Programme Officer in the Health Section, NO-1, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 364 days, for BiH national only

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This is a NO-1 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-1 contracts.

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

UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina is implementing with USAID funds a two-year programme on ‘Strengthening Social and Health Protection in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ (April 2021 - April 2023). The overall objective is to strengthen education, health and social protection systems in selected locations to adequately respond to COVID-19 and enhance overall recovery and resilience, with a focus on children, youth and families. Health component’s main focus will be on the procurement of cold chain equipment, support in the establishment of digital immunization data collection and cold chain temperature monitoring as well as support for the risk communication activities relating to COVID-19 vaccination.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Health Specialist and in collaboration with the Education, Child Protection, Communication and Social Policy Sections at the UNCEF Country Office in Sarajevo, you will provide professional assistance and support the Office by carrying out the specific activities and responsibilities listed below to help ensure timely and quality development, implementation, and monitoring of UNICEF's COVID-19 response in the health sector.


1. Technical contribution to and participation in effective knowledge management made to strengthen country programme management and activities, including data collection, analysis, and information sharing/exchanges.

2. Effective monitoring system administered and analysis of country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications provided for the identification of critical programme intervention point and measures; changes in programme work plans and recommendations drafted or prepared as required.

3. Programme funds effectively monitored for optimum use.

4. Programme monitoring and evaluations effectively conducted to improve programme performance, and programme status reports timely prepared.

5. Technical support and assistance provided to elevate the quality of health programme, and add coherence, synergy and value to project management process by using results-based management.

6. Contribution and support provided to build and reinforce commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners.

7. Rights perspective and advocacy at the community and family levels incorporated in policy analysis for establishing and elevating UNICEF’s credibility in policy debates.

8. Technical support and assistance provided to enhance effective communication and networking through partnership and collaboration.


1. Knowledge Management for Programmes

Contribute to country programmes by supporting knowledge management through providing professional assistance in data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of "lessons learned" and other corporate-level databases.

Participate in information exchange with partners as well as in the development of training and orientation material by providing professional technical assistance.

In close coordination with the UNICEF Communication Team prepare several activities with the media and ensure quality and timely reportingon results achieved.

2. Programme Development and Management

Provide professional technical assistance in the preparation of the Situation Analysis for programme development and management by collecting and analyzing data and monitoring implementation progress. Contribute to the identification of critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects. Prepare programme work plans as required. Propose adjustments/changes in work plans. Propose programme recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices for supervisor.

Commission the mapping of a comprehensive assessment of gaps and needs for an electronic immunization reporting system and cold chain monitoring system and oversee the process from the beginning to the end. Support partners in matters related to the procurement of cold chain equipment, monitoring systems and safe disposal practices of old cold chain equipment according to international standards. Support the establishment of partnerships with government authorities at state, entity and cantonal levels to develop immunization reporting systems and cold chain monitoring systems. Support the development and the standardization of technical specifications for the procurement of cold chain equipment. Support in identifying key technical partners for the development of electronic immunization systems and support the implementation of the recommendations from the assessment. Organise testing sites for the electronic systems and test these systems. Organise training for focal points from the selected health facilities where the systems are being implemented. Support risk communication activities relating to COVID-19 vaccination.

3. Optimum Use of Programme Funds

Monitors programme implementation progress and compliance. Monitors the allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Takes appropriate recommendations or actions to optimize use of programme funds.

4. Programme Monitoring and Evaluations

Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.

Collaborate with partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate in any major programme evaluation exercises to improve the efficiency and quality of programme delivery. Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Collaborate and prepare annual program status reports in a timely manner, as required.

5. Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach

Support a rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks. Collaborate with partners and assist in the strengthening of quality child rights-based programmes through consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects. Contribute to coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

Provide professional technical assistance in preparing viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, new initiatives and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women.

6. National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability

Provide government authorities with technical assistance and support in planning and organizing training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.

Promote and maintain the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners by identifying these partners and partnerships and providing continuous support, coordination and collaboration for sustainability.

7. Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels

Analyze programme related issues and policies from a children's and women's rights perspective and advocacy at the community and family levels for elevating credibility in national policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication.

8. Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration.

Facilitate partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Establish and maintain linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.

Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability. Approve allocation and disbursement of funds ensuring they are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated in accordance with the programme budget allotments (PBA).

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, Business Administration, Public Health or other health related field or another relevant technical field
  • A minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience is required in one of the following fields: programme management and/or results-based management, public health planning and management, cold chain management.
  • Experience working in the health sector is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) languages is required

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

For further information please contact Human Resources at UNICEF Office in Sarajevo, Ms. Marina Kadic at [email protected]

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