prior experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative studies.

  •  Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, including writing and public speaking, and ability to negotiate with stakeholders.

  •  Fluency in English (verbal and written

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit  here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors 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 selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

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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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Deadline: E. Africa Standard Time