Health Officer -Child Survival
Duty Station: Bhubaneshwar
Closing Date: 24th June 2009
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Programme Implementation
Supports the establishment/adaptation/refinement of measures for system strengthening and quality improvement to ensure continuity, effectiveness and sustainability of YCSD and maternal health services.
Undertakes responsibility for developing sector-and-project-specific work plans and activities. In the focus districts, support monitoring and implementation of the main thrusts of health sector programme, immunization, IMNCI, maternal care, community based early child care models.
Review and compile progress reports and input-output statistics and data analysis with specific reference to YCSD and maternal health.
2. Monitoring and Evaluation
Coordinates with government in conducting routine monitoring, coverage evaluation surveys, EPI reviews, and in strengthening and using MIS. Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance)aiming at increased and more equitable coverage of maternal care and YCSD strategic interventions, as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.
Contributes to the preparation of the Situation Analysis, led by SPME, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing both the Reproductive and Child Health, Child Development and Nutrition and HIV/AIDS chapters of the Analysis.
3. Capacity Building
Promotes intensive focus and innovative programming in select districts to bring about evidence for decision-making, improvements in coverage and quality of health and nutrition integrated service delivery for YCSD, maternal health, morbidity reduction and disease control; support community involvement in health care; promote operations research. Offers assessment of supply needs and management support to disease eradication and control, with specific reference to poliomyelitis, neonatal tetanus, measles, diarrhea and pneumonia as well as other diseases of public health importance.
Assists government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes in newborn and child survival, immunization and maternal care. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects. Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.
Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on social inclusion in YCSD interventions.
4. Building Partnerships
Collaborates with the state government, NGO Sector, private sector and other new partners to identify interventions and activities necessary for improved planning, implementation and monitoring of YCSD and maternal health activities in both rural and urban areas. Provides technical assistance and evidence-based support to implementing partners.
5. Coordination and convergence
Acts as a resource person on Health to colleagues and also coordinate monitoring the programme in the state; advocate for promotion of MNCH, nutrition and HIV/AIDS integrated interventions and engage for convergence between health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS strategies, activities, resources and policy. Pooling resources for more effective programming.
Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development YCSD and maternal care activities to enable more effective change in key care behaviors related to safe delivery, obstetric complications, newborn care, infant and young child feeding and family care practices, immunization.
Contributes in providing assistance to government officials and other UN agencies and partners at the state level such as the World Bank State Health Systems development Project, DID technical assistance programs, Micronutrient Initiative, UNFPA etc in the planning and management of programme/projects.
6. Influencing Policy
Contributes to policy analysis and recommendation for shifts in management, risk allocation and coordination of service delivery related to neonatal and young child survival and development (YCSD) and maternal care. Establishes and maintains regular contact with government officials, project/programme implementing institutions at state and district levels; staff of training and research institutions through joint visits, consultations, travel.
Qualifications, Experience and Competencies required:
• University degree in Medicine or Public Health. Advanced university degree in public health/ community medicine/ hospital management/ health management an asset. In depth understanding and knowledge of the maternal, newborn and child health and development and nutrition sectors.
• Minimum two years experience at National/State level in programme development, monitoring and implementation of primary health care programmes including experience in field-based implementation.
• Fluency in written and spoken English. Working knowledge of local language of the duty station an asset.
• Current knowledge of the state of the art in public health and or nutrition or epidemiology and an understanding of development issues, policies as well as social programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation in the area of health.
• Knowledge and familiarity with the national flagship programmes (NRHM, ICDS and others) • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
• Ability to impart knowledge onto others
• Knowledge and use of information technology, word processing, graphics presentations etc. as well as Management Information Systems and databases. Knowledge and training on use of work planning tools an asset.
• Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment and to establish harmonious and effective working relationships with governmental, nongovernmental and civil society organizations.
• Drive for result.
• Proven ability to work as part of a team.
Only candidates meeting the above requirements may send their application consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date.
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UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.