Zambia: Maternal and Child Specialist, P-4, Lusaka, Zambia (Open to Non-Zambians Only)
Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 03 Apr 2018
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Under the supervision of the Chief of Health and Nutrition, the incumbent is responsible for the overall management of the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) and HIV&AIDS components of the UNICEF Zambia Country Programme. Accountable for effective technical leadership, management, guidance and Programme support to facilitate the application and adaptation of UNICEF policies and strategies to achieve Programme goals and expansion of UNICEF-assisted MNCH and HIV/AIDS interventions, including the contribution to the attainment of the UNICEF 2016-2030 strategy for Health, related national strategies in line with the Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child strategy, and the Sustainable Development Goals .
As head of the MNCH/HIV&AIDS Unit, leads, manages, develops and enables a competent team of professionals to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the MNCH and HIV&AIDS Programmes, coordinating the integration of strategies towards efficiency and sustainability and with a view of integrating gender equality across all aspects of the country Programme. Coordinates the Unit’s inputs into UNICEF’s goal of pursuing equitable access particularly for vulnerable populations in line with government’s quest for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Contributes to create synergistic partnerships with other UN Agencies and development partners and donors to ensure harmonization and synergy of the MNCH and HIV&AIDS initiatives and optimal programme implementation.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks
- Coordinate the contribution of the MNCH/HIV&AIDS Unit in the timely and periodic updating of the situation analysis (e.g. during Mid Term Review of the country Programme), and relevant Programme documents and in the formulation of effective health goals, strategy and work plans. Ensure coherence of the sectoral Programme with national priorities and policies and with United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF).
- Coordinate the development and implementation of integrated MNCH, HIV/AIDS and SGBV interventions, based on results-based programming and human rights framework and ensure that objectives set are feasible and contribute to the over-all goal of maternal, neonatal and child survival. Provide leadership in developing and exploring innovative approaches to address immediate and underlying determinants of maternal, newborn and child health, with emphasis on advocacy, community participation, social mobilization and accountability, in collaboration with other partners and stakeholders and in cooperation with other sectors/programmes.
- Provide effective leadership in the implementation of the MNCH/HIV&AIDS work plan with focus on implementation of the UN Joint Programme on SRHR/HIV/SGBV Integration, and MNCH components of the Health System Strengthening RMNCAH&N UN Joint Programme and Social Accountability. Ensure that planned results are timely delivered and performance is managed through exercise of strong Programme management and monitoring. Coordinate lead and supervise Unit officers to ensure that technical support is provided to government and non-government organizations at all stages including capacity building of health staff and communities.
- Ensure UNICEF and Government accountability for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of Programme funds for MNCH and HIV&AIDS. Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of Programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of Programme funds and to ensure that no funds remain unliquidated more than nine months after disbursement.
- Coordinate resource mobilization for the MNCH and HIV& AIDS Programmes. Manage relationships with sector donors and ensure that all required reports are submitted timely, in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures, and that quality standards are met.
- Collaborate with other sections (particularly Social policy, Education, WASH, PMU, C4D) to establish an effective information and reporting system to monitor and evaluate impact of the MNCH and HIV&AIDS Programme interventions. Promotes implementation of integrated Programme monitoring system.
- Act as focal point for coordination of emergency interventions – health emergencies (e.g. outbreaks such as cholera) or health in emergencies (e.g. refugee response).
- Represent UNICEF’s strategic positioning in key MNCH and HIV/AIDS fora. Lead the H6 partnership platform, Pursue and maintain effective partnership and collaboration in the advancement of advocacy, technical cooperation, Programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.
- Advanced University Degree (Masters level) in Health, Nutrition or Social Sciences or related technical field.
Eight (8) years progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in Maternal New born child health and HIV/AIDS Programme planning, management, Monitoring and evaluation. Experience in the design and implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention Programmes in Africa would be an advantage.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The technical competencies required for this post are….
- Leading and Supervising [I]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
- Analyzing [III]
- Relating and Networking [II]
- Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
- Applying Technical Expertise [III]
Core Values (Required)
- Diversity and Inclusion
Core Competencies (Required)
- Communication (II)
- Drive for Result (II)
- Working With People (II)
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Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
How to apply:
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