Health Officer

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th March, 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.

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.

For every child, Health!

Under the direct supervision of the Child Survival Specialist, the integrated health coordinators will provide technical support in coordinating and harmonizing all programs to deliver as one to maximize resources and impact in the communities and under the emergency response. Programs to be coordinated include routine immunization, reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH), Nutrition and social mobilization activities under the Balochistan Health. Given the diverse and landmass distribution of Balochistan, two Coordinators are required to coordinate activities for the 32 Districts. Each Coordinator will oversee activities for 16 Districts.

How can you make a difference?

  • Plan, coordinate, supervise/monitor and report health integrated activities especially the UNICEF supported activities in the province and develop communication network for this purpose in coordination with all stakeholders both within public sector, line departments, vertical Programmes and among the private sector and all the development partners
  • Advocacy for scaling-up of multisector integration to line departments including EPI, PEI, Nutrition, MCNH, LHWs and Partners such as WHO, WFP FAO and UNDP
  • Collect, compile & analyze routine data to monitor progress on monthly and quarterly basis. The data should include the RI, zero dose, CMAM data, Screening for malnutrition data and MCNH data
  • Support the planning of capacity building activities/trainings in close collaboration with and approval of the Head of section and Government Department under the Ministry of Health
  • Provide technical supervision to district health coordinators, divisional coordinators and field monitors
  • Coordinate and conduct monthly/quarterly review and coordination meetings with all implementing partners to ensure timely and effective implementation of integration activities
  • Support the emergency response in making sure that UNICEF supported health activities are integrated
  • Ensure effective record keeping including but not limited to minute taking of coordination & program review meetings and consultations and represent nutrition at various forums
  • Design, plan, implement, monitor, report and support health related awareness and behavior change communication activities – breast feeding week, trainings, seminars, workshops, links with MC and Immunization week, media and linking RI with BCC activities of other sectors
  • Supporting and participating in the nutrition and health in emergencies and preparedness and planning activities/interventions and disaster risk reduction activities in coordination with UNICEF, development partners, line departments and PDMAs and DDMAs
  • Perform any other task assigned by the supervisor.

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

  • Education: University degree in, Social Sciences, Political Science, Public Health or related technical field.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in public health/nutrition, integration, planning and management and/or in relevant areas of routine immunization, nutrition, maternal 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.
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge local languages of the duty station is considered as an asset.


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