Health Officer at UNICEF, Managua, Nicaragua


Deadline: 1 May 2019

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Health Officer in Managua, Nicaragua.

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The Health Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing, and presenting technical programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development and formulation of the Early Child Survival and Development programme component within the Country Programme.

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Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Health Officer will perform following functions-

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  • Support to programme development and planning
    • Research and analyze regional and national political, social, economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify, and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation.
    • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
    • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues
    • Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
    • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with governments and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation
    • Undertake field visits and surveys, and share information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution.
    • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices on health-related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.
  • Networking and partnership building
    • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with health sector government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to enhance programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to deliver concrete and sustainable results.
    • Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances, and support fund raising for health programmes.
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
    • Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
    • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • University degree from a recognized academic institution in one of the following fields is required: public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology, or another relevant technical field.
  • An advanced university degree from a recognized academic institution in related field, is considered an asset.
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public health/nutrition planning and management, maternal and neonatal health care, or health emergency/humanitarian preparedness.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Developing work experience or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
  • Analytical writing skill in both languages.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language or local language is considered as an asset.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNICEF.