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UNICEF SN is hiring a Senior Health Specialist (Health System), P-5, Dakar, Senegal

Senior Health Specialist (Health System), P-5, Dakar, Senegal

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Job no: 494259
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Senegal
Categories: Health, P-5

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, 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.

Purpose of the Position

Under the overall guidance of Regional Health Adviser, the Health System Adviser is responsible for the overall management and administration in the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Health System Strengthening component of West and Central Africa regional health section within the Child Survival and Development area. The incumbent is also accountable for effective technical leadership, management guidance and programme support to facilitate the application and adaptation of UNICEF policies and strategies to achieve health programme goals in the West and Central Africa region, as well as the expansion of UNICEF assisted health interventions, including the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As head of a unit, s/he will direct, lead, manage, develop and enable a competent team of professional and support staff to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the Health System interventions within the health section, with a view to integrating equity including gender equality across all aspects of the country programme.

The Senior Health Systems Specialist will primarily manage and provide technical support to WCAR country offices, for health system strengthening in the region with focus on analysis of tendencies of social determinants, equitable health policies, evidence-based planning and budgeting for strategic health plans, MTEFs and national Compacts as well as with a focus on decentralised health systems strengthening, and on community health systems. S/he will work closely, in Humanitarian Action, with the Health clusters within the inter-agency standing committee (IASC) with a specific focus on the resilience of health system.

The incumbent is also to help contribute to strategic partnerships for Health system strengthening with other UN agencies, HHA, WAHO, CEEAC, civil society and social movement, research institutions, etc. in areas where UNICEF has primary responsibility or comparative advantage such as interrelated areas of maternal, new-born, and child health.

This specialist will also provide overall general Health support as required. The specialist will also contribute to the regional knowledge management function in health systems strengthening including health financing and evidence-based planning, generating evidence on regional health inequities and emerging issues such as urbanisation, population growth or climate change.

Lastly, s/he supervises the work of the Health Supply Management Specialist, a Health Economist focusing on immunization financing, an International Technical Expert focusing on KM and Operational Research and also of a Data-manager.

Key Expected Results

1. Timely and quality sectoral analysis, input, support and coordination contribute to the Situation Analysis, its periodic update, and all programme documents to formulate effective Health system strengthening goals, strategy, and project planning and development, in partnerships with key stakeholders and with contribution of knowledge institutions.

2. Integrated Health system strengthening strategies, methodologies and new approaches are developed and implemented based on results-based approach within Human Rights framework by broad participation and collaboration with internal and external partnership. Partnerships with global funds, multilateral and bilateral agencies and development banks, as well as relations with the private sector enhanced and exploited efficiently, in order to formulate common advocacy position and influence allocation of resources, as well as investment decisions on behalf of Health.

3. Technical support is provided to WCAR UNICEF Country Office, government and non-government organizations at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of CO staff, government personnel and beneficiaries, including through back-up partnerships with specialists Health organizations as appropriate.

4. Monitoring and evaluation of programme performance is properly undertaken for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery, capitalizing on joint global monitoring and evaluation frameworks such as the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group for child health.

5. Work plan and objectives are effectively established, performance is managed, and planned results are timely delivered through exercise of strong programme management leadership; partnership frameworks that pool competencies and resources developed.

6. The capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity building programme – which also build on technical partnerships with collaborating agencies to provide state-of-the-arttechnical information to staff – in the development, implementation and management of the Health system strengthening sub-programme.

7. UNICEF and Government and implementing partners’ accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector;

8. Effective partnership and collaboration are achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.

9. The most relevant and strategic information is provided including in cooperation with knowledge institutions to support the regional and CO Health Programme by the effective implementation of integrated programme monitoring system.

10. All required system strengthening sub-programme reports are timely prepared and shared with concerned partners in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

11. Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses focusing on system strengthening and system resilience with effective coordination are provided; and in line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, partnerships with the Health humanitarian actors strengthened within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

12. Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively accomplished.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Medicine, Public Health, Health Research, Global/International Health, Health Policy and Management.
  • Ten years of relevant work experience at the national and/or international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health system strengthening programmes including those relevant to child survival & development.
  • Relevant work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in health and child survival & health care.
  • Experience in knowledge management or a field relevant to international development assistance in Health.
  • Developing country work experience and background/familiarity with emergency an asset.
  • Fluency in English and French is required.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication: Level III
  • Working with People: Level III
  • Drive for Results: Level III

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising: Level III
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts: Level III
  • Analyzing: Level III
  • Relating and Networking: Level III
  • Deciding and Initiating Action: Level III
  • Persuading and Influencing: Level II

To view our competency framework, please click here.

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.

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