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  • Posted on: 24 March, 2016 Deadline: 7 April, 2016
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  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - In September 2014 UNICEF began implementing a joint programme with UN Women on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) funded by the European Union (EU). The programme will support the Nigerian Government (Federal level), three Northern Nigerian States namely Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau and selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings.

    UNICEF is responsible for implementation of Component 2 of the programme, namely ‘to increase access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, in 3 states of northern Nigeria”. This will entail enhancing avenues for reporting of child rights violation and Gender Based Violence in Plateau and Gombe States, strengthening access to and quality of services for children and women who have experienced violence (including gender based violence (GBV), abuse, neglect and exploitation and strengthening the information management system for collecting data on violations.

    Health Officer, NO-B

     

    Purpose of the Position

    • Under the supervision of the Health Specialist, the incumbent will help with planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of scaling-up cost-effective Health intervention packages.
    • He/She will also participate in data-driven situational analyses, including epidemiological and emergency assessments; provide specific technical expertise on Health policies and other issues; provide in-country technical and operational support; and help monitor, evaluate and report on related Health programs.

    Key Expected Results

    • Timely, regular data-driven analysis for planning and results-based management for scaling-up specific Health interventions.
    • Technical expertise on specific Health interventions.
    • Technical and operational support provided to key government and non-government partners on scaling-up interventions (downstream activities).
    • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on specific Health interventions carried out through various field visits, in a timely manner, efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
    • Government and non-government recipients accountable for UNICEF specific supply, non-supply and financial assistance.

    Qualifications of the Successful Candidate

    • University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Health, Public Health, Global/International Health, Health Policy And Management, Environmental Health, Family Health, Health Research, Biostatistics, Socio-Medical Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Education, Health Promotion And Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions In Health Care, Demography, Social Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, or a field relevant to International Public Health Development Assistance
    • Two years of relevant professional work experience related to developmental assistance in health.
    • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization, and field work experience an asset.
    • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
    • Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of the local language of the duty station, an asset.

    Core Values:

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core competencies:

    • Communication
    • Working with people
    • Drive for results

    Functional Competencies:

    • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
    • Analyzing
    • Applying Technical Expertise
    • Learning and Researching
    • Planning and Organizing

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    Administrative Assistant (Security)

     

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    • Assists in the briefing of international and national staff members, consultants and visitors on general security and administrative matters relating to travel, missions, local movements, residential accommodation in line with security policies pertaining to Minimum Operating Security Standard (MOSS) and Residential Security Measures (RSM).  In consultation with the Staff Security Officer, advises and guides all personnel on security clearance procedures and pertinent issues. Assists in conducting periodic checks on UNICEF staff residences for RSM compliance and provides administrative support, as required.
    •  Assists the Staff Security Officer in disseminating accurate security information to staff members, consultants and official visitors, including the use of bulk sms, radios and emails. Maintains relevant liaison and contact with the Country UN Security team on security-related matters including security clearance and radio checks. Additionally maintain liaison with other security agencies including  with the Nigerian Military, Police, Road Safety Commission, National Security Service and others as may be required.
    • Collects information pertaining to staff movements in Nigeria and assists to monitor security situation in order to provide emergency support to them as required. Collects updated information and collates reports on warden list, call signs and essential staff list and ensures distribution to the relevant recipients.
    • Monitors operations of the HF and VHF communication networks to ensure effectiveness and prompt linkage between country office and field offices as well as vehicles on mission. Assists the Staff Security Officer in conducting training for users on HF and VHF radio.
    • Maintain office files and records relating to security issues and incidents for information and references. Identifies and selects information and records in specified format for use by the Staff Security Specialist in preparing reports, correspondence and technical papers.
    • Advises and assists all staff in the area of personal and office security management as required. Arranges for and/or attends meetings on day-to-day security and administrative matters; participates in discussions of new or revised procedures and practices; interprets and assesses the impact of changes; and makes recommendations for follow-up actions.
    • Prepares, on own initiative, correspondence, reports, evaluations and justifications, as required, on general security and administrative issues which may be of a confidential nature within the assigned area of responsibility.
    • Provides relevant information to help interpretation of rules, regulations and procedures on routine security issues to staff.

    Working Conditions

    • Work is mainly office-based with frequent travels within the country which sometimes involve volatile and insecure conditions.
    • Post is technical and operates with and requires interpretation and application of existing rules and regulations and guidelines. Incumbent at times is required to assess situations and exercises considerable judgment where there are no guidelines on issues requiring urgent attention.
    • Normally, incumbent makes recommendations to supervisor when deviations from guidelines or changes in procedures are necessary.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    • Completion of Secondary Education, First degree or its equivalent in Security Management, International Relations, Business Administration, or Social Sciences.
    • Additional training and certification in security management (especially in the military, police or SSS) is desirable.
    • An officer in the above services is an advantage.
    • Six years of security and administrative work experience of which a minimum of four years are in carrying out security responsibilities.
    • Experience with any of the combat arms of the Nigeria Armed Forces or Police is desirable.
    • Knowledge of English language is required.
    • Knowledge of a local language of the duty station is desirable an asset. Knowledge of another UN working language, especially French, is an asset.

    Competencies of Successful Candidate

    • Core Values:
    • Commitment
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core competencies:

    • Communication - Level I
    • Working with People - Level II
    • Drive for Results - Level I

    Functional Competencies:

    • Analyzing - Level 2
    • Planning and Organizing - Level 2
    • Applying Technical Expertise – Level 2
    • Following instructions and Procedures - Level I

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    Immunization Specialist

     

    Purpose of the Position

    • Immunization (EPI) Specialist is accountable for professional leadership in and contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration of the Immunization programme in conjunction with Child Survival and Development, Maternal and Child Health, Health and Nutrition components within the country programme, to achieve the UNICEF's immunization plus goals and objectives for the country.
    • Accountable for ensuring that the UNICEF Immunization programme promotes gender equality, with an emphasis on gender disaggregation, gender disparity identification and gender mainstreaming.

    Key Expected Results

    • 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.
    • Quality contributions are made to the development and implementation of the Immunization strategies and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partnership.
    • Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is effectively provided, and planned results are timely delivered through exercise of strong technical leadership.
    • Project implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability. 
    • Gender/sex disaggregated data and inputs relevant to the Immunization Programme provided.
    • Technical support is provided to government and NGOs at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries.
    • The capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity building programme in the development, implementation and management of the Immunization programme.
    • UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector.
    • Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.
    • The most relevant and strategic information is provided to support the Immunization Programme by the effective implementation of integrated child survival monitoring system.
    • All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
    • Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination are provided.
    • Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed.

    Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
    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 compiling, analysing and evaluating information and providing the technical input.
    • Ensures the preparation of the Situation Analysis relative to Immunization (EPI) interventions in the country and its periodic update.
    • Prepares sectoral input to the Country Programme Document, and all related documents (e.g., Plan of Operations, Project Plans of Action, Country Programme Summary Sheet, Programme Summary Sheet) of the Immunization programme. 

    Quality contributions are made to the development and implementation of the Immunization strategies and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partners:

    • Collaborates with other UNICEF sectors, particularly Health, Nutrition, HIV and programme communication to ensure integration of the Immunization programme with other sectors.
    • Participates with UNICEF, Government, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners in the development of the immunization strategies and approaches.  Ensures achievement of strategic results in line with agreed Annual and Country Programme objectives and adopts corrective action to meet programme/project objectives.
    • Contributes to the identification of new approaches 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 to programming and Community Capacity Development.

    Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is effectively provided, and planned results are timely delivered through exercise of strong technical leadership:

    • As Immunization Specialist, exercises technical leadership for, and participates in, the development of the results-based sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for administration, implementation, monitoring and follow-up of sectoral project activity, consistent with the defined project strategies and approaches.
    • Ensures objectives and targets are timely met and achieved, 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.

    Project implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability:

    • Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes, as well as participates in periodic programme reviews with 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.
    • Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

    Technical support is provided to government and NGOs at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries:

    • Provides technical support to government and NGOs at the national and provincial levels in the planning, development and implementation stages of the programmes/projects.
    • Identifies training needs; plans, organizes and conducts 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.

    The capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity building programme in the development, implementation and management of the Immunization Programme:

    • Plans and organizes a staff training/development programme to upgrade the capacity of the Country Office staff in the programme development, implementation and management of the Immunization Programme.
    • Conducts relevant orientation, workshop, and training and staff learning/development activities.

    UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector:

    • Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring UNICEF and Government partner accountability.
    • Certifies disbursements of funds, ensuring those activities are within established plans of action and programme budget allotments.
    • Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

    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 programme objectives.
    • Participates in establishing effective monitoring, knowledge database/network and reporting systems 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 exchange of knowledge, information, experience and lessons learned.

    The most relevant and strategic information is provided to support the Immunization Programme by the effective implementation of the monitoring system:

    • In collaboration with monitoring and evaluation and program communication colleagues, conducts accurate and timely monitoring and data collection, and supports an integrated monitoring system.
    • Participates in major evaluation exercises, programme mid-term review, annual sector review and preview meetings. Analyses and evaluates data to ensure achievement of objectives and recommends corrective measures as appropriate.
    • Ensures the accurate and timely input of project information in the monitoring system, and issues status reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

    All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures:

    • Ensures the timely preparation of annual sector status reports in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
    • Participates in the preparation of all programme reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, and annual reports.

    Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination are provided:

    • Collaborates in forming emergency preparedness plan relating to the areas of responsibility.
    • In case of emergency, participates in monitoring and assessing the nature and extent of the emergency in the assigned area.
    • Coordinates and provides assistance to the Country Office in identifying where support is required in terms of immediate response as well as long-term strategy and plan.

    Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed:

    • Performs and delivers additional duties and services assigned by the supervisor.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    • Advanced university degree in Public Health, Pediatric Health, Child Development, Child Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Administration, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.
    • Five years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health/Immunization programmes. Professional work experience in a technical expert position related to child survival & health care.
    • Field work experience
    • Fluency in English and the local language of the duty station.

    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Core Values:

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core competencies:

    • Communication
    • Working with People
    • Drive for Results

    Functional Competencies:

    • Building Trust
    • Managing Resources
    • Communication
    • Influence
    • Judgement

    Technical Knowledge:

    • Team Leadership
    • Planning, Setting Standards, and Monitoring Work

    Technical Knowledge
    Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

    • Knowledge of theories and practices in:
    • Childhood Immunizations
    • Child and Maternal Health
    • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    • Public Health
    • Educational Interventions in Health Care
    • Health Education
    • Environmental Health
    • Health Financing
    • Knowledge Management
    • Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages

    General knowledge of:

    • Methodology of programme/project management
    • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Health
    • Knowledge of global health issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches.
    • Policies and strategy to address national and global health issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
    • Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches

    Specific Technical Knowledge Required
    Knowledge of latest theories, principles, methods and technology in several of the following areas:

    • Child, neonatal or maternal health care Immunizations  Health system planning and management
    • Health Economics and Financing Global Health
    • Public Health training material development and conduct of training programme
    • Public Health, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Family Health
    • Health Research, Biostatistics, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology
    • Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care Knowledge Management
    • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for health programmes
    • Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches
    • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
    • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
    • Mid-Term Strategic Plan; Millennium Development Goals
    • Accelerated Child Survival and Development programme
    • Knowledge of one of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes (e.g., primary health care systems, PMTCT, Pediatric AIDS, malaria, WASH).
    • UNICEF policies and strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity
    • Gender and diversity awareness

    Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced:

    • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
    • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
    • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
    • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
    • UN security operations and guidelines.

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    Operations Research Specialist (WASH)

     

    Purpose of the Position

    • Under the direct supervision of the Chief of WASH, the Operations Research Specialist (WASH) is accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, managing and evaluation of the Operational Research component of the WASH programme to ensure overall quality of the research conducted and its application to inform WASH sector policies, strategies and approaches for greater results for children.

    Key Expected Results

    • Effectively manage and implement the Operational research component of the WASH Programme including scoping areas of research, refining research questions in-line with the emerging needs & priorities of the WASH program.
    • Effectively manage service providers and contracts as they relate to the research and study component of the WASH program, in accordance with UNICEF guidelines and policy on researches.
    • Knowledge management effectively promoted through facilitating the systematic capture & synthesis of research findings, sharing trends, good practice, "what works well and what doesn't" and knowledge/information exchange.
    • Practical application of Operational Research findings to WASH projects, plans, policies, strategies and approaches with a view to improve WASH programme performance and the delivery of quality results with equity .
    • Operational Research carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures including on research quality assurance and Ethics (ERIC: Ethical Research Involving Children).
    • Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding non-supply assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the Operational Research.
    • Effective networking and partnerships with national and international research institutions achieved.

    Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
    Operations Research Planning, Development and Management:

    • Carry out a proper needs analysis based on desk review of available documents to determine the pertinent research needs (with focus on equity and addressing gender issues) to accelerate attainment of WASH sectoral goals.
    • Review the current research plans within the section and update as required.
    • Develop Terms of Reference for conducting Operational Research; review the proposals from bidders for their technical suitability & capability to conduct the research. Develop guidance and Standard Operating Procedures as relevant.
    • Manage the implementation of the research component by facilitating linkages and providing needed technical guidance.
    • In collaboration with partners manages the formative research, development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant evidence based WASH knowledge products and communication materials to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery.
    • To assist in the development of national capacities for research, with special attention to research ethics and the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders.
    • Facilitate macro level integrated planning of research, monitoring activities within the WASH program, with national partners, the UN Country Team and the wider international community, in the context of internal office management plans, the country programme process, the UNDAF, incorporating transparency on gender inequalities and using, where applicable, strategies for gender mainstreaming across sectors.
    • Work with supply and procurement section to ensure that the procurement of research services are effective and efficient, designed to get the best quality for the best value, and aligned with UNICEF supply policy.

    Knowledge Management:

    • Maintain an up-to-date database of capable research institutions and service providers in-country and also play a role in strengthening research capacities of existing institutions.
    • Undertake documentation and prepare a synthesis of the research findings including best practices, "what works & what doesn't" for wider sharing with WASH sector stakeholders.
    • Help in the documentation of Case Studies and Field Notes for wider dissemination.
    • Using the research findings provide concrete inputs or recommendations on major programme directions, strategies & approaches and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.
    • Assists in developing outreach and uptake strategies for the wider application of Research findings (briefs, reports, press releases, articles, linkages, social media engagement).
    • Provide synthesis of research results to the country office senior management, the Country Management Team and key programme and operations staff.
    • Facilitate learning from the results of monitoring and evaluation within the Country Office and more widely within UNICEF in the region and globally, as well as among national partners and other key stakeholders, ensuring that gender equality is a standard feature. 

    Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach:

    • Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches.
    • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results-based management approach.

    Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring:

    • Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches.
    • Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

    Programme Management, Delivery, and Reporting:

    • Participate in the budget planning and ensure the compliance and the optimal appropriation of allocated programme funds.
    • Participates in and contributes to the budget and programme review and planning. Establishes programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
    • Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
    • Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Improves programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

    Promotion of UNICEF's Global Goals:

    • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes, and reference to the WASH strategy.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate
    Education Background:

    • Advanced University Degree in the Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Business Administration, Public Health, Civil Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, or other fields relevant to international WASH related development assistance.

    Work Experience:

    • Five years of progressively responsible relevant work experience at the national and international levels in research and knowledge management, including in the field of development.
    • Specific experience in the WASH sector will be an advantage.

    Language Proficiency:

    • Fluency in English and another UN language (for IP)
    • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station (for NO).

    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Core Values:

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core competencies:

    • Communication
    • Working with people
    • Drive for results

    Functional Competencies:

    • Leading and Supervising
    • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
    • Analyzing
    • Relating and Networking
    • Deciding and Initiating Action
    • Applying Technical Expertise

    Method of Application

    To apply, visit UNICEF Career Page

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