Senior Manager

UN Children's Fund, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th December, 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 fulfil their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

For every child, fair chance!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunised, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

In the capacity of Senior Manager Immunization supports and advises the Chief of Health and the Country Office in developing policies, strategies, programmes and systems for the UNICEF immunization programme. Responsible for providing technical leadership, management advice, and programme support and capacity building to the Immunization team throughout the Country. Facilitates application, adaptation and achievement of UNICEF global, regional and national goals, polices, and strategies in Immunization programme in the Country. Provides UNICEF Immunization (EPI) programmes with innovative leadership including managerial advice, vision, oversight, knowledge management, policy development, strategy articulation, situation appraisal, harmonization of programme strategies, capacity building, monitoring & evaluation support, representation, networking and strategic partnership creation. Coordinate with the Polio Eradication Initiative and outline strategies to ensure routine immunization coverage of children in endemic communities for polio.

How can you make a difference?

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties:

  • Advisory Capacity and Policy Development: EPI Programme policies, strategies, and approaches for the Country are developed and advocated. Representative, Deputy Representative, Chief of Health and the staff are well advised on Global, Regional and Country programme strategy, policy, and advocacy guidelines of immunization programmes.
  • Knowledge Management: The most relevant and latest technical expertise is maintained, expanded, and disseminated throughout the Country as well as the Organization, and shared with the Government, partners and donors.
  • Capacity Building: Country Office staff and national partners lead federal and provincial programme development, implementation and management processes due to continual, effective capacity building.
  • Technical Leadership and Support: Country Offices expand, lead and deliver programmes at a high-quality standard in EPI due to strong technical leadership and harmonized strategies with the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) is implemented
  • Strategic Partnership: UNICEF is effectively represented in national for a both for EPI and PEI (as necessary), and programme goals and strategies are widely advocated through strategic partnerships with high level and senior government officials, multi-lateral agencies, bi-lateral agencies, NGOs, other UN agencies, and donors
  • Advocacy and leveraging: Financial resources for immunization (EPI) are enhanced by effective advocacy and leveraging.
  • Monitoring and Assessment: Accurate, coherent and reliable national information is collected, analysed and reported for monitoring, evaluation and programme report purposes.
  • Communication, Networking and Partnership: Strategic collaboration, communication, partnerships, and networking are forged to develop harmonized EPI programme interventions and broaden UNICEF engagement, especially in relation to synergies with PEI and health systems.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response: Emergency preparedness is assessed, needs for emergency support are identified, and emergency responses with effective coordination are provided.
  • Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed with the results delivered.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Medicine, Public Health, Paediatric Health, Global/International Health, Health Policy and Management, Family Health, Socio-medical Sciences, Health Education, Epidemiology, or other fields relevant to immunization. A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of ten(10) years progressively responsible professional work experience in all aspects of programme management, and/or advisory capacity, in the technical area or programme sector resulting in recognized expertise in the technical area related to immunization and child survival & health care.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in cross cutting programme management would be an asset.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.


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