Technical Specialist Jobs Vacancy in Bujumbura
at UN Population Fund in Bujumbura
Job Title: Technical Specialist (MH/RHCS), ICS-11, Burundi (Re-advertisement)
Closing date: 23 Mar 2012
UN Population Fund
VACANCY NO.: Job ID 1940
CLOSING DATE: 23 March 2012 (5.00 p.m. New York time)
CATEGORY: ICS-11 (equivalent to P-4)
POST NUMBER: New
DUTY STATION: Bujumbura, Burundi
POST TYPE: Non-Rotational
DURATION: One year (renewable) 1/
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Burundi Country Office, ARO
Burundi is one the African Countries where maternal morbidity and mortality is a major health concern. According to results of the last DHS and Census, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was estimated at 866 deaths per 100000 births. In addition, the health system is registering a weak contraceptive prevalence rate (18%) and the presence of a skilled attendant at birth is estimated at 60 percent of the deliveries. The HIV prevalence rate remains high (3,58%) with a feminization of the infection (4,02%).
Burundi has suffered repeated waves of intense conflict since independence. Thirteen years of ethnically fuelled civil war have weakened the country’s health care system, including the service provision of reproductive health care system, care for victims of sexual violence and HIV/Aids prevention. Also, as a stream 2 country implementing the RHCS Global Program, the CO will be strongly involved into interventions aiming to strengthen the national health system, the health procurement system through advocacy and Policy Dialogue, technical support including monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, management, coordination partnerships development and knowledge sharing on RHCS.
The Technical Specialist post is located in the UNFPA Burundi office in Bujumburae. S/he reports to the Representative, who provides overall direction and supervision, and works in close collaboration with the Johannesburg sub-regional office and the Technical Division. The technical Specialist is part of a team and works in an integrated manner with the programme and operation staff. S/he will ensure technical and programmatic support, in accordance with the principles of result based management and good governance to reinforce the quality of the maternal health programme.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Technical Specialist will have the responsibility for health system strengthening and financing for the promotion, design, monitoring and evaluation, equitable access of RH commodity for all sectors, including supply management system. She/he will provide technical advice and support to RH/FP planners, policy makers, programme managers and service providers on national policies and programmes in the field of Reproductive Health. This will include conducting relevant research, analysis and training to improve knowledge sharing. The incumbent will contribute to an enhancement of national capacity to mobilize and obtain social and political support for national policies and programmes in the field of Reproductive Health.
POLICY, ADVOCACY AND RESOURCE MOBILIZATION
• Provide technical assistance to develop the MDG5 component of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the UNFPA Country Programme and annual work plans. • Support national implementing partners in advocacy activities for inclusion of RH/RHCS in SWAPs, PRSPs and health sector reforms • Assist and advise the country office in financial resource mobilization for MNH • Advice the country office and national counterparts on integrated approaches to improve reproductive health, in particular to (i) Maternal Health, (ii) Family planning (including Condom programming) • Reinforce and advise staff and national partners on effective supply chain management, including information management, forecasting, distribution and information systems. • Provide technical assistance to national counterparts in the costing and effective implementation of the national reproductive health action plan. • Assist and advice the country to address the urgent need for skilled health workers, particularly midwives • Assist and advise the country to eliminate obstetric fistula • Assist and advise the country to address the financial barriers to access, especially for the poorest • Provide technical assistance to strengthen the national health information system, and monitoring and evaluation.
CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS
• Maintain and foster partnerships with UN agencies and other partners in the technical area of RH, and RHCS for advancement of knowledge. Carry out joint assessments and projects, formulate recommendations on potential critical maternal health issues and provide advice in respect to MDG targets • Provide technical assistance to national partners to scale-up quality health services to ensure universal access to reproductive health, including family planning, skilled attendance at delivery, emergency obstetric and newborn care • Identify, develop and/or adapt training materials and manuals in substantive areas • Strengthen the capacity of national institutions in the areas of needs assessments, resource mobilisation and monitoring and evaluation
EVIDENCE AND KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISSEMINATION
Analysis and synthesis trends and research in the area of RHCS and Maternal Health in Cote d’Ivoire to produce technical knowledge Advocate for the incorporation of evaluation results and lessons learned in the updating of strategies and approaches in order to improve the effectiveness of UNFPA operations Contribute to the successful execution of impact evaluations. Provide support in developing a prioritized operational research agenda for UNFPA Promote UNFPA’s comparative substantive role and specific contribution in the changing development agenda
Represent UNFPA on substantive issues and support advocacy for RH, and RHCS in international, governmental, U.N., and other policy and technical meetings and seminars Collaborate with UN agencies, academia, professional societies, and act as focal point for inter-agency working groups in the substantive area Act as the CO’s focal point for RHCS and Maternal Health. Carry out other duties as may be required by UNFPA Representative.
Values/Guiding principles; Performance management; Developing people/Coaching and Mentoring & Fostering Innovation and Empowerment; Working in Teams; Self-management/Emotional Intelligence; Communication; Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making; Analytical and Strategic Thinking and Results Orientation/Commitement ot Excellence Knowledge Sharing/Continuing Learning
Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances and partnerships Job knowledge/Technical expertise
Advanced university degree in any of the following – public health, medicine, social sciences, pharmacy, business or other related fields. The degree must be directly related to the substantive area identified in the job description of the post. A course in logistics, essential drugs, health system strengthening and financing and MIS is a plus. 7 years of increasing responsibilities in managing RH or health programmes with direct experience relating to supply management systems, of which at least five years national and/or international experience in advising on RH commodities, health systems and supply management. Extensive knowledge of supply management: forecasting, warehousing, distribution, transportation and logistics information systems. General knowledge of the principles and operational aspects of integrated RH/MH care. Familiarity with UN development programmes and working procedures, especially UNFPA policies and programming procedures, an asset. Fluency in French. Good command of oral and written English is required.
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender quality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.
We offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes a competitive salary plus housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.
1/ No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5
How to apply:
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Notice to applicants: In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: (a) stateless persons; (b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; © acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; (d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.
*This is a project-funded post.
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