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UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the SDGs. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. To ensure that interventions are sustainable and scaled up, UNICEF will support both the national and local government units (LGUs) as the main instruments of delivering services and building systems. The level of engagement with government institutions will consider capacities, economies of scale and sector issues.
UNICEF Philippines has two offices. One office is based in Manila and a field office in Cotabato City, the second largest city in Mindanao, Southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoons.
Visit this link for more information on Philippine Country Office: https://www.unicef.org/philippines/
Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative for Programmes, this post is accountable for programme planning, design, implementation, and administration of major digital health
system strengthening programme within UNICEFs Digital Transformation strategy. The T4D Specialist (Health) will support the Philippines as part of a multi-country initiative (Cambodia, Philippines, Mongolia, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, PNG, Fiji, Kiribati and Solomon Islands) that is focused on investments supporting digital health and immunization. The role will provide technical support to the Philippines office, on the selection and procurement of appropriate digital health technologies.
The T4D Specialist (Health) will have the following duties and responsibilities:
1. Provide technical and programmatic support on Digital Health
- Business Relationship Management: Liaise with the Philippines Office to manage Business and Programme Relationship services to define high-level requirements for health systems, document and match requirements and guide the development and adaptation of appropriate digital health solutions.
- Support and assist the design of T4D interventions: Provide support and technical assistance to the UNICEF Philippines Office in the identification, selection, concept design, deployment and sustainability of T4D interventions to address bottlenecks towards achieving programme results in Health.
- Portfolio Coordination: Work closely with colleagues at the office and regional office in deploying a portfolio approach for digital health, adapting common solutions prioritized for UNICEF programming (e.g., Digital Public Goods).
- Solution procurement and evaluation: Support in the development of requests for proposals (RFPs) and selection of appropriate providers. Assist the review of technical solutions in ensuring UNICEF standards are followed; contribute to project management processes, generation, and review of terms of reference and vendor selection.
- Deployment advice and support: Assist with the implementation strategy of digital health initiatives including technical oversight, troubleshooting and the documentation of challenges and resolutions.
- Design thinking: Support human and user-centred design methods to enable user acceptance testing, evaluation, documentation and analysis.
- Donor coordination: Support the donor reviews, proposal and report development for digital health on delivering priority digital infrastructure and advancing digital investments to support policy and program decision-making.
- Fund management: Assist to establish programme work plans and progress monitoring and compliance. Help to manage allocation and disbursement of programme funds, ensuring that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
2. Policy and Strategic Development for Technology-enabled Programming and System Strengthening
- Development of a digital health roadmap: Coordinate with the Philippines and Regional Office, the selected service providers, and national stakeholders to develop digital roadmaps, including alignment on deployment and capacity building and scaling of digital health technologies.
- Participation in programme and management processes: Work closely with the health team to integrate digital development and technology innovation into the programme planning lifecycle. Align with programme priorities and contribute to planning meetings.
- Digital Transformation Strategy: Advise the country office and partners on implementing the technology and digital transformation strategy for the country office, including assessment of gaps, opportunities, and scale-up strategy in support of digital programming goals and priorities.
- Develop, follow, and maintain Digital Transformation action plans: Assist with an action plan that tracks key achievements and milestones of office-wide support for digital transformation in programming. Use of evidence-based data for developing annual workplans, and the identification and prioritization of system bottlenecks.
- Leadership and Quality Assurance: Oversee development and quality assurance during planning and deployment of T4D initiatives; participate in establishing and maintaining standards, documentation, and support mechanisms for T4D.
- Guide compliance with T4D and digital health best practices: Participate in the Philippines Office Dx Governance Committee and support compliance of digital health initiatives with the Principles for Digital Development (http://digitalprinciples.org/), the Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health (https://digitalinvestmentprinciples.org/), the Digital Implementation Investment Guide (DIIG) and the Technology Playbook, UNICEF’s standard delivery methodology for technology initiatives.
3. Advise on Effective Use of Data Technologies
- Support and assist the design of digital interventions: Advisory and analytical assessments of the digital ecosystem of the Country Programme, including the contextual and enabling environment, information systems, and system bottlenecks, and identify appropriate digital health solutions to address identified bottlenecks.
- Scalable and sustainable technology solutions: Work with UNICEF staff and partners to understand how digital technologies can be applied to key data bottlenecks.
- Data solutions for improving health outcomes: Contributes to usability and acceptability of digital data solutions to assure a systems-level approach to how technologies can improve health system performance.
- Improved data quality: Focus on improvements in data, including administrative and service delivery, including community health, immunization, and nutrition service data (CHMIS/HMIS), linked to community-based services for children, demand generation and community empowerment, civil registration, and vital statistics (CRVS).
- Improved data use: Support efforts in the Philippines to implement data for action initiatives, including triangulation of data, creating dashboards that can drive decisionmaking, exploring additional sources of data to attain more granular context-specific data, and improving programming to define and achieve equity and to better direct investments for both UNICEF, and Partners, including the private sector.
- Advise on effective use of digital health data: In line with the UNICEF Digital Health
- Approach, contribute to usability and acceptability of digital health data solutions to assure a systems-level approach for how technologies can improve health system performance and improve health outcomes.
- Support measuring of equity: Assist efforts to assure UNICEF digital transformationrelated data will focus on sub-national & other disaggregation for measuring equity.
- Metrics for data use: Assist to define metrics and goals for digital data use and support implementation research and impact evaluations on digital health programs.
4. Engage, facilitate, and maintain partnerships and networks
- Engage and maintain partnerships and networks: Support the development of partnerships and networks with solution providers, innovators, NGOs, cultural and religious organizations, the private sector, media, and academia to build and provide a space to nurture and test new and innovative technologies and build local capacity.
- Advocacy and communications: Participate and support representation in external, inter-agency or partner forums on Digital Transformation and Technology Innovation in the health sector.
- Proposal and partnership development: Identify opportunities for resource mobilization and new partnerships and support proposal and partnership development efforts in close collaboration with RO and DICE teams of UNICEF.
- Provide advice and support to programme partners: Provide technical and operational support to a wide range of stakeholders and partners on UNICEF policies, practices, standards, and norms on technology for development.
- Standards and procedures for ownership: Work with stakeholders to help develop standards, procedures, and partnerships for T4D interventions and their transition to relevant Government and Civil Society Institutions.
- Transfer and skill-sharing for programme partners: Help maintain partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing and transfer of knowledge, skills, and tools to foster and facilitate technology-enabled programming.
- Document localized partners and profiles: Contribute to a catalogue of potential T4D partners and their profiles/areas of engagement to promote and enhance UNICEF goals for outcomes for children using Technology for Development.
5. Support knowledge management for T4D and Digital Transformation programming
- Share lessons learned: Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned from T4D for integration into broader knowledge development planning, advocacy, and communication efforts.
- Landscape mapping: Assist in maintaining an inventory of Technology and Innovation interventions, assets, resources, and networks.
- Monitoring, evaluation, and learning: Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a clear and transparent approach to planning, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for innovation and T4D initiatives, including baseline data collection, ongoing monitoring, and first-phase data collection and analysis.
- Contribute to Peer Support Networks: Contribute and share with national and regional digital transformation networks and activities.
- Provide recommendations on sustainability: Provide recommendations on creating an ecosystem that enables sustainable adaption and deployment of digital health initiatives.
6. Capacity Building
- Data analysis for evidence generation: Build the capacity of programme staff in analyzing the large amounts of data generated through digital health initiatives, including data visualization techniques and analytics tools.
- Co-create appropriate solutions: Work directly with the health section to co-create strategies on how technology and innovation can support the Philippines’ health priorities.
- Provide training to stakeholders and end-users: Participate as a resource person in capacity-building initiatives to enhance the competencies, capacity, and knowledge within the programmes on digital transformation; train UNICEF staff, partners, government counterparts and other end users in digital transformation and technology innovation.
- Programmatic and technical documentation: Coordinate UNICEF to support Government and implementing partners (IPs) in developing programmatic and technical documentation for the digital initiatives supported.
- Build awareness around Innovation & Frontier Technology: Develop capabilities within Country Office on the appropriate use of frontier technology and innovations for health such as UAVs, wearables, IoTs, mobile money, blockchain etc.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree in health informatics, computer science, public health/medicine, development studies, economics or related field is required.
*A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in a relevant field combined with seven (7) years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in information communication technology for development (ICT4D) in a large international organization and/or corporation is required.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with humanitarian emergencies is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
- The following qualifications are highly desirable:
- Experience identifying, designing, and implementing solutions for large-scale digital health projects with technical components – including supervising external vendors and software developers; responsibility for business analysis, budgets, contracts, procurement, and project management (including task prioritization, workflow coordination, results- driven strategies and proven ability to translate complex ideas from various areas into unified, clear guidance).
- Knowledge and experience working with Digital Public Goods such as DHIS2, OpenMRS, OpenSRP, iHRIS, OpenHIE, SanteSuite, DIVOC, CommCare, RapidPro etc. and deploying, maintaining, and scaling these technologies.
- Exposure to UNICEF, UN or other INGO programmatic areas in public health and experience in applying open source, digital and emerging technology solutions to address health issues.
- Experience designing and supporting digital development and transformation projects with Governments in the Asia and Pacific region.
- Experience in coordination with multiple stakeholders like government agencies, academic institutions, research organizations, private sector, etc. in implementing ICT projects and exploring space for collaboration and partnerships.
- Ability to communicate and engage both verbally and in writing with experts and stakeholders from different fields, including policymakers, researchers, and civil society.
- Work experience in a multi-cultural environment and establishes harmonious and effective working relationships.
- Demonstrates strong analytical, research, report writing and presentation skills.
- Exposure to and/or experience working with HL7 FHIR
How to apply
Qualified candidates are requested to complete an online candidate profile in http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/ by 17 March 2023. Only applications sent through the e-recruitment portal will be considered.
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For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
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