Health Specialist at UNICEF, Panama City, Panama


Deadline: 23 April 2019

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

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Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Health Specialist will perform following functions-

  • Support to programme development and planning
    • Support and contribute to the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the sector(s) to establish a strategic plan for development, design and management of health related programmes.
    • Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
    • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of health programmes.
    • Formulate, design and prepare a sector of the health programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, the Country & Regional Programme, as well as coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
    • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in health programmes.
    • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation
    • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices and approaches on health-related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.
    • Participate in discussions with national partners, clients and stakeholders to promote health and development issues, especially in the areas of gender, emergency preparedness, maternal and neonatal health, and child survival and development.
  • Networking and partnership building
    • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders, as well as global partners, allies, donors, and academia.
    • Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances, and support fund raising for health programmes (maternal, neonatal and child survival and development).
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
    • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
    • Keep abreast and conduct research to provide evidence for implementation of best and cutting edge practices in health.
    • Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • An advanced university degree 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.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in Health and related areas at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency is an asset.
  • Experience working within the Region will be considered an asset.
  • Experience with Humanitarian Migrant Crisis and Emergency Projects, is highly desirable.
  • Experience with Immunization Projects, will be considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish language are required.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNICEF.

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