Programme Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Education ManagementHR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th April, 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, vaccination!

The Programme Specialist (Training) is responsible for overall training needs of Community Based Vaccinators and Communication Network workers. As the programme intensifies focus on the core reservoirs to enhance the quality of the campaigns and to reach the continuously missed children, the government and partners implement the Community Based Vaccination (CBV) approach as a core operational SIA strategy. The strategy is based on the utilization of local female fixed term vaccinators to conduct house to house campaigns to track each and every child. More fixed term community vaccinators, equipped with knowledge and tools, who are able to access and vaccinate hard to reach children and build local community acceptance and trust. CBV has expanded its operations to over 24,000 HR strength (of which over 86 percent are female vaccinators) who work in the most marginalized and underserved communities reaching over four million children in 595 union councils with polio vaccination. To sustain campaign quality in these highest risk areas, the workforce is expected to be in place until certification. All the CBV workers and Communication Network workers need to be trained in different technical skills related to the Supplementary Immunisation Campaign and Interpersonal skills to gain access to the children at the door step.

How can you make a difference?

Main duties & responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Chief Polio section, with a close guidance of the Chief, Polio Unit, and in collaboration with WHO, the National Emergency Operation Centre, and other polio eradication partners, the incumbent will have responsibilities that could include:

  • Working with the National and Provincial Emergency Operation Centres guide the development and implementation of learning needs assessments of frontline workers for community-based vaccination, including design of research methodologies and oversight of data collection and analysis required to inform the design and assess the impact of the capacity development strategy.
  • Develop and update training and evaluation calendars for respective staff levels and subject matter to reflect the needs of communication staff and community-based vaccination teams.
  • Coordinate and support the development of an appropriate capacity development strategy for frontline workers including vaccination teams and communication staff conducting vaccination, interpersonal communication for community engagement and social mobilization and including developing appropriate content, modules and methodologies covering technical aspects of polio eradication, community engagement, microplanning, micro census, cold chain management etc. according to the needs of the program. Lead the systematic implementation and roll-out of training activities identified in the capacity development strategy and design indicators for successful implementation and performance monitoring through third party vendors
  • Coordinate the implementation of alternative capacity development initiatives, which could include elements beyond trainings, such as mentorship, coaching, supportive supervision, stretch assignments, etc. and ensure there are mechanisms in place to recognize talent, capture innovations, and scale up high performance among the front line communication and social mobilization workforce.
  • Provide technical support to partners and government counterparts in the development of appropriate training methodologies aimed at all frontline workers in polio eradication and routine immunization programs.

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

  • Education: Advanced university degree in the social sciences, (Communication, Education, Human Resource Management, and Health Education) with practical training components.
  • Work Experience: Five years progressively responsible work experience in the planning and managing training and human resource capacity development programs, including demonstrated experience in facilitation skills, working with community level staff in a developing country context and, the adaptation and application of communication skills and training methodologies to specific programs.
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and another UN language required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.


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