Health Officer

UN Children's Fund, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th February, 2019

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.

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,

The Health Officer (Maternal and Newborn Health) reports to the Health Officer NOB for guidance and general supervision. The Health Officer will support in effective implementation and monitoring of country office maternal and new-born health programmes. The incumbent will provide support for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of cost effective maternal and new-born health interventions with a view of integrating gender equality across all aspects of the country programme.

How can you make a difference?

Support to program management

Provide technical assistance to government counterparts and partners in planning and implementation of UNICEF’s Maternal and Newborn health programs ensuring that the programs are implemented delivering specific results expected in the provided time frame. Specific duties under this function include:

  • Participate and provide technical support to government counterparts in development or revision of maternal and new-born health policies, strategies and guidelines mainly MPDSR guideline, Ama Suraksha guideline, MNH Referral Guideline and NENAP Review.
  • Coordinate with Ministry of Health and concerned Divisions and partners to finalize QI mapping and develop National QI framework and guideline for RMNCAH including monitoring and reporting tools.
  • Provide onsite coaching and mentoring support to prioritized hospitals and health facilities for high quality service provision in maternal and new-born health
  • Provide technical and monitoring support to field offices (Province 2, 5, 6 and 7) to implement evidence based budgeting and planning in convergent palikas for RMNCAH programming
  • Actively monitor programs/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Collaborate with section team to timely, efficiently, rigorously and transparently monitor, evaluate and report on MNH programs.
  • Provide support in developing funding proposals on maternal and newborn health.

Technical support to program implementation and capacity building

Provide technical support to government counterparts, NGO partners on policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on maternal and newborn health and related issues to support program development planning management, implementation and delivery of results. This include

  • Provide technical support in development of training packages and training roll on maternal and newborn health – MPDSR, Level II newborn care, FBIMNCI
  • Provide technical support to HMIS Section to review and revise timeliness, accuracy and quality of routine data
  • Participate in policy and strategic discussions with national partners /stakeholders and contribute to policy discussions and agenda setting to promote maternal and newborn health and development issues especially in the areas of gender and emergency preparedness .
  • Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives program development and contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated

Networking and partnership building: Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and partners through active networking, policy, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity and exchange knowledge/expertise to facilitate the achievement of program goals. Prepare communication and information materials for country office program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for maternal and newborn health programs.

Innovation and knowledge management

  • Apply/introduce innovative approaches and good practice to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results. Keep abreast and conduct policy and implementation research to generate evidence for implementation of best and cutting-edge practices in maternal and newborn health. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.

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

  • University degree in public health, global/international health, health policy and management, family health, social sciences, medicine, nursing or a field relevant to international public health development assistance. Advanced University degree in any of the above field is added advantage.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in areas related to maternal and new born health programming. Relevant experience in maternal and newborn health program/project development and management and health systems strengthening program (with focus on maternal and newborn health related systems) in any UN system or other international development organization, and field work experience including experience of working in strengthening of MNH interventions in the hospitals, background and familiarity with emergency and gender mainstreaming is an asset.

Specific skills:

  • Knowledge on global health issues, specially relating to children and women and the current trends, methods and approaches; Global and National policies and strategies on maternal and newborn health; MNH programmes and interventions in Nepal including gaps/challenges. Knowledge on federalization in Nepal including the current health structure and their functioning in the federal context. Knowledge on research and evaluation in health
  • Fluency in English and Nepali is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

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

The competencies required for this post are,

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (Il)
  • Working with people (Il)
  • Drive for results (Il)

Functional Competencies:

  • Applying technical expertise ((II)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts(II)
  • Relating and networking(II)
  • Leading and supervising (l)
  • Analyzing (Il)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.


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