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Health Specialist (Immunization), P4

UNICEF

Dakar, Sénégal
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, ...), Projet/programme de développement
Health Specialist (Immunization), P4, Fixed-term, WCARO, Dakar Senegal #72465

Job no: 540313
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Location: Senegal
Categories: Health

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.

The West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) Management Plan 2022-2025 (ROMP) is built around the five goal areas and aims to deliver tangible key results for children in the West and Central Africa Region (WCAR). It outlines the programming, strategic and management interventions and strategic shifts where WCARO will need to make greater investments over the next four years. In the area of Health, the organizational focus will be on three main areas:

Immunization as one of the eight regional Key Results for Children (KRC) to close the equity gaps through acceleration of routine immunization-plus and polio eradication.
Saving new-born lives, including quality of care (QoC) across programs and;
Community-based primary health care including the prevention and management of childhood diseases. UNICEF will prioritize systems-focused multi-sectoral approaches that link Health with C4D, WASH, ECD, Education, HIV, Nutrition and Protection interventions to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of its efforts.
For every child, a childhood

How can you make a difference?
The incumbent is responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the regional support to immunization programs implementation, with emphasis on Routine Immunization strengthening and Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination within the polices and strategies agreed at global level in line with the 2018-2021 UNICEF Strategic Plan, the Global UNICEF Health and Nutrition Strategy and the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). S/he is accountable for ensuring the UNICEF Immunization programme contributes to achieving key results for children and promotes gender equality, with an emphasis on gender disaggregation, gender disparity identification and gender mainstreaming.

For every child, a vaccine

How can you make a difference?

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS 

1. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and coordination contribute to the Situation Analysis with consistent integration of sex disaggregated data and its periodic update for effective project planning, development and management.
Contributes towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis by overseeing collection, analysis and evaluation of information, and providing the technical guidance and input. Ensures the timely preparation of the Situation Analysis relative to Immunization (EPI) interventions and MNT Elimination activities in countries and its periodic update. Coordinates to make quality contribution to other related interventions (e.g., Measles. health and nutrition) as part of the integrated immunization activities.

Ensures the quality sectoral input to the Countries Programme Documents, and all related documents (e.g., Plan of Operations, Project Plans of Action, Country Programme Summary Sheet, Programme Summary Sheet) of the Immunization Programme.     

2. Quality contributions are made to the development and implementation of the Immunization and MNT Elimination activities through strategic shifts in line with the regional agenda (Key Results for Children) including strengthening participation and collaboration with internal and external partnership .
Collaborates with other UNICEF sectors, particularly Health, Nutrition, HIV and programme communication to ensure integration of the Immunization Programme and MNT Elimination activities with other interventions (e.g, malaria; birth registration).

Participates with UNICEF, COs, Governments, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners in the development of immunization strategies and approaches.  Ensures achievement of strategic results in line with the WCAR Key Result for children agenda and corrective actions to meet programme/project objectives.

Contributes to the identification, development and dissemination of new strategies, methodologies, approaches and tools for improving programme delivery with emphasis on project management, evaluation, sustainability of intervention and community participation based on Human Rights framework and cross sector approach, in collaboration with other partners (e.g., WHO).

3. Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is effectively provided, and planned results are timely delivered through exercise of strong leadership.
As Immunization Specialist, provides technical leadership for, and participates in the development of the results-based sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for implementation, monitoring and follow-up of sectoral project activities, consistent with the defined project strategies and approaches. Ensures objectives and targets are timely met and achieved meeting the requirements and quality standards, through full coordination between activities, by leading and supporting a team of professional and support staff.

Meets with national and international agencies overseeing the management of programmes/projects. Participates in meetings with ministries responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements, and integration of gender mainstreaming across sectors.

4. Programme/Project implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability.
Undertakes country visits to monitor programmes, as well as participates in periodic programme reviews with COs and government counterparts and other partners. Identifies necessary action for programme adjustments. Provides technical advice and assistance to government officials and implementing partners in the planning and management of the Immunization programme and ensure sustainability of interventions.

5. Technical support is provided to WCAR Country Offices at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries.  
Provides expert guidance and technical support to COs, governments and NGOs at the national and provincial levels in the planning, development and implementation stages of the programmes/projects. Identifies training needs; coordinates, develops, organizes and oversees training and orientation activities for government personnel and beneficiaries, for the purpose of capacity building, sustainability of programme/projects and promotion/expansion of coverage of services.

6. The capacities of Country Offices staff are strengthened through effective capacity building programme in the development, implementation and management of the Immunization programme and MNT Elimination activities.
 Guides, coordinates and organizes a staff training/development programme with Regional and HQ Advisers to upgrade the capacity of UNICEF Country Offices staff enabling them to progressively engage in and lead in the programme development, implementation and management of Immunization programme and MNT Elimination activities.  Oversees the conduct of relevant orientation, workshop, training and staff learning/development activities.      

7. Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.
Coordinates activities and exchanges information and knowledge with other programmes to contribute to achievement of overall country programmes objectives. Participates in establishing effective monitoring, knowledge database/network and reporting systems such as JRF, to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme information/data and contributes to the development of communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and community participation for the Immunization Programme.

 Maintains close working relationships to establish partnership and collaboration with external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate relevant data, exchange information on programme/project development and implementation. Ensures a significant exchange of knowledge, information, experience and lessons learned.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have: 

 Education

Advanced degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Medicine, Public Health, Paediatric Health, Global/International Health, Health Policy and Management, Family Health, Socio-medical Sciences, Health Education, Epidemiology, or other fields relevant to immunization.

Work Experience
Eight years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in development, planning, programming, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and managing of health/Immunization programmes. Professional work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in child survival &  health care.

Developing country work experience and background/familiarity with Emergency.

Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and French are required.

For every Child, you demonstrate: 
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are:
Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)

Works Collaboratively with others (3)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)

Innovates and Embraces Change (3)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)

Drives to achieve impactful results (3)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)

The functional competencies required for this post are:
Leading and Supervising [II]

Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)    

Analyzing [II]

Relating and Networking [II]

Deciding and Initiating Action [II]

Applying Technical Expertise [II]

Persuading and influencing (III)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

Deadline: 01 Aug 2021 Greenwich Standard Time
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