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Position: National Health (RMNCAH) Consultants,( 2 persons for Mtwara & Lindi), Tanzania ( for 11.5 months).
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
This consultancy is part of UNICEF efforts to work with the government Tanzania in translation of its national plans and strategies (One plan III & HSSP V etc.) into action to increase effective coverage of promotive, preventive, and curative maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services. Specifically, this investment aims at building PHC services that are resilient, accessible, and ready to offer quality care while strengthening the community’s capacity to practice healthy and beneficial behaviours.
UNICEF Tanzania is planning to expand its footprint by increasing its geographic coverage in Tanzania. Mtwara and Lindi are among the selected region based on poor RMNCAH outcomes. UNICEF intends to scale up its health program in Lindi and Mtwara regions for the financial year 2023/2024 in the following specific areas; community systems strengthening, operationalization of digital health interventions, integration of PHC services, scaling up of quality improvement initiatives including promotion of health system accountability including management and leadership strengthening among others.
The consultant will be responsible for providing technical guidance and capacity development directly to sub national health management teams to facilitate the achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans.
How can you make a difference?
The objective of this consultancy is to provide leadership in the development and implementation of the PHC program in the region which will include managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting of program activities in collaboration with the regional authority (RAS office).
1. Program management, monitoring, and reporting
- Participate in monitoring and evaluation activities, supportive supervisions, regular regional programmatic reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and determine required action/interventions to achieve results. This will include participation on selected relevant council level activity.
- Actively monitor program activities through field visits, exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks, and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
- Prepare activity reports and quarterly implementation reports and submit them timely.
- Work collaboratively with government and UNICEF staff to facilitate and follow up on the accessibility of funds to finance the implementation of the planned activities in a timely fashion.
2. Technical and operational guidance to program implementation
- Provide technical and operational guidance to government counterparts, implementing partners, and stakeholders. This will involve liaising with relevant technical focal points from the UNICEF country office as needed.
- Active participation and contribution to regular technical and management meetings organized by UNICEF Tanzania
- Participate in implementation of all program activities implemented in the region (regional and council level) and provide relevant technical assistance accordingly.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
- Advanced university degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, and other relevant fields.
- A first degree in a medical field is preferred such as Medicine and/or Nursing.
- Three (3) years of professional work experience at the national programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health
- Proven expertise in managing, monitoring, and evaluating of health programs is an added advantage
- Proven work relations with national, regional, district and sub-district structures (RHMT and CHMT level).
- Experience in Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) programming is an asset.
- Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) to be able to liaise with a wide variety of people, good attention to detail
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili is required.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage).
Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment.
It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programmed delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.
Advertised: 19 Jun 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 03 Jul 2023 E. Africa Standard Time