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Health Specialist

Duty Station: Mumbai
Closing date: 15 August 2012
Purpose of the Post

Responsible for facilitating and influencing the State Government’s policy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Health programmes within the state of Maharashtra in India

Under the guidance of Chief of Field Office, incumbent is responsible for technical support and facilitation of State Government’s (MOHFW, DWCD) policy analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the national Health Mission (NHM), both the Rural and the Urban arm, NACP and, in close synergy with the colleague CDN, the Integrated Child Development Programme (ICDS) as well as support in the provision of technical assistance to focus districts.

The jobholder works at the State and District level. S/he works under the daily supervision of the Chief of Field Office or Programme Manager (NOD), and takes sector specific leadership and guidance from the Health Section at India Country Office

Major Duties And Responsibilities

1. Influencing Policy and Strategic Planning:

a) Collaborate with the government to identify interventions and strategies for promoting child survival, safe motherhood and disease control in rural and urban areas. Provide technical and operational guidance and support to government and non-government partners for scaling-up these interventions and strategies.

b) Analyses and recommends policies, systems of management, risk allocation and coordination systems related to neonatal and young child survival, comprehensive maternal health and child health services to ensure access to quality care, including pediatric AIDS care

c) Develop strategies for promoting child survival, safe motherhood and adolescent health in selected high burden districts

d) Provide specific technical expertise on Health policies for promoting gender and social equity

2. Partnerships & Alliances:

a) Convenes strategic partnerships to impact on overall policies for young child survival and development (YCSD), to support programmes and resources in the States

b) Interacts with national and international agencies, missions and commissions, on the management of the National Rural Health Mission/RCH II Programme, National AIDS Control Programme, and Child Development and Nutrition programme. Participates in meetings with Ministries/Departments of Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, (and others as needed), responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.

c) Fosters partnerships for YCSD in the state with government, other agencies, professional bodies, technical institutions and NGO networks in the states. 

d) Assists in the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation. 

3. Evidence Generation:

In partnership with research & evaluation organizations and institutions, generate and synthesize evidence for informing policies and programs for ensuring equity and quality of Maternal-Newborn-Child Health services. Collaboration and synergy is actively sought with CDN, C4D and WASH to facilitate the  use of the evidence for advocacy on equity oriented policies and programs

4. Operational Planning and Implementation:

Undertake responsibility for developing project-specific work plans and activities, monitor and implement the activities. Monitor programme implementation and help in solving problems. Promote implementation of the set of health services for child survival, safe motherhood and disease control; Monitor developments at regional and district levels. 

5. System Strengthening:

Support strengthening of health systems at state and district level through capacity development of key players, partnership with other organizations and brining about convergence with other sectors, such as nutrition, WASH and C4D

6.  Inter-sectoral collaboration

Proactively collaborates within the state and/or sector with programme colleagues to give and receive knowledge and assistance. Pooling resources for more effective programming.

Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development of the Reproductive and Child Health and Child Development and Nutrition programmes.

Facilitates the planning and formulation of Behaviour Development/Behaviour Communication Change initiatives in state institutions, to enable more effective change in key care behaviours related to safe delivery, obstetric complications, newborn care, Infant and Young Child Feeding and family care practices, immunization.

Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on social inclusion in YCSD interventions.

7. Report writing:

Writes programme/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, case studies, etc

8. Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government 

Assists government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes in newborn, child, and maternal 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.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

1. Education

MBBS with an advanced degree in one following disciplines: Public Health & Disease Prevention, Medicine, Health Research, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Family Health, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Health Economics or a field relevant to international development assistance in Health.

2. Work Experience

Five years of relevant professional work experience. Awareness of the technical support required in health related emergency and humanitarian preparedness. Experience working in the UN or other international development organization, and field work experience an asset.
Background/familiarity with Emergency.

3. Language Proficiency  [  ]

Fluency in English. . A good knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.    

4.  Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)

•  Commitment 
•  Diversity and Inclusion 
•  Integrity    

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 ]
   •  Managing Stress [II]               •  Team Leadership   [ I ]          
iv)  Technical Knowledge    [  ]

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [  ]
•  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

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [  ]

•  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.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) [  ]

•  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. 

4. Other skills and attributes :

- 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 workplanning tools an asset.

Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download)  should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 15 August 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the post title and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged.

UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees). UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.



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