Indonesia: Health Officer (Malaria & EPI), NO-B, Makassar, Indonesia

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Indonesia
Closing date: 07 Jan 2018

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South and West Sulawesi are large, populous provinces, with low immunizations coverage in South Sulawesi and high child and maternal mortality in West Sulawesi. Malaria transmission is highly variable and these provinces have implemented malaria control strategy. Control of this disease requires good integrated surveillance and strengthening of the health service delivery system broadly. UNICEF is well positioned to provide the technical assistance and advocacy needed to bring broad systems-level improvements in these provinces.

UNICEF has provided assistance to both provinces for 2 years through advocacy towards strategic and effective use of GFATM and local government funds to support malaria control integrated with antenatal care and routine immunizations. Coverage Bottlenecks are identified and strategies to overcome those are formulated and have been initially implemented. Currently both provinces have increasing and more localized malaria transmission. Technical assistance from UNICEF and the organization’s knowledge and expertise on malaria elimination could be extended to assist those provinces in transitioning from malaria control to malaria elimination phase. With the experience on the past two years assistance the program, there is likelihood that South Sulawesi and West Sulawesi will run good integrated programs as well as solid malaria elimination program.

Under the direct supervision of the NOC CSD Specialist in Makasar Field Office and the technical oversight of the Malaria and EPI specialists in Jakarta, the staff is responsible for the field implementation and monitoring of EPI and Malaria activities in South and West Sulawesi Province. In close coordination with the CSD Officer (MNCH) and counterparts within the provincial and district health offices, the incumbent will: (1) Provide high level technical assistance to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and selected District Health Offices (DHO) on EPI and Malaria policies and activities and ensure effective integration with other CSD programs, such as MNCH, nutrition and WASH, (2) Support the delivery of EPI and Malaria services including improved coverage of quality services among the poorest and most vulnerable populations, (3) Regularly track and analyse provincial and district level data (including equity monitoring) with the intention of tracking progress towards key programme deliverables, identifying bottlenecks and taking corrective measures if progress is off track, (4) Conduct advocacy efforts for women and children at all levels of the provincial and district leadership structures, (5) Support innovation and pilots and ensure that they are rigorously monitored and evaluated with a view for subsequent scale up by the PHO, and (6) Support capacity building efforts as needed and thereby supporting the process of decentralization process.

The key functions, accountabilities and related duties/ tasks include:

1. Data-driven and results-based management

  • Participate in regular data-driven situational analyses (including epidemiological, gender equality and emergency assessments) of the status of women and children;
  • Support counterparts in focus districts in mapping the poorest and most vulnerable communities/ households;
  • Monitor results at provincial and district level in terms of coverage and quality of key MNCH (particularly EPI and Malaria) interventions and in particular on progress to addressing inequities among the poorest and most marginalized populations.
  • 2. Upstream activities

  • Provide specific technical expertise to the PHO and DHO on health issues, policy and strategies including advocacy in gender equality, as appropriate and as defined by supervisors.
  • Support relevant government counterparts in evidence based planning, implementation and monitoring of key MNCH interventions, with a particular emphasis on EPI and Malaria.
  • Work with provincial authorities to ensure that good practices modelled in focus districts are replicated in other districts in the province.
  • Support capacity building and advocacy efforts at provincial & district levels and ensure a high level of awareness and understanding of the key MNCH issues facing the beneficiaries, with a particular emphasis on EPI and Malaria.
  • 3. Downstream activities

  • Provide in-country technical and operational support to scaling-up related Health interventions;
  • Contribute to the implementation of sectoral work-plans for scaling-up specific health interventions and innovations;
  • Contribute to UNICEF country office’s readiness to deliver on the Health-related CCCs;
  • 4. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Collaborate with CSD Specialist, CFO and other technical colleagues to ensure timely, efficient, rigorous and transparent monitoring, evaluation and reporting on MNCH programs, with a particular emphasis on EPI and Malaria;
  • Contribute to the preparation of relevant sections of the annual health reports and donor reports;
  • Submit transparent and timely reports.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor related programmes and participate in periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners with particular emphasis on under-served population .
  • Share good practices in gender equality programming, sharing good practices at the national level.
  • 5. Accountability

  • Ensure related UNICEF, government and non-government staff comply with UNICEF’s financial rules including emergency fast-track procedures;
  • In close collaboration with Operations and Supply staff, regularly monitor and report on use of related supplies and other resources donated to the government and non-government partners;
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section and Government authorities to maintain sound internal controls, supportive of specific health interventions as well as to ensure accountability.
  • Conduct regular program reviews, compile and collate monitoring reports and prepare expenditure status reports against the Country Programme budget and annual work plan.
  • 6. Knowledge management

  • Document results of programme implementation, evaluations and lessons learned as appropriate.
  • Package existing and new evidence for capacity building and advocacy purposes as appropriate
  • 7. Partnerships and leveraging resources

  • Coordinate and interact closely with UNICEF staff responsible for support to integrated MNCH programs and maintain close working relationships with other related UNICEF sectors, particularly nutrition, HIV, WASH, and programme communication;
  • Coordinate with related UNICEF JKT staff to ensure strategies are aligned with national, regional and global strategies;
  • Establish active and participatory partnerships with related health sector stakeholders (Government, WHO, other UN agencies, NGOs and bilateral agencies) and interact with them at different stages of Health programme implementation.
  • To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • Advanced Medical degree or related field with additional training in public health. First level university degree may be considered in exceptional circumstances with minimum of 6 years of professional related experience.
  • At least three (3) to four (4) years of professional work experience in the field of public health, preferably malaria and expanded programme on Immunization.
  • Familiarity with government planning, budgeting and administrative regulations would be an asset.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization and field work experience an asset.
  • Background/familiarity with emergency and gender mainstreaming desirable.
  • Written and oral fluency in English, and native language skills in Bahasa Indonesia.
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