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

Organization: United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
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.
Risk-Informed 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.
District Coordination
  • 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).
Programme Implementation
  • 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.
Cross-sectoral programming
  • 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 Innovating
NB:
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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