United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Health Manager (System Strengthening)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The Health Manager is responsible for supporting the Chief in managing the health section and leading the management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of the health programme; specifically, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and the immunization programme within the country programme.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Health & Nutrition

Established in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we translate this commitment into practical action, focusing special efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, for the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF has had a presence in South Africa since the dawn of democracy and continues to work towards improving the lives of children in the country. From its office in Pretoria, the UNICEF South Africa Country Office works with a range of partners in government, civil society, academia, the corporate sector, media and various other sectors to create a safer and healthier environment for every child. Through the support of individual, corporate and other donors, UNICEF is able to undertake its work, both globally and in South Africa. To learn more, please visit www.unicef.org/southafrica How can you make a difference?

The Health Manager reports to the Chief of Health/Nutrition/CSD for general guidance and supervision. S/He is responsible for supporting the Chief in managing the health section and leading the management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of the health programme; specifically, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and the immunization programme within the country programme. 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. 

Summary of key functions/accountabilities: 

  1. MNCH Programme development, planning, management and implementation monitoring
  2. Provide Technical Support to National, Provincial and district Departments of Health on MNCH programme implementation.
  3. Advocacy, networking and partnership building with government, UN organizations, civil society and Non-government organizations working in MNCH programme implementation
  4. Innovation, knowledge management and Capacity Building of government, civil society and Non-government organizations working in MNCH programme implementation
  5. In conjunction with National, Provincial and district Departments of Health; Improve execution of health operational plans among target district health management teams in project districts, including support for capacity building, mentoring and monitoring of the implementation of the plans
  6. Support improvement and disaggregation of data for children at different levels across the child health continuum (national, province, district, facility) to facilitate use of data for planning, monitoring and course correction among target district health management teams in South Africa
  7. Improve government understanding of the Evidence Based Planning/ Bottleneck Analysis (EBP/BNA) methodology and increased insights on how the EBP/BNA methodology could assist the National Department to support planning and health systems strengthening for the National Health Insurance
  8. Support the alignment with ongoing initiatives across the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health continuum of care.
To qualify as a/an [champion or 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.
*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree
  • Training in Fundraising, brand management and/or direct marketing required. NGO Management an asset. Knowledge of Children’s Rights and Business is an asset.
  • A minimum of eight years of 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.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values: Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA); UNICEF Competency Framework: Building and managing partnerships; Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness; Drive to achieve results for impact; Innovates and embraces change; manages ambiguity and complexity; thinks and acts strategically; and works collaboratively with others.

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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Functional Competencies: Analyzing; Deciding and Initiating action; and Applying technical expertise Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at:  http://www.whed.net Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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