Health Officer (Childhood Injury Prevention and Urban Health Programming)

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Application deadline 3 months ago: Tuesday 6 Apr 2021

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This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of a Health Specialist or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Health Officer will:

  1. Support to program development and planning
  • Support key national government agencies in the development of programs on child injury prevention aligned with the implementation of the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan (PRSAP) 2018 – 2022, including its linkage to the implementation of the UHC law.
  • Support conduct/update situation analysis for the program sector/s for development, design and management of health programs on child injury prevention and road traffic safety. Report on development trends (e.g. political social, economic, health) to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery of results.
  • Contribute to the development/establishment of cross-sectoral program goals, objectives and strategies, highlighting linkages of the health system to the education sector, child protection and social policy, governance and advocacy.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical program transactions, preparing materials/documentations and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support program planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating results.
  • Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate the program review and approval process.
  1. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Work closely and collaboratively with sectoral and cross-sectoral UNICEF colleagues, (particularly with the Education, Child Protection and Social Policy Sections), to discuss operational and implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programs and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of program management.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity.
  • Prepare regular/mandated sectoral program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress.
  1. Technical and operational support to program implementation
  • Provide technical and programmatic oversight and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in the areas of child injury prevention, child responsive urban planning, health systems strengthening and quality improvement.
  • Conduct regular program field visits to pilot local government units, providing technical assistance in program implementation, including exchanges of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, taking appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners (e.g. WHO, UNDP) on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on child injury prevention (road safety), child responsive urban planning and health systems strengthening to support program implementation, operations and delivery of results.
  1. Networking and partnership building
  • Support the continuous operation of the National Coalition for Child Road Traffic Injury Prevention, as the platform for networking and partnership building of key NGAs, civil society and private sector partners on road safety programs for children.
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with members of the National Coalition for Child Road Traffic Injury Prevention, through active sharing of information and knowledge to enhance program implementation and build capacity of partners to deliver concrete and sustainable results.
  • Draft communication and information materials for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for health programs.
  • Provide information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
  1. Innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building
  • Support the development and operations of the Child Road Traffic Injury Database, in close collaboration with government and civil society partners, with the objective of using evidence-based data for program development and policy advocacy.
  • Support identification, capture, synthesis and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
  • Assist with oversight of research/studies when needed and ensure results are available for use in knowledge products
  • Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of partners, clients and stakeholders.
  1. Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.


Required degree level:

Master degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or a related field.
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area, e.g. public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, injury prevention, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related sciences.

Required experience:

60 Months

Experience remark:

  • At least 5 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in public health/health systems strengthening and program management with experience in strengthening service delivery programs, training, performance and quality improvement and monitoring and evaluation; experience in child injury prevention programs, school health, road traffic safety and urban health programming is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization.

Language skills:

  • Filipino(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Area of expertise:

Public health, Monitoring and evaluation, Development programme management

Area of expertise details:

  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; experience with convening national government partners is an asset

  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in protecting and upholding children’s rights, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

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Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

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First register your profile at

Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

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Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only nationals of the Philippines and legal residents with a residency permit, the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: 06 April 2021

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