UNICEF Child Health Specialist Job in Kenya

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Kenya Country Office

Child Health Specialist – NOC 

Fixed Term Appointment

Date of Issue:    20 June 2012

Closing Date: 
   03 July 2012

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates who are Kenyan Nationals to fill the above position on a Fixed Term Appointment in the Health Section of UNICEF Kenya Country Office.

Purpose of Post:

The overall assignment of the technical assistance of the Child Health Specialist will be to provide key technical support for UNICEF Kenya Office in its efforts to support the government to strengthen the programming and implementation of key child health activities.

 Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To provide key technical support for UNICEF Kenya Office in its efforts to support the government implementation of key child health activities;
  • Design, prepare, implement, monitor and evaluate CHILD HEALTH programmes (EPI and Malaria Control)  with a focus on accelerating the implementation of the high impact interventions through various strategies including supporting the AOP development,  implementation and review process, rolling out child to parent initiative, community case management;
  • Raise the profile and urgency of effective CSD interventions at National, District and Provincial health Stakeholders forums, strengthen district and provincial level analysis of MNCH related indicators
  • Identify gaps in achieving universal coverage of high impact health interventions identified in the CSDS and recommend actions to be taken at national , county and community levels;
  • Support development, review and implementation of child health policy, child survival and development strategy, school health policy and other relevant policies and guidelines
  • Contribute towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the Analysis to include an update on any disparities in health indicators between different provinces/ districts in Kenya
  • Participate in inter-sectoral collaboration with other programme colleagues for the systematic delivery of an integrated package of MNCH services.
  • Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate programme development.
  • Undertake field visits to monitor all the health sector programmes, as well as conducts periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.  Proposes and/or undertakes action on operational procedures affecting project management and implementation.
  • Participate in the development of sectoral work plans and achievement of assigned objectives. Provides guidance and support to staff in meeting project objectives. Participate in Child Health, EPI and malaria Interagency Coordinating Committees
Required Qualifications:  
  • Master’s degree in public health, pediatrics etc.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills
  • Knowledge of the current  issues in Child Survival in Kenya and the region with experience in planning, implementing and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in developing policy and strategy documents and dissemination of the same to a wider government, donor and key NGOs and the community.
  • Ability and experience in undertaking qualitative and quantitative data collection, review and analysis
  • Leadership and Supervising
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Drive for Results
  • Relating and Networking
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Applying Technical Expertise
At least eight years progressive experience in public health or related field with focus on child survival and development programs


Fluency in English and another UN working language required.  Knowledge of Swahili and experience in Kenya will be an asset.

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their curricula vitae (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:

The Human Resources 
ManagerUNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: kenyahrvacancies@unicef.org

Please indicate Reference No. “KCO/HLTH/2012-27” in the email subject.

“qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply”

Zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse

Unicef is a smoke-free environment

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