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Health Specialist, (P-4), Amman, Jordan, #92210


The Specialist is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of the health (gender, maternal, neonatal, child survival/development) program/s within the country program and providing technical guidance and operational support throughout the programming process to facilitate the achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance and accountability framework.

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, Health

The Health Specialist reports to the Chief of Section (Health and Nutrition) for general guidance and supervision. The Specialist is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of the health (gender, maternal, neonatal, child survival/development) program/s within the country program and providing technical guidance and operational support throughout the programming process to facilitate the achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance and accountability framework. The position will provide support to Jordan Country Programme including its response to the Humanitarian Crisis (Syria Response).

The Health Specialist will provide technical inputs to UNICEF’s area of health systems and ensure coherence and consistency with other sectoral strategies development by technical programmes and in particular in the development of the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health programmes;

Part of the Health Specialist’s job will also be to provide technical support on other key health systems issues including governance, health equity and pro-poor financing, health legislation and regulations, health sector coordination and input to sector wide working groups and provide strategic policy and technical inputs to the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries and authorities and key development partners towards effective implementation of the Health Sector Reforms, and national goals including Universal Health Coverage.


How can you make a difference?

1. Program development and planning 

  • Plan and provide technical support/guidance to the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis to establish a comprehensive/updated strategic plan for development, design and management of health related programs. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Prepare, coordinate and/or supervise the formulation of health program recommendation and related documentations as a component of the Country Program establishing clear program goals, objectives, strategies and results based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM).
  • Ensure alignment of sectoral program with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Consult and collaborate with internal and external colleagues and partners to provide technical and operational support on program planning, management and implementation and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors throughout all stages of programming processes.
  • Facilitates Country Office (CO) inputs to the design and implementation of relevant health system strengthening initiatives around strengthening health financing system, medicines and technology and human resources for health in relation to children and women; as well as build understanding and mainstreaming social determinants, equity, gender, human rights related issues in health policies, programmes and actions and support capacity building including training and inter-country meetings;

2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Coordinate, plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in health programs.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programs/projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Plan, monitor certify disbursements and control the optimum/appropriate use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures, donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare mandated and key program/project reports for donors and other partners to keep them informed program progress.

3. Advisory services and technical support

  • Collaborate/consult with key government officials, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on policies, strategies and best practices and approaches on health and related issues to support program development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Participate in program strategic discussions/planning to provide technical advice/contribute policy discussions and agenda setting to promote health and development issues especially in the areas of gender, emergency preparedness and maternal, neonatal and child survival and development.
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
  • Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives program development and contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated.
  • Promotes integration of health programmes within the health system approach.
  • Liaise and collaborates with CO colleagues, concerned technical units in Ministry of Health (MoH) and donors and external partners on all matters relating to the collection, compilation and dissemination of evidence, information and data on health issues and challenges, interventions and system performance
  • Contributes to strengthening external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy of the work of CO aimed at improving health system transparency and accountability;

4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and/or promote cooperation and alliances to achieve program goals on children rights and social justice/equity.
  • Prepare communication and information materials to highlight program goals, achievements and/or needs to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for health programs (maternal, neonatal and child survival and development).
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on health and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues UNDAF planning and preparation of health programs/projects.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable health programs/projects initiatives.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark and implement best and cutting edge practices in health management and information systems. Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
  • Lead/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on health related programs/projects


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

  • Education: An Advanced University Degree in public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy, health planning and/or health financing is required.
  • Experience: A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in health system strengthening at an international level with a focus on programme development, planning and implementation, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation in middle income countries as well as developing/emergency context countries. Relevant experience in health/nutrition program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Language Requirement: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language 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.
  • Functional Competencies: Leading and supervising (I), Formulating strategies and concepts (II), Analyzing (III), Relating and networking (II), Deciding and Initiating action (II), Applying technical expertise (III).



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




* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

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: Amman
  • 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: 2017-08-30

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