Internal and External: Health Specialist (HIV/Aids), NOC, Temporary Appointment, Maputo, Mozambique

Internal and External: Health Specialist (HIV/Aids), NOC, Temporary Appointment, Maputo, Mozambique
Internal and External: Health Specialist (HIV/Aids), NOC, Temporary Appointment, Maputo, Mozambique

26 fevereiro, 2021

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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

How can you make a difference?

The Health and HIV Specialist reports to the HIV/AIDS Manager for general guidance and supervision. The Health and HIV Specialist supports to the HIV Manager in managing the HIV program, from the Health and Nutrition section, contributing to knowledge management/innovation and developing/preparing HIV programmes/projects. She/he provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results of HIV programmes/projects 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. Program development and planning
a. Works with other UNICEF sectors, particularly Health, Nutrition, CSD, Child Protection, Education, WASH and programme communication to ensure integration of the Health & HIV programme with other sectors.
b. Contributes to build on intersectoral experience and establish partnerships to promote innovative approaches to address immediate and underlying determinants of maternal, newborn and child health and HIV, recognizing that health and HIV outcomes are not the results of action in the health and nutrition sectors alone.
c. Participates with UNICEF, Government, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners in the development of strategies and approaches relating to Health & HIV.
d. Monitors status to ensure achievement of strategic results in line with agreed Annual and Country Programme objectives and adopts corrective action to meet programme/project objectives.
e. Contributes to the identification and introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management for improving programme delivery with emphasis on sustainability of intervention and community participation.
f. Contribute to the preparation of HIV programme documentation for Country Office Programme recommendation ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies

2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

a. Coordinate, plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in health and HIV/AIDS program.
b. Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
c. Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
d. Actively monitor programs/projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
e. Plan, monitor certify disbursements and control the optimum/appropriate use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures, donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
f. Contribute to the preparation of key program/project reports for donors and other partners to keep them informed program progress.
g. Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes, as well as participates in periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Identifies necessary action for programme adjustments. Provides technical advice and support to government officials and implementing partners in the planning and management of the Health & HIV interventions and ensures their sustainability.                                                                                                                                                                            h. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender sex aggregated data.

3. Advisory services and technical support

a. Provide technical advice and guidance to key government officials, NGO partners, Community Service Organizations (CSO) UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on programme strategies and best practices and approaches on HIV and related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.
b. Participate in programme strategic discussions/planning to provide technical advice/contribute to policy discussions and agenda setting to promote HIV interventions especially in the areas of Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT), pediatric and adolescent HIV, gender inequality, social inclusion, human rights and humanitarian situations to ensure that at risks and vulnerable population are fully covered in times of greatest needs.
c. In collaboration with monitoring and evaluation and program communication colleagues, conducts accurate and timely monitoring and data collection, and supports an integrated monitoring system, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
d. Coordinates with partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardized across programmes to feed into to programme performance monitoring.
e. Provides assistance for evaluation exercises, programme mid-term review, annual sector review and preview meetings with Government counterparts and all other relevant partners. Analyzes and evaluates monitoring data, ensures achievement of objectives and proposes corrective measures as appropriate.

4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

a. Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking and advocacy to exchange knowledge/expertise, leverage resources/action, build alliances and engage participation of communities in programme design, delivery and demand creation.
b. Participate and represent UNICEF in the UN Joint Team technical group (UNJT) from UNAIDS for discussions and planning on HIV and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered in preparation of HIV programmes/projects.

5. Emergency preparedness, and effective coordination

Supports emergency preparedness plan relating to Health & HIV. In case of emergency, assists in monitoring and assessing the nature and extent of the emergency in the assigned area, as required. Provides assistance to the Country Office in identifying where support is required. In line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, strengthens partnerships with the Health and HIV humanitarian actors s within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

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

  • An Advanced University Degree 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.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 5years of relevant professional experience in  maternal and neonatal health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness preferably in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in HIV/AIDS programme/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.

There will be no relocation package offered for this post. The successful candidate will be responsible for his/her own relocation and settlement in the city where the post is based.

There is a salary calculator tool for local staff through this link. Please run simulations for an estimate of monthly and annual salary based on the post’s level and location. When running the simulation, please select Mozambique (NEW) as the Duty Station.



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