10 Jun 2019

Full-Time United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Job Recruitment (6 Positions)

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Job Description

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Nutrition Officer, (NO-B)

Job Number: 522952
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

How can you make a difference?

  • Despite its importance in preventing and controlling malnutrition, there has not been data on micronutrients status of women and children in Nigeria for almost two decades
  • The National Dietary intake and Micronutrients Survey is a USD 7.9 million initiative to fill in this data gap in the country with aim of informing a better planning and decisions in addressing micronutrients deficiency in Nigeria
  • The survey is led by the Government of Nigeria with support from donors (Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, UK Department of International Development, Nutrition International and potentially the World Bank)
  • UNICEF has been nominated as the Fund Management Agency for the survey, in addition to the current technical support being offered in collaboration with CDC Atlanta
  • The Temporary Appointment (NOB) position will provide specific support to the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Dietary intake and Micronutrients Survey.

Major Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist P3 TA, the Nutrition Officer will:

  • Support to monitor budget and track expenditure of dietary assessment and micronutrients survey activities.
  • Plan and facilitate technical support on biomarker component of the survey, including timing technical inputs from CDC Atlanta to ensure quality outcome of the survey.
  • Prepare and consolidate various pieces of technical information, minutes of technical meetings and others as may be required.
  • Regularly document key action points and follow up with key stakeholders to ensure implementation of agreed actions.
  • Review funding request from survey’s implementing partners and assist in ensuring appropriateness of financial, administrative and programmatic documentation and verify that project expenditures are consistent with work plans.
  • Support in preparing donor reports as it relates to the survey by ensuring implementing partners submit reports in a timely manner and reviewing of reports.
  • Monitor the survey implementation and recommending actions for UNICEF’s action.
  • Track supplies (commodities)against planned, utilization and gaps to avoid pipeline break
  • Perform any other duty as may be required for the success of the micronutrients survey.

Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Required
Education:

  • University Degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology Public Health and Nutrition, Food Science and Nutrition or other relevant discipline(s).

Experience:

  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience
  • Experience in nutrition research; implementing nutrition surveys; micronutrients and dietary assessment
  • Good knowledge and hands on experience in analytical, research methodology and statistical skills is an added advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken) and local working language of the duty station are required.

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.

View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

Application Closing Date
23rd June, 2019; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Chief Field Officer, P-4

Job Number: 522919
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment

How can you make a difference?

  • Accountable for effective engagement in social policy dialogue, technical support, and advice to the Government for programme development, advocating for more efficient, equitable, and sufficient public resource allocation and budgeting towards the social sectors in support of the goal of universal coverage of essential social services, social protection, and social inclusion.
  • Conducts data collection and analysis to fill information gaps and to strengthen capacity for advocacy for children’s rights, the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda, and to support national and state-level development goals.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks 
Social policy dialogue, technical advice, and programme development:

  • Provides technical advice and participates in social policy dialogue and development with the Government, engages in and establishes constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of social policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children’s rights and strengthening of implementation and monitoring mechanisms at all levels of society, and ensures that the services reach out in innovative, effective ways to those most excluded pockets of children and families that have been previously left out.

Monitoring state budget resources:

  • Monitors and updates current information on state budgeting and spending patterns for social programmes on an on-going basis to support advocacy for more efficient, more equitable, and sufficient public resources and budget allocation for social development, the prioritization of resource allocation for children, and universal coverage of essential services for children and social protection, in order to ensure that they reflect the best interest of children, promote equality, and contribute to social inclusion.

Sustainable development and capacity building:

  • Collaborates with the central and state authorities to strengthen community-based capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of social policy and programmes, gender equality, and convergence across states.
  • Develops programme plans of action for children at provincial and district/municipality levels; strengthens coordination between sectors and between different levels of government structures for policy implementation.

Data collection, analysis and results-based approach:

  • Collects quantitative and qualitative data for the sound and up-to-date assessment of the situation of children and women to provide the base-lines for result-based decisions on interventions and evaluations. Develops information systems for monitoring child rights indicators, with emphasis on community and child participation.
  • Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex, geographic, and socio-economic disaggregated data.
  • Analyzes the macroeconomic context of social policy programmes and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children.

Advocacy and communication:

  • Promotes and raises awareness on children’s rights with both the general public and with policy makers, utilizing effective information dissemination, mass media campaign, special events, and other means, to ensure local buy-in, commitment, and continued relevance of UNICEF programming. Highlight interventions to attain social policy goals which are designed to reduce gender inequalities, promote social inclusion.

Partnerships:

  • Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda.
  • Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.

UNICEF Programme Management:

  • Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme, with attention to gender equality, identify and track gender inequalities and promote intervention to strengthen gender equality.

Job Requirements
Education:

  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance, or other relevant disciplines.

Work Experience:

  • Eight years of relevant professional work experience.Developing country work experience. Background/familiarity with Emergency

Language Proficiency:

  • 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: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

Application Closing Date

21st June, 2019; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

 

 

Job Title: Maternal Newborn Child Health State Lead Consultant

Job Number: 522834 
Location: 
Kebbi
Work Type: Consultancy
Duration: The duration of this assignment is 11 months

Background

  • Nigeria represents less than 1% of the world’s population, yet accounts for 10% of the global burden of infant, child and maternal mortality. Under 5 mortality in the Northeastern Zone of Nigeria is high at 115 deaths per 1000 children (MICS 2016) with Kebbi states at 174per 1000children.
  • The poor health and Nutrition indices in Nigeria may be attributable to four main problems identified within Nigeria’s health System which include 1) Governance and Stewardship: Autonomy of the 3 tiers of Government (Federal, State and Local Government Administration (LGAS) has led to duplication of efforts, weak governance and lack of accountability; 2) Human and Financial Resources: Inappropriate allocation of human and financial resources with greater support to Tertiary and specialized care, instead of to Primary Health care where over 80% of the health care can be addressed 3)Coverage: Low coverage of core Maternal, newborn, child Health and Nutrition Interventions 4) Limited access to health and Nutrition services due to financial and socio-cultural barriers.
  • To reduce the childhood illnesses and death from vaccine preventable diseases and as well as improve uptake of health services at Primary Health Care centers and thus reduce morbidity and mortality in these States, in 2016 European Union through UNICEF supported Adamawa and Bauchi into partnership to address this through the project titled European Union Support to Strengthening Primary Health Care and Community Resilience for Improved Maternal, New-born, Child Health & Nutrition (MNCHN) Outcomes in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States of Northern Nigeria .
  • The goal of the project  is to assist the Governments of Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States in line with the State Strategic Health Development plan (SSHDP II)  to reduce maternal, Newborn and child Deaths by Significantly improving the health and Nutrition status of women, children under 5 years by ensuring an equitable and strengthened Primary Health Care System. For that a multi -prong approach that will strengthen primary Health care systems, build resilience and strong Governance is needed.
  • Systematic Interventions in health Nutrition including HIV/AIDS, complemented with water sanitation, social protection initiatives, and strong governance are bound to be more effective and efficient than single or vertical initiatives.
  • In order to support the co-ordination and management of Project Implementation of that approach at State level and deliver appropriately UNICEF in 2017 recruited State 1 Consultant to support State level co-ordination in collaboration with SMOH, SPHCDA and Communities to ensure provision of these services at Health facilities and Community levels and support decision makers to lead, coordinate and manage Implementation of the MNCHN Project in Kebbi State.
  • The project which runs from 2016 to August 2020 will increase coverage of basic maternal, newborn and child primary health care interventions.
  • The baseline and end line assessments, with an end-of-project evaluation, will show the cost-benefits of using a the one Main PHC per ward s linked to community structures such as Community Health Influencers and Promotors (CHIPS), Ward Development Committees strategy to provide basic primary health care services.  All the above are successfully ongoing.

Rationale:

  • In ensuring the successful implementation of the above intervention UNICEF needs the continuing quality oversight of a State coordinator to support implementation of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health services in Adamawa and Bauchi States including supply monitoring of all commodities associated with this project.
  • The consultant will work with the respective SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners, including WHO in the continued implementation of the project at state level and co-ordinate other Child Survival Consultants

Major Tasks to be accomplished:

  • The state coordinator will work across all sectors (including Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Child Protection, PME, WASH  and Communication) to ensure co-ordination and technical support on the EU-MNCHN project as well as other related Health projects in their State ensuring the quality and timeliness of all project components and report to the Health Specialists at the Field office in Bauchi and the Chief of Field office.
  • The state coordinator will track project implementation and ensure completion of planned activities as per approved EU-MNCHN State operational plan
  • Oversee distribution and utilization of equipment and supplies; related to EU-MNCHN
  • The consultant will supervise the work of the other Child Survival Consultants and be responsible for providing guidance for implementation of the state specific work-plan linked to the One Main PHC and other Community structures
  • The consultant will be expected to prepare presentations for monthly EU-MNCHN TWG at the Field office and State level and provide all required summaries,
  • The consultant is expected to travel up to about 15 days in a month to the clusters, settlements and health facilitates for the purposes of monitoring implementation of the project’s programme, supply and human resources.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Medicine, Social Sciences, or Public Health and university degree or related technical field.
  • Eight years experience working on child survival issues or health projects.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language an asset. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station, an asset.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
  • Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions and very good training skills.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Willingness to travel to remote settlements within the state
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

Application Closing Date
11th June, 2019; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Applicants should quote an all inclusive fee in their cover letter.
  • 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.

 

 

 

Job Title: Child Survival and Development (CSD) Consultant

Job Number: 522831
Location: Kebbi State
Work Type: Consultancy
Duration: The duration for this assignment is 11.5 months
Slot: 2 Openings

Background
The maternal and new-born mortality and morbidity in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world with an estimated 576 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births (NDHS 2013). Infant and under-5 mortality rates in the past five years are 69 and 128 deaths per 1,000 live births, respectively. Under-5 mortality rate is estimated at 108.8 per 1,000 live births for 2015 as per the interagency model on U5R[1]globally, undernutrition contributes to 45% of all under-five deaths in 2011(Black et al, 2013) and this probably holds same for Nigeria. Nigeria contributes about 10% of the global burden of maternal deaths and 10 % of burden of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (NNHS 2015). An estimated 110 Nigerian women die each day with a greater proportion occurring in northern Nigeria where the health and nutrition indices are poorer. Due to combination of the high mortality rate and its large population size, Nigeria has the second largest number of under five deaths in the world and the 2nd highest number of stunted under five children next to India.

Health and Nutrition indices are particular very poor in the northern part of Nigeria. Maternal and infant mortality rates are 3-4 times the national average. In Adamawa State, 15% of adult women were underweight/thin while 11.6% were overweight/obese while in Kebbi 16.6% were underweight/thin and 23.8% overweight/obese.  Both conditions are associated with negative nutritional outcomes in childhood. Low birth weight, among other causes, is indicative of the poor nutritional status of the mother.  The prevalence of acute malnutrition stunting stood at 32.9 % among under five children (NNHS 2015) with the highest prevalence in the northern region

The poor health and Nutrition indices in Nigeria may be attributable to four main problems identified with Nigeria’s health system which include: i)Governance and stewardship: Autonomy of the 3 tiers of government (Federal, State, and Local Government Administration (LGAs) has led to duplication of efforts, weak governance and lack of accountability; ii)Human and Financial Resources: Inappropriate allocation of human and financial resources with greater support to tertiary and specialized care, instead of primary health care; iii)Coverage: Low coverage of core maternal, newborn ,child health and nutrition interventions, and iii) Limited access to health and nutrition services due to financial and socio-cultural barriers.

Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, in collaboration with UNICEF and in partnership with European Union launched the new EU-MNCHN project which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-optimal status of health and Nutrition for women and children in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States characterized by high maternal and childhood deaths.

The goal of the project is to assist the Governments of Bauchi and Adamawa in line with their State Strategic Health Development Plans (SSHDP) to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths by significantly improving the health and nutrition status of women and children under 5 years by ensuring an equitable and strengthened primary health care delivery system. For that, a multi-pronged approach that will strengthen primary health care systems, build community resilience and strong governance is needed. Systematic interventions in health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS, complemented with water, sanitation, social protection initiatives, and strong governance structures are bound to be more effective and efficient than single or vertical initiatives. In order to support the SMOH and SPHCDA in the implementation of project interventions at the state level, and deliver appropriately, UNICEF intends to provide technical assistance through recruitment of state consultants that will work in collaboration with the state team leader and state government stakeholders to implement and monitor MNCHN project in Adamawa and Bauchi states.

Rationale

  • This position is to support the State ministry of health, state primary health care development agency and other partners in the implementation of evidence-based interventions that will result in the scale-up of and improved access to maternal and newborn health services with a particular focus on systems strengthening, local capacity building, focused mentoring in local facilities and communities in Adamawa and Bauchi States.
  • The consultant will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners in the implementation of various strategies and interventions that will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at LGA level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, provision of sustainable and scaled-up integrated MNCHN service delivery with equity and community participation.

Purpose of Assignment

  • To provide technical support in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU-MNCHN project in all its components which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-optimal status of health and Nutrition for women and children in Kebbi State.

Major Tasks to be accomplished: (estimated time required to complete tasks. Attach additional sheets, if necessary, to describe assignments):

State and LGA:

  • Work with the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners to support dissemination of national policy, strategy, guidelines and quality of care model for MNCHN at state and LGA level.
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA by providing technical assistance to the development of good quality state and LGA annual operational plans and their review using the Primary Health Care Mechanism.
  • Support dissemination and use of approved training modules and guidelines on selected high impact Integrated Maternal New-born Child Health and Nutrition continuum of care package as defined ( such as- Focused AnteNatal Care (FANC); Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA); Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care (EmONC); Helping Babies Breath (HBB); Post Natal Care (PNC); Integrated Management of acute malnutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), Micronutrient Prevention and Control, Community Based intervention including  New-born Care and Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia, etc.
  • Support state and LGA level supportive supervision, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of MNCHN programmes.

Health Facilities:

  • Priority areas of work to be supported at this level and strategy based on TSS model (Training, Supplies, Supportive Supervision) including but not limited to the following:
  • Set up and implement a quality of care model for MNCHN services in health facilities based on integrated selected high impact interventions.
  • In collaboration with state and LGA Trainers, organize and conduct trainings for health workers using approved training modules and guidelines on selected integrated high impact interventions.
  • Support end user monitoring of equipment and supplies provided to health facilities.
  • Participate in on the Job Training, Supportive Supervision and mentoring of health workers and ensure report is timely done and submitted.

Communities, Villages, Households:

  • Support setting up/organization of structures for implementation of Community based MNCHN interventions including (but not limited) WDCs, VDCs, training of VHWs, CHEWs, CHWs, CLTS, WASHCOM, MSG, etc. and monitor respective interventions
  • Support and conduct the end user monitoring of supplies and demand for MNCHN services in communities and households.
  • Use and monitor implementation of updated Mama/CHEW/CBNC kits as entry point for promotion of desired health seeking behaviour and link with immunization/polio related activities.
  • Work in close collaboration with C4D Consultant to promote uptake of selected high impact family care practices jointly with all sections namely Health, Nutrition, Child Protection, Media, Social Planning, WASH, advocacy and communications and WASH.
  • Promote uptake of integrated Community Case Management for diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria as well as other MNCHN community based interventions.

Minimum Qualification

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Public Health and/or related technical field.
  • Five years’ experience working on child survival issues or health projects.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language an asset. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
  • Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions and very good training skills.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Willingness to travel to remote regions of the country
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

Application Closing Date
11th June, 2019; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Applicants should quote an all inclusive fee in their cover letter.
  • 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.

 

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant

Job Number: 522836
Location: Adamawa State
Work Type : Consultancy
The Duration of this contract: 6 months

Background

  • The maternal and new-born mortality and morbidity in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world with an estimated 576 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births (NDHS 2013). Infant and under-5 mortality rates in the past five years are 69 and 128 deaths per 1,000 live births, respectively. Under-5 mortality rate is estimated at 108.8 per 1,000 live births for 2015 as per the interagency model on U5R[1]. Globally, undernutrition contributes to 45% of all under-five deaths in 2011(Black et al, 2013) and this probably holds same for Nigeria. Nigeria contributes about 10% of the global burden of maternal deaths and 10 % of burden of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (NNHS 2015). An estimated 110 Nigerian women die each day with a greater proportion occurring in northern Nigeria where the health and nutrition indices are poorer. Due to combination of the high mortality rate and its large population size, Nigeria has the second largest number of under five deaths in the world and the 2nd highest number of stunted under five children next to India.
  • Health and Nutrition indices are particular very poor in the northern part of Nigeria. Maternal and infant mortality rates are 3-4 times the national average. In Adamawa State, 15% of adult women were underweight/thin while 11.6% were overweight/obese while in Kebbi 16.6% were underweight/thin and 23.8% overweight/obese.  Both conditions are associated with negative nutritional outcomes in childhood. Low birth weight, among other causes, is indicative of the poor nutritional status of the mother.  The prevalence of acute malnutrition stunting stood at 32.9 % among under five children (NNHS 2015) with the highest prevalence in the northern region
  • The poor health and Nutrition indices in Nigeria may be attributable to four main problems identified with Nigeria’s health system which include: i)Governance and stewardship: Autonomy of the 3 tiers of government (Federal, State, and Local Government Administration (LGAs) has led to duplication of efforts, weak governance and lack of accountability; ii)Human and Financial Resources: Inappropriate allocation of human and financial resources with greater support to tertiary and specialized care, instead of primary health care; iii)Coverage: Low coverage of core maternal, newborn ,child health and nutrition interventions, and iii) Limited access to health and nutrition services due to financial and socio-cultural barriers.
  • Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, in collaboration with UNICEF and in partnership with European Union launched the new EU-MNCHN project which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-optimal status of health and Nutrition for women and children in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States characterized by high maternal and childhood deaths.
  • The goal of the project is to assist the Governments of Bauchi, Kebbi and Adamawa in line with their State Strategic Health Development Plans (SSHDP) to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths by significantly improving the health and nutrition status of women and children under 5 years by ensuring an equitable and strengthened primary health care delivery system. For that, a multi-pronged approach that will strengthen primary health care systems, build community resilience and strong governance is needed. Systematic interventions in health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS, complemented with water, sanitation, social protection initiatives, and strong governance structures are bound to be more effective and efficient than single or vertical initiatives. In order to support the the SMOH and SPHCDA in the implementation of project interventions at the state level, and deliver appropriately, UNICEF intends to provide technical assistance through recruitment of state consultants that will work in collaboration with the state team leader and state government stakeholders to implement and monitor MNCHN project in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi states.

Rationale

  • Monitoring and evaluation is a key component of the project management cycle. This position is to support the State ministry of health, State primary health care development agency and other partners in monitoring and evaluation of the EU-MNCHN project in the states while strengthening the monitoring and evaluation system in the states and building local capacity, focused mentoring for relevant staff involves with data collection in local facilities and communities in Adamawa, States.
  • The consultant will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners in the monitoring and evaluation of the EU-MNCHN project implementation of various strategies and interventions that will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at LGA level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, provision of sustainable and scaled-up integrated MNCHN service delivery with equity and community participation.

Purpose of Assignment

  • To provide technical support in monitoring and evaluation of EU-MNCHN project at both planning and implementation stages all its components which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-optimal status of health and nutrition for women and children in Adamawa States.

Major Tasks to be Accomplished
State and LGA:

  • Work with the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners to support planning, implementation and review of M&E activities at the supported health facilities
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA by providing technical assistance in strengthening the M&E system at the state and LGA levels
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA in the collation of EU –MNCHN project data from implementing health facilities at state level
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA in the drafting of EU-MNCHN project annual work plan for the state work plan
  • Support state to write timely project reports

Health Facility Level:
Priority areas of work to be supported at this level on the EU-MNCHN project (Training, data collection tools, supportive supervision) including but not limited to the followingSet up and implement a quality data collection system at the facility level

  • Ensuring that the M&E data tools are available at all service delivery points in adequate quantities.
  • In collaboration with state and LGA Trainers, organize and conduct trainings for health services providers in the use of the data collection tools, and analysis of data of the integrated high impact interventions.
  • Support the end user monitoring of equipment and supplies provided to health facilities.
  • Participate in on the Job Training, Supportive Supervision and mentoring of health workers related to data collection and ensure report is timely done and submitted.

State Level:

  • Support setting up/organization of structures for monitoring and evaluation of EU-MNCHN implementation
  • Support the report writing for the EU-MNCHN project in the state
  • Support the regular and timely collation of EU-MNCHN project activity data
  • Support and ensure that DHIS 2.0 platform in the state is updated with service data from the EU-MNCHN project
  • Â Support and conduct the end user monitoring of supplies and demand for MNCHN services in communities and households.
  • Support the conduct of baseline, mid-term and end-line evaluation of the EU-MNCHN Project
  • Monitor implementation of updated Mama/CHEW/CBNC kits as entry point for promotion of desired health seeking behaviour and link with immunization/polio related activities.

End Product:

  • Annual State work and operational plans
  • Quarterly DHIS and PHC review reports
  • Monthly progress reports containing iCCM and outreach services data, stock update, etc.
  • Reports of Workshop/Meetings with actionable recommendations.
  • Quarterly reports of milestones achieved to advance project implementation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Monitoring and Evaluation and/or related technical field.
  • Three years experience working on monitoring and evaluation of health projects.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language an asset. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in M&E field.
  • Knowledge of DHIS 2.0 platform for health data collection and collation.
  • Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions and very good training skills.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Willingness to travel to remote regions of the country
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

Application Closing Date
11th June, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Applicants should quote an all inclusive fee in their cover letters
  • 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.

 

 

Job Title: Senior Education Specialist, P5

Job Number: 521264
Location: Kano
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment

For every child, an Education

  • Under the overall guidance of the Chief, Education (and reporting to the Chief, Kano Field Office), the incumbent of the post is responsible for leading successful delivery of the Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3).
  • The incumbent will be accountable for UNICEFs performance in delivering against the specific milestones and targets of the GEP3 project, including education outcomes for girls, as well as such key issues as leveraging funding effectively from governments in participating states.

How can you make a difference?  

  • Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of duties and key results.

Programme Planning, Development and Management:

  • Manage effectively the GEP3 Project and team including, but not confined to, ensuring realistic, accurate and high-quality planning, forecasting and delivery of results, value for money, effective monitoring and evaluation of progress and overall quality assurance or supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis and the timely preparation or finalization of GEP3 input. Ensure timely submission.
  • Establishment, management and leadership of reporting routines and a strong delivery focused culture across the GEP3 team, including field offices as well as Education Specialists located in Abuja. Liaison with government officials (MDAs) and coordination of GEP3.
  • Responsibility for all project planning and reporting for GEP3, including, but not confined to development and review of activity planning, risk analysis (including both political and fiduciary risks at state level), and regular team analysis and reviews of log frame and results.

Promotion of UNICEF Global Goals:

  • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue regarding GEP3 in the Education sector, by actively engaging in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.

Knowledge Management:

  • Ensure effective knowledge management by finalizing Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) documents and reports such as the Education Section/Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through sharing with the Extended Education Cluster on implementation experience, lessons learned knowledge gained and information / data exchange.

Rights-Based Programming through Results-Based Approach:

  • Promote rights-based Education Programming through the formulation of appropriate goals, strategies and approaches.
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to GEP3 or programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Exploit efficiently the four core partnerships as well as selective partnerships on specific issues and themes or regional concern, such as education and HIV, abolition of school fees in order to formulate common advocacy position, develop policy guidance and influence allocation of resources on behalf of education.
  • Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring:

  • Responsible for development of the GEP3 work plan, which reflects UNICEF contribution as part of the coordinated support of external partners to national efforts to achieve the MDGs 2 and 3, as well as implementation and monitoring of assigned programme activity, ensuring compliance with programme strategies and approaches.
  • Responsibility for all financial planning and reporting for GEP3, including, but not confined to, budget development and execution, management of tranche releases from DFID, management of fund releases from state governments, and value for money analysis.

UNICEF and Government Accountability:

  • Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government and all implementing partners accountability; and to orientate and train Government and UNICEF implementing partners in UNICEF supply and non-supply policies and procedures.
  • Certifies disbursements of funds related to GEP3, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.
  • Principal liaison point with donor, with a strong focus on delivering clearly against the conditions on which funds are released to UNICEF by the donor, as well as ensuring high quality timely reporting, and clear and effective lines of communication.

Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership:

  • Provide technical and policy advice to the Chief, Education on Girls Education Project 3 (GEP3) or Education Section strategies, planning and implementation for GEP3; provide interpretation of guidelines, global strategy and organizational policy, contributing to the development of new guidelines through the programme cycle.
  • Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Education programme requirements and objectives.
  • Conduct field visits to monitor GEP3 and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
  • Collaborate with other in-country partners to engage with and support the Government in developing a national education sector support plan or other appropriate plans and priorities
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of GEP3.
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of GEP3 implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Education programme goals.

Requirements
Education:

  • Advanced university degree in Education, Social Science or related technical field with background in management of complex project/programmes, monitoring and evaluation.

Work Experience:

  • Ten years progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme planning and management in a related field, with emphasis on strategic planning, leading policy reform in a developing country environment, sectoral coordination, sector financing and sector leadership.
  • Strong networks in the sector and strong programme management required.
  • Peer reviewed publications in the sector and substantial experience working in at least 2 developing countries in both emergency and non-emergency environments preferred.
  • Experience in running complex projects, with a focus on delivery, management and leadership
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment, sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities.

Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in English and a second UN language.
  • Local working language of the duty station an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Application Closing Date
11th June, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • 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.
  • 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.

Job Types: Full-Time. Job expires in Endless.

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