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For every child, health
Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.
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The Health Specialist reports to the Health/specialist (Level 4) for guidance and general supervision. The Health Specialist supports the development and preparation of the health programme and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the programme progress of a sector of the health programme (e.g. gender, maternal, neonatal, child survival/development) within the country programme. The Health Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and 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.
Major Duties and Accountabilities;
Support to programme development and planning
The Officer will provide overall technical support, quality assurance, monitoring of progress and ensure adequate planning & coordination for the successful implementation of the Intervention for Disability in Early Childhood (IDEC) project in Mubende & Kasanda districts. This will form the basis for the development of national guidelines for scale up across the country.
To provide technical support for the implementation of the IMNCI/ ICATT programme including the evaluation of the quality of programme in the 10 West-Nile districts and 17 districts of northern Uganda.
Participate in district planning and quarterly health program performance review meetings to ensure that the IDEC and IMNCI programmes are integrated and regularly reviewed in the one district health plan in the districts of focus.
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Collaborate with the C4D team to conduct the orientation of district leaders, cultural leaders, faith-based leader, other resource persons including VHTs & staff from Mubende & Kasanda districts on the C4D package developed for social mobilization against negative Attitudes & Practices towards children with disabilities.
In collaboration with the PCA partner as well as the district health and education departments, coordinate the training of trainers and cascade training on Early Identification, Screening & Referral of children with Disabilities in Mubende and Kasanda districts
In collaboration with the PCA partner, the health and education department, oversee the screening and assessment of children with disability and support their referral to appropriate institutions for care
In collaboration with the DHOs/DHTs the health officer shall coordinate the strengthening of supervision and IMNCI /ICATT training follow up in the ten (10) West-Nile districts of: (1) Adjumani, (2) Arua, (3) Koboko, (4) Maracha, (5) Moyo, (6) Nebbi, (7) Obonge, (8) Pakwach, (9) Yumbe and (10) Zombo.
Work with the quality assurance teams at district, health facility and community level to monitor supervise the IDEC and IMNCI programmes to ensure quality of the services being delivered as well as integration of the program into the general health system in the districts of focus12 districts.
Technical and operational support to programme implementation
Provide Technical Support & coordination of project activities with other partners working on; Care & Development for Young Children with Disabilities in Mubende & Kasanda districts
In collaboration with the CAO(s) of Mubende & Kasanda, provide Technical Support & coordination of activities for the District IDEC Committees on; Care & Development for Young Children with Disabilities working on Early Intervention
Support supervision and mentoring of health facility workers to ensure quality screening and interventions to children with disabilities in the 75 health facilities by the district trainers on a quarterly basis.
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.
In collaboration with the CAOs of Mubende & Kasanda, coordinate the support supervision and mentoring of schools and ECD centers to ensure quality identification, assessment and referral of children with disabilities in 200 institutions by the district trainers on a quarterly basis.
In collaboration with the DHOs/DHTs the health officer shall coordinate the strengthening of supervision and IMNCI /ICATT training follow up in the Seventeen (17) districts of Acholi & Lango sub-regions of Northern Uganda, that include: (1) Agago, (2) Amuru, (3) Pader, (4) Omoro, (5) Lamwo, (6) Gulu, (7) Nwoya (8) Kitgum (9) Apac, (10) Lira, (11) Kole, (12) Oyam, (13) Amolatar, (14) Dokolo, (15) Otuke, (16) Alebtong and (17) Kaberamaido.
Participate and provide technical guidance during the district planning and monitoring processes according to the district planning guidelines as part of district health systems strengthening
Networking and partnership building
The Health officer shall coordinate with organizations / institutions providing specialized services to link the referral of children with disabilities and their caregivers for specialized management. On average 15 children are projected to be referred monthly to places like; CoRSU, Sense international, Mengo Hosp. UNAB & others. (25% of the targeted 720 children are projected to be managed at centers for specialized services).
Collaborate with specialized training institutions such as; Kyambogo University & Uganda National Association of the Blind, Deaf & Dumb (UNAB), to organize on-site skills building for Health and Education workers, to easily handle children with disabilities.
Coordinate and ensure the involvement of institutions of excellence (Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara & Busitema Universities) in this pilot project, to document best practices
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).
Represent UNICEF in appropriate technical working groups on health-related issues in preparation of health programmes including the CPD and health projects, ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in development planning and agenda setting.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Coordinate the establishment of champion groups (Persons with disabilities who have overcome the demerits of disability), to give inspiring testimonies / talks to families of the affected children as a way of providing moral support for the to easily cope with the conditions of their children and reduce stigma.
The health officer will closely work with the global child disability expert group team to initiate innovative approaches that are tailored to the local context that will augment the global approach.
Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and consideration.
Evaluation of the IMNCI training model (ICATT or distance learning) that is most impactful among health workers
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, 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 five years’ experience working in the area of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health required –particularly in the Ugandan context. Additional experience in HIV, particularly PMTCT / EMTCT desirable.
Training and practice in Care for Child Development
Proven ability of technical support to ICATT/IMNCI and child health interventions in similar settings.
Ability to network and establish professional liaison at national and district level- working with people
Motivated, highly organized, critical thinker with strong analytical skills who can work as part of a team and independently.
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 Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing, Creating and Innovating
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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.