Health Specialist (Quality of Care), NO-3, Abuja, Nigeria #111413
Organization : UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
Grade : Mid level, NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
Occupational Groups :
Public Health and Health Service
Closing Date : 2019-09-17
The Health Specialist reports to the Health Manager (MNCH) for guidance and general supervision. The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the health program and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of program progress of the quality of care initiative across the maternal, neonatal, child survival / development platform of the health program within the country program.
The 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) and organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance and accountability framework, while ensuring synergy between service delivery and the quality of care been provided across service delivery platforms.
Global health policies and attention have continued to recognize the inseparable linkages in life and health needs of mothers, newborn, and children.
Quality and continuum of care are increasingly recognized internationally as critical aspects of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) agenda.
Limited progress in maternal newborn and child health outcomes all over the world has reinforced attention beyond scale of MNCH interventions to include quality of service delivery : scale and quality underlie effectiveness of health interventions.
Universal coverage of effective interventions which integrate care throughout the lifecycle, and support health system strengthening is the panacea to addressing missed opportunities for maximizing benefits and outcomes for women and children.
Nigeria has the second highest burden of maternal mortality in the world and contributes about 15% of the annual total global maternal deaths and the country’s neonatal death rate is high (37 / 1,000 live births, highest in Africa and only second to China globally).
The burden of infant mortality, under-5 mortality, and adolescent morbidity and mortality is also high in Nigeria. The leading causes of both maternal, neonatal and childhood deaths as well as adolescent mortality and morbidity in Nigeria are preventable or easily treatable conditions.
Overall, the RMNCAH status in Nigeria is poor, and poor QoC has been identified as a major factor associated with the RMNCAH situation in the country, and lack of considerable progress in Nigeria’s RMNCAH indicators over the MDG period.
Nigeria is highly committed to improving RMNCAH program within agenda for improved health and well-being for women, neonates, children, and adolescents, towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially the health-
focused goal (SDG 3). Meeting SDG3 in Nigeria requires at least a 150 percent acceleration in the current rate of under-5 mortality reduction (2011 to 2017).
Reducing Under-5 mortality rate in Nigeria from current figures of 120 to 25 deaths per thousand live births (SDG target) entails the saving of additional 609,065 lives annually.
UNICEF is committed to supporting Nigeria’s efforts towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals. Current UNICEF support prioritize comprehensive support to integrated PHC services through investments in upstream policy reviews, development and adoptions, infrastructure upgrade and repairs, human resource for health development and management, procurement of essential medicines and supplies with associated strengthening of logistics management systems, community education and mobilization for improved demand for PHC services.
This program supports the delivery of MNCH interventions along the continuum of care from pregnancy, through delivery, newborn, childhood to adolescent periods using three delivery platforms health facilities, outreaches and community levels.
Priority interventions include antenatal care, delivery services, post-natal care, and integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) including routine immunization.
Community health interventions supported by UNICEF complete the link between facility-based interventions and health activities within households.
Community volunteers promote key household practices and improve access to treatment services within communities : Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea, and mobile outreach services are supported by this program as equity-
based approaches that extend services to underserved hard-to-reach communities. MNCH interventions are complemented by investments in other sectors nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Child Protection, and Social Protection.
RMNCAH QoC is intrinsic within the operations highlighted above.
UNICEF works with key government of Nigeria partners at the federal and state levels in seeking alignment, prioritization, and coordination of interventions.
UNICEF further collaborates with other development partners, implementing agencies, NGOs, regulatory and professional associations to advance MNCH and quality improvement interventions.
related programs. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.
Prepare required documentations for program review and approval.
agency partners / colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of health programs / projects ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting.
related programs / projects.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related science is required.
Relevant experience in health / nutrition program / project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
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.
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.