Health Specialist, Lima, Peru

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Peru

City: Lima

Office: UNICEF Lima

Grade: NO-C

Closing date: Saturday, 21 August 2021

Health Specialist (NO-C), Lima-Peru # 111136

Job no: 543645

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Peru Division/Equivalent: Latin America and Caribbean Regional Off

School/Unit: Peru

Department/Office: Lima, Peru

Categories: Health

UNICEF PERU Job Title: Health Specialist Job Level: NOC Position No. 111136 Supervisor Title / Level: Deputy Representative/P4 Organizational Unit: Programme Post Location: Lima, Peru

POSITION OPENED ONLY FOR NATIONALS OF PERU

Purpose for the job

Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative (Level 4), supports the development and preparation of the health programme and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the programme progress of a sector of the health programme (e.g. gender, maternal, neonatal, child survival/development) within the country programme. The Health Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Support to programme development and planning

Support and contribute to the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the sector(s) to establish a strategic plan for development, design and management of health related programmes. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.

Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of health programmes. Formulate, design and prepare a sector of the health programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, the Country Programme, as well as coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, and national priorities, plans and competencies.

Establish specific programme goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.

Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities and competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.

Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in health programmes.

Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.

Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.

Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks, potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.

Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity, ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.

Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices and approaches on health-related issues to support programe development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.

Participate in discussions with national partners, clients and stakeholders to promote health and development issues, especially in the areas of gender, emergency preparedness, maternal and neonatal health, and child survival and development.

Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and consideration.

Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for programme development, contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated.

4. Networking and partnership building

Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders, as well as global partners, allies, donors, and academia. Through active networking, advocacy and effective communication, build capacity and exchange knowledge and expertise to facilitate the achievement of programme goals on child rights, social justice and equity.

Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances, and support fund raising for health programmes (maternal, neonatal and child survival and development).

Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on health-related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of health programmes/projects, ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results

Keep abreast and conduct research to provide evidence for implementation of best and cutting-edge practices in health

Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned

Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.

Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders to promote sustainable results on health related programmes/projects.

IMPACT OF RESULTS

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Health Specialist to programme preparation, planning and implementation facilitates the delivery of concrete and sustainable results that directly impact the improvement of the health of the most marginalized and vulnerable women and children in the country. This in turn contributes to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to continue to provide programme services to protect the rights of children, and to promote greater social equality to enable them to survive, develop and reach their full potential in society.

RECRUITMENT QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

An advanced university degree (Master Degree) in one of the following fields is required: 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 another relevant technical field.

Academic background on discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, indigenous populations, caste, sexual orientation or disability is considered as an asset.

Experience:

A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public health/nutrition planning and management, maternal and neonatal health care, or health emergency/humanitarian preparedness.

Previous relevant work experience in the UN System, or experience in human and children rights is an asset.

Experience working with minority groups, migrants, refugees, or with indigenous communities is an asset.

Experience working on issues related to anti-racism and discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, indigenous populations, sexual orientation or disability is an asset.

Languages:

Fluency in English and Spanish are required.

Knowledge of a local language of the duty station (as quechua, aimara, and amazonic) is considered as an asset.

COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

Core Values

Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability

Core Competencies

Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

Works Collaboratively with others (2)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies

Analyzing (3)

Deciding and Initiating action (2)

Applying technical expertise (3)

APPLICATIONS - HOW TO APPLY:

This is a National Officer post in Peru, opened only to candidates with Peruvian nationality.

If you are a National of Peru and your competencies match the requirements of the post, apply to: http://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/543645

Last date for receiving applications is 20 August 2021.

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UNICEF embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates irrespective of gender, religious, ethnic backgrounds, indigenous people, as well as persons living with disabilities and LGTBIQ to apply to become a part of our organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Qualified young women and young men are highly encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: Aug 05 2021 SA Pacific Standard Time Application close: Aug 20 2021 SA Pacific Standard Time

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1628202029023