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For every child, a fair chance
The Immunization Specialist is accountable for contributing to the planning, implementation, monitoring of the Immunization programme in conjunction with PEI (Polio Eradication Initiative) activities, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and WASH components to achieve the organization's objective of stopping polio transmission and providing immunization services in an equitable manner in the respective provinces.
How can you make a difference?
As Immunization Specialist, you will contribute to the following results:
1. Timely EPI Situation Analysis with consistent integration of sex disaggregated data and its periodic update for effective project planning, development and management
2. Quality contributions to the development and implementation of EPI microplans (ensuring congruence with Polio microplans) through participation and collaboration with internal and external partners
3. Technical support and leadership provided for planning and implementation of joint EPI and PEI activities such as microplanning, monitoring of EPI activities, monitoring of PEI campaigns, communication related activities including social mobilization
4. Programme implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability. Reports are generated on time and data are analysed for actions.
5. Technical support is provided to government and BPHS NGOs at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel, staff of BPHS NGOs and community stakeholders
6. Technical support and leadership provided for periodic training of Polio ICN (from provincial down to all levels) in various elements of EPI programme
7. UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector. Ensure efficient and effective use of resources (material, financial and human resources).
8. Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.
9. A In collaboration with Polio team, technical support provided for development of communication strategies, tools and materials for increasing demand for EPI and PEI activities
10. All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
11. Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination is provided.
12. Lead and coordinate with other UNICEF programs on planning, monitoring, reporting of integrated activities implemented to strengthen polio acceptance and to achieve the organization's objective of stopping polio transmission and providing immunization plus services in an equitable manner at provincial level.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:An advanced university degree in Public Health, Pediatric Health, Child Development, Child Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Administration, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines Five years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of Immunization programmes. Professional work experience in a technical expert position related to child survival & health care. Developing country work experience and background/familiarity with work in emergencies and conflict affected areas is an asset. Fluency in English is required.Knowledge of the local language of the duty station or another official UN language is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF's core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability, and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are:Leading and supervising (I) Formulating strategies and concepts (II) Analyzing (III) Relating and networking (II) Deciding and Initiating action (II) Applying technical expertise (III)
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female candidates to apply to this post and become a part of the organization.
We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification - the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.
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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
*Please note that these positions may initially be located in Kandahar with a strong possibility of relocating to outpost locations in the Southern part of Afghanistan.
**Due regard will be given to successful candidates who can be available to take up the appointment within 31 days from the date of offer acceptance.