United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jobs – Health Manager (Maternal, New-born and Child Health)

Organisation: United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Job Grade: P-4
Vacancy No:  E-VN-2015-002751
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Chief, Child
Survival and Development (Alive Programme)
For over 60
years, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been working on the
ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival,
protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for
developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water
and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the
protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded
entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations
and governments.
Job Summary:  The Health Manager (Maternal, New-born and
Child Health) will support the 
Chief of the
UNICEF Child Survival and Development (Alive Programme) through the provision
of oversight, development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
of the Reproductive maternal, newborn and child health programme.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Responsible for the coordination through contributing
to the achievement of overall country programme objectives. The RMNCH cluster
lead coordinates activities of Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child
health. Mainstream adolescent health issues in the RMNCH continuum in
collaboration with the adolescent Health and HIV/AIDS Specialist, learning and
Safe colleagues. Support the development, implementation and financing of
detailed work-plans and budgets for scaling-up of reproductive maternal,
newborn and child health interventions through the continuum of care.
Articulates and develops integrated facility- and
community-based strategies methodologies and innovative approaches and
implements based on results-based approach and Human Rights framework that
includes broad participation and collaboration with internal and external
partnership along with participation of Ministry of Health.
Build and strengthen partnerships for sustained
reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health, play a convener role in
advocating for and leverage resources for a sustainable scaling-up and
replication of effective and integrated RMNCH health interventions;
performance-based financing of districts (district based decentralized
monitoring and Planning) linked to the score Card (accountability framework)in
the implementation of the Uganda’s minimum integrated comprehensive package for
health in Alive Section.
Regularly reviews and evaluates the technical,
institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of reproductive,
maternal, newborn and child Health programmes in coordination and collaboration
with ministry of health and other partners.
Keenly track RMNCH program innovations including
cross cutting interventions in the area of RMNCH reporting to the chief of
health and also to the Deputy Representative, on the decision of scale up
across the country in 112 districts. Innovative approaches in RMNCH linked with
various sectors like education (learning), child protection (safe), HIV/AIDS,
Nutrition and WASH be evaluated with periodic reviews and regular monitoring
with especial emphasis on adolescent health contributing to life cycle approach
for acceleration of the results in the area of maternal, newborn and child
Provides in-country technical and operational
leadership and guidance to government and non-government organizations at the
national, regional and provincial levels in the planning, development and
scaling-up key reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health interventions
with applicable innovative E-health strategies and linkages with mTrac and U
report for adolescent.
Conduct field visits in order to monitor and
evaluate reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health programme
performance/implementation; identifies problems and proposes remedial action;
identifies alternative courses of action, to accelerate/improve efficiency of
programme delivery. Plans, organizes and conducts training and orientation
activities for government personnel and beneficiaries, for the purpose of
capacity building at the central and regional levels, and expansion of coverage
of services.
In charge of promoting and supporting implementation
of the RMNCH plan, communication strategy and accountability framework from
national to district level and support district specific various advocacy
issues at the lowest level of care. Liaise with social policy section to
coordinate various forums on child rights issues including RMNCH. Participates
and represent UNICEF at various forums of reproductive, maternal, newborn and
child health to exchange, learn and disseminate the evidence based programming from
the Uganda country office.
Coordinates RMNCH activities with Operations/Supply
staff on supply and non- supply assistance activities. Approves disbursement of
funds ensuring proper utilization and accountability, and those activities are
within established plans of action, and the programme budget allotments.
Finalize all programme reports for management,
Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
Perform any other duties as assigned by the Chief,
Child Survival and Development (Alive Programme)
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF Health
Manager (Maternal, New-born and Child Health) career opportunity must hold an advanced
university degree in Public Health, (preferably with specialized training in
midwifery, emergency obstetric care, maternal, newborn health, and adolescent
health), Medicine or related discipline.
At least eight years’ experience at the national and
international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and
evaluation of Reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health programmes
relevant to child survival strategies.
Relevant work experience in a managerial position
and technical expert in Reproductive health, position in health (maternal,
new-born and child) and adolescent health care.
Developing country work experience and
background/familiarity with Emergency.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a
second UN language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) and/or the
local language of the duty station is considered an asset.
Personal Competencies:
Communicates effectively to varied audiences,
including during formal public speaking.
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural
Sets high standards for quality of work and
consistently achieves project goals.
Has good leadership and supervisory skills;
co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
Translates strategic direction into plans and
Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex
quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups;
maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational
Identifies urgent and potentially difficult
decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide
Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical
knowledge across the organization.
NB: UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion
within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from
all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with
disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations UNICEF in
the aforementioned capacity please click on web link below to visit and review
the requirements and Click “Apply Now.”
Deadline: 2nd November, 2015

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