Closing Date: 30th May 2012
Purpose of the post:
The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical support to the state governments for planning, implementation, training and monitoring of the selected public health interventions for improved child survival, safe motherhood and disease reduction, including pediatric AIDS.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:-
Analyses and recommends policies, systems of management, resource allocation and coordination systems around newborns, young child survival, safe motherhood and disease control, with particular reference to maternal, neonatal, infant, pediatric AIDS.
Establish strategic partnerships and maintain regular contact with government officials, project/programme implementers, staff training and research institutions, non-government organizations and private sector foundations/trust at state and district levels to support effective and essential public health care services and resource leverages in the State.
Assists in the development and/or introduction of effective public health care approaches, methods and practices. Participates in meetings with Departments responsible for programme/project review, and help in solving problems and promoting adoption and implementation of evidence based essential public health services for newborns, infants and child survival, pediatric AIDS; and foster an alliance to meet the developmental goals.
Responsible for the development of the RCH programme implementation plans and facilitates compliance with specific assigned objectives.
With guidance from the Chief of Field Office, collaborate with the government to identify interventions and activities necessary for the improved planning, implementation and monitoring of young child survival, safe motherhood and disease control in selected focused districts of Rajasthan, and in accordance with the flagship programmes, such as National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), etc. Provide technical assistance and support to the project implementing authorities in the effective conduct of identified and agreed upon activities
Promote intensive and innovative activities in select districts to bring about qualitative improvements in health care development for newborn, child health and pediatric AIDS and disease control; support community involvement in health care; promote operations research in health. Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.
Undertakes responsibility for developing sector specific and project specific work plan and activities. Supports implementation and monitoring the main thrusts of Newborn, Child Health and Pediatric AIDS.
Support the establishment of system to ensure sustainability of immunization services. Provide managerial and technical support for the cold chain and health equipment management and maintenance system drawing upon the expertise of the states wherever possible.
Monitoring & Evaluation and Management Information System:
Contributes to the review and development of evidence based information systems for strategic and operational decisions at different governance levels. Support the development of an adequate and reliable management information system for newborn, child health and pediatric AIDS and supports capacity building related to delivery of services for government programmes.
In co-ordination with programme partners, undertakes routine monitoring, infant and maternal audit appraisal, coverage evaluation, health facility assessment and supports putting in place evidence based information for decision making systems. Undertake field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance), as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.
Supports technical collaboration with other UN partners; Academic, Training and Medical institutions and NGOs in the planning and management of programme/projects. Contribute to the identification and recommendation of necessary action for RCH-HIV/AIDS programme adjustments.
Contribute to the preparation of the Situation Analysis, led by SPME, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and providing inputs for the RCH and HIV/AIDS chapter of the analysis.
Proactively be part of the technical teams on Newborn, Child Health, Pediatric AIDS and coordinates programme monitoring, advocates for promotion of concepts of maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition (MNCHN) continuum of care, used important service delivery approaches. Supports strengthening of intersectoral collaboration within the state and/or sector with programme colleagues to share knowledge and programming experiences.
Provides inputs to colleagues for the planning and formulation of Evidence Based Advocacy and Communication for Development initiatives in state institutions, to enable more effective change in key behaviors related to RCH and HIV/AIDS.
Supports and contributes to development of community process and care practices that reduces maternal, neonatal, infants and child mortalities and prevents exclusion of HIV/AIDS affected and marginalized groups from public health services.
Supplies and Cash Assistance
Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff/programme support on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, as per UNICEF rules and procedures monitors and submits financial status reports to the Chief Field Office as required.
Drafts programme/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, case studies, etc.
Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government
Supports government authorities and other implementing partners, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes and awareness building. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects, with special focus on promoting concepts of effective service delivery using the maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition (MNCHN) continuum of care, Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI), Human Based – Postnatal Care (HB-PNC) and Counseling Services, Pediatric AIDS and Immunization services.
Selects and compiles training and orientation materials for those involved in RCH and HIV/AIDS programme implementation.
Minimum Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:
• Medical Degree with Post Graduation in Community Medicine or Public Health or Community Health Administration.
• At least five years experience at National/State level in programme development, monitoring and implementation of primary health care programmes including experience in field-based implementation. Managerial and analytical skills are essential attributes.
• Fluency in English and Hindi, or appropriate regional language.
i) Core Values (Required)
• Diversity and Inclusion
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
• Communication [ II ]
• Working with People [ II ]
• Drive for Results [ II ]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
Leading and Supervising [ I ]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
Analyzing [ III]
Relating and Networking [ II ]
Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]
In addition to the required functional competencies listed above, the following are the functional competencies specified by Health Section, PD, NYHQ.
• Managing Stress [II]
• Team Leadership [I]
iv) Technical Knowledge [II]
• Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
• UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
• Mid-Term Strategic Plan.
• Knowledge in Health related issues.
• Intermediate Technical Knowledge (at the graduate education level) of the theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas:
Public Health, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Population and Family Health
Health Research, Biostatistics, Sociomedical Sciences, Epidemiology
Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care
Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [ II ]
• Methodology of programme/project management
• Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
• Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
• UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
• UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
• UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
• Gender and diversity awareness.
Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) [ II ]
• Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
• UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
• UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
• UN security operations and guidelines.
e) Other Skills and Attributes
(Indicate what other skills and attributes required, such as computer knowledge, management or communication skills, negotiating or training ability, etc.)
- Current knowledge of development issues, policies, as well as social programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation in the area of health.
- Managerial, analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
- Good training ability
- Knowledge and use of standard office automation applications related to 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 harmoniously in an international and multicultural environment.
Application consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th May 2012. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.
UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees).Candidates who have applied earlier for the post need not apply again.UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.