Chief Health, (P-4), Pyongyang, DPR Korea #14582

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 24 Oct 2019

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,a champion

DPR Korea is a low-income country with a highly centralized, planned economy. It operates under heavy international sanctions and has a highly charged and visible political context. It has experienced serious shortages of food and energy, a reduction in economic growth rates, as well as recurring climate-related challenges resulting in a severe, chronic and underfunded humanitarian emergency. Despite the exemption granted to humanitarian assistance, the imposition of sanctions, coupled with donor fatigue, has reduced the availability of resources to address even the most pressing of life-threatening situations.

How can you make a difference?

We are now seeking an experienced, innovative and motivated professional to lead our Health programme in DPR Korea. You will be responsible for the overall management of the programme which entails providing managerial leadership; guiding programme development and planning; leading programme management; monitoring and delivery of results; overseeing policy advisory services and technical support; supporting advocacy, networking and partnership building; and fostering innovation, knowledge management and capacity building. You will be responsible to lead for results, drive change, provide risk-informed analysis and contribute to programme and management decisions for delivering results for children in DPRK. This entails:

  • Leading the health programme to ensure the achievement of programme goals. Provide guidance on programme direction, work plans and control mechanisms, and monitor compliance and performance
  • Ensure preparation and updates of the Situation Analysis, and identify critical programme intervention points, measures or adjustments, programme work plans and recommendations
  • Work with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual health reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results
  • Monitor programme to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and consideration.
  • Participate in emergency preparedness and contingency planning in country
  • Develop strategic partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication
  • Promote commitment and institutional capacities of national and local partners, taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in public health, pediatric health, family health, health research, international health, or other health-related science
  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in public health planning and management or in relevant areas of maternal and neonatal health care, health emergencies, humanitarian preparedness, at the international level
  • Relevant experience in health programme development and management in UN system agency or organization is an asset
  • Developing country work experience and familiarity with emergency is a strong asset
  • Capacity and willingness to operate both on a strategic and operational level
  • Ability to work under stress and maturely deal with hierarchies and strict protocols
  • High-level leadership and supervisory skills to encourage a climate of team-working and provide a clear direction to the team
  • Excellent people skills to be able to work in a context where the majority of personnel are seconded from government and therefore neither on UNICEF payroll, nor under full UNICEF authority. Working well and building trust with government is critical for UNICEF’s success in the country.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language, especially Russian or Chinese, or Korean is an asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

    UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link