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Health Programme Specialist (NPSA-10)

Tashkent

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tashkent
  • Grade: NPSA-10, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:
Background
 
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
 
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
 

UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. UNDP has a proven track record of procuring high-quality medicines and health products in more than 50 countries using open and transparent processes and is acknowledged as a strategic partner for these countries in sharing of international best practices and development solutions in strengthening national health systems. Leveraging our experience and reputation, long-term agreements with suppliers, UNDP procures medicines at a highly competitive cost, offer reliable and timely delivery of quality-assured products.

In Uzbekistan UNDP is a long-standing partner of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan and its institutions, provided support in the implementation of the health programmes and procurement activities funded by the Government of Uzbekistan and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF).

In 2021, the Financing Agreement was signed between the United Nations Development Programme and the Republican AIDS Center under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan (RAC), the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight Aids Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF). The main objective of the Agreement is to provide support to the implementation of GF grant cycle for 2021-2025. In accordance with Financial Agreement, UNDP has taken also a commitment to constitute a project team to undertake the activities described in the Agreement.

In 2019, UNDP has launched a new project with Ministry of Health on “Support to effective, resilient and inclusive governance systems for health”, # 00119180. The overall objective goal of the project is to provide support to the Government in strengthening governance system for health, particularly inclusive programmes and effective supply chain management. The project is expected to contribute to establishment of an effective system of provision of medicines and medical supplies to population, including vulnerable groups, improved access to prevention services, high quality medicines and health products for HIV treatment, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other socially significant diseases, and increased capacity of health sector professionals to plan, forecast and budgeting of healthcare and patient needs.

The outcome of the project is to assist Government in the implementation of national reform agenda in further development of health sector in line with Action Strategy for 2021 — 2030, in line with Concept of Health sector Development for 2019-2025, and SDGs 3 and 16.

Key partners are Ministry of Health, Sanitary- epidemiological welfare and public health service of the Republic of Uzbekistan under the Ministry of Health, Republican AIDS Center, Republican Specialized Scientific Practical Medical Center of Physiatry and Pulmonology and other relevant agencies and stakeholders engaged in health sector development on Uzbekistan.

Duties and Responsibilities
 
The Health Programme Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the UNDP Country Office EG Cluster Lead as well as in coordination with the National Partners. The Health Programme Specialist is responsible for the coordinated and timely implementation of activities in accordance with the annual and quarterly work plans of the Project by performing the following main functions and responsibilities:
 
Effective Project Management and Administration
  • Ensures timely and effectively implementation of the activities described in Agreements signed between UNDP and MOH, RAC, GF and others;
  • Jointly with RAC ensures the preparation of detailed specifications for ARV procurements and where necessary undertakes data triangulation for verification of accuracy of provided data;
  • Leading and overseeing the planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations;
  • Oversees procurement of health products, antiretroviral medicines according to UNDP Procurement Architecture, timely delivery to the country;
  • Lead the process of identification and development of data collection tools, protocols and formats for documentation and reporting and provide technical orientation and guidance to national partners;
  • Provide substantive and technical direction to the project team in planning and implementing of the activities; Regularly assesses performance of staff working under his/her supervision;
  • Coaches and guides the Programme staff to ensure delivering of results;
  • Where necessary performs Project Specialist functions in Atlas as per Delegation of Authority assigned by senior management;

Monitoring, Risk Management and Reporting

  • Daily coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the project activities, delivery progress, stock-out risk- assessment and proposed evidence-based solutions;
  • Analyses and identifies possible risks and communicates to supervisor and CO management about any possible risks, proposes solutions and works with partners to prevent and mitigate them;
  • Enlist management solutions to troubleshoot program delivery difficulties and share best practices on health program operations that include but are not limited to quantification, procurement, supply and management;
  • Coordinates and undertakes quality of assurance of transfer documents, prepared by the project and signature by both parties;
  • Contributes to timely and appropriate financial and other reporting to the RAC as per Agreement schedule;
  • Development and dissemination of enhanced technical guidelines on public health issues in current epidemiological and socio-legal settings to support country efforts in building resilient public health community;
  • Partnerships and Advocacy
  • Maintains constant and effective communication with key government partners (Ministry of Health, RAC), Country Coordinating Mechanism and where applicable, GF/HIST and GF team and advocates UNDP’s value proposition;
  • Acts as UNDP Health Programme focal point in various;
  • Participates and contributes to the joint document within Health Development Partners meeting, Country Coordinating Mechanism meeting, UNDAF Results Group on Health and other UN agencies’ meeting and other international conferences, workshops, events organized in Uzbekistan, academia and CSO;
  • Develops knowledge sharing cooperation with Regional HIV/Health Team, IRH and GF/HIST Team in Geneva and Copenhagen;
  • Establishes and communicates with target groups, particularly focusing on marginalized groups, representing PLHIV, CSO and NGOs;
  • Preparing information/success stories and UNDP’s value proposition on health procurement related to project implementation;

Institutional Arrangement

Under the direct supervision of the EG Cluster Lead and in close collaboration with relevant project partners, the Health Programme Specialist will be responsible for the implementation of the project activities aimed at strengthening the health system and services to end-users.

Health Programme Specialist will provide operational and thematic services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. Health Programme Specialist works in close collaboration with the Government counterparts, project, operations, and Programme’s staff in the UNDP CO to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery, and undertake day-to- day responsibility for operational and thematic support services for the satisfactory achievement of the project component outputs.

 
Competencies
 
Core Competencies:

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

 
 
Cross-Functional Competencies:
 

Business Management

Project Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management

Monitoring

Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Business Management

Evaluation

Ability to make an independent judgement based on set criteria and benchmarks -

Ability to anticipate client's upcoming needs and concerns.

Technical Competencies:

2030 Agenda: People

Health

HIV/AIDS

2030 Agenda: People

Health

National Strategic Plan/Policy for health

2030 Agenda: People

Health

Health Waste Management

2030 Agenda: People

Health

Universal Health Coverage Monitoring

 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • Master’s degree in the field of Public Health, Medicine, Social Sciences and/or other relevant areas or
  • Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field with additional 2 years of experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.
Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years with Master’s degree or 7 years with Bachelor’s degree proven track of  experience in development and/or public health management national/international;
  • Proven experience in coordination and/or implementation of the projects in the field of HIV and/or health is required.
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  • Experience in demonstrable project/programme management / development organization
  • Proven experience in working and collaborating with governments Demonstrates commitment to UN mission, vision and values Demonstrating safeguarding ethics and integrity

Required Languages:

  • Good knowledge of English, fluency in Russian and Uzbek

Required skills:

  • Self-development, initiative taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork

Desired skills:

  • Knowledge of and experience in gender mainstreaming is an asset;
  • Strong leadership, managerial and coordination skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate the implementation of large multi-stakeholder projects, including financial and technical aspects.
  • Ability to effectively manage technical and administrative teams, work with a wide range of stakeholders across various sectors and at all levels, to develop durable partnerships with collaborating agencies.
  • Ability to coordinate and supervise multiple Project Implementation Units in their implementation of technical activities in partnership with a variety of stakeholder groups, including community and government.
  • Strong drafting, presentation and reporting skills.
  • Strong computer skills, in the particular mastery of all applications of the MS Office package and internet search.
  • Willingness to travel as appropriate Experience in the electronic control system.

Travel:

Official travel expected in project target regions with performing the functions of Health Programme Specialist for this project.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

​​​​​​​a. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

b. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

c. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

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