Health Specialist (Survive and Thrive) Vacancy at the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

On 19/Jul/2019 / In NGO Jobs

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Health Specialist (Survive and Thrive - Implementation Science and Partnerships)
Job Number: 524032
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Temporary Appointment
Job Responsibilities
How can you make a difference: 
The Specialist will carry out the following activities related to the child survival and well being program within the overarching health systems strengthening component of the health and HIV portfolio in Nigeria:
Work closely with the FMOH, NPHCDA, NACA and partners at federal and State levels towards building a portfolio of implementation and delivery science learnings towards fast tracking results for women and children and informing policy and programming.
Provide technical support towards improving health systems for quality delivery of PHC programs with a focus on leveraging learnings through delivery science and data
Participate and provide technical expertise in related health systems strengthening forums and committees at federal level particularly health financing forums
Build a body of evidence documenting and linking investments to results outlining innovative financing modalities for improving child survival and well being
Participate and provide technical expertise for assessing progress in MNCAH results at federal and sub national levels understanding partnerships and investments
Support conceptualization, development and implementation of implementation and delivery science leveraging networks of academia, professional bodies, civil society and other institutions
Participate and actively support the think tank for MNCAH and explore possibilities of sub national think tanks for accelerating results for women and children including ‘practitioner’ think tanks
Participate as a member of the health systems strengthening groups and committees with a focus on health financing, implementation science and partnerships 
Ensure linkages within the health and HIV portfolio though the implementation and delivery science lens and focusing on the primary health care delivery platform using data effectively
Working closely with the health and HIV team provide high quality technical expertise bringing in upto date global evidence and work on implementation science towards informing policy and programming for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
Provide information to the health and HIV program through learnings from implementation and delivery science for informed decision making
Support development of policy and program briefs, documentation of the work done including linking with academia and professional organizations and partners
Support resource mobilization and working together with the team in bridging the learnings from delivery science to scale and sustainability
Other activities and support towards health systems strengthening activities as needed
Job Requirements
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
Education: A University Degree in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology or Public Health related areas
Experience: A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in public health programs, planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal and child health. Relevant experience in health development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are:
View our competency framework at:
Application Closing Date
25th July, 2019; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time).
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the 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.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


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