Health Officer

UN Children's Fund, Peshawar, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th December, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, change lives!

Under the direct supervision of Health Specialist, the Staff Member will support and facilitate section in collection, consolidation, analysis, interpretation, reporting and dissemination of data on DFID funded ‘Tribal District Support Program’ (TDSP) interventions in 5 tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan & South Waziristan). The Staff Member will help in planning, implementation, coordination, reporting & monitoring of the project activities in the target tribal districts of KP to achieve improved Mother and Newborn Child Health (MNCH) & Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) (routine immunization) coverage as per standards.

How can you make a difference?

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Facilitate section in coordinating, planning and implementation of emergency MNCH related activities including strengthening of Emergency Obstetrics Care services, Maternal, New-born, Child Health services (Health Facilities & Community based) for populations living in the targeted tribal districts of KP.
  • Facilitate section in coordinating, planning and implementation of routine immunization activities in the targeted tribal districts including coverage of missed & defaulter children involving EPI resources under EPI-RI synergy theme.
  • Collect, compile, clean and analyse data on UNICEF supported Emergency MNCH & EPI interventions in KP on weekly basis and generate the desired weekly, monthly and quarterly reports and give feedback for corrective actions. Provide inputs for UNICEF internal weekly/monthly SitRep, cluster bulletin and donor reports as and when required. Ensure representation of UNICEF in the health cluster and other coordination meetings as and when required.
  • Facilitate government counterparts in coordinating and developing Mother Child Days (MCD) micro plans, training plans, communication plans, monitoring plans and implementation of all these plans including timely delivery of supplies and funds to Counter Parts/Civil Society Organizations for implementing MNCH and EPI services (Health Facilities & community based) in targeted tribal districts of KP.
  • Undertake field visits to UNICEF supported project sites within all the targeted tribal districts to monitor implementation of interventions in the province; undertake analytical interpretation of the available information in order to assess progress of the UNICEF support, using relevant monitoring indicators. Provide technical assistance to partners in their plans and field work
  • Forecast relevant supply needs, draft supply plans, raise and follow sales orders, monitor flow of supply assistance to partners, local authorities and end users. Collects, analyse and records information on supply inventories, distribution and utilization and give timely feedback to partners.
  • Develop trainings and Advocacy, Communication & Social Mobilization (ACSM) plans for emergency MNCH interventions & routine immunization activities; and facilitate partners in implementation of plans and monitor ACSM activities in the field.
  • Support section in forecasting of funding needs and, ensure timely fund releases to partners for emergency MNCH & EPI related activities, close follow-up and liquidation of all relevant Direct Cash Transfers.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • University degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or related technical field is required.
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience public health/nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal and neonatal health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness, project administration, including data collection & analysis at provincial level is required.
  • Knowledge of latest developments and approaches to emergency Health/Immunization program and experience in health/nutrition program/project development in UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge local language (Pushto) of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication (II),
  • Working with People (I)
  • Drive for Results (I).

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

“UNICEF’s most important asset is our staff — all of our staff. Gender diversity and equal opportunities for men and women is not only a matter of rights. It makes us more effective as an organization.” Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.


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