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Temporary Appointment (364 days) - Immunization and Health System Strengthening Officer, P2, USSC - Nairobi (frequent travel to Somalia), Post #104301

Nairobi (Kenya)

Around 785,853 populations of the 1 million IDPs have been displaced during the last 6 months of 2017. This has considerable ramifications in an environment where public sector capacities to deliver health and related services are limited; development and humanitarian assistance are declining and there are persistent areas of conflict, natural disasters and health emergencies such as drought and epidemics of measles and cholera. Somalia has one of the lowest DTP3 coverage rates in the world (42% WUENIC 2016), following decades of civil war, natural disasters and disease outbreaks during 2016 and 17. In 2016, maternal mortality ratio was estimated at 732 per 100,000 live births, whereas under-5-mortality rate was 137 per 1000 live birth.The objective of UNICEF Somalia programme is to reduce mortality and morbidity through increasing access to equitable and quality health care services. The main focus of the programme will be on strengthening the all domains of health system in Somalia, and supporting the health sector recovery and transition.

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 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.

Somalia continues to face a protracted humanitarian crisis because of combined effects of droughts, internal conflicts and displacement of populations. Conflict has been ongoing in Somalia for more than two decades. The lack of basic social services, mass displacement, droughts, flooding, and poverty have further exacerbated the well-being of the population and has led to Somalia having some of the worst maternal and child mortality indicators in the world. Food crisis is worsening in rural areas following consecutive seasons of poor rainfall and low river water levels, which has led to near total crop failures; reduced rural employment opportunities; widespread shortage of water and pasture; consequent increases in livestock deaths. Rapidly diminishing food access among poor households as staple food prices continue to rise sharply and livestock prices decrease significantly. The latest findings from a countrywide seasonal assessment conducted in December 2016 indicate that over 3.2 million people face Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phases 3 and 4)). Since November 2016, 625,000 people have been displaced by drought, primarily in the south of the country, and are moving to urban areas in search of alternative livelihoods and humanitarian assistance. This is on top of the existing 1.1 million internally displaced people (IDP) across Somalia. 70-80% of IDPs and refugees are women and children. The majority of IDPs are living in congested settlements with limited access to infrastructure and services; are unable to meet their daily food and non-food needs; as well as lack adequate protection and durable solutions.

 

Somalia population is estimated to be more than 13 million in 2017; with 42% living in urban areas and 58% living in rural areas. Urban settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate with significant urban-rural migration, fuelling a concentration of the population in and around urban centres. Key high-risk groups include 2.4 million children under the age of 5 and more than 3 million women of child bearing age. Nomads constitute one-fourth of the total Somali population whereas an estimated 1.1 million (8.6% of the total population) internally displaced people living mainly in the outskirts of urban towns have been reported from June 2016 to June 2017 of which around 79% of those population displaced due to drought and around 18% of them displaced due to conflict / insecurity.

 

Around 785,853 populations of the 1 million IDPs have been displaced during the last 6 months of 2017. This has considerable ramifications in an environment where public sector capacities to deliver health and related services are limited; development and humanitarian assistance are declining and there are persistent areas of conflict, natural disasters and health emergencies such as drought and epidemics of measles and cholera.

Somalia has one of the lowest DTP3 coverage rates in the world (42% WUENIC 2016), following decades of civil war, natural disasters and disease outbreaks during 2016 and 17.  In 2016, maternal mortality ratio was estimated at 732 per 100,000 live births, whereas under-5-mortality rate was 137 per 1000 live birth.The objective of UNICEF Somalia programme is to reduce mortality and morbidity through increasing access to equitable and quality health care services. The main focus of the programme will be on strengthening the all domains of health system in Somalia, and supporting the health sector recovery and transition.

 

For every child, Health               

www.unicef.org/somalia

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall technical guidance of Chief of Health section; and in coordination and supervision by the Immunization Specialist, the HSS Officer will provide direct and remote technical assistance to implementation, monitoring, evaluation of the UNICEF component of the GAVI Health System Strengthening (HSS) project activities, including monthly data analysis, programme delivery, data quality and reporting and expansion of immunization coverage through sustained service delivery, strengthening cold chain, and demand creation. Contributions to the global EPI dashboard showing attributions aligned to the country programme goals, objectives and strategy.

Summary of key accountabilities:

The incumbent will perform the following tasks and/or any assignment that would primarily contribute and demonstrate accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

  1. Collect and provide analysis on monthly basis the updated data and information on national immunization programme performance related to the GAVI HSS support; and as linked to other health programmes interventions based on field monitoring reports, visits and reviews. Show the programme status and recommends appropriate adjustments as necessary.
  2. Provide accurate, complete and up-to-date programme/project implementation information for effective budget preparation, project implementation reviews, monitoring and evaluation.
    Review grant reports and sharing the same with the supervisor; verifies accuracy and appropriateness of data and VISION coding.
  3. Conduct regular implementation follow-ups, including monitoring of UNICEF end use of inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply assistance; and thus ensuring project efficiency and effectiveness.
  4. Undertakes monthly field visits to Somalia (South Central Regional states, Somaliland and Puntland) for monitoring of project activities. Prepares reports on the results of the field visits and progress of vaccination coverage in the targeted areas.
  5. Donor Progress reports and project work plans are timely prepared and shared. Quality technical support is provided in the drafting of donor, annual and other reports/project documentation related to UNICEF component of GAVI HSS project.
  6. Collaborates with the FGS and state governments and other stakeholders in the design and implementation of sustainable outreach strategies, supply and logistics management information system and community financing for health and immunization services.
  7. Liaises with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the exchange of information relating to Immunization and health system strengthening through community monitoring board and dashboards.
  8. Participate in monthly section and quarterly EPI review meetings.
  9. Undertake any other duties as assigned by the supervisors with respect to HS.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have:

  • University degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Development Planning, Statistics or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in EPI or Child Health or Public Health programs.
  • Familiarity with the principles and current approaches/practices in global immunization issues and health system strengthening, specifically relating to Children and Women.
  • Experience supporting public health projects with a maternal and child health focus.
  • Specific prior experience in EPI, Equity for immunization, Emergency immunization and data analysis of health services.
  • General knowledge of: Methodology of programme/project management; Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for Immunization programmes.
  • Good coordination, organizational and time management skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in multicultural setting; relate and network with people and EPI partners
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English is required.

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 (Kenya)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-14

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