Monday, September 18, 2023

Community Health Specialist Job at UNICEF Tanzania

  AjiraLeo Tanzania       Monday, September 18, 2023
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Temporary Appointment Community Health Specialist, (P3), Dar es salaam, Tanzania #126191
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Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: P-3
Location: United Republic of Tanzania


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Community health programmes have been the backbone of Tanzanian primary health care (PHC) for several decades. By 2014, there were an estimated 41,000 community health workers (CHWs) on Tanzania mainland and 1,600 CHVs on Zanzibar. On the mainland, the majority of CHWs were volunteers and a landscaping analysis revealed poor coordination, lack of standardization, insufficient supervision, and monitoring of community health implementation. In May 2023, Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar hosted the in-country mission of the Community Health Road map partnership. This international platform has been established to elevate community health, reduce fragmentation, and explore sustainable financing mechanisms for scale up in countries with high burden of disease that could be addressed through stronger community health systems. The mission resulted in the United Republic of Tanzania joining the Community Health roadmap as its 16th country with the Ministers of Health on both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar expressing their strong support for a renewed Community Health agenda.
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Community Health is a corner stone of UNICEF Tanzania’s Health program strategy on PHC system strengthening. As the country enters its next phase of policy development and implementation on both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, UNICEF will continue to provide strong technical assistance at all levels. This requires engagement to provide technical advice during the upcoming review of curricula and guidelines, leveraging UNICEF’s convening mandate for effective partner coordination and steadfast guidance for implementation of community health programs during transition between the phases of national policy. UNICEF Tanzania Country Office’s (TCO) Health Section is therefore seeking an expert in community health with a strong technical background and excellent communication skills to work with the government on both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Health Manager for Primary Health Care, the incumbent will lead UNICEF’s work with the government and implementing partners to strategically coordinate, design, implement and monitor community-based health services in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
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Key functions/accountabilities:
  • Provide high quality technical assistance to the government in its development and revision of policies, plans, protocols, training materials and guidelines for Community based Health services including their financing, human resources and social and behaviour change components.
  • Actively engage, and as appropriate provide a secretarial and/or coordinating function, in governance and coordinating mechanisms and platforms such as technical working groups for community health.
  • Act as a liaison between UNICEF Tanzania and Community Health Road map partners, within and outside the country.
  • Implement and oversee existing community-based health services programs supported by UNICEF in close collaboration with the Government of Tanzania, implementing partners, and other UNICEF sections.
  • Effectively link the community health portfolio to other activities implemented within the context of UNICEF’s health, nutrition, HIV, WASH, Education and Child Protection programs.
  • Develop activities and costing for community health related activities in the context of UNICEF health program planning.
  • Coordinate and communicate with development partners and donors, reporting results in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Document and disseminate best practices and program results for community-based health services, locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Contribute to high quality program and field monitoring and performance tracking.
  • Contribute to the drafting of funding appeals, donor reports and project proposals related to community health.
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To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • Advanced university degree in Community Health, Community Development, Primary Health Care, Family Medicine, Health Sciences, Public Health, or related field
  • Required Knowledge and Skills; At least five (5) years of professional work experience in community health, primary health care, health system strengthening and/or quality of care in Tanzania or another comparable context.
  • Work experience should have included coordination & partnership management, planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community health or other relevant programmes.
  • Strong communication skills with partners and stakeholders at all levels – from community to national platforms.
  • Ability to effectively process, analyse and interpret program data and produce quality reports.
  • Work experience with UNICEF or international health NGOs is an asset
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Swahili is a strong asset.

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UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
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), Drive to achieve impactful results (1), Manages ambiguity and complexity (1).
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.
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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.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.
Advertised: 18 Sep 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 02 Oct 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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