Thursday, November 20, 2014

UNICEF Jobs - Nigeria

UNICEF Nigeria seeks the services of an experienced Immunization Officer who will provides professional technical assistance and support for programme/project design, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and administration of programme/project activities, 
including data analysis, progress reporting, knowledge networking and capacity Building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with Health programme goals and strategy.
Vacancy number: VN-NGR-41-2014 
Post Title: Immunization Officer 
Level: National Officer (NOB)
Contract Type: Fixed Term 
Duration: Two years
Location: Multiple duty Stations (Borno, Katsina and Sokoto)

Qualifications and Competencies required:
  • University degree in Health, Public Health, Global/International Health, Health Policy & Management, Environmental Health, Family Health, Health Research, Biostatistics, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care, Demography, Social Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, or a field relevant to international public health development assistance.
  • Two years of professional work experience in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health programmes. Professional work experience in a programme management function or a technical expert capacity in child survival & health care.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station, an asset.
  • Knowledge of theories and practices in related fields.
  • Analytical, conceptual and communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Commitment to continuous learning for professional development.
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

Vacancy number: VN-NGR-42-2014
Post Title: WASH Consultant (WinS4Girls project)
Level: National Officer
Contract Type: Short Service Agreement (SSA)
Duration: 8 months.
Location: Abuja
Background/Purpose/Scope of Assignment:
Undertaking research on menstruation and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is a complex issue. It involves not only understanding how women and girls accommodate their menses in school and as they carry out other daily activities, but also understanding the perceptions of women and girls, men and boys about a sensitive topic which is often considered a private matter. There is increasing recognition that MHM is an education issue where the lack of facilities and support for schoolgirls and female teachers is a barrier to their full participation in school. For this reason, menstrual hygiene management has become a public issue; and research to better understand current practices or gaps in support for women and girls in the context of school is important in order to strengthen public services.

Nigeria is one of the 14 countries participating in this global initiative. The Wins programme of UNICEF in Nigeria takes the lead in this formative research and brings together a wide range of partners and contributors (Government, NGO and Academia) to understand and address the challenges that girls face in managing menses in the context of school. This consultancy is specifically aimed at providing technical support to UNICEF WASH Section and Federal Ministry of Education in the development, execution and completion of the research on MHM in Nigeria.
Key tasks expected include the following;
First Phase (6 months)
  • Conduct a review of national and sub-national MHM related experiences (including a desk review of the literature and interviews with key informants); including the cultural perceptions of puberty and menstruation, and the role of the state/ community in helping women and girls manage menstruation.
  • Participate and complete the MHM online course (which will inform the remainder of the activities/duties)
  • Lead the ethical clearance process (including making the submission for ethical clearance of the research to the relevant education authorities) in Nigeria in collaboration with Education Authorities.
  • Map out key MHM stakeholders and potential partners in the country.
  • Adapt global MHM tools to the country context including field testing and training local partners in conducting research with children and on culturally sensitive topics.
  • Carry out the formative research (ensure informed consent/assent process; collect data, train and supervise data collectors; and conduct data analysis)
  • Keep national and sub-national MHM stakeholders informed as the research progresses
  • Compile and analyze the data (in consultation with the local partner and Emory University)
  • Finalize research report and seek clearance from relevant partners for publication.
Second Phase (2 Months):
  • Based on the research findings, develop basic package of products (for example this could be a one-page flyer, a poster, a video or a leaflet) for: girls; teachers; headmasters; WASH programme officers to provide guidance on what they need to know and do to support girls to manage menstruation more effectively whilst at school
  • Field test the products in a number of schools
  • Revise and finalize the basic package of products developed
Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
  • Advanced university degree in Public Health, Gender, Social Sciences or relevant field
  • Minimum of five years relevant experience with focusing at least three years of experience in qualitative research in low- income settings (inclusive of formal training)
  • Demonstrated expertise in ethically-administered, qualitative data collection in low-income settings.
  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative data analysis and conducting ethical, child-centered research, particularly with girls
  • Fluency in English and Local languages in Nigeria
How to Apply:
If you are interested in any of these positions and meets the requirements, please send a cover letter one-page summary statement that describes how your experience and qualifications relate to the post and a scanned /PDF copy of the completed and signed UN Personal History Form (which can be downloaded from to by close of business on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014.

Please mention the position title you are applying for on the subject line of your email.
UNICEF, a smoke-free environment, is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly women are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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