UN Jobs – Health Specialist (Maternal, Newborn Health) at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job Grade: NO-C
Reports to: Health Manager
Vacancy Number: 497958
About Us:
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly
to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic
needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together
with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that
commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most
vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
Job Summary: The Health Specialist (Maternal, Newborn Health) supports
the development and preparation of the health program/s and is responsible for
managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of program
progress of a sector of the health (e.g. nutrition, gender, maternal, neonatal,
child survival/development) program/s within the country program. The incumbent
provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming
processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and
sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results based-management
approaches and methodology (RBM) and organizational Strategic Plans and goals,
standards of performance and accountability framework.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Support to program
development and planning:
  • Support/contribute to the preparation/design
    and conduct/update of situation analysis for the sector/s to establish a
    strategic plan for development, design and management of health related
    programs, including maternal and newborn health and emergencies. Keep
    abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency
    and delivery.
  • Actively participate in strategic program
    discussion on the planning of maternal and newborn health program.
    Formulate, design and prepare a sector of the health program proposal,
    ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country
    Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework
    (UNDF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and
  • Establish specific program goals, objectives
    and strategies and implementation plans based on results-based planning
    terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for
    program review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with
    internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and
    methodologies and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure
    the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support
    throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration,
    coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors
    and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
2. Program management,
monitoring and delivery of results:
  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and
    external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance
    indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to
    assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of
    concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in maternal and
    newborn health programs.
  • Actively participate in monitoring and
    evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with
    government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine
    required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation
    reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management,
    identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning
    and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programs/projects through
    field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with
    partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and
    potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or
    refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Regularly monitor and verify the
    optimum/appropriate use of sectoral program resources (financial,
    administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational
    rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of
    accountability and integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation
    of resources.
  • Prepare regular/mandated program/project
    reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of
    program progress.
3. Technical and
operational support to program implementation:
  • Offer technical expertise and operational
    support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and
    other country office partners/donors on interpretation, application and
    understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices
    and approaches on health and related issues to support program development
    planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Participate in discussions with national
    partners/clients/stakeholders to promote health and development issues
    especially in the areas of gender, emergency preparedness and maternal,
    neonatal and child survival and development.
  • Participate in emergency preparedness
    initiatives program development and contingency planning and/or to respond
    to emergencies in country or where designated.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other
    strategic program materials for management use, information and/or
4. Networking and
partnership building:
  • Build and maintain effective close working
    partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national
    stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active
    networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity and
    exchange knowledge/expertise to facilitate the achievement of program
    goals on children rights and social justice/equity.
  • Prepare communication and information
    materials for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish
    partnership/alliances and support fund raising for health programs
    (maternal, neonatal and child survival and development).
  • Take part in and/or represent UNICEF in
    appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on health and
    related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on
    UNDAF planning and preparation of health programs/projects ensuring
    organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and
    integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda
5. Innovation, knowledge
management and capacity building:
  • Apply/introduce innovative maternal and
    newborn health approaches and good practice to build the capacity of
    partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery
    of concrete and sustainable program results.
  • Stay abreast and conduct research to provide
    evidence for implementation of best and cutting edge practices in health.
  • Assess, institutionalize and share best
    practices and knowledge learned.
  • Significantly contribute to the development
    and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency
    and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
  • Organize and implement capacity building
    initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote
    sustainable results on health related programs/projects.
Key Result Areas:
  • Timely, regular data-driven analysis for
    effective prioritization, planning, development and results-based
    management for scaling-up specific Health interventions.
  • Technical expertise on specific Health
  • Technical and operational guidance provided
    to key government and non-government partners on scaling-up interventions,
    including the elaboration and implementation of detailed sectoral
    work-plans and budgets (downstream activities).
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on
    specific Health interventions carried out through various field visits, in
    a timely manner, efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance
    with the established guidelines and procedures.
  • Government and non-government recipients
    accountable for UNICEF specific supply, non-supply and financial
  • Effective knowledge management through
    documentation and dissemination of lessons learned and implementation of
    appropriate capacity building activities.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the United Nations UNICEF
    Health Specialist (Maternal, Newborn Health) career vacancy should hold an
    Advanced University Degree in public health/nutrition, pediatric health,
    family health, health research, global/international health, health policy
    and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics,
    socio-medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related
    science is required.
  • At least five years of professional
    experience in public health/nutrition planning and management and/or in
    relevant areas of maternal and neonatal health care, health
    emergency/humanitarian preparedness, is required.
  • Relevant experience in health/nutrition
    program/project development and management in any UN system agency or
    organization is an asset. 
Personal Competencies:
  • Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and
    Inclusion, Integrity
  • Core Competencies: Communication, Drive for Results,
    Working with People
  • Functional Competencies: Leading and Supervising (I), Formulating
    Strategies and Concepts (II), Analyzing (III), Relating and Networking
    (II), Deciding and Initiating Action (II), Applying Technical Expertise
NB: UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its
mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to
apply. UNICEF is a smoke free environment.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United
Nations UNICEF in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to visit the link
below to Apply.
Deadline: 8th August 2016
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