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Health Officer

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). The incumbent will be accountable for providing technical assistance in setting up of state-wide new-born care service system at selected health centres in line with government guidelines. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Influencing Policy

Contributes to policy analysis and recommendation for shifts in management, risk allocation and coordination of service delivery related to Immunization 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 and research institutions through joint visits, consultations, travel

2. 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 Immunisation Programme, Cold Chain and MCHN 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 Immunization Programme with special focus in state priority high risk 17 districts and blocks.

Undertakes responsibility for developing sector-and-project-specific work plans and activities. In the focus districts, support monitoring and implementation of the main thrusts of health sector programme related to Immunisation and Capacity building initiative, such as sector review meeting, block level meetings etc

Review and compile progress reports and input-output statistics and data analysis with specific reference to Immunisation services

4. Monitoring and Evaluation

Coordinates with government in conducting routine monitoring, 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 new-born care 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 Policy Planning and Evaluation, by compiling data, analysing and evaluating information, and providing inputs for writing both the Reproductive and Child Health, Child Nutrition and Paediatric AIDS sections of the social sector.

5. Capacity Building 

Promotes intensive focus and innovative programming in select districts to bring about evidence for decision-making,  improvements in coverage and quality of  immunization and MCHN session integrated service delivery for Children under two years; support community involvement in health care; promote operations research. Offers assessment of supply needs and management support to disease eradication and control, with specific reference to neonatal conditions.    

Assists government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes in Immunisation services and launch of newer 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 new-born care service interventions.

6. Coordination and convergence

Acts as a resource person on new-born care services to colleagues and also coordinate monitoring the programme in the state; advocate for promotion of Immunization services, resources and policy. Pooling resources for more effective programming.

Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development Immunisation services to enable more effective change in key care behaviours related to logistics, maintenance of cold chain and Vaccine Management. 

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education

University degree in Medicine or Public Health. Advanced university degree in Public Health, community medicine, hospital management and health management an advantage. In depth understanding and knowledge of the maternal, new-born and child health and development and nutrition sectors.

b) Work Experience 

At least two years’ experience at National/State level in programme development, monitoring and implementation of primary health care programmes including experience in field-based implementation.   

c)Languages 

Fluency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of the regional language desirable.

d) Competency Profile   

i)  Core Values (Required)

• Commitment  

• Diversity and Inclusion  

• Integrity     

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, Behaviour 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 Behavioural Change Communication

• Environmental Health                  

• Health Education

• Educational Interventions in Health Care

c) General knowledge of:

• Methodology of programme/project management

• Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for Health and HIV/AIDS programmes 

• Knowledge of global New-born and HIV/AIDS issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current methods and approaches.

• Policies and strategy to address New-borns and HIV/AIDS 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 New-born and Paediatric AIDS results 

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

d) 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

Current knowledge of development issues, policies, as well as social programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation in the area of health.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, an up-to-date CV and P11 – Personal History form (format can be downloaded from should be sent to HOJ-UNICEF@sams.co.in  by close of business 29 May 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. This vacancy is 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.

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

 

 

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