Health Officer (Maternal and Newborn Health)
Closing date: 24th December 2013
Purpose of the Post
The Health Officer is responsible to contribute to the overall effort of Country Programme implementation at state level within the framework of National Health Mission (NHM). The incumbent will be accountable for providing technical assistance in strengthening maternal and new born health programme in the state in collaboration with WASH, Nutrition, C4D, with focus on the high priority districts identified in the Call to Action in line with government guidelines.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
1. Capacity Development:
a) Evidence based planning and budgeting: In collaboration with partners specifically Call to Action partners in Bihar, and in respect of Government of India tools and guidelines. Contributes to situational and programme policy analysis and recommendation for shifts in management, risk allocation and coordination of service delivery related to maternal and newborn health service delivery with special focus on Capacity building initiative. Establishes and maintains regular contact with government officials, project/programme implementing institutions at state and district levels; staff of training, academic and research institutions through joint visits, consultations, travel. Supports Government in defining the roadmap for Call to Action for Child Survival initiative, particularly in the area of MNBC.
b) Scale up implementation and increase quality of care for most deprived population: In close collaboration with development partners, support district Supervisors and resources centres in carrying out joint visit and supportive supervisions of the health facilities at all levels specially the ones with poor health indicators (coverage and quality) on quarterly or monthly basis as per requirement.
2. Building Partnerships: In the context of Call to Action, facilitate collaboration with the state government, academic institutions, NGO Sector, private sector and other new partners to identify essential interventions and effective innovative approaches necessary for improved equity planning, and implementation, tracking and monitoring of maternal and newborn health Progamme including PPTCT and paediatrics AIDS, increasing social acceptability and demand, focusing on out-reach services that effectively reach the unreached children, and effectiveness of VHND sessions. Provides 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 newborn, child and maternal health Programme with special focus in the low coverage and high priority districts including urban slums. Facilitates timely preparation of results based annual sector-and-project-specific workplans and activities. In the high priority districts, support joint monitoring, implementation and review of the main thrusts of health sector programme related to newborn and child health both community and facility level , diarrhoea and pneumonia control. Reviews and compiles quarterly and annual progress reports and input-output-outcome statistics and data analysis with specific reference to maternal and child health programs.
4. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Facilitate UNICEF support to evidence based planning and budgeting using the results of the gap/bottleneck analysis, supportive supervision and consultation with experts, factor Behaviour Change Communication, WASH, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS intervention across the continuum of care. Coordinates with government in conducting routine monitoring, and in strengthening and using HMIS.
5. Coordination and convergence: Acts as a resource person on maternal and child health care services, to colleagues and also optimize alternative opportunities for promotion of community, facility and outreach services. Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development of RMNCH+A services to enable more effective change in key care behaviours related to logistics, maintenance of maternal and newborn health. In context of Call to action, anchor maternal and newborn health as one of the pillar of continuum of care. Lead in convergence around maternal and newborn health to bring all key essential interventions both preventative and curative for RMNCH+A.
Qualifications, Skills and Attributes
M.B.B.S degree from a recognized university in Medicine. Advanced university degree in Public Health, community medicine, Paediatrics, hospital management and health management will be a plus. In depth understanding and knowledge of the maternal, new born and child health and development and nutrition sectors will be an asset.
b) Work Experience
Minimum two years’ experience at National/State level in programme development, monitoring and implementation of primary health care programmes including experience in field-based implementation of neonatal and maternal health initiatives. Prior experience of working in Bihar on a similar project/programme will be an asset.
Fluency in spoken and written English required. Knowledge of Hindi is highly desirable.
d) Competency Profile:
i) Core Values (Required)
• Diversity and Inclusion
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 [ ]
• Professional technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas: Health, Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nursing, Family Health, HIV/AIDS, Social Work, Behavior Change, or a discipline relevant to international development assistance in Health and HIV/AIDS.
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 Behavioral Change Communication
• Environmental Health
• Health Education
• Educational Interventions in Health Care
General knowledge of:
• Methodology of programme/project management
• Knowledge of global immunization and child health issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current methods and approaches.
• Policies and strategy to address immunization and child health 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 & child survival 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.
e) Other Skills and Attributes
Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24th December 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.
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