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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
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The Community Development Manager (Health) reports to the Chief Health & Nutrition for general guidance and supervision. S/He is responsible for supporting the section chief in leading the development, organization, implementation, knowledge management, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of UNICEF’s support to the implementation of Chad’s Ministry of Health’s community health component including promotional, preventive and curative interventions in the field of C-IMCI, CMAM, malaria control and community based HIV/AIDS strategies. S/He will promote the convergence of Child Health, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Sanitation and Hygiene interventions at the community level, and facilitate the harmonization of UNICEF’s support to the MoH on Community Health by drawing lessons learned from the several ongoing pilots supported by UNICEF to strengthen national strategic approaches. S/He provides technical guidance and operational support throughout the programming process to facilitate the achievement of concrete and sustainable results, according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance, and accountability framework.
Along with Health System Strengthening, S/He will provide leadership for and coordination of a transformational community-based health and nutrition approach, including policy, systems and environmental change efforts, with an emphasis on childhood conditions and reaching remote communities.
- Programme development and planning
- Plan and provide technical support and guidance for the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis to establish a comprehensive and updated strategic plan for the development, design and management of a sustainable community health component with a focus on child health. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
- Prepare, coordinate and/or supervise the formulation of programme recommendations and related documentation focusing on community health, establishing clear programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results, based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM).
- Ensure alignment of the sectoral programme and community development strategies with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, Country Programme, UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDF), regional strategies as well as national priorities, plans and competencies.
- Consult and collaborate with colleagues and partners to provide technical and operational support on programme planning, management and implementation, and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors throughout all stages of programming processes.
- Seek to actively engage communities in making sense of the Health issues which affect their lives, setting goals for improvement and responding to problems and needs through empowerment and active participation.
2.Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
- Responsible for working closely with other members of the Health/Nutrition team, the Ministry of Health including at subnational levels, the UNICEF Zone Offices and community development institutions to coordinate programs and partnerships that address health, nutrition and HIV/AIDs prevention needs in communities, and to represent UNICEF. Supports collaboration across all community level components in the Country Programme.
- 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 community-based health/nutrition/HIV&AIDS activities including immunization.
- 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.
- Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
- Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks, potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
- Plan, monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) and the proportion allocated to the communities confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity, ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
- Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
3.Advisory services and technical support
- Collaborate and consult with key government officials, community representatives and leaders, CSOs/NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on policies, strategies, best practices, and approaches on health and community-related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.
- Provide leadership and technical support to the MoH to plan, implement and monitor a harmonized community-based approach drawing lessons from the pilots in “Child Friendly Communities”, Community Case Management approaches (malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, newborn etc….), Community based management of acute malnutrition, Community based mobilization for immunization, Community based promotion of key Family practices/1000 first days and HIV/AIDS preventive support at community level. Emphasis will be placed on the development and promotion of sustainable and integrated/harmonized equity-based community approaches.
- Promote linkages and integration with other Community based approaches supported by UNICEF or other partners in WASH, Child Protection and Education.
- Participate in strategic programme discussions and planning to provide technical advice and to contribute to policy discussions and agenda setting to promote community health and development issues.
- Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
- Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for programme development and contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated
4.Advocacy, 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. Through active networking, advocacy and effective communication, build capacity and exchange knowledge and expertise to facilitate the achievement of programme goals on child rights, social justice and equity.
- Supports strategic partnerships with communities, government and other stakeholders to address determinants of health related to health care access, educational attainment, economic opportunity and other social services. Works with Health staffs at central and decentralized levels to support programme development and implementation, event planning and sponsorship, community engagement and other efforts.
- Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances, and support fund raising for the Community Health component.
- Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on health and Community development related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of health programmes/projects, ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable health/nutrition initiatives in community health.
- Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting-edge practices in health management and information systems including the community level. Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
- Contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovations and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
- Lead, plan and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders to promote sustainable results in health and community based related programmes.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health/nutrition, child health, family health, global/international health, health policy and/or management, or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of eight years of professional experience including the development and implementation of community-based integrated child health/nutrition package with preventive, promotional and curative components.
Demonstrated experience engaging with communities and individuals on health and nutrition issues, and adapting outreach to meet populations needs
Experience working in a country with a solid community health component under implementation is considered as an asset.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
- Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are…
- Leading and supervising (I)
- Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
- Analyzing (III)
- Relating and networking (II)
- Deciding and Initiating action (II)
- Applying technical expertise (III
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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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