Public Health Specialist - UNITAR
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Closed on 7 Oct 2020
Location: Rwanda
Grade: Nat. Specialist Volunteers
Occupations: Healthcare
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Job Description

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical advice on public health and assist in design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of The Defeat-NCD Partnership programme activities in Rwanda, in support of the Ministry of Health. Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator for Rwanda, the Public Health Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

National NCD Capacity Building

  • Keep an updated situation analysis of NCDs in Rwanda and drive country programme development;
  • Lead in the monitoring and evaluation of the national costed action plan for NCDs;
  • Lead in the development of training, tools and methods and identify technical resources to support programme implementation at country level;
  • Prepare for and support regular meetings of the Technical Working Group (TWG) responsible for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the National NCD Strategy and its related National NCD Costed Action Plan (2020-2025);
  • Lead the development and refinement of tools and methods on programme implementation at country level and identify technical resources requirements;
  • Lead technical assistance to support the strengthening of the policy framework work for NCDs, including coordination structures and monitoring frameworks that improve data availability for better analysis
  • Coordinate efforts for improving evidence based operational research on NCDs by key partners and ensuring its publication and availability for all stakeholders;
  • Lead global knowledge-sharing by documenting lessons learned on capacity building in Rwanda

Community scale up for NCD Services

  • Lead in designing and implementing a nationwide NCD screening programme;
  • Identify innovators and interventions to increase the provision of NCD services to communities in a cost-effective manner. Drive institutional processes to transform some of these interventions as investible services to that can attract venture or private equity capital;
  • Analyse existing or proposed primary health care systems and services on their inclusion of NCDs; identify needs for improvement and the methods and resources to accomplish such improvements;
  • Develop new program proposals and work with partnership/financing teams to proactively explore opportunities to raise new funding and capital to scale up the effort of NCD services at community level;
  • Actively participate in annual planning, monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts;
  • Build and strengthen close working relationship with all health sector counterparts in country;
  • Lead the development of grants and agreements with identified implementation partners for managing the grant out activities in accordance with UNITAR rules and regulation

Affordability and Accessibility of Essential NCD Supplies

Provide leadership and technical assistance to make the provision of NCD supplies simpler and more cost effective in the country

  • Assess NCD drugs and supplies quality assurance practices and the country’s approved suppliers, and pre-qualification process;
  • Lead the country and reginal market monitoring studies, and global State of the World’s Essential Medicines and Diagnostic Supplies for Noncommunicable Diseases report.
  • Assess NCD drugs and supplies quality assurance practices and the country’s approved suppliers, and pre-qualification process;
  • Lead the country and reginal market monitoring studies, and global State of the World’s Essential Medicines and Diagnostic Supplies for Noncommunicable Diseases report.

Sustainable NCD Financing

  • Support analysis of health financing needs to implement the national costed action plan on NCDs;
  • Contribute to the development of innovative financing instruments for meeting the financing needs of the NCDs;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Master degree or equivalent

Master's degree or equivalent in public health and/ or Graduate degree in Medicine or equivalent, from an accredited and recognized academic institution is required,

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in combination with relevant training and/or professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree

60 Months
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional work experience for Public health/ Government facility, large International NGO, or Private Health Facility;
  • A minimum of 4 years job-related field experience in providing support to policy and program activities with professional experience in public health and managing development and/ or humanitarian operations;
  • Strong demonstrated track record in programme monitoring, evaluation, and reporting is required;
  • Relevant work experience in at least two of the following areas: health policy development, health system strengthening and transformation, primary health care, project planning and management, capacity building and health innovation;
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Desirable: valid national driver’s license and proven ability to drive manual gear 4x4 over rough terrain;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in public health, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Kinyarwanda(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Public health, Other health related experience
  • Strong overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, etc.), and office technology equipment;
  • Proven ability to multitask across various planning and implementation processes within a highly demanding environment;

Functional Knowledge and Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of public health programmes with focus on prevention and control of NCDs and their major risk factors, health system, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of operational management of health aspects/consequences of humanitarian crises and outbreaks in field settings;
  • Demonstrated skills in proposal and report writing, knowledge of and experience with needs assessments in emergency settings, strategic information analysis and planning and ability to anticipate new trends in the field of public health and take actions accordingly;
  • Capacity building skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programmes and activities, including the development of programmatic indicators.

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams

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Date limite pour postuler : 07-10-2020

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