National Health Consultant Vacancy at the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

On 14/Mar/2019 / In NGO Jobs

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: National Health Consultant, NOD
Job Number: 520521
Location: Abuja
Duration of consultancy: 10 months
Work Type : Consultancy
Purpose of Assignment
Each year in Nigeria over 7.5million babies are born, of whom about 300,000 die during their first month of life. Despite our gains for child survival whereby the under-five child mortality has decreased from 91 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 43 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015, available data shows that the decline for newborn deaths has been much slower. Neonatal deaths now account for 32 percent of all under-five child deaths. Most of these deaths are caused by complications related to prematurity, birth asphyxia and infections. This trend requires an accelerated response to achieve remarkable reduction in under-five mortality rate.
Major Tasks
Support at least 2 meetings of the national Health Commissioners Forum and potentially the Governor's forum including sharing lessons from UNICEF's approach to fast tracking results for children and the implementation design of the action framework. This will entail preparing documents, presentations, briefs for the meeting with a focus on data analytics
Support implementation of Action Frameworks for the Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality in at least 5 States (States to be mutually agreed along with the Government)
This will entail the following activities (but not limited to):
Academic Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience and Competencies Required
Degree in Medicine, Public Health and/or related technical field.
At least eight years or more experience working in MNCH programs and/or health projects.
Experience with the Nigeria health sector and with implementation of MNCH programs is an asset
Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language an asset.
Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
Willingness to travel to states and remote regions of the country.
The competencies required for this post are:
View our competency framework at:
Application Closing Date
23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time); 19th March, 2019. 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Applicants should quote an all inclusive fee in their cover letters
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.
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