Fresher UN Health Officer Jobs – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Job Title:     Health Officer
Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job Grade: NO-B
Reports to: Health Specialist (EPI)
Vacancy Number: 497959
About Us:
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly
to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic
needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together
with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that
commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most
vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
Job Summary: The Health Officer provides professional
technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming
process for the Health Program within the Country Program from development
planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and
implementing a variety of technical and administrative program tasks to
facilitate program development, implementation, program progress monitoring,
evaluating and reporting of results.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Support to program
development and planning:
  • Carry out /update situation analysis for the
    program sector/s for development, design and management of health related
    programs including immunisation and health emergencies. Research and
    report on development trends (e.g. political social, economic, health) for
    higher management use to enhance program management, efficiency and
    delivery of results.
  • Actively contribute to the
    development/establishment of sectoral program goals, objectives and
    strategies and results-based planning through analysis of health needs and
    areas for intervention and submission of recommendations for priority and
    goal setting.
  • Offer technical and operational support
    throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering
    a variety of technical program transactions, preparing
    materials/documentations and complying with organizational processes and
    management systems, to support program planning, results based planning
    (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating results.
  • Provide timely technical and operational
    support throughout all stages of emergency preparedness and response as
    well as disaster risk reduction programming
  • Prepare required documentations/materials to
    facilitate the program review and approval process.
2. Program management,
monitoring and delivery of results
  • Work in liaison and collaboratively with
    internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss operational and
    implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert
    appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention
    and/or decision. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference
    and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Keenly monitor and report on the use of
    sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets),
    verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules,
    regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability
    and integrity.
  • Actively participate in monitoring and
    evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with
    government and other counterparts to assess programs and to report on
    required action/interventions at the higher level of program management.
  • Report on issues identified to ensure timely
    resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to
    ensure resolution.
  • Prepare regular/mandated sectoral
    program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them
    informed of program progress.
3. Technical and
operational support to program implementation
  • Provide technical and operational support to
    government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other
    country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of
    UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on health,
    including immunisation and emergencies, and related issues to support
    program implementation, operations and delivery of results.
  • Carry out regular program field visits and
    surveys and/or exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess
    progress and provide technical support, take appropriate action to resolve
    issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on
    critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to
    achieve results.
4. Networking and
partnership building:
  • Build and sustain effective close working
    partnerships with health sector government counterparts and national
    stakeholders, including the immunisation coordination committees and the
    National Emergency Task Force, through active sharing of information and
    knowledge to enhance program implementation and build capacity of
    stakeholders to deliver concrete and sustainable results.
  • Draft communication and information materials
    for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish
    partnership/alliances and support fund raising for health programs.
  • Take part in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT)
    on health programs to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on
    UNDAF operational planning and preparation of health programs/projects and
    to integrate and harmonize UNICEF position and strategies with the UNDAF
    development and planning process.
  • Research information on potential donors and
    prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and
    partnership development purposes.
5. Innovation, knowledge
management and capacity building:
  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share
    lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good
    practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and
    sustainable program results.
  • Assist with oversight of research and ensure
    results are available for use in knowledge products.
  • Participate as resource person in capacity
    building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
Key Result Areas:
  • Timely, regular data-driven analysis for
    planning and results-based management for scaling-up specific Health
  • Technical expertise on specific Health
  • Technical and operational support provided to
    key government and non-government partners on scaling-up interventions
    (downstream activities).
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on
    specific Health interventions carried out through various field visits, in
    a timely manner, efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance
    with the established guidelines and procedures.
  • Government and non-government recipients
    accountable for UNICEF specific supply, non-supply and financial
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the United Nations UNICEF Health
    Officer job placement should hold a University Degree in public
    health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research,
    global/international health, health policy and/or management,
    environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health
    education, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required.
  • At least two years of professional experience
    in public health/nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant
    areas of maternal and neonatal health care, health emergency/humanitarian
    preparedness, at the international level and/or in a developing country is
  • Previous experience in health/nutrition
    program/project development in UN system agency or organization is an
Personal Competencies:
  • Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and
    Inclusion, Integrity
  • Core Competencies: Communication, Drive for Result,
    Working with People
  • Functional Competencies: Formulating Strategies and Concepts
    (I), Analyzing (II), Applying Technical Expertise (II), Learning and
    Researching (II) and Planning and Organizing (II)
NB: UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its
mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to
apply. UNICEF is a smoke free environment.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United
Nations UNICEF in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to visit the link
below to Apply.
Deadline: 8th August 2016
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