UNICEF Jobs in Uganda - Programme Specialist Vacancies in Kampala - Uganda

UNICEF Jobs in Uganda - Programme Specialist Vacancies in Kampala - Uganda

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.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Health Specialist, Health Systems Strengthening (P4), and in collaboration with the Field Operations and Emergency section, the Programme Specialist will support the Child Survival and Development section with the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Reproductive, Maternal Newborn, Child and Adolescence Health (RMNCH), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), HIV/AIDS, and Nutrition activities in the central zone districts.

The purpose of the job is to ensure that Uganda Country Office (UCO) investments in the region are in line with the district-led systems strengthening approach developed by UCO; that activities are well coordinated and coherent, based on use of evidence and support cross-sectoral programming in the focus districts

Key Functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

District Planning and Budgeting with focus on concerned CSD sectors

  • In consultation with the RMNCAH, WASH, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Output managers, identify intervention priorities in the focus districts of Central Zone through the implementation of a Bottleneck and Causality Analysis to determine both medium term and annual operational priorities.
  • Based on these priorities, develop resource envelopes based on UCO available resources and integrate these resources within the district budgets, while supporting the districts and UCO to identify resource gaps for resource mobilization.
  • Support the development of results based district plans (linked to the national budget cycle) that include results, indicators, targets, baselines and means of verification through a consultative process with all key stakeholders active in the health sector at the district level.
  • Support the coordination and organization of regular and inclusive reviews (Quarterly) of progress against planned results to address key bottlenecks, challenges and opportunities at the district level with the ultimate aim of accelerating achievement of results.
  • Risk-Informed Programming and Humanitarian-

    Development Nexus:

  • In line with the multi-hazard risk analysis conducted by the Office of the Prime Minister, support districts conduct a risk analysis for likely health emergiencies, and as relevant develop contingency plans with response scenarios and projected resources for response.
  • Promote and adopt standardized methods, tools and formats for common use in health needs assessments in emergencies to ensure predictable action with a common strategy.

    District Coordination

  • Support the district in ensuring that an up to date mapping of actors (with contacts details) active in the health, water and nutrition sector in the district is available
  • Support the district in conducting regular inclusive health sector coordination meetings that address joint planning, monitoring, performance tracking and identifying challenges, opportunities and bottlenecks with the aim of avoiding duplication and ensuring synergies between and among different actors in the health and nutrition sector.

    Evidence Based Decision Making

  • Strengthen districts’ use of existing health and nutrition information data for decision making while strengthening the generation and quality of such data.
  • Promote the use of available administrative data, population data (UBOS), as well as relevant studies, surveys, analysis conducted by the Government, by UNICEF and other development partners.
  • Support districts in generating new evidence where necessary
    (where gaps exist).

    Programme Implementation

  • Be the focal point for all health and nutrition Direct Cash Transger (DCT) requests from the districts; following up on the quality of submissions as well as monitoring the use of resources and financial management processes.
  • Conduct field monitoring of programmes implemented in the health and nutrition sector and compile and file as appropriate a programmame monitoring report(s) based on the different HACT threshholds.

    Cross Sectoral programming

  • Ensure frequent communication and close coordination of district level activities with the Field Coordination office and cross-sectoral focal points (ECD, Adolescents, gender) in the office.
  • Support the health, water, nutrition-concerned sectors at the district level to promote and support the cross-sectoral aspects of adolescent, gender and early childhoold development, as well as Communication for Development.
  • In liaison with the Field Operations Office, build the capacity of the focus districts to adequately plan and implement UNICEF funded activities by ensuring that all focus district personnel implementing UNICEF projects are oriented on the Harmonized Cash Transfer modalities.

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields: Public Health, Medicine, Social Sciences, Public Administration and Health Service Management.
    Seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in programme management.
  • At least five years of relevant professional work experience within the Uganda health and nutrition context in applying the District Health Systems Strengthening.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The competencies required for this post are Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing and Creating and Innovating

    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, 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.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 22nd April 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Jobs in Uganda - Programme Specialist Vacancies in Kampala - Uganda

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