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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Supply Chain
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Logistics
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-30

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Health Specialist (Pneumonia Innovations) P3 #109512, MSFIC, Supply Division, New York

New York City (United States of America)

UNICEF Supply Division is looking for an experienced Health Specialist, P-3, based in New York.

Health Specialist (Pneumonia Innovations) P3 

Markets, Supplier Financing, Innovation Center, Supply Division (New York based)

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.
For every child, Health!

UNICEF has an opportunity for an experienced healthcare professional to drive the success of the Scaling Pneumonia Response INnovaTions (‘SPRINT’) project. If you have demonstrated experience in developing programmatic guidance, impacting international policy, and advocating for changes in global health strategies, this is your chance to have a real impact on under-5 mortality rates across countries, through contributing to the development of a model for scaling innovations. Apply now and join UNICEF – for every child!

How can you make a difference?

You will be working within the SPRINT project which aims at gaining, analyzing and applying real-world experience on scaling medical oxygen and Amoxicillin DT, bundled as main components of a pneumonia case management service delivery package.

Your responsibilities will include planning and implementing key aspects of the SPRINT project and pneumonia innovation portfolio within the Markets, Supplier Financing, Innovation Center (MSFIC) at UNICEF’S Supply Division. More specifically, you will manage all activities related to programmatic guidance, international policy and advocacy, providing programmatic guidance to current SPRINT countries, those that will be funded under expanded SPRINT in the future and other countries interested in scaling pneumonia response innovations.

Under the direction of the Program Manager (Pneumonia Innovations), your accountabilities will be:
SPRINT Project Programmatic Advocacy and Policy Development

Manage all activities related to programmatic guidance, international policy and advocacy for the SPRINT project
Capacity Building
  • Develop a package of UNICEF training and guidance materials and toolkits related to Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM), Communication for Develop (C4D), and digital reporting.
  • Review relevant UNICEF training and guidance materials and toolkits to identify material gaps related to SPRINT.
  • Develop and implement a plan to finalize materials in preparation for country-level inception workshops.
  • Develop and implement a plan for presentation of all programmatic materials of country-level inception workshops.
  • Apply lessons learned from country-level inception workshops and subsequent SPRINT roll-out at the district level to updated revisions of all training materials.
Planning & Strategy Development
  • Contribute to development of country-level work plans with UNICEF country office and MoH.
  • Develop and implement project-level quality assurance plan related to implementation of C4D, iMCI, ICCM, and digital reporting.
  • Assist country offices in development of evidence-to-policy framework that highlights potential country-level policy changes, tracks evidence gaps and ongoing country-level research related to pneumonia case management.
Research and Reporting
  • Research and draft report on Amox DT global policy with attention to documenting evidence and evidence gaps. Develop roadmap, as appropriate, for research agenda and policy evolution.
  • Research and draft reports on Amoxicillin DT and medical oxygen global policy with attention to documenting evidence and evidence gaps. Develop roadmap, as appropriate, for research agenda and policy evolution.
  • Identify and document degree of policy uptake and dissemination at the country level for Amoxicillin DT and medical oxygen. Identify policy variations, barriers to policy uptake, and key enablers.
  • Aggregate policy learnings from SPRINT countries and facilitate feedback to global policy makers.
  • Advocate for and advise programmatic evidence to policy opportunities for SPRINT countries.
  • Pneumonia innovation portfolio guidance
  • Support country offices to develop strong research uptake toward the most impactful pneumonia case management policies.
  • Develop evidence-to-policy framework that highlights potential international policy changes, tracks evidence gaps and ongoing research related to pneumonia case management.
  • Identify and map barriers and enablers to adoption of C4D, iMCI, ICCM, and digital reporting as they relate to pneumonia case management in the SPRINT and other counties and identify potential strategies for UNICEF to address these.
  • Develop and conduct surveys to establish deeper understanding of country office engagement, evidence-to-policy uptake, and readiness for scaling pneumonia case management innovations.
  • Develop and conduct webinars to promote research uptake, policy adoption, and other portfolio communication to country offices.
  • Liase with WHO and Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) to track and positively influence global recommendations.
  • Develop materials to support improved knowledge of Policy makers and professionals at national/provincial/areas levels on recommended management for pneumonia.
  • Develop dashboard that tracks policy and policy translation activities and milestones in high pneumonia burden countries
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have..
Education & Certifications
  • Completed, and advanced university degree (Masters Degree) in one of the following areas: Public Health, Policy, Medicine, Nursing, Science, management, MBA, Biomedical Engineering, Project Management, or a field relevant to Innovation, Health Technology and/or Global Development.
  • (A completed 1st university degree (Bachelors degree) and seven (7) years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced degree (Masters).
  • Professional qualification or foundation certification in project management methodologies such as PMI, PRINCE 2, PMD Pro, Agile SCRUM. Certification on Lean, Six Sigma, is desirable.

Work Experience

  • Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience with at least 1 year with Global Health policy development and/or advocacy. Experience with interagency coordination work of larger UNICEF/UN initiatives would be an asset.
  • Minimum one (1) years in coordination of product innovation activities related to Health Technology is highly desirable.
  • Solid familiarity with UNICEF and/or other health related UN agencies such as WHO and UNFPA is desirable.
  • Clinical field experience from a low resource setting leading teams combatting common childhood illnesses, including pneumonia is an asset.
  • Child health knowledge and experience including at least one of the following: iCCM, IMCI, C4D, digital reporting. an asset.
  • International working experience in a low resource setting including dialogue with government/MoH counterparts is an asset.
  • Experience working with international humanitarian organizations (UN, NGOs, donors) is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….
Core competencies
 Communication (II)
 Working with People (II)
 Drive for Results (III) 
Functional Competencies:
• Planning and Organizing (III)
• Leading and Supervising (II)
• Relating and Networking (II)
• Applying Technical Expertise (II)
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.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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