Health Specialist

United Nations Pakistan

Job Details:
Industry: N.G.O./Social Services
Category: Safety & Environment
Total Position: 1
Job Type: Fixed Term
Department: UNICEF
Job Location: Islamabad
Gender: Doesn't Matter
Minimum Education Masters
Degree Title: Advanced University Degree MBBSS, MPH or related field with strong and proven field and technical experience in the field of immunization. Knowledge of latest development and technology in Maternal and Child Health.
Career Level: NOC
Minimum Experience: 5 Years(At least 5 years progressive experience at national and or provincial levels in programme planning management, monitoring and evaluation in Expanded programme of immunization including polio eradication. Experience in policy and strategies development, and analyzing data are very much needed for this position.)
Salary Range: PKR. 200,000 to 300,000/month
Work Permit: Pakistan
Apply By: Aug 5, 2012
Posted: Jul 23, 2012
Job Description:


Under the guidance of the Head Specialist and Chief, Health and Nutrition section responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF Pakistan MNCHC Expanded Programme of Immunization.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Under the guidance of the head of section (Chief of H&N) design, prepare, implement, monitor and evaluate the EPI programme within the MCHC section. Analyze and evaluate EPI data to ensure achievement of objectives and recommend in the immunization policies. Assist in the development and introduction of new approaches, especially reaching every districts and Union council methods and practices in project management and evaluation.

Ensure the accurate and timely input of project information in Vision and the issuance of status report for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Conduct field visits in especially in low performance districts and union councils to gather information on project activities, as well as to conduct periodic EPI programme reviews with Provincial Office staff, government counterparts and other partners. Prepare action on operational procedures affecting project implementation and management. Provide technical guidance ,advice and assistance to field office, government officials and other partners in the formulation of policies and specific strategies in the provinces in order to revitalize routine immunization by supporting planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme/project.

Prepare project status reports of the assigned projects required for management board, donors, budget review, proposals, programme analysis, annual reports etc.

Provide inputs to the Provincial Offices and government authorities to identify, plan and organize training programmes. Establish monitoring mechanisms to follow up achievements of objectives and chart out capacity building, programme sustainability as well as promotion and advocacy in provinces and at national levels.

Meet with national and international agencies covering the management of the EPI programme and play a leading role in putting back very prominently routine immunization to the agenda of health sector as a strong part of child mortality reduction including polio eradication initiative. Participate in meetings with ministries responsible for programme/project review, and follow up on implementation of recommendations and agreements. Liaise with and monitor the activities of donor agencies in the health sector, and ensure adequate and timely documentation of immunization programme

Coordinate with the Operations/Supply Section on supply and non-supply assistance, ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Monitor delivery, quality and proper use of EPI supplies including vaccines, cold chain and other equipment through field visits. Liaise with provincial offices to certify disbursements of funds, and monitor and submit financial statements and donors reports to Planning/Monitoring Officer.

Ensure inter-sectoral collaboration with other programme colleagues particularly polio, education and WASH for efficient and effective coordination. Interact with communication colleagues to define integrated communication strategies produce material as required by the field to support for advocacy and programme communication development.

Prepare assigned section(s) of the Situation Analysis by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information and writing chapters of the Analysis. Prepare the sectoral documents for the Common Country Programme document CCPD and Plans of Action, and other programme documents related immunisation programmes. Update information periodically in immunization coverage , cold chain situation at national and provincial level in collaboration with government implementing and technical counterparts.

Contribute to the development of the MNCHC EPI component Work Plans (WPs), and ensure compliance to and achievement of specific assigned objectives. Provide guidance and support to the section, national and provincial staff in meeting project objectives.

Skills Required
Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu. Knowledge of local language of the duty station is an asset.

Competency Profile

i) Core Values (Required)
Diversity and Inclusion

ii)Core Competencies (Required)
Communication II
Working with People II
Drive for Results II

iii)Functional Competencies (Required)
Leading and Supervising I
Formulating Strategies and Concepts II
Analyzing III
Relating and Networking II
Deciding and Initiating Action II
Applying Technical Expertise III
In addition to the required functional competencies listed above, the following are the functional competencies specified by Health Section, PD, NYHQ.
Managing Stress II Team Leadership I

iv) Technical Knowledge II

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required II
(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)
Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
Mid-Term Strategic Plan.
Knowledge in Health related issues.
Intermediate Technical Knowledge (at the graduate education level) of the theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas
Public Health, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Population and Family Health
Health Research, Biostatistics, Socio medical Sciences, Epidemiology
Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) II
Methodology of programme/project management
Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectorial programmes
Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
Gender and diversity awareness.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) II
Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
UN security operations and guidelines.