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Health Specialist (Policy and Planning)

Location: New Delhi 

Temporary Appointment – 364 Days

Closing date: 03 January 2014

Purpose of the Post

Under the supervision of the Chief of Section and in close coordination and collaboration with the Health Specialist (Child Health) the incumbent will be responsible for providing assistance to the health section for regular review and compilation of data including in priority quality data management using Government of India tools (District gap analysis, quarterly score cards, Block monitoring) in the 81 districts of the 15 States where UNICEF is lead partner for Call To Action.

In addition, Incumbent will provide technical support to state office colleagues to secure quality assurance in district gap analysis for RMNCH+A, in technical support states and districts in quality supportive supervision, and monitoring through periodic data mining. This will ultimately provide the basis for evidence based policy and strategic priority decisions by states that will require further monitoring. The incumbent will also contribute to the UNICEF technical support in strengthening of HMIS of NRHM, and coordinating evaluations and surveys at the national and state levels.

The incumbent will coordinate policy and program relevant review, joint block monitoring with partners and Government of India and operations research and interface with Monitoring and Evaluation section of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and will coordinate the evaluations, studies and surveys. He/she would also provide support for strengthening the HMIS of health systems, and of UNICEF supported interventions. 

The incumbent will prepare an agenda for policy relevant research and evidence review, and coordinate the reviews and research. He/she would also conduct and guide analysis of NRHM progress and prepare policy briefs on key issues and also be responsible for coordinating situation analysis of RMNCH+A for preparing for mid-term review of UNICEF Country Program. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

1. CTA Gap analysis: Using Government of India tools, support to UNICEF lead 15 CTA states and 81 districts in gap analysis at state and district level. 

Support UNICEF Health Section and Field Offices in UNICEF lead 15 CTA states to map, collect, and update health data using various sources of data including HMIS, surveys, MCTS, SABLA, SNCU online software, EVM assessment, Nutrition and WASH data and HIV etc. 

Through mining data, triangulation and validation process at district level, the incumbent will support field offices in  identification of key bottlenecks and will provide evidence based to identify root causes of these bottlenecks at state and district level

This will include demand side indicators and social norms that impact/impede desired behaviours for update of services and care. 

The incumbent will support field offices in data validation of the gap analysis process, and development of analytical reports on the results of gap analysis. 

2. CTA strategic priority to overcome the bottleneck and decision for strategic shift

Based on gap analysis and identification of root causes, the incumbent will contribute to support provided by Health Section and UNICEF Field Offices to GoI in designing priority and equity strategies to overcome the identified gaps/bottlenecks. 

The incumbent will support field offices and health section in documenting and advocacy for these strategic shifts and their impact on children and women. 

3. CTA monitoring: Using the results of gap analysis, the incumbent will support field office 

in coordination of joint partners block monitoring to assess resolution of bottleneck and scale up of coverage of essential RMNCH+A interventions

In conducting supportive supervision, in close collaboration with resource centre and experts, to increase quality of care

Support to the UNICEF Field Offices in improving the reporting systems and quality of HMIS data through regular audit of the HMIS data and spot checks

Support planning, implementation of periodic gap analysis using the secondary data sources at district and block level, develop analytical reports on the result of the gap analysis and support development of informative presentations for the same

4. CTA reporting and documenting:

Coordinate joint partners block monthly monitoring visits, and their report to GoI

Coordinate with PPE section UNICEF supported evaluations, surveys and studies in health, nutrition, WASH and HIV. Keep track of progress and collect/compile the inputs of the relevant staff members.

Organize monthly report to GoI using GoI format 

5. Provide relevant data and input to the annual report, donor reports, donor proposals, and other relevant programme technical reports.

6. Keep the archive of all the data and state level information on CTA, regularly update the CTA webpage with relevant information and data, develop informative graphs and charts for presentations and reports. Keep track of all international and national scientific developments/journal and articles and share them with UNICEF staff at ICO and Field Offices on regular basis.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education

Advanced University degree in Medicine, Public Health, Statistics/epidemiology, Community Medicine.

b) Work Experience 

Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national level in data analysis/reporting and research, monitoring and evaluation, in a related field.

Specific experience in public health and epidemiology required. High level skills in evidence-based planning, policy support, management and monitoring (mortality, morbidity and coverage) desirable.

Familiarity with practical applications of survey methodologies and field data management techniques.  Knowledge and ability to use computer word processing and spreadsheets.

c) Languages 

Fluency in English. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station an asset.

d) Competency Profile:  

i)  Core Values (Required)


Diversity and Inclusion  


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 ]

Managing Stress [II]  

Team Leadership   [ I ]           

  iv) Technical Knowledge   

a) Specific Technical Knowledge 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, 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) [  ]

Methodology of programme/project management

Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectorial 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.  

e)  Other Skills And Attributes (Indicate what other skills and attributes required, such as computer knowledge, management or communication skills, negotiating or training ability, etc.)

Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.

Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.

Supervisory and managerial skills.

Leadership and teamwork abilities.

Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.

Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to hspp-unicef@sams.co.in by 03 January 2014.  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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