Programme Specialist-Polio

UN Children's Fund, Peshawar, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th 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, a vaccine:

The Programme Specialist will work under guidance of Chief of Polio Eradication and work closely Communication for Eradication, Management & Accountability and Monitoring & Evaluation task teams of Emergency Operations Centre for general guidance and direction.

This post is to provide technical and program support to the provincial polio eradication activities in areas of operations (Community Based Vaccination) and communications. The incumbent will be responsible for the work of Polio Eradication Team in Sindh office by advising and supervising them and facilitating their work. He/she will make independent decisions on corrective actions necessary to achieve the objective in his/her area of responsibility. He/she reports to the Chief of Polio Eradication to achieve cessation of transmission of Polio from Pakistan by the year 2022 through supplementary immunization and strengthening routine immunization.

How can you make a difference?

  • Organize and supervise various elements of the polio eradication programme in the province and specially: a. Strategic planning of polio eradication in the province b. Coordinate, direct and monitor the work of UNICEF staff and non-staff working for polio in the province c. Prepare budget requirements and oversee expenditure for polio eradication activities d. Develop and participate in regular evaluation of the programme. Ensure follow-up of the implementation of the various elements of the National Emergency Action Plan for Polio eradication (NEAP) and recommendations of technical bodies (TAG).
  • Lead the collaboration with Routine Immunization by developing integrated work plan, providing technical support (e.g. assessment and monitoring) with polio asset, supporting capacity building, integrating communication, etc.
  • Advise Provincial Emergency Operations Centre and health authorities on various aspects of Polio eradication in the province
  • Train and build national capacity in the area of assignment.
  • Liaise with different EPI/PEI (Polio Eradication Initiative) partners and enlist continued commitment of national local authorities to stated goals.
  • Oversee activities of UNICEF National staff to support polio eradication activities.
  • Submit monthly reports to reflect progress, constraints and proposed actions.
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by supervisor.

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

  • Education: University degree in Medicine and masters degree in public health (preferably in epidemiology or child health).
  • Work Experience: A minimum of eight years of professional development experience that combines technical and managerial leadership in programme management, planning and implementation of EPI related activities Desirable Experience in NGOs, UN agencies in immunization related areas.
  • 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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