United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Health Officer and Early Childhood Development (Batch Recruitment)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF is searching for talented applicants for the positions of Health Officer and Early Childhood Development (ECD) Officer, at NOB level for its Office based in Gaza.

If you are a committed, creative professional and you would like to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, please join our team.

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 fulfil 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, a Health

UNICEF in the State of Palestine works to uphold the rights of children to access services and protection, from early childhood through to adolescence. Our objective is to ensure that every child in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, irrespective of background or circumstance, has an equal chance to fulfil their potential. We are working for every child and young person in the State of Palestine.

This batch recruitment is launched to fill in two positions at the NO-2 level in the Gaza Field Office: Early Childhood Development (ECD) Officer and Health Officer.

How can you make a difference?

If you are a committed, creative professional and you would like to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, UNICEF is looking forward to having you in its team.

  1. Early Childhood Development (ECD) Officer, NOB, #107224
Under the direct supervision of the Health Officer and overall technical guidance of the Chief Health and Nutrition, the ECD Officer will have the following duties/tasks: Programme development and planning: Contribute to the development and establishment of the ECD programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning.

Program Management, monitoring and delivery of results: Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss ECD operational and implementation issues. Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme/annual reviews with governments and other counterparts to assess ECD programmes/projects and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.

Technical and operational support to program implementation: Conduct regular programme field visits and surveys to assess progress and provide Technical Support, take appropriate action to resolve issues. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results. 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 ECD related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.

Networking and partnership building: Establish partnership/alliances and support resource mobilization for ECD programmes, build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders. Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings/events on programming to integrate and harmonize UNICEF’s position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process. Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

Innovation, knowledge management and Capacity Building: Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders. Research and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.

  1. Health Officer, NOB, #63747                                     
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Field Office and overall technical guidance of the Chief Health and Nutrition, the Health Officer will have the following duties/tasks: Support to program development and planning: Contribute to the development/establishment of sectoral program goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through Analysis of health needs and areas for intervention and submission of recommendations for priority and goal setting. Provide technical and operational support by executing/administering a variety of technical program transactions and complying with organizational processes and Management Systems, to support program planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating results.

Program management, monitoring and delivery of results: Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues. Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programs and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of program management. Prepare regular/mandated sectoral program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress Technical and operational support to program implementation: Conduct regular program field visits and surveys and/or exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support, take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results. 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 and related issues to support program 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 program implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to deliver concrete and sustainable results. Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) on Health Programs to integrate and harmonize UNICEF position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process. Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building: Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders. Assist with oversight of research and ensure results are available for use in knowledge products. Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.

To qualify as a Champion for every child you will have: 

For ECD Officer: A university degree in one of the following fields: education, public Administration, public health, nutrition, economics, psychology, sociology, human development, child development, family studies, socio-medical, epidemiology or another relevant technical field and a minimum of two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in early childhood development related areas.

For Health Officer: A University Degree in 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 other health related sciences and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in public health/nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal and neonatal health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness, at the international level and/or in a developing country is required.

Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

Experience in health/nutrition/ECD in UN system agency or organization is an asset Fluency in English and Arabic is required.

  For every Child, you demonstrate: 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
  • Works Collaboratively with others
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Innovates and Embraces Change
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically
  • Drive to achieve impactful results
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People
The functional competencies required for this post are:
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (I)
  • Planning and Organizing (II)
  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.

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 Remarks:

The positions have been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as they are either: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.

UNICEF may give priority consideration to internal suitable candidates. The term “internal” refers to all personnel with an ongoing employment relationship with UNICEF, including staff members on a continuing, fixed term and temporary appointment, individual contractors and full-time time-based consultants, and UNV. It does not include interns and employees of external entities performing duties for UNICEF Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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