Health Specialist (Health Systems Strengthening) Vacancy at UNICEF

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 (Health systems strengthening), P-4
Job Number: 524032
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Temporary Appointment
How can you make a difference?
Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountability for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results:
Major Responsibilities
The Specialist will carry out the following activities related to the 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 improving systems for quality delivery of PHC programs with a focus on strengthening data and monitoring systems
Participate and provide technical expertise in related health systems strengthening forums and committees at federal level including health financing forums
Participate and provide technical expertise for assessing progress in MNCAH in ongoing and upcoming surveys and studies representing the health and HIV program
Support conceptualization and development of a data architecture framework for the health and HIV portfolio towards streamlining link to results for women and children, synergizing different ongoing components like the score cards, dashboards, real time monitoring, project data and citizen engagement and feedback and any others
Member of the data groups at FMOH, NPHCDA, NACA and providing oversight support to data groups at subnational levels for tracking results for MNCAH
Support the setting up of data systems to feed into the data architecture framework incorporating quantitative and qualitative data and surveys and routine data
Working closely with the health and HIV team provide high quality technical expertise bringing in upto date global evidence towards informing policy and programming for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
Provide conceptual inputs and support finalization of systems towards synergizing data for MNCAH linking qualitative data (like death audits, supervisory data) with quantitative data (coverage, quality)
Provide information to the health and HIV program for informed decision making including supporting tracking results across the program for key indicators at federal and sub national levels
Actively monitor results and support capacity building of the health team and key stakeholders towards using data for action and results.
Support development of policy and program briefs, documentation of the work done including linking with academia and professional organizations and partners
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: PhD or advanced University Degree in Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Medicine, Data Sciences. Equivalent educational qualification in relevant areas (health systems, epidemiology)
Experience: at least eight years of relevant professional work experience providing technical support towards data analytics, experience with using and analysing multiple data sets, using data in public health programming, supporting analysis of national surveys with experience in child survival and well being areas and experience in publications.
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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