Programme Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th 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, a vaccine

The Programme Specialist (Medical Anthropologist) reports to the Deputy Chief, Polio and will seek advice from Communication for Eradication, Management & Accountability and Monitoring & Evaluation task teams for general guidance and direction. The Programme Specialist (Medical Anthropologist) is responsible for collecting, documenting and disseminating social cultural profiles of key population groups in Polio high risk areas to support the program to develop community engagement and communication strategies to improve vaccine acceptance in Polio key reservoirs in Pakistan. The post is responsible for conducting desk research on cultural norms, customs, and behavioral drivers of the key target populations. Through engagement with and participation of stakeholders, communities, children, civil society partners and government counterparts, the Programme Specialist (Medical Anthropologist) undertakes field research and observations to understand how the program can refine its campaign strategies to improve polio acceptance. This subsequently contributes to polio campaign efforts in reducing missed children towards achievement of Polio eradication in Pakistan.

How can you make a difference?

  • Conduct desk research on social cultural norms and behavioural drivers of key populations
  • Conduct a comprehensive situation analysis of social, cultural, communication, economic and political issues affecting vaccine acceptance in the key polio high risk areas and Polio reservoirs.
  • Collaborate/consult with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, e.g. academia, research and implementing organizations, to identify and maintain partnerships on available research, studies, and documentation related to key Polio target groups to harmonize evidence related to behavioral drivers, barriers, and health practices and choices.

Conduct field research

  • Collaborate with internal partners and external partners to design and conduct continuous ethnographic studies in key population groups to augment existing evidence and validate program strategies.
  • Carry out comprehensive analysis and reporting on all ethnographic field research using standard anthropological methodologies.
  • Support on social data collection for Polio social data needs

Produce detailed social profiles of the key populations

  • Produce social profiles of key target populations based on comprehensive situation analysis and field research in formats that can be aligned to existing data for decision making tools (e.g. Union Council profiles)
  • Document recommendations for evidence-based strategies, approaches, in support of programmes/projects implementation and delivery of results.
  • Compile social data for Polio program as requested
  • Facilitate working sessions with core reservoirs to present and provide guidance on tailored campaign strategies for specific target groups
  • Carry out dissemination workshops with relevant internal and external partners to disseminate information on social profiles and social information for program decision making.
  • Participate in National Emergency Operation Centre strategic discussions to collaborate on strategic shifts for Polio campaign strategies based on social research.

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

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, communication, public health or another relevant technical field.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: anthropology, social research, public health programming, communication for development, or another related area.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.


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