Project Specialist (Health Sector Projects)

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
  • Category:
    Health / Medical, Project Management
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Office/Unit/Project Description 

In mid-2015, at the request of the Government of Iraq (GoI) and with the support of the development partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq established the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) to carry out stabilization activities in the governorates of Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din, which were affected due to the ISIL conflict. In support of this, UNDP has been leading stabilization efforts using the FFS as the primary vehicle to create the necessary conditions for IDPs to return and rebuild their lives in dignity and peace.

Since then, the FFS’ integrated approach has been paving the way for an inclusive and sustainable post-conflict recovery in Iraq; by combining significant infrastructure rehabilitation efforts across key sectors, such as education, electricity, health, housing, municipal services, roads and bridges networks, sewage, water, with immediate and medium-term socioeconomic interventions to support livelihoods, local government capacity support as well as social cohesion and peacebuilding initiatives.

UNDP’s FFS intervention was initially supposed to have completed the implementation on 31 December 2021. However, the FFS Steering Committee on 11 October 2020 extended the project for two years, bringing its implementation completion date from 31 December 2021 to 31 December 2023 to allow the implementation and completion of ongoing critical priority projects across sectors in reached and hard-to-reach locations and populations.

To facilitate the implementation and completion of the remaining FFS projects within the healthcare sector and secure the long-term sustainability of UNDP’s stabilization efforts and gains in the health sector across the governorates of Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din, UNDP will continue its coordination and collaboration effects with the GoI through its Ministry of Health (MoH) at national and governorate levels, and subsequently strengthen the relationship in support of future projects design and implementation in the five FFS operational governorates or other new governorates.

Scope of Work 

1-Stakeholders’ coordination to facilitate effective implementation and completion of FFS health and future health projects, through focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Lead the coordination and liaison between UNDP’s Senior Management and senior Government Officials at the Ministry of Health at national and governorate levels to support the implementation and completion of FFS health projects and future project initiatives in FFS’ targeted or other governorates.
  • Promote a consultative process between UNDP and the Control Centers/local councils.
  • Participate in Control Center meetings, provide updates and inputs on behalf of UNDP’s FFS health project implementation, and communicate their recommendations for improving project implementation.
  • Collect necessary information for project implementation from the field, analyse it and share it with the Head of Stabilization.
  • Support the Government’s led coordination mechanism by providing information on UNDP’s activities and other technical inputs.
  • Ensure UNDP’s interventions and planning are reflected in coordination meetings with GoI/governorates.
  • Facilitate reporting and information sharing with partners.

2-Provide technical and oversight support to facilitate effective implementation and completion of FFS Health and future health projects, through focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Support the implementation of project activities, where required, and advise on project contracting requirements.
  • Support project activities’ day-to-day monitoring and implementation progress and promptly report any abnormalities or risks to the Head of Stabilization / FFS Programme Manager.
  • Develop and design interventions based on accurate information and risk analysis on the ground and utilizing lessons learned from the activities in consultation and coordination with the Head of Stabilization / FFS Programme Manager.
  • Analyse and share information with the FFS project team and the local technical teams.
  • Supervise and organize the process of checking the materials and equipment received at construction/renovation sites against damages, missing parts and appropriate ratings, and ensure the materials/equipment provided by the contractor meet UNDP’s requirements and standards.
  • Discuss site issues with the contractor and promptly report to UNDP if a problem requires UNDP’s input.
  • Assist in checking and certifying substantial construction progress/completion and the corresponding payments. Advise UNDP to withhold any payments for any work that has been rejected or does not comply with the previously prepared specifications.
  • Provide technical inputs to strengthen alignment and complementarity of UNDP’s support with government policies and plans.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Stabilization and direct supervision of the FFS Programme Manager, the Project Specialist (Health Sector Projects) will lead UNDP’s coordination and collaboration effects with the GoI through its MoH at national and governorate levels to facilitate the implementation and completion of the remaining FFS’ health projects in the governorates of Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din, and subsequently strengthen the relationship between UNDP and MoH in support of future health projects in the five FFS operational governorates or other new governorates.

Core competencies:
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:
Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction & Strategy System Thinking Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgment to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
Communications Brand & quality management Ability to position a UNDP brand and uphold it to a high level of quality
Business Direction & Strategy Effective Decision Making Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
Business Direction & Strategy Negotiation and Influence Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations
Business Management Project Management Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Business Management Monitoring Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
Business Management Customer Satisfaction/Client Management Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers’ needs.

Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Public Health, or Medical/Health Sciences, health project management or related field is required, or

A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree

  • Minimum 5 years (with master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at the national and/or international level in extensive coordination and medical experience including experience in equipping health facilities.
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and liaison with health authorities is required
  • Experience in the area of public health or related field in programme/project management is required

Required  skills: 

  • Experience in the medical/health sector is required
  • Experience in strategic planning processes, programming;
  • Experience in fund raising, project and programme is required
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), database packages, and web-based management systems such as ERP.”

Desired skills:

  • Experience from previous UN assignments and/or multilateral organizations and bi-lateral aid organizations would be an asset.
  • Work experience with Government, International Organizations and donors at different levels is desired
  • Medical background/experience is an asset

Professional Certificates: College of Medicine Certificate

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