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Temporary Appointment: Programme Officer - EQUIST (P-2), HSS Unit, Health Section, PD - New York HQ, # 107347

New York City (United States of America)

Under the general supervision of the Senior Health Specialist in the Health Systems Strengthening unit, provide professional technical assistance and support for design, planning, monitoring and evaluation of the health costing and financing portfolio of the Health systems, with special reference to data analysis and use of various costing tools for Health programmes in priority countries as an integral part of work around EQUIST as an organizational tool for analysis barriers and bottlenecks to achieving results for children and women.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

As part of its refocus on equity, UNICEF has developed EQUIST in 2014-2015 with the support of the Community Systems Foundation (CSF). Launched in 2016, EQUIST is meant as a tool to guide equity focused evidence based analysis and planning for child and maternal health and nutrition. It is structured as a web based platform that gives access to different forms of evidence to end users in a logical, structured and user-friendly way. It helps analyse how different factors (including sociocultural ones) affect the adoption of adequate behaviours and practices and the uptake of high impact health and nutrition interventions.

With the Lives Saved tool (liST) running in the background of EQUIST, the amount of lives saved can be estimated, as well as cost per capita for each strategy introduced in bottleneck analysis. The EQUIST platforms serves as a knowledge sharing platforms, where user-generated scenarios can be shared among EQUIST user accounts and compared with scenarios of other users to share ideas of which strategies could be most impactful and cost-effective to aid health planners in drawing up national plans or planning health programmes for implementation.

For every child, a hope….

Under the general supervision of the Senior Health Specialist in the Health Systems Strengthening unit, provide professional technical assistance and support for design, planning, monitoring and evaluation of the health costing and financing portfolio of the Health systems, with special reference to data analysis and use of various costing tools for Health programmes in priority countries as an integral part of work around EQUIST as an organizational tool for analysis barriers and bottlenecks to achieving results for children and women.

 How can you make a difference?

 Technical review and support to oversight of tools and approaches related to equity analysis in EQUIST

  • Ensure the consistency and validity of the conceptual framework, assumptions built into the EQUIST tool, its approaches, validity of indicators and information sources used, in partnership with the UNICEF Data and Analytics team in DRP, the IRDS Unit and external partners.
  • Technical support to UNICEF's partners engaged in the development of EQUIST to take forward the further development and maintenance of the web-based EQUIST platform
  • Recurrent engagement with partner agencies (WHO, UNFPA, USAID, GFF etc.) to strengthen the integration, consistency and interoperability of EQUIST with other tools.

 

Country support for evidence-based, equity-focused planning and investment cases for Health strategic plans by Governments

  • Work with ROs and COs on identifying the needs and planning of the use of EQUIST and other tools and approaches. Support capacity building and technical assistance on evidence-base, jointly with LTA partners and Regional offices on equity focused planning with the support of EQUIST.
  • Work with health specialists at global, regional and country office level to use tools and approaches to best influence child health outcomes and the achievement of quality, equity-based plans at country level.
  • Identify and manage institutions and individual consultants to provide technical assistance and capacity building to countries using such tools and approaches.
  • Support unit and section leadership in activities related to engaging with key international partners (UN agencies, bilateral aid organizations, academic institutions, etc.) to strengthen broad support for child-focused, evidence-based planning and for use of EQUIST.

Analysis, research and evaluation

  • Lead documentation of and learning from application of EQUIST at country level.
  • Develop and pursue a research agenda on the use of EQUIST and related tools and approaches in child -focused national and sub-national health planning.
  • Support formal evaluation and documentation of the use of EQUIST and other tools and approaches.

Reporting and proposal development

  • Monitor activities related to the development and rollout of EQUIST and other related tasks.
  • Support in drafting proposals for fund-raising for EQUIST and related work in HSS.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) social sciences, development planning, public health, epidemiology, international relations, statistics, or other health related field is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) of relevant professional experience at the national or international levels in monitoring and evaluation, communication, knowledge management, is required.
  • Knowledge of main globally available data sources on epidemiology, demography, intervention coverage and health system functioning.
  • Familiarity with tools (especially EQUIST) and frameworks for analysis and modelling of health systems.
  • Ability to liaise with partners within and outside the organization.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, 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. To view our competency framework, please click here.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Statistics
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-30

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