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 fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, a vaccine.
Since 1990, remarkable gains have been made in improving outcomes for children and women. The number of children dying before the age of five years has almost halved and similar progress has been made in maternal mortality. A few easily preventable and treatable conditions are responsible for almost 60 per cent of the remaining child deaths and 75 per cent of these deaths occur in only 20 countries. It has been particularly difficult to reduce child mortality during the perinatal period. Following the 2012 Washington call for a renewed commitment to child survival, a total of 178 countries have declared their intent to end preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030.
The Child and Community Health Unit (CCHU) helps to coordinate and support UNICEF’s work to improve child health, especially by strengthening Primary Health Care (PHC) at community level. The aim is to ensure every child’s right to health and development is realized through effective, efficient, and low-cost high impact frontline interventions as close to families as possible to address key causes of illness and mortality. This includes investing in integrated services across a multi-sector life-course approach for children and adolescents to survive and thrive in their first two decades of life.
How can you make a difference?
You will provide global guidance and technical support for design, planning, implementation and monitoring of UNICEF Health related NCDs, injuries and developmental delays and disabilities programme activities, in the context of child and community PHC systems strengthening and development. You will represent UNICEF in various health-related partnerships to facilitate coordinated support to countries in order to make better use of currently available resource allocations, mobilize additional resources where needed and track the achievements of set results at global level and within countries.
Key functions and accountabilities:
Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with global partners/allies/foundations/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and/or promote cooperation and alliances to achieve health program goals in the areas of growth and development in the first two decades of life through supporting work on developmental delays and disabilities, prevention of NCDs, injuries and drowning in children and adolescents, including environmental determinants such as climate change and pollution.
- Prepare communication, information materials, reports and funding proposals to highlight program goals, achievements and/or needs to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for health programs in the areas of growth and development, prevention of NCDs, injuries and drowning and related risks and environmental health determinants
- Represents UNICEF and participates in relevant partnership coordination forums by maintaining the highest level of contacts and collaboration with partners working on prevention of NCDs, injuries and drowning and support for developmental delays and disabilities.
- Help leverage resources for scale-up and ensure adequate partner commitment to support countries in their efforts to accelerate programmes in developmental delays and disabilities, prevention of NCDs and injuries/drowning.
Advisory services and technical support
- Participate in strategic discussions/planning to provide technical advice/contribute policy discussions and agenda setting to promote health and development issues especially in the areas of DDDs, NCDs and injuries/drowning.
- Support countries in situation analysis, identify programme opportunities and to provide technical assistance to improve programming and delivery for DDDs, NCDs, prevention of injuries/drowning.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable health programs/projects initiatives in the areas of growth and development, DDDs, NCDs, injuries/drowning.
- Keep abreast, research, benchmark and implement best and cutting-edge practices in DDDs, NCDs, injuries/drowning and related information systems and digital technology.
- Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
- Contribute to the development policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable health programs and projects.
- Lead/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on development and growth of children and related programs/projects.
- Participate in the development and scale-up of innovations including supporting operational research to improve in-country capacity for quality service delivery of DDDs, NCDs, injuries/drowning.
Program development and planning
- Tracks and monitors funding. Documents and communicates the added value of partnerships and investing in comprehensive programming for DDDs, NCDs, injuries/drowning.
- Consult and collaborate with internal (ECD, disability, child protection, social policy, communication etc.) and external colleagues and partners to provide technical and operational support on DDDs, NCDs, injuries/drowning planning, management and implementation and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects within PHC and with other UNICEF sectors throughout all stages of programming processes.
- Actively monitor DDDs, NCDs, injuries/drowning programs/projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues.
- Prepare mandated and key program/project reports for donors and other partners to keep them informed of DDDs, NCDs, injuries/drowning program progress.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Public Health, Policy, Nursing, science, engineering or a field relevant to Innovation, Health Technology and/or Global Development is required.
- A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional work experience at the national and international levels with focus on child health programming, advocacy, policy, strategy development and programme design, inclusive health and disability programming, health financing, NCDs programming, Child-injury prevention programming, monitoring and evaluation, and scientific writing and research is required.
- Prior experience in partnership building across donors, foundations, multi-laterals, academia and governments at international and national level, especially around prevention of NCDs, developmental delays and disabilities, and injuries/drowning is highly desirable.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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.
How to apply
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 organization. To apply, click on the following linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531408