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Health Officer (Immunization)

Duty Station: Lucknow
Closing date: 14 May 2013

Purpose of the Post

Health Officer contributes to the overall effort of Country Programme implementation at state level within the framework of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Accountable for technical assistance in strengthening routine immunization programme in the state, including planning, implementation, and monitoring, with particular attention to focus districts, with particular reference to the vulnerable and hard-to-reach children.

In addition, works in close collaboration with Polio tam to ensure convergence in strengthening routine immunization in the 66 high risk blocks for polio.

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 immunization, with special attention to the five focus districts, the areas with low immunization coverage and the polio high risk blocks.

Reviews and compiles quarterly and annual progress reports and data analysis with special focus on immunization services. In addition, supports and promotes healthy family and community behaviours, in coordination with polio SmNet and BCC officers/experts.

2.    Monitoring and Evaluation: Coordinates with government in conducting routine monitoring, coverage evaluation surveys, 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 routine immunization, as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Contributes to the preparation of the Situation Analysis, using disaggregated data to identify bottlenecks of routine immunization, especially for high priority districts, and eventually at block level for the 66 high risk blocks for polio, focusing on cold chain and vaccine supply management, as well as demand for routine immunization. Technical assistance at state and district level for monitoring and assessment of cold chain and vaccine logistics including EVM assessment.

3.    Building partnerships: Collaborates with the state government, NGO Sector, private sector and other new partners to identify interventions and activities necessary for improved planning, implementation and monitoring of routine immunization, with special focus on cold chain management, vaccine supply management, increasing social acceptability and demand for immunization, focusing on reach services that target the out of reach and excluded vulnerable children, especially in the polio high risk areas and in collaboration with the Polio Smnet.  Provides technical assistance and evidence-based support to implementing partners.

4.   Capacity Building: Promotes intensive focus and innovative programming focusing on equity programming in the focus districts, and the districts in the polio high risk blocks to overcome bottlenecks. Offers assessment of supply needs and management support to routine immunization services in the districts with lowest immunization coverage. Assists government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes in immunization and launch of new vaccines. 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 immunization services interventions.

5.    Coordination and Convergence: Acts as a resource person on child health, especially routine immunization to colleagues and also optimize alternative opportunities to promote routine immunization services. Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development of immunization services to enable more effective change in key care behaviours related to immunization. Contributes in providing assistance to government officials and other UN agencies and partners at the state level such as the World Health Organization, World Bank State Health Systems development Project, etc in the planning and management of programme/projects. Lead in the convergence around routine immunization to bring all essential key interventions both preventive and curative in the context of RMNCH+A.

6.    Influencing Policy: Contributes to policy analysis and recommendation for shifts in management, risk allocation and coordination of service delivery related to routine immunization, with special emphasis on capacity building and supportive supervision. 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, consultations, travel. Supports the Government in defining the roadmap for Call To Action, in particular as it relates to routine immunization.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

 

1.    Education

University degree from a recognized university in Medicine, Health, Public Health, Family Health, Child Development, or a field relevant to international development assistance in Immunization and Child Survival & Health Care.  In depth understanding and knowledge of the maternal, newborn and child health and development and nutrition sectors.

 

2.    Work Experience

Two years of relevant professional work experience in programme development, monitoring and implementation of primary health care programmes including experience in field-based implementation. Experience in knowledge management Training and experience in social welfare, or Immunization/health care.

3.    Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and knowledge of local working language of the duty station is required.

4.   Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)

·        Commitment   

·         Diversity and Inclusion    

·        Integrity

 

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

        Communication  [ I ]

        Working with People  [ II ] 

        Drive for Results  [ I ]

 

ii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]

  •  Analysing   [ I] 

  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ I ]

  •  Learning and Researching [ I ] 

  •  Planning and Organizing  [ I ]

    

Technical Knowledge

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job)

•  Professional technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas: Health, Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nursing, Family Health, Immunization, Social Work, Behaviour Change, or a discipline relevant to international development assistance in Immunization.   

• Gender equality and diversity awareness

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

Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:

•  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 

•  Child and Maternal Health

•  Public Health                                             

•  Behaviour Change Communication

•  Environmental Health                                

•  Health Education

•  Educational Interventions in Health Care

General knowledge of:

•  Methodology of programme/project management

•  Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for Immunization programmes

• Knowledge of global Immunization issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current methods and approaches.

• Policies and strategy to address Immunization issues, including those relating to emergency, conflicts, disasters, and recovery.

• Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.

• Financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.

• Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming.

•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan

• UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.

•  UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on Immunization results

•  Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.

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

•  National Government development plans and policies

•  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.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 14 May 2013.  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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