Chief (Polio Eradication)

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st July, 2019

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, dedication.

Overall lead for polio eradication interventions in the Pakistan Country Office for delivering on UNICEF accountabilities in the polio eradication efforts in Pakistan is as part of the president's augmented national emergency action plan. This covers communication and social mobilization responsibilities, vaccine management, operational aspects and ensuring strong interface with Government of Pakistan at various levels, Liaison at federal level with office of the Prime Minister in the polio cell and key ministries such as MOIPC. At provincial levels officials including the Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Commissioner, Chief Secretary, Health Minister and other staff in the administration. Work closely with donors, polio partners (such as WHO, Rotary International, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), UNICEF Headquarters, Programme Division, Regional Office and within UNICEF PCO Representative, Section Chiefs, Provincial Field Office Chiefs. The lead functions includes monitoring the polio programme and operating environment in Pakistan and liaison with the UNICEF Offices in India and Afghanistan for collaboration and cross border coordination. Participating and leading PCO responsibilities as part of the review meetings such as the National Steering Committee, NEAP reviews, Polio Oversight Board, IMB, KAP studies, communication and social mobilization reviews. Regularly monitoring and on the basis of reviews and feedback adapting UNICEF strategies and action for effective response and partnership with Government and other global and national polio partners. The work also includes overseeing development and implementation UNICEF work plans, mid and end of year reviews. The incumbent ensures the preparation of an annual budget to support polio eradication activities (communication, operations and vaccine procurement), prepares funding proposals and tracks and coordinates the preparation of donor reports. Represents UNICEF at national, regional and global fora related to polio eradication.

How can you make a difference?

  • Strategic planning and coordination: Provide overall operational and technical guidance, to implement the national polio eradication strategy with specific focus on communication, vaccinator training and ensuring timely delivery of the appropriate polio vaccine. Ensure the ongoing reviews and deployment of the polio eradication strategy is informed by technical inputs (epidemiology and communication). In coordination with the WHO and UNICEF Health and Communication Officers, ensure that polio operational and communication activities are guided by data (social, epidemiological) special reviews and studies. With technical inputs from Chiefs Health and Supply, provide overall guidance to UNICEF's technical inputs on polio epidemiology to GoP and WHO. Coordinate with the GoP, partners and donors and Supply Division to ensure the timely procurement and delivery of polio vaccine for each SEA. Promote polio plus through programme convergence with other PCO programme staff and within the DAO one UN. Ensure security risk management aspects in relation to polio eradication programming in high risk environment including security risks issues in relation to staff.
  • Performance Management of the Polio Unit: Oversee day-to-day operations of the Polio Unit in Islamabad and directly supervise International and National professional Specialists, officers and general support staff assigned to the polio team across all five offices. Lead regular meetings of the team. Lead and manage human and financial resources in consultation with the Provincial Field Office Chiefs. Ensure the smooth financial management of polio eradication activities (communication, social mobilization, vaccine management, across all five offices.
  • Government and partner coordination, media coordination: Coordinate and guide UNICEF's leadership role and participation in regular and systematic review meetings, planning sessions and advocacy opportunities with the federal and provincial Governments and partner agencies, particularly WHO, BMGF, Rotary and USAID. Ensure timely engagement with partners at the national level on social mobilization and communication activities and polio immunization operational and technical matters. Provide regular updates to senior management at UNICEF on the status of UNICEF's partnership with Government and other agencies vis a vis polio, and advise senior managers on appropriate advocacy opportunities for media relations, donor relations and government/partner relations.
  • Donor reporting and fundraising: Coordinate inputs and finalize donor proposals and reports related to UNICEF-supported polio activities in Pakistan. Similarly, provide inputs and cost estimates for activities and supplies to support polio eradication (operational, communication, vaccine) in fund raising proposals, in collaboration with Provincial offices.

Country Typology:

  • Country Income Level: Pakistan is a lower middle-income country.
  • Duty Station: Islamabad is a "D", non-family, and non-emergency duty station.
  • Office Size: 300 staff with 5 field offices
  • Annual Budget: $191,000,000

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have:

  • An Advanced University degree or equivalent working experience in social sciences, with preference to those with studies in Public Health, Epidemiology, Public Health Communication, Social Development Communication and Community Development.
  • Thirteen (13) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in programme implementation, culminating in executive management position. Experience in Polio Eradication is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language and local working language(s) of the duty station is desirable.

Person Profile:

A proven strong leader and manager with the ability to work successfully with government and polio eradication partnership.

Technical Knowledge

Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job)

  • Executive Board and other policy Documents, ExDirs and PROS related to the areas of expertise.
  • CRC, CEDAW and other human rights instruments/standards.
  • Broad knowledge of UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
  • CCA/UNDAF Guidelines directives from UNDGOILUNDG.
  • Thorough knowledge of MDG; Mid-Term Strategic Plan.
  • Regional Office programme documents and work plan.
  • National Development Plans, Policies and relevant legislation.
  • Knowledge of latest research and technical innovations in the areas of programme.

Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

  • Knowledge of programme management, methodology and practical application. Knowledge of current theories and practices in research and programme strategy.
  • Knowledge, skills and leadership for managing teams, budgets and project execution.
  • Knowledge of computer systems, including internet navigation, office applications, network and communications.
  • Knowledge of United Nations, NGOs, or other international organizations.
  • Good understanding of world affairs, current events and international development issues. Knowledge of global human rights and humanitarian affairs issues, specifically relating to children and women, and current UNCEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF programme visions, goals, strategies, positions, policies and guidelines. Thorough knowledge of UNICEF programme manual and UNICEF publications.
  • Rights-based and results-based management and programming approach in UNICEF.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address global, regional and national priority issues.
  • Emergencies and emergency preparedness.
  • UNICEF administrative and financial policy and guidelines.

For every child, you demonstrate:

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Leadership Competencies

  • Delivers Results
  • Engages and Nurtures
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness
  • Manages Complexity and Change
  • Creates and Maintains Impact and Partnership
  • Innovates and Takes Risks


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