Health Officer M&E (NOB), Fixed term, Port Sudan-Sudan, MENA (#128715) At United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)



JOB DESCRIPTION

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built, we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, Hope

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

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How can you make a difference?

You will oversee the design, implementation, and management of M&E systems within health programs. This role involves systematic tracking of program activities, outputs, and outcomes to assess effectiveness, efficiency, and impact. By gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data, you will ensure that health interventions are evidence-based and aligned with strategic goals and objectives. This position is crucial for identifying best practices, learning opportunities, and areas for improvement, facilitating adaptive management and decision-making processes. Furthermore, you will play a key role in reporting of results, contributing to the transparency and accountability of health programs, and guiding programmatic adjustments to enhance health service delivery and achieve better health outcomes.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

  1. Support to monitoring and evaluation planning.
  • Collaboratively develop monitoring plans for the health section ensuring appropriate coverage of geographical locations and programme interventions.
  • Coordinate the development of the sections field monitoring plans in collaboration with the health and PME teams.
  • Provide professional technical assistance in the preparation of the Situation Analysis for program development and management by collecting and analyzing data and monitoring implementation progress.
  • Contribute to the identification of critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyze country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects. Propose adjustments/changes in work plans.
  1. Programme performance monitoring
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  •  Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action, facilitating Data quality analysis and training to county data officers.
  • Collaborate with partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate in the major programme evaluation exercises to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery.
  • Collaborate and prepare annual program status reports in a timely manner, as required.
  • Lead the section’s monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programmes and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
  1. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Participate in the preparation of, and making professional contribution to, the preparation of Programme reports required for the management.
  • Contribute to Programme by supporting knowledge management through providing professional assistance in data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting. This includes facilitating Outcome surveys eg. Malaria Indicator Survey, etc.
  • Collaborate and prepare annual program status reports in a timely manner, as required
  1. Networking and partnership building
  • Participate in information exchange with partners and ensuring sustenance of the various government led coordination platforms.
  • Collaborate with partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate in the major programme evaluation exercises to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery in collaboration with the PME section.
  • Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action, facilitating Data quality analysis and training to county data officers.
  • As applicable, takes an active role in M&E activities and task-specific working groups in the office, including support to the identification, prioritization, conduct and quality assurance, of the country programme Integrated monitoring, evaluation and research plan (IMEP)
  1. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Contribute to building the capacities in monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to improve the monitoring and evaluation of the health programmes.
  • Assist with oversight of research and ensure results are available for use in knowledge products.

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

  • EducationA university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning, or any other relevant field.
  • Experience:
    • A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public health/nutrition planning and management or monitoring and evaluation.
    • Experience working in emergency environments.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Arabic language is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

The following desirables:

  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  1. Builds and maintains partnerships
  2. Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  3. Drive to achieve results for impact
  4. Innovates and embraces change
  5. Manages ambiguity and complexity
  6. Thinks and acts strategically
  7. Works collaboratively with others

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

Remarks:

As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable females candidates are encouraged to apply.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

UNICEF shall not facilitate the issuance of a visa and working authorization for candidates under consideration for positions at the national officer and general service category.

This is required for all posts requiring a higher education degree. “UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

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