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Health Specialist (Maternal and Newborn), P-4, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, #99101


The Health Specialist (Maternal and Newborn) will participate in the implementation of UNICEF DRC’s Health Work Plan, ensuring the achievement of specifically-assigned objectives, and targeted results in the area of Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health (MNCAH).

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. The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in its programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy of 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.

For every child, health

There is growing evidence that investing in the health of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens, and thereby helping to address inequity, not only will help give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but will also lead to sustained growth and stability of countries.

Progress since 1990 in cutting maternal mortality has been impressive. Globally, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) has fallen by 44 per cent over the period. However, while progress has been substantial, it has not been sufficient to achieve the MDG 5 target of a three-quarters decline.

In 2015, it was estimated that about 800 girls and women died every day as a result of pregnancy and child birth-related complications. Maternal deaths are now increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where high fertility rates combined with inadequate access to quality antenatal care and skilled attendance at birth have substantially elevated the risk of death in this region.

In addition, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, armed conflict has had a huge impact on children, who are at risk of violence, displacement and being recruited into armed groups. Making the situation more complicated in the country is a lack of basic services for their health, nutrition and education.

How can you make a difference?

The Health Specialist (Maternal and Newborn) will participate in the implementation of UNICEF DRC’s Health Work Plan, ensuring the achievement of specifically-assigned objectives, and targeted results in the area of Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health (MNCAH).

The Specialist will report to the Senior Health Specialist for general guidance and supervision and will be responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the various health programmes (gender, maternal, neonatal, child survival/development) within UNICEF DRC. She/he will provide technical guidance and operational support throughout the programming process to facilitate the achievement of concrete and sustainable results. The Health Specialist will have an important role to play in the achievement of the DRC office’s strategic plans and goals.

The selected candidate will help to improve the quality of care for maternal and newborn health services through the development of a model of clinical mentorship for better MNH Outcomes. He/she will enable policy makers and others to take action to accelerate national plans to achieve clear results for newborn survival, enhancing the achievement of wider goals for women’s and children’s health.

The Health Specialist (Maternal and Newborn) will be expected to work in the following areas:

  1.  Program development and planning;
  2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results;
  3. Advisory services and technical support;
  4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building;
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

To qualify as champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in public health/nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal and neonatal health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness, at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country, is required.
  • Relevant experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in French and English required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

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.


This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

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.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kinshasa
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-31

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