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Health Officer

Location: Bhubaneswar
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

Health Officer contributes to the operationalization of the RCH section’s intermediate results at the state level. Responsible for technical assistance in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of high impact interventions for maternal, newborn and child health in select districts, with particular reference to the vulnerable and hard-to-reach target audience and adolescents.

In addition, provides support and technical assistance to DOHFW and DWCD in the state for system strengthening and policy analysis. Provide support as required for implementation of the adolescence health programme as well as provide support for the integration of prevention from parent to child transmission of HIV as part of routine ante and post natal care and pediatric AIDs.

Major Duties And Responsibilities

1)Influencing Policy

Contributes to policy analysis and recommendation for shifts in management, risk allocation and coordination of service delivery related to maternal, newborn, child health and adolescence health programming. 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, consultation and travel.

2) Building Partnerships

Establishes active and participatory partnerships with related health sector stakeholders(Government, WHO, Other UN agencies, NGOS and bilateral agencies)to identify interventions and activities necessary for improved planning, implementation and monitoring of improved quality coverage of  maternal, new born and child health activities and adolescence health programming in both rural and urban areas.  Provide technical assistance and evidence-based support to implementing partners.

3)Programme Implementation

Supports the establishment/adaptation/refinement of measures for system strengthening and quality improvement to ensure continuity, effectiveness and sustainability of maternal, newborn and child care services and adolescence programming in rural and urban areas.
Undertakes responsibility for developing sector-and-project-specific work plans and activities. In the select districts, support monitoring and implementation of community and facility based maternal, newborn and child health and adolescence heath activities. In addition, supports and promotes healthy family and community behaviors, in coordination with BCC officers/experts. In coordination with C4D, formulates strategies and concepts for reproductive programmes related to adolescents. Reviews and compiles progress reports and input-output statistics and data analysis with specific reference to maternal, newborn and child health.

4) Monitoring and Evaluation

Coordinates with government in conducting routine monitoring, participates in selective 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, newborn, child  health and adolescent health. Supports strategic interventions as well as conducts periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. In coordination with Health specialist, prepare relevant annual health sector, donor and other programme reports.
5) Capacity Building

Promotes intensive 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 maternal, newborn and child health, supports community involvement in health care; promotes operations research.
Assists government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes in maternal, newborn and child health care and adolescent health programmes. 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. Undertakes documentation of lesson learned and best practices.

Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on social inclusion in maternal, newborn and child health and adolescent health interventions.

6)Coordination and convergence

Acts as a resource person on Health to colleagues and advocates for promotion of MNCH, nutrition WASH and HIV/AIDS integrated interventions and engage for convergence between health, nutrition, WASH 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 maternal, newborn and child health activities to enable more effective change.

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes


• University degree in Medicine. Master in Public Health, post-graduate education in community medicine, pediatrics, obstetric, infections diseases, hospital management and health management a plus. In depth understanding and knowledge of the maternal, newborn and child health, adolescent health programmes, development and nutrition sectors.

b) Work Experience

At least two years’ experience at National/State level in programme development, monitoring and implementation of primary health care programmes including experience of adolescence programming and field-based implementation.  

c) Languages

 Fluency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of the regional language desirable.

d)   Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)

•  Commitment 
•  Diversity and Inclusion 
•  Integrity 
ii) Core Competencies (Required)

  •  Communication  [ II ] 
  •  Working with People   [ I ]      
  •  Drive for Results   [ I ]  
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
  •  Analyzing   [ II] 
  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
  •  Learning and Researching [ II] 
  •  Planning and Organizing  [ II ]
iv)  Technical Knowledge    [  ]
 a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [  ]
  (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 
•  Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan.
•  Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas:
 Public Health, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Family Health
 Health Research, Biostatistics, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology
 Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care

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

Knowledge of theories and practices in:
•  Child and Maternal Health                         •  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention                  
•  Public Health                                              •  Educational Interventions in Health Care
•  Health Financing                                        •  Knowledge Management
•  Environmental Health                                 •  Health Education                                          
•  Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages
General knowledge of:
•  Methodology of programme/project management
•  Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Health
•  Knowledge of global health issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches.
•  Policies and strategy to address national and global health issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
•  Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
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.    

e) Other Skills And Attributes

- 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 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 harmoniously in an international and multicultural environment.

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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