Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Health Officer - UNICEF (Apply by: 12th Sept'14)

Position: Health Officer
Location: Guwahati 
Temporary Appointment – 364 Days
Closing date: 12 September 2014

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s rights organization working for the rights of children, seeks a temporary appointment for a Health Officer.
Purpose of the Post

Provide professional technical assistance and support to design, plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate, of UNICEF health interventions in all North East states (except Assam), in support to achieve planned objectives of reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) in the context of Call to Action, with specific attention to accomplish it through immunizations / VHNDs.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1. Make timely available accurate information, data analysis, and documentation to support situation analysis, sectorial input and reporting at state, district and block levels.
2. Provide technical assistance to the development and implementation of RMNCH+A strategies and approaches throughout the continuum of care and in the “1000 days” window of opportunity through a convergent approach in immunizations / VHNDs with the WASH, Nutrition and C4D sections under the Call to Action, and through participation and collaboration with internal and external partners including UNICEF CTA consultants in the North East states.
3. Effectively establish work plans, with particular focus on improving maternal and child health services through immunizations / VHNDs in the high priority districts, to timely deliver through technical support and coordination in consultation with all relevant partners.
4. Enhance RMNCH+A efficiency and effectiveness through effective implementation follow-up. 
5. Monitor project implementation progress for adjustment and improvement of program delivery and sustainability. Provide and use gender aggregated data and inputs regarding marginalized communities to the course correct Health programme.
6. Maintain transparency for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds.
7. Maintain effective partnership and working relationships for advocacy, technical coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.
8. Prepare and share up-to-date programme information and reports with relevant stakeholders as required by the effective implementation of integrated block monitoring system.
9. Conduct frequent field visit to states and high priority districts in conformity to the UNICEF travel protocols. 
10. Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination are provided and in line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action.
11. Accomplish other assigned duties and responsibilities as required.


a) Education

University degree from a recognized University in Medicine, Public Health, Global/International Health, Health Policy & Management, Environmental Health, Family Health, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, or a field relevant to international public health development assistance.

b) Work Experience

Two years of professional work experience at state/district level in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of primary health care programmes. Professional work experience in a programme management function or a technical expert capacity in reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health care an asset.

Background/familiarity with Emergency desirable.

Previous experience in working within UNICEF or other UN agencies and in international settings an asset.

c) Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and Hindi required. Knowledge of regional north-eastern languages an asset.

d) Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)

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] 
• Applying Technical Expertise [II] 
• Planning and Organizing [II]
• Analyzing [II] 
• Learning and Researching [II]

iv) Technical Knowledge

a) Specific Technical Knowledge required (for the job) [I]

• Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for the Health programme
• Mid-term Strategic Plan, Millennium Development Goals
• Knowledge of:
• PMTCT, HIV/AIDS, malaria, WASH, EPI.

b) Common Technical Knowledge required (for the job group) [I]

Knowledge of theories and practices in:

• Child and Maternal Health 
• Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
• Public Health 
• Educational Interventions in Health 
• Environmental Health 
• Knowledge Management
• Health Education
• Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages
• Gender equality and diversity awareness.

c) General knowledge of:

• Methodology of programme/project management
• Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Health
• Knowledge of global health issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches.
• Policies and strategy to address national and global health issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
• Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.

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

• Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
• 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. 
• UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, an up-to-date CV and P11 – Personal History form should be sent to hog-unicef@sams.co.in by close of business 12 September 2014.The P11 - Personal History Form, may be downloaded fromhttp://sams.co.in/P11_form.doc. 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, traveling, processing, training etc.

UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.

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