Maternal & Child Health Specialist,TA
Job no: 538124
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Tanzania, Uni.Re
Categories: Health, NO-4
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged in order children to save their lives, to defend their right and to help them fulfill their potential.
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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.
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UNICEF is committed to support government’s efforts in reducing maternal, newborn and child death. This commitment can be demonstrated in various national documents, which include Tanzania Vision 2025, the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP), National Health Policy, and the Health Sector Strategic Plan IV. These commitments are also defined in the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and UNICEF Health Strategy (2016-2030). UNICEF will continue to provide technical support to government and nongovernment organizations at the national, subnational and community level in priority setting to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality through joint planning, development and implementation stages of safe motherhood, newborn and child health programmes within the framework of the harmonised Sector Wide Approach strategies. Additionally, UNICEF is expected to assist in the development and /or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in service delivery, management, evaluation, information and reporting systems.
How can you make a difference?
1. Data-driven and results-based management
- Participate in regular data-driven situational analyses (including epidemiological, gender equality and emergency assessments)
- Provide technical and operational guidance and support to government and non-government partners with health system strengthening to scale -up cost effective and high impact interventions;
- Champion results-based management;
- Monitor developments at regional and decentralized levels in collaboration with UNICEF Field Offices
2. Upstream activities
- Provide specific technical expertise on health policies, maternal, new-born and child health strategies and other issues, including advocacy in gender equality, emergency preparedness and response, as appropriate and as defined by supervisors.
- Provide technical support through participation in SWAp mechanisms, technical and programme management committees.
- To work with CAP to develop, strengthen and implement advocacy strategy on Perinatal mortality, teenage Pregnancy with robust monitoring and evaluation.
- To work with CAP to and strengthen strategic partnerships for advocacy with NGOs and CSOs and ensure strategic approach to deploying these partners to increase our advocacy impact.
3. Downstream activities (UNICEF Field Offices)
- Contribute to the development and implementation of detailed sectoral work-plans and budgets for scaling-maternal, new-born and child health and interventions.
- Provide technical and operational guidance to partners for programme implementation in UNICEF supported districts.
- Contribute to UNICEF country office’s readiness to deliver on the Health-related CCCs.
- Conduct regular meetings with policy makers and partners.
- Document and disseminate lessons learned of scaling-up Health interventions.
- Share good practices in gender equality programming, sharing good practices at the national level.
4. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
- Collaborate with Health Manager (PHC) and PMFC Section to timely, efficiently, rigorously and transparently monitor, evaluate and report on related maternal, new-born and child health programs.
- Contribute to the preparation of relevant sections of the annual Health sector status reports.
- Prepare transparent and timely reports to donors and other partners.
- Ensure related UNICEF, government and non-government staff comply with UNICEF’s financial rules including emergency fast-track procedures.
- In close collaboration with Operations and Supply staff, regularly monitor and report on use of related supplies and other resources donated to the government and non-government partners.
- Collaborate with the Operations Section and Government authorities to maintain sound internal controls, supportive of specific Health interventions as well as to ensure accountability.
6. Knowledge management
- Plan and implement maternal, new-born and child health studies as necessary.
- Document and disseminate lessons learned.
- Implement country-specific capacity building activities.
7. Rights-based programmes through Results-Based Approach
- Ensure UNICEF, government and non-government staff apply right-based approaches to programming and humanitarian principles.
- Promote the quality of rights-based Health programmes through the formulation of programme goals and strategies and approaches.
8. Partnerships and leveraging resources
- Maintain close working relationships with other related UNICEF sectors, particularly Nutrition, Children and AIDS, WASH, and programme communication.
- Coordinate with related UNICEF Regional Advisers and HQ Officers to ensure strategies are aligned with global and regional strategies.
- Establish active and participatory partnerships with related Health sector stakeholders (Government, WHO, other UN agencies, NGOs and bilateral agencies) and interact with them at different stages of Health programme design and implementation and identify opportunities for leveraging resources to be brought to the attention
To qualify as an advocate for every child you are required to have the following¦
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Medicine or Public Health.
- A minimum of Eight years of relevant professional experience at the national international levels in programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation in relation to Safe Motherhood, new-born and child health including PMTCT and HIV/AIDs, EPI and IMCI. Experience working in the UN or other international development organization, and field work experience an asset. Background/familiarity with Emergency and gender main streaming.
- Strong Advocacy skills on maternal and child health agenda
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate with programme counterparts.
- Strong planning, organization and strategic thinking skills
- Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking, fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset and local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
The competencies required for this post are Builds and maintains partnerships, Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, Innovates and embraces change, Drive to achieve results for impact, manages ambiguity and complexity, Thinks and acts strategically, Work Collaboratively with others.
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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.
Advertised: E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: E. Africa Standard Time
Statistics & Monitoring Specialist, (NOC), Dodoma,Tanzania #5503
Job no: 537174
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Categories: Social and Economic Policy, NO-3, Statistics and Monitoring
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.
And we never give up.
For every child, Results
As Tanzania achieves the lower-middle-income status, rapid population growth, growing urbanization and the increase in the absolute number of poor people in the country are causes for concern. More than a quarter of Tanzanians still live in poverty, unable to put food on the table, access healthcare or keep a roof over their heads. Poverty has devastating effects on children. Nearly one third of Tanzanian children live in income poverty while as many as 74 per cent experience multidimensional poverty, suffering deprivation in three or more areas such as health, nutrition, water, sanitation, housing, education, child protection and access to information.
UNICEF in Tanzania is
responding to this challenge by focusing on: (i) generating knowledge on
the situation of women and children in Tanzania for evidence-based
advocacy and planning, including strengthening the national statistical
system; (ii) ensuring adequate, efficient, effective and equitable
public spending for the benefit of children and their families; and
(iii) promoting the development of a comprehensive and integrated social
protection system to reduce poverty and vulnerability
Under the supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist , assists in the monitoring of indicators and trends and represent the UN in the Technical Working Group of the Poverty Monitoring System on national surveys and census, with a particular focus on ensuring that children’s issues and vulnerability indicators are well integrated. Provides technical backstopping around survey development and analysis to other UNICEF programme areas, and provides continuous technical support for national capacity development in the management and utilization of the Tanzanian Socio-Economic Database (TSED) as a key tool for poverty monitoring, linking with the M&E specialist on this and on other database systems development.
Within the delegated authority and under the given organisational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.
- Leads development, refinement and management of data repository bringing together data from multiple sources into a coherent, visually appealing platform to inform national planning and budgeting decisions and enhance the effective delivery of national programmes delivering basic services affecting children and other vulnerable groups
- Provides technical support for systems strengthening and capacity development during the preparation and undertaking of national census and national surveys, as well as during data collection, analysis, report writing and dissemination; participates in data analysis exercises and research and evaluation initiatives with the National Bureau of Statistics and other relevant partners involved in national surveys and data production; provides technical backstopping around survey development and analysis to UNICEF programme sections; and, provides support to programme staff to acquire data from national surveys and administrative sources for further analysis.
- Overseas development and implementation of a national child-focused policy research agenda, including data collection methodologies and research protocol, and participates in the development and introduction of innovative approaches and methods in data collection, research, evaluation, and policy advocacy, both externally and internally
- Serves as the CO’s focal point for monitoring and reporting on progress on SDGs and other national development targets; supports the monitoring of national/global goals, trends and indicators; compiles data and maintains an updated database for UNICEF’s own indicator reporting; and, strengthens linkages between national and sub-national data and monitoring tools and systems.
- Performs other duties as requested and contributes to all key office programme planning, monitoring and evaluation exercises
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Demography, Statistics, or related field
- Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in statistics, surveys and routine reporting system, including data management as well as calibration. Expertise on different types of statistical and economic analysis, evaluation design and implementation, as well as GIS/mapping highly desirable
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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 functional competencies required for this post are...
View our competency framework at the link Here
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 organisation.
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
Advertised: 09 Feb 2021 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 23 Feb 2021 E. Africa Standard Time