Back Health Specialist, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH)

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life - in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

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

Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child's path.Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

Visit this link for more information on working with UNICEF Uganda

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Chief, Child Survival and Development (Alive Programme), the Health Specialist, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) will report to the Team leader, Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) who is responsible for the overall management, development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Reproductive Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme in the context of 'Keeping Children Alive and thriving'.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Support to program development and planning for New born Health Program management, monitoring and delivery of results for maternal and new born health Technical and operational support to program implementation

To qualify as an advocate for every child you must have...

Advanced university degree in Public Health, MPH, preferably with specialized training in public health with focus on maternal and newborn health or in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). Five years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of maternal and new-born health programs relevant to child survival, health & nutrition care. Professional work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in Reproductive health maternal and new-born survival is essential. Developing country work experience and background/familiarity with Emergency. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language and Local Language an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

The Core competencies required for this post are Leading and supervising, Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking, Deciding and Initiating action, and Applying technical expertise.

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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.

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.


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

This vacancy is archived.

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