Title: Maternal & Newborn Child Health Specialist
Category and Grade Level: L-3
Type of Contract: Temporary Fixed Term – 1 Year
Organization Unit: Accelerated Child Survival & Development (ACSD)
Duty Station: UNICEF USSC, Nairobi
Date of Issue: 16 April 2008
Closing date of Application: 01 May 2008

Qualified candidates are invited to apply for the position of Maternal & Newborn Child Health Specialist to be based in Nairobi but with an expectation of frequent travel in Somalia (70% of time in Somalia). The successful candidate will be offered a Temporary Fixed Term Appointment for 1 year (with high probability of extension). Further extensions will be subject to office priorities, satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Purpose of the Post:

Under the supervision of the Accelerated Child Survival and Development Coordinator, UNICEF Somalia Support Center, the post will be responsible for planning, implementation, supervision and monitoring of MNCH program.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Provide technical guidance to the three UNICEF zonal offices inside Somalia (North East, North West and Central South zones) in supporting the PHC delivery. Currently UNICEF provides assistance to 246 MCH and 540 Health Posts in Somalia.

(2) Lead the review, revision and development of technical guidelines for MNCH.

(3) Contribute to the training activities related to the MNCH program.

(4) Contribute to the development of MNCH monitoring indicators and its programmatic use.


* Advanced University degree in health related field.
* 5 years of experience in public health preferably at the international level.
* Fluency in English required.

Preferred Attributes:

* Knowledge of latest development in public health especially in MNCH.
* Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment. Ability to work in a team.
* Analytical, negotiating and communication skills.
* Supervisory and managerial skills.
* Knowledge of computer management and applications.
* Ability to adapt in a challenging and complex program environment.
nterested and qualified candidates should send their applications with updated UN Personal History Form (P.11), updated CV, copies of academic certificates to the address or email address below. UN staff is requested to provide their last two Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs). Please quote the vacancy number in your application.

Please note that documents submitted along with your applications will not be returned. Ensure you send copies of your testimonials.

Only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged


Vacancies Contact
Human Resources Officer
Vacancy Number 2008/042
P.O. Box 44145-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
or email to: somaliahrvacancies@unicef.org