UN Programme Specialist – CSD Coordination Job Careers – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Organization: United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to:
Health Specialist, Health Systems Strengthening
About US:
The 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 Programme Specialist – CSD Coordination
will support the Child Survival and Development section with the planning,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Reproductive, Maternal
Newborn, Child and Adolescence Health (RMNCH), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
(WASH), HIV/AIDS, and Nutrition activities in the central zone districts. the
purpose of the job is to ensure that Uganda Country Office (UCO) investments in
the region are in line with the district-led systems strengthening approach
developed by UCO; that activities are well coordinated and coherent, based on
use of evidence and support cross-sectoral programming in the focus districts.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
District Planning
and Budgeting with focus on concerned CSD sectors
  • Work in close consultation with the RMNCAH, WASH, Nutrition and
    HIV/AIDS Output managers, identify intervention priorities in the focus
    districts of Central Zone through the implementation of a Bottleneck and
    Causality Analysis to determine both medium term and annual operational
    priorities. Based on these priorities, develop resource envelopes based on
    UCO available resources and integrate these resources within the district
    budgets, while supporting the districts and UCO to identify resource gaps
    for resource mobilization.
  • Support the development of results based district plans (linked to
    the national budget cycle) that include results, indicators, targets,
    baselines and means of verification through a consultative process with
    all key stakeholders active in the health sector at the district level.
  • Support the coordination and organization of regular and inclusive
    reviews (Quarterly) of progress 
    against planned results  to
    address key bottlenecks, challenges and opportunities at the district
    level with the ultimate aim of accelerating achievement of results.
Programming and Humanitarian-Development Nexus:
  • In line with the multi-hazard risk analysis conducted by the Office
    of the Prime Minister, support districts conduct a risk analysis for
    likely health emergencies, and as relevant develop contingency plans with
    response scenarios and projected resources for response.
  • Promote and adopt standardized methods, tools and formats for common
    use in health needs assessments in emergencies to ensure predictable
    action with a common strategy.
  • Support the district in ensuring that an up to date mapping of
    actors (with contacts details) active in the health, water and nutrition
    sector in the district is available
  • Support the district in conducting regular inclusive health sector
    coordination meetings that address joint planning, monitoring, performance
    tracking and identifying challenges, opportunities and bottlenecks with
    the aim of avoiding duplication and ensuring synergies between and among
    different actors in the health and nutrition sector.
Evidence Based
Decision Making
  • Strengthen districts’ use of existing health and nutrition
    information data for decision making while strengthening the generation
    and quality of such data.
  • Promote the use of available administrative data, population data
    (UBOS), as well as relevant studies, surveys, analysis conducted by the Government,
    by UNICEF and other development partners.
  • Support districts in generating new evidence where necessary (where
    gaps exist).
  • Be the focal point for all health and nutrition Direct Cash Transfer
    (DCT) requests from the districts; following up on the quality of
    submissions as well as monitoring the use of resources and financial
    management processes.
  • Conduct field monitoring of programmes implemented in the health and
    nutrition sector and compile and file as appropriate a programmame
    monitoring report(s) based on the different HACT threshholds.
  • Ensure frequent communication and close coordination of district
    level activities with the Field Coordination office and cross-sectoral
    focal points (ECD, Adolescents, gender) in the office.
  • Support the health, water, nutrition-concerned sectors at the
    district level to promote and support the cross-sectoral aspects of
    adolescent, gender and early childhoold development, as well as
    Communication for Development.
  • In liaison with the Field Operations Office, build the capacity of
    the focus districts to adequately plan and implement UNICEF funded
    activities by ensuring that all focus district personnel implementing
    UNICEF projects are oriented on the Harmonized Cash Transfer modalities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF Programme
    Specialist – CSD Coordination job opportunity should hold an advanced
    university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields:
    Public Health, Medicine, Social Sciences, Public Administration and Health
    Service Management.
  • Seven years of progressively responsible professional work
    experience in programme management.
  • At least five years of relevant professional work experience within
    the Uganda health and nutrition context in applying the District Health
    Systems Strengthening.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN
    language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language
    is an asset.
  • UNICEF’s Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in
    Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • Competencies:
    Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing,
    Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing and Creating and
The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment
process (Application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United
Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations in the
aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN
recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 22nd April 2019
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