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Health Specialist

Location: Guwahati
Closing date: 28th February 2013

Purpose Of The Post

The Health Specialist contributes to the overall effort of Country Programme implementation providing technical, strategic and policy advice to Government counterparts at the state-level within the framework of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)’s Reproductive and Child Health Programme Phase 2 (RCH II). He/ She will also be responsible for technical assistance in planning, implementation, and monitoring of high impact interventions for improved child survival, maternal health, systems strengthening, at state-level and in focus districts, with particular reference to the vulnerable and hard-to-reach.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1.    Influencing Policy

Analyses, influences, advocates and recommends policies, systems of management and co-ordination to improve neonatal and young child survival, immunization, maternal health, and prevention/control of vector-borne diseases (malaria) in Assam. Identifies and recommends necessary action for adjustments in the RCH Programme, and leverages Government/other resources to enhance coverage of services with quality. Provides advice and assistance to government officials and other UN agencies and partners in the planning and management of programme/projects.  Forges partnerships with a range of stakeholders to address the RCH needs of socially excluded populations in the State.

Programme Planning and Implementation

Designs the state specific Reproductive and Child Health Programmes.  Prepares, implements, monitors, and evaluates the UNICEF assisted Reproductive and Child Health components viz. routine immunization, IMNCI, maternal and newborn care including malaria control, diarrhea management etc.  This includes the strengthening of community-based systems (VHNDs, VHSCs) to enhance uptake of services leading to improved coverage. Facilitates the design, implementation and monitoring of evidence-based, high impact interventions relating to Young Child Survival and Maternal Health in the Integrated District as well as other “focus districts”, for replication/upscaling by Government and other partners.  Guides and supports the district based consultants for RCH focus districts supported by UNICEF

Rights-based programmes through Results-Based Approach

§  Ensure UNICEF, government and non-government staff apply right-based approaches to programming and humanitarian principles;

§  Promote the quality of rights-based Health programmes through the formulation of programme goals and strategies and approaches.

Building Partnerships

Convenes strategic partnerships to impact on overall policies for young child survival and development (YCSD), to support the programmes and resources in the State. Interacts with national and international agencies, missions and commissions, on the management of the National Rural Health Mission and RCH 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. 

Fosters partnerships for YCSD in the state with government, other agencies, professional bodies, technical institutions and NGO networks in the state, with special focus on reaching out to excluded and marginalized groups. 

Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government 

Assists government authorities to strengthen the State training institutes (SIHFW, Medical Colleges, etc) to identify capacity-building needs and undertake capacity-building activities on a Maternal and Child Health issues for different levels of health professionals and field-level functionaries.  Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Facilitates the review of systems and capacities relating to the delivery of RCH services, in conjunction with ICDS, and the interventions to improve such systems and capacities. Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance) aimed at increased and more equitable coverage of maternal health and YCSD strategic interventions, as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.

Contributes to the preparation of the Situation Analysis, led by SPPME, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing the Reproductive and Child Health chapter of the Analysis.  Provides quality inputs for donor reports and other documentation, as required.  Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.  Contributes to and enables the concurrent monitoring and reporting on performance indicators of the RCH programme,  accreditation systems and /or UNICEF–NGO managed programmes under the Project Co-operation Agreement.

Inter-sectoral Collaboration

Proactively collaborates with other sectoral programme colleagues, especially CDN, WASH and HIV, within the Office to give and receive knowledge and assistance, including pooling of resources for more effective and convergent programming. Provides technical inputs for the development of appropriate advocacy and communication strategy to support the RCH programme in the State. 

Facilitates the planning and implementation of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) initiatives in State Institutions (SIHFW, ASHA Resource Centre, NRHM Media Cell, etc) to enable more effective and sustainable change in key care behaviours relating to safe delivery, timely referral, newborn care, Infant and Young Child Feeding, family care practices, immunization, etc.  Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on social inclusion in YCSD interventions.

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 of Field Office, as required.

8. Report Writing

  Writes inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for donor, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, case studies, etc. in a qualitative and timely manner.

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes

a) Education
MBBS with an advanced degree in any of the following disciplines: Public Health, Medicine, Health Research, International Health, Health Policy & Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Family Health, Biostatistics, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care, Nursing or a field relevant to international development assistance in Health.

b) Work Experience

Five (5) years of professional work experience at the State/National level in policy-cum-programme development, monitoring & implementation of primary health care programmes including experience in field-based management and implementation of young child survival and development as well as maternal health initiatives.

Knowledge of the technical support required in health related emergencies and humanitarian preparedness. Demonstrated experience in Health Policy analysis and influencing is mandatory. Managerial and analytical skills are essential attributes. Experience of working in the UN or other international development organization will be an asset.

c) Languages
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is required.  A good working knowledge of local language of the duty station will be an asset.

d) Competency Profile: 

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 ]

Technical Knowledge[1]   [  ]

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.

•  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. 

 

Other skills and attributes ;

·        In depth understanding of Health Policy analysis and administration skills and issues

·        In-depth knowledge of maternal health as well as neonatal & child health and nutrition sector programmes in India.

·        Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in development cooperation. 

·        Familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children

·        Understanding of social mobilization and behaviour change communication, especially at community level

·        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 and documentation

·        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.

This vacancy is for Indian nationals only. Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (which can be downloaded from http://www.unicef.org/india/PERSONAL_HISTORY_FORM_P11.doc) should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 28th February 2013. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly indicate the following on the subject line of your email application: ‘Application for Health Specialist (NOC), UNICEF Guwahati)’. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged.

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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