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Health Specialist

Location: New Delhi
Closing date: 14th November 2012

Purpose Of The Post
Under the guidance of the Section Chief, responsible for technical advice to the Government counterparts (MOHFW, MWCD, DBT) within the framework of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) or its successor program under the XII Five year plan as well as support in the provision of technical advisory services to the State Offices.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Technical Assistance and Support: Provide technical assistance and support to maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) interventions being advanced under the National Rural Health Mission to government (at national, state, and district level), counterparts (UN agencies, World Bank, and Development Partners), and UNICEF state offices. Assist the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition policies and programmes that will contribute both to reach the MDG 4 and 5 targets established by GOI and the overall goal of the 20128-2017 GOI-UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation which is “to advance the fulfilment of the rights of all women and children in India to survival, development, participation and protection by reducing social inequalities based on gender, caste, ethnicity or region”.

Systems Strengthening: Assist the government at national and state levels to design and strengthen health systems for planning and delivery of maternal care and integrated young child survival and development services at the state/district and village levels, with an emphasis on enhanced capacities, accountability and effective implementation of government programmes related to women and children. Commission and manage evidence reviews and operations research to inform MNCH policies and programs of the national and state governments

Support to State Offices: Assist the state offices in the preparation of the Rolling l Work-plans (RWPs) to make sure that they are consistent with CPD and CPAP. Provide the state with regular updates on evidence based research on policies and programmes that enhance quality decision making within the health sector reform environment and support the state offices to incorporate evidence into the programmes. 

Oversight: Set up and implement, in collaboration with the state offices, an oversight plan to monitor progress on programme implementation towards increased and more equitable coverage of maternal care and RMNCH strategic interventions and the utilization of funds. Assist the state offices to take any necessary corrective action based on the progress on programme implementation.  

Partnerships: Build and foster partnerships with academic institutions, professional organizations, and other relevant stakeholders for RMNCH programs in India. 

Documentation and Reports: Contribute towards the Situation Analysis, and the Common Country Assessment (CCA) by analyzing the data, obtaining the updated  sectoral information, and preparing the specific written inputs; contribute to the preparation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), prepare sectoral inputs to the Country Programme Document (CPD), and the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP); contribute to the mid-year, annual and mid-term reviews; and support in the preparation of donor proposals and reports.

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes

 a) Education

University degree in medicine (MBBS) with an advanced university degree in any of the following: Medicine (e.g. MD, Pediatrics), Public Health, Social Sciences, Health Management, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.

b) Work Experience

At-least eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in health policy and programming, maternal, neonatal and child health, immunization, public health, pediatrics, social development, health and nutrition programme management, monitoring and evaluation. 

c) Languages
Fluency in English, the knowledge of local working language of the duty station is an asset.

d) 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  [ II ] •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts   [ II ]             
•  Analyzing   [ II ]   •  Relating and Networking   [ II ]   
•   Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ] •  Applying Technical Expertise   [ II ]             

iv)  Technical Knowledge   

In addition to the required functional competencies listed above, the following are the functional competencies specified by Health Section, PD, NYHQ.

  •  Technical Leadership [ III ] •  Leading Vision and Change [ II ]     •  Flexibility [ III ]
  •  Group Facilitation [ III ]    •  Managing stress [ II ]
  •  Planning, setting standard and monitoring work [ III ]
  •  Strategic and Global Thinking [ II ]


a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ I ]

Knowledge of latest theories, principles, methods and technology in one or more of the following areas:

•  Child, neonatal or maternal health care  
•  Health system planning and management•  Health Economics and Financing  
•  Public Health training material development and conduct of training programme
•  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
•  Knowledge Management
•  Inter-sectoral programme linkage and coordination
•  Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan. 

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

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) [ II ]

·      UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses

·      UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions

·      UN Reform processes and outcomes and implications of the Paris Declaration

·      UN security operations and guidelines

·      UNSECORD training for members of Security Management Team

·      UNICEF policies, strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity 


·        Excellent and in-depth technical knowledge and skills within the sector

·        Current knowledge of development issues and policies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation, specifically of the respective sector.

·        A 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

·        Ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.

·        Analytical, influencing, 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.

·        UNICEF core competencies 

Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 14th November 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post 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 is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organizations qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.



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