Organisation: UN Children's Fund
Country: United States of America (the)
Closing date: 10 Jun 2011
Under the general guidance of the Senior Health Specialist, responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating MNCH related cutting-edge knowledge to expand the evidence-base that directs MNCH global and national policies with particular attention to the implementation of integrated high-impact intervention packages of services at community level at scale including malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia control, maternal and neonatal health and programme communication.
Advanced university degree in medical or social sciences, or related technical field is required. Peer-reviewed publications an asset.*A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme management, monitoring and evaluation, in the related field is required.
*A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Key Expected Results:
1. Engages within UNICEF and with partners and research institutes to design data collection methodologies and research protocols. Develops and introduces new approaches and methods to analyze, monitor and evaluate integrated community based approaches, including programme communication, maternal and newborn health.
2. Works closely with the Scale-up and Strategic Planning units within the health section, (especially with the Programme Communication Specialist and the Health Specialist community-based approaches, Scale Up and other relevant divisions to provide technical support related to analysis of new evidence for MNC integrated and community based interventions, and to ensure the proper documentation and translation into policy guidance and strategies for operational and costed implementation plans.
3. Collaborates with UNICEF colleagues and partners to produce at least two policy and/or research articles annually on integrated and community-based approaches to maternal, neonatal and child health for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Provides technical support at UNICEF Headquarters for policy and global programme development in integrated and community-based approaches for maternal, neonatal and child health.
4. Participates in the preparation of all relevant programme status reports required for management, Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc. Develops materials, including technical notes in support of maternal, neonatal and child health in the area of integrated community-based approaches.
5. Collaborates with partners (WHO, other UN agencies, international NGOs, universities, donors and others) to design and review the implementation of ongoing projects, to document lessons learned and to disseminate findings from country experiences. Participates in international meetings and conferences.
6. Provide technical support to UNICEF regional and country offices in the design of operational research programmes and review the implementation of ongoing studies, to document lessons learned and to disseminate findings from country experiences.
Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities.
Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.
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. If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children’s rights organization, would like to hear from you.
Visit us at www.unicef.org/about/employ to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2011-000731. Applications must be received by 10 June 2011. Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.
In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.