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Health Officer

Location: Jaipur
Closing Date: 29th August 2012

Purpose of the post:

The incumbent will contribute to the overall effort of Country Programme implementation at state level within the framework of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and other state level social schemes.

He/she will be accountable for technical assistance to Government and other strategic partners, in planning, implementation, and monitoring of high impact evidence based interventions for improved maternal and adolescent health services and prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT), with particular reference to the vulnerable and hard-to-reach areas/population.

In addition, provides support and technical assistance to DOHFW and DWCD in policy analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the NRHM and Reproductive and Child Health Programme Phase 2 (RCH II).

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 maternal and adolescent health care 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, Child Health and adolescent health care services, PPTCT services and community based newborn care models.

Review and compile progress reports and input-output statistics and data analysis with specific reference to maternal and adolescent health.

2. Capacity Building and Technical Assistance to Government

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 maternal and adolescent health care services, morbidity reduction and disease control; support community involvement in health and nutrition 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, diarrhoea 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 maternal and adolescent health care services. 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 maternal and adolescent health nutrition care services.

3. Inter-sectoral collaboration

Acts as a resource person on maternal and adolescent health care services to colleagues and also coordinate monitoring the programme in the state; advocate for promotion of maternal and adolescent health care services and bring convergence between health, nutrition and hygiene-sanitation strategic interventions. Pooling resources for more effective programming.
Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development of Child and adolescent health and Peadiatric AIDS interventions to enable more effective change in key care behaviors related to reproductive health.

Supports strengthening of intersectoral collaboration within the state and/or sector with programme colleagues to share knowledge and programming experiences.   

4. Influencing Policy

Contributes to policy analysis and recommendation for shifts in management, risk allocation and coordination of service delivery related to Child Health and adolescent health care services and Pediatric AIDS services. Establishes and maintains regular contact with government officials, project/programme implementing institutions at state and district levels; officials of training and research institutions through joint visits, consultations, meetings, etc.

5. Building Partnerships

Collaborates with the key state government departments, NGO Sector, private sector and other new partners to identify/prioritize evidence based essential interventions necessary for improved planning, implementation and monitoring of Child Health and adolescent health activities and  PPTCT, Pediatric AIDS and counseling, with special attention to UNICEF supported focused districts. Provides technical assistance and evidence-based support to implementing partners.

6. Monitoring and Evaluation

Coordinates with government in conducting routine monitoring, coverage evaluation surveys, maternal and infant death enquiry, 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 and adolescent health care services, 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 Maternal and Adolescent Health Nutrition and Child - HIV/AIDS chapters of the analysis. 

7. 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 Chief Field Office as required.

8. Report Writing

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

Minimum Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:

• University degree in one of the following areas: Medicine, Public Health, International Health, Health Policy & Management, Epidemiology, Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention or a field relevant to public health development assistance. In depth understanding and knowledge of the maternal, newborn and child health and development & nutrition sectors an advantage.

• At least two years’ experience at national/state level in programme development, monitoring and implementation of primary health care programmes including experience in field-based implementation.  

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    [ I ]
 a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ I ]

•  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) [ I ]

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.
•  Gender equality and diversity awareness.

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

•  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

• In depth understanding and knowledge of the Maternal, Adolescent and Child health and nutrition.
• Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in development cooperation. 
• Drive for Results.
• A strong familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children
• Understanding of social mobilization and behaviour change communication
• Understanding of the importance and role of partnerships.
• Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
• Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
• Report writing
• Training ability.
• Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization

Applications consisting of a covering letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to devjobs@careeristindia.com by 29th August 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please mention the Job Title and Location of the post in the subject line of your email/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.




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