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Health Specialist, NOC, Fixed-Term, Nairobi- Kenya (Open to Kenya Nationals Only)



Under the overall guidance of the Chief Health, and supervision of the Health Specialist, the incumbent is to manage the UNICEF support to the Nairobi County government and its partners to adopt and implement policy, strengthen capacities required for the provision of MNCH services, within the framework of the devolved system of governance.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, making a difference…

UNICEF Kenya's Programme of Cooperation with the Government of Kenya (2014 - 2018) is based on supporting the Government and partners to create an inclusive, protective, healthy and learning environment for children. The Health Programme aims to increase national and local capacity to develop and implement evidence based policies to fulfill the rights of children and women to access affordable and quality health care. More specifically, the programme aims to increase access and use of evidence based quality maternal and child health services and to support the Government of Kenya to achieve the health related Millennium Development Goals.

How can you make a difference? 

As Health Specialist, you will:  

  1. Support MNCH coordination at Nairobi county level:
  • Under the guidance of the MNH Specialist and Child Health specialists in Nairobi, participate and support in relevant county coordination meetings, document decisions made, and update the overall project work-plan accordingly.
  • Relay any resulting management decisions to colleagues in the two field offices (the MNH Field Officers).
  • Keep abreast of public health developments in the county that could have an impact on the MNCH Program (positive or negative) and proactively propose how to respond to these developments.
  • Working closely with the M&E team, ensure that relevant and accurate information is available for partners as needed.
  1. Oversee financial disbursements and supply requisitions:
  • Working closely with the Programme Assistant, supply and finance divisions, and national office staff, review and initiate MOH and partner requests for cash transfers and reports on fund utilization from the county.
  • Update the MNH Specialist regularly on fund utilization and budget utilization status. Based on needs assessments, and with assistance from the supply division, support the county level to prepare supply requisitions and monitor delivery.
  • While the Quality Assurance Officer and supply division colleagues will conduct end-user monitoring of supplies, the MNCH Officer should also monitor the placement and use of UNICEF-purchased supplies.


  • Additionally, you will:
  1. Ensure related UNICEF, government and non-government staff comply with UNICEF's financial rules including emergency fast-track procedures;
  2. In close collaboration with Operations and Supply staff, regularly monitor and report on use of related supplies and other resources donated to the government and non-government partners;
  3. Collaborate with the Operations Section and Government authorities to maintain sound internal controls, supportive of specific Health interventions as well as to ensure accountability.
  1. Maintain MNCH work-plan:
  • Based on regular reports received from the Quality Assurance Officer and M&E Team, and on feedback obtained directly from the field and partners, maintain the overall project work-plan and proactively propose solutions to delays or other implementation challenges.
  • Work closely with field staff and MOH colleagues to prepare county-specific work-plans and suitable budgets, and regularly track progress through both reports received from colleagues and direct field visits. The officer will be expected to document and disseminate lessons learned while implementing country-specific capacity building activities.
  • Additionally, he or she will;
  1. Ensure UNICEF, government and non-government staff apply right-based approaches to programming and humanitarian principles;
  2. Promote the quality of rights-based Health programmes through the formulation of programme goals and strategies and approaches.
  1. Partnerships and leveraging resources:
  • Maintain close working relationships with other related UNICEF sectors, particularly nutrition, HIV, WASH, and programme communication;
  • Coordinate with related UNICEF Regional Advisers and HQ Officers to ensure strategies are aligned with global and regional strategies;
  • Establish active and participatory partnerships with related Health sector stakeholders (Government, WHO, other UN agencies, NGOs and bilateral agencies) and interact with them at different stages of Health programme design and implementation and identify opportunities for leveraging resources to be brought to the attention of Chief of Health Section.
  • Participate in inter-sectoral collaboration (Child Health and Community Health Services with other programme colleagues for the systematic delivery of an integrated package of MNCH services.
  1. Generate progress reports and support donor visits:
  • The M&E Team will be responsible for generating draft progress reports every six months. The MNCH Specialist will be responsible for reviewing and finalizing these reports. The MNCH Specialist shall also oversee all donor visits to the field.


To qualify and to make a difference for every child you will have…


Advanced degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Medicine, Health Research, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Family Health, Biostatistics, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care, Nursing or a field relevant to international development assistance in Health.


Five years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes related to Health with focus on maternal and child survival and development programmes. Professional work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in child survival & development, health care. Field work experience and background/familiarity with Emergency and gender mainstreaming.


Fluency in English required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.



For more information, see the Job Description attached:  

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.  

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-25

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