Re-advertisement: Health Officer (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support), NO-1, Fixed Term, Kyiv, Ukraine (only for nationals of Ukraine)

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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.

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Under the guidance and supervision of the Health Specialist and in close collaboration with other staff in Health section based in Kyiv and in UNICEF Field Offices, this position will ensure planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health projects/programmes with specific focus on strengthening sub-national and community-based mental health and psychosocial support systems (MHPSS).

The Health Officer will provide technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes of the implementation of the projects. H/She will facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions to national efforts to create a protective and inclusive environment for children and families in conflict -affected regions of Ukraine ensuring the fulfillment of their rights to survival, development, protection and well- being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies.

The Health Officer will contribute to the achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Support to programme/project development and planning
  2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  4. Networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building


  1. Support to programme/project development and planning
  • Support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis of children and families in war- affected regions of Ukraine to ensure that current and comprehensive data on child welfare issues is available to guide UNICEF’s advocacy, intervention and development efforts, and to set Project priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance Project management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of health programmes with specific focus on MHPSS. Formulate, design and prepare inputs for the sector, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s overall Strategic Plans and the Country Programme, Humanitarian response Plan (HRP) and Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC).
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine priorities and competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
  1. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Plan and collaborate with colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results with specific focus on MHPSS.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the sub-national and local government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required actions and interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals of health programme with specific focus on MHPSS.
  • Monitor and verify the appropriate use of programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, as well as standards of accountability and integrity. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources. Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of project/programme progress.
  1. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to sub-national and local government counterparts, CSO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners and donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and approaches on child welfare related issues to support Project management, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Participate in health programme meetings, including programme development, to provide technical and operational information, advice and support related to the projects/programmes in war-affected regions of Ukraine.
  • Draft briefs, reports and inputs to other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
  • Operationalize MHPSS flagship in the CO, with support to FOs – including multisector approach with Education, SBC, health and Protection.
  1. Networking and partnership building
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant counterparts at sub-national and local levels, CSOs, social (incl. health), education and health institutions through active networking, advocacy and effective communication - to build capacity, exchange knowledge and expertise, and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results in war- affected regions of Ukraine.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate discussions and planning on child health issues (related to MHPSS) in conflict affected regions of Ukraine. Ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the humanitarian, recovery and development programme process in war- affected regions of Ukraine.
  1. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete programme results. Promote implementation of best practices and existing positive models of MHPSS at sub-national level in Ukraine. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Research and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems related to mental health and psychosocial support.
  • Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.


Candidate Profile:


University degree in one of the following fields: psychology, social sciences, human rights, sociology, international relations, international development, or other related disciplines.

Work Experience and technical knowledge/skills

A minimum of 1 year of professional experience in social development planning and management in child welfare and/or other related areas at national/subnational level is required. Experience working on mental health and psychosocial support projects is desirable. Experience working in war-affected regions of Ukraine is an asset. Relevant experience in health or related areas, program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. Experience in both humanitarian and development contexts is an added advantage. Information Technology and networking skills.

Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and Ukrainian is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Competency Profile

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • 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)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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.


UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

This position is based in Kyiv, and the incumbent will be expected to work on-site. However, depending on the security conditions and advisory, s/he will be required to relocated within Ukraine.

Please note, this position is for Nationals of Ukraine only.

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