Health Specialist (MNCH/EMTCT), P-4, LACRO, Panama City, Panama, Fixed Term

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 126,175 USD and 162,677 USD.

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The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 38.7% at this the location, applies.

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UNICEF promotes the rights and welfare of all children and adolescents in everything we do. Together with our allies, we work in 190 countries and territories to transform this commitment into practical actions that benefit all children, especially focusing our efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded, worldwide.

The UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office is based in Panama, operating in 36 territories, including 24 country offices.

UNICEF works to put the rights and well-being of the most disadvantaged children at the heart of the social, political, and economic agenda, in line with our equity focus, working across our organization and with our partners in government, civil society and the private sector to support shifts in public policy, fuel social engagement, and increase investment for children.

For information of the work of our organization in the LAC Region, please visit our website: UNICEF LAC Region.

For every child, health. The Survive & Thrive Outcome of the UNICEF LAC Regional Office Management Plan (ROMP) aims at ensuring that girls, boys and adolescents in LAC benefit from equitable policies and programmes that guarantee their health, wellbeing and full development. This outcome will focus on supporting countries in the implementation of the Secretary General Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030) in the region, across its broad agenda of survive, thrive and transform, with an emphasis on reducing health inequities, strengthening health and community systems, promoting multi-sectoral action and building partnership in health, nutrition and HIV, including in fragile and emergency contexts. Within this outcome, there are 3 outputs related to: (1) Maternal, newborn and child health, including the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B (MNCH/EMTCT), (2) Nutrition, and (3) Adolescent health.

How can you make a difference? The Health Specialist (MNCH/EMTCT) reports to the Regional Adviser, Survive & Thrive, who coordinates the Survive & Thrive outcome of the ROMP for general guidance and supervision.

The Health Specialist (MNCH/EMTCT), under the supervision of the Regional Adviser, is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the strategies and activities towards the achievement of the output related to maternal, newborn and child health, which includes the mainstreaming of the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B (MNCH/EMTCT) . The Health Specialist (MNCH/EMTCT) is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of the MNCH/EMTCT programme(s) and providing technical guidance and operational support to Country Offices in the LAC Region throughout the programming process to facilitate the achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Key functions and accountabilities: 1. Programme development and planning 2. Programme management, monitoring, and delivery of results 3. Advisory services and technical support 4. Advocacy, networking, and partnership building 5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have... Education: Master’s Degree or higher in public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required.

Experience: A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in public health/ nutrition planning and management and/ or in relevant areas of maternal and newborn health care, HIV, elimination of mother-to-child transmissions (EMTCT), health emergency/ humanitarian preparedness, at the international level some of which preferably in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in health/nutrition/HIV programme/project development and management in a UN System agency or organization is an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and intermediate Spanish is required. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is an asset.

You can find the complete Job Description in this link: Specific Job Description Health Specialist (MNCH-EMTCT), P4 LACRO 105181.pdf

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To view our values and competency framework please visit the following links: Our Values and Our Competencies.

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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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


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