UNICEF recruits 01 Health Specialist

UNICEF recruits 01 Health Specialist


Job no: 522728
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: India
Categories: Health, NO-4, Programme Management

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Across 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. And we never give up! 

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For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE:

In an effort to measurably improve UNICEF’s ability to deliver better results for children, there is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Organizational Context: 

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context: The Health Specialist reports to the Chief of Health, P-5 and supervises one NO-C Health Specialist (Child Health).

Purpose for the job:

Under the guidance of the Section Chief, the post holder will be responsible for leading the design, management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the child health programme at UNICEF India, and for providing technical advice to the Government  counterparts (MOHFW, MWCD, DBT) and to State Offices, within the framework of the National Health Mission (NHM), National Health Policy and SDG commitments.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

  1. Program development and planning
  2. Advisory services and technical support
  3. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
  4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

1. Program development and planning

  • Contribute to produce the country Situation Analysis and the Common Country Assessment (CCA), by analyzing data, obtaining updated sectoral information, and producing the required written inputs; contribute to the preparation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF); prepare sectoral inputs to the Country Programme Document (CPD) and to the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP); contribute to the mid-year, annual and mid-term reviews; and support in the preparation of donor proposals and reports.
  • Coordinate with section chief and resource mobilization team for mobilization of resources for RCH program and effectively leverage funding opportunities from Government, corporates, foundations, Natcoms and bilateral donors.
  • Assist the field offices in the preparation of the internal Rolling Work-plans (RWPs), to ensure that they are consistent with CPD and CPAP.

2. Advisory services and technical support

  • Provide technical assistance and support to the to Government and to the UNICEF RCH program, to enhance coverage and quality of the key reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health (RMNCH) interventions sustained by the National Health Mission to Government (at national, state, and district level), counterparts (UN agencies, World Bank, and Development Partners), and UNICEF field offices.
  • Assist Government counterparts in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition policies and programmes, in line with the shift to a more holistic ECD approach, that will contribute both to reach the SDG3 targets and the overall goal of the 2018-2022 GOI-UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation.
  • Assist the Government at national and state levels to strengthen the health system in planning, delivering and monitoring RMNCH+A and ECD services at all levels, with emphasis on enhanced capacity, accountability and effective implementation of Government programmes related to women and children.

3. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan, monitor and verify the appropriate use of programme resources, ensuring compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, with donors’ commitments, and with standards of accountability and integrity.
  • Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources for the child health program.
  • Set up and implement, in collaboration with the field offices, an oversight plan to monitor progress on programme implementation towards increased and more equitable coverage of maternal care and RMNCH interventions, and to regularly assess the utilization of funds against agreed workplans and budgets. Assist the field offices to take any necessary corrective action based on the progress on programme implementation including timely feedback on RAM reports.

4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and foster partnerships with key government officials, UN system partners, academic institutions, professional organizations, and other relevant stakeholders for RMNCH programs in India.
  • Support Field Offices in high-level advocacy with states counterparts, and in providing strategic guidance for RCH programs in the states and aspirational districts, with emphasis on key global and national priorities related to Quality of Care, ECD and Community Health Roadmap.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Produce evidence by supporting the design, delivery and dissemination of reviews and operations research, to inform RMNCH+A priorities and programs of the national and state Governments.
  • Provide field offices with regular updates on evidence-based research on policies and programmes and support the field offices to incorporate evidence into the programmes.

Impact of Results:

  • Makes decisions in consultation with Health Section Chief on the full range of UNICEF’s support at national, state and district level programmes for Government  counterparts.
  • Makes recommendations on innovations in the Health Sector to be piloted or roll out in National, State or District-level programmes to improve efficiency and effectiveness of programme delivery coverage.
  • Make recommendations on Health programme/project activity feasibility and implementation; linkages with other sectors of UNICEF intervention.
  • Lack of understanding of local conditions and an incorrect technical advice would lead to ineffectiveness of programme delivery.
  • Incorrect programming directions will lead to misdirection in the programme and to confusion among state colleagues thus impeding the achievement of goals and objectives, as well as the misuse of financial resources.
  • An inability to provide ‘cutting edge’ support to UNICEF colleagues and Government al and other partners could result in the loss of credibility and influence.
  • Ineffective interaction with Government  and other partners will negatively affect the implementation and acceptability of UNICEF intervention.

Competencies and level of proficiency required:

Core Values:

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies:

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising [ II ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing   [ III]
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]

The following additional functional competencies are required:

  • Technical Leadership [ III ]
  • Leading Vision and Change [ II ]
  • Flexibility [ III ]
  • Group Facilitation [ III ]
  • Managing stress [ II ]
  • Planning, setting standard and monitoring work [ III ]
  • Strategic and Global Thinking [ II ]

Technical Knowledge

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

Knowledge of latest theories, principles, methods and technology in one or more of the following areas:

  • Child, neonatal or maternal health care
  • Health system planning and management
  • Health Economics and Financing
  • Public Health training material development and conduct of training programme
  • Public Health, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Family Health
  • Health Research, Biostatistics, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology
  • Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care
  • Knowledge Management
  • Inter-sectoral programme linkage and coordination
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF
  • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines
  • Mid-Term Strategic Plan

 b) Common Technical Knowledge Required

Knowledge of theories and practices in:

  • Child and Maternal Health
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Health
  • Educational Interventions in Health Care
  • Health Financing
  • Knowledge Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Education
  • Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages

General knowledge of:

  • Methodology of programme/project management
  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Health
  • Knowledge of global health issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches
  • Policies and strategy to address national and global health issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery
  • Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN Reform processes and outcomes and implications of the Paris Declaration
  • UN security operations and guidelines
  • UNICEF policies, strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity

 d)  Other skills and attributes

  • Excellent and in-depth technical knowledge and skills within the sector
  • Current knowledge of development issues and policies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation, specifically of the respective sector
  • A familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children
  • Understanding of social mobilization and behaviour change communication
  • Understanding of the importance and role of partnerships
  • Ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
  • Analytical, influencing, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Report Writing
  • Training ability
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization

Reference to UNICEF and/or UN in terms of technical knowledge requirements (a and b above) are applicable only to those who are or have been the staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system.

Minimum qualifications:


Advanced university degree in any of the following: Medicine (e.g. Pediatrics), Public Health, Social Sciences, Health Management, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.


At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in health policy and programming, maternal, neonatal and child health, immunization, public health, pediatrics, social development, health and nutrition programme management, monitoring and evaluation.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

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  • Selected applicant will have an initial two (2) year fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a nonsmoking working environment.

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