Since 2015, UNDP implements a project that aims at strengthening the national health care procurement system and thereby improving the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment of the patients of Ukraine. Specifically, in the framework of the project, UNDP does (i) procure medicines and medical products for the National Public Health Programmes, (ii) strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health to ensure transparency, accountability and effectiveness of the public procurement of medicines and other medical products.
The HIV epidemic continues to increase in Ukraine, especially among key populations at higher risk of HIV. The most affected by HIV are people who inject drugs (75% are men and 25% are women; 22.6% HIV prevalence), prisoners (96% are men, 4% are women; 8% HIV prevalence), men who have sex with men (7.5% HIV prevalence), sex workers (5.2% HIV prevalence). As per UNAIDS division of labour, UNDP continues cooperation with city administrations (including Fast Track cities), law enforcement representatives and judges to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV and people affected by TB as well as LGBTIQ+ people in order to support the government in achieving the 90-90-90 targets and Sustainable Development Goals.
The Project is clustered in the Health and Transparency Programme (H&T Programme). The UNDP H&T Programme is aimed to support the implementation of the health reform in Ukraine through strengthening the medicine procurement capacity, enhancing the efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of the national healthcare procurement system and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of HIV and health, under UNDP Democratic Governance Portfolio.
To this end, UNDP seeks a Health Governance Officer to provide expertise and support for effective implementation of the goals and objectives of the H&T Programme related to the ongoing healthcare reform, capacity development of the government in public procurement of medicines, sustainable healthcare and HIV and TB response at local and national levels.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor, the Health Governance Officer will be responsible for and will perform the following key tasks:
- Provide programmatic support to ensure timely implementation of the H&T Programme activities in compliance with annual work and project implementation plans (healthcare reform, capacity development in public procurement of medicines, access to essential medicines, anticorruption efforts in healthcare, sustainable healthcare, infectious diseases and NCD response, health policy and human rights) including supporting effective reporting on progress vis-à-vis planned activities and expected outputs in line with both the corporate and government requirements;
- Provide strategic inputs on HIV and health program development, health policy and strategic cooperation;
- Support resource mobilization initiatives and programme development;
- Advise on interlinking the H&T Programme activities with national and local Public Health Centres, MOH and relevant NGOs/CSOs plans (when applicable);
- Support capacity development interventions for health and social workers, law enforcement officers, judges and other relevant stakeholders to reduce disease-related stigma and discrimination of key populations;
- Liaise with national authorities, other members of the UN Joint Team on AIDS in Ukraine, civil society organizations, key populations representatives, as well as other regional and international stakeholders when tasked to do so;
- Ensure the development of cross-project linkages with other relevant UN projects and programmes and other stakeholders’ projects in order to create synergies.
- Ensure mainstreaming of gender equality considerations in the field of expertise, promotion of a safe and enabling environment free of any kind of discrimination and abusive behaviour, and gender-responsive communications based on corporate principles;
- Contribute to organisation of events linked to the Programme goals and objectives;
- Prepare reports, memoranda, briefs, presentations and other materials related to health policy and reform;
- Prepare interim and final reports/briefs, article for the corporate social media and contribute to the interim UNDP reports;
- Contribute to the project annual and implementation work plans preparation based on the requirements of UNDP and project donors;
- Contribute to data collection, analysis and maintenance of projects related database and files;
- Work closely on the inclusion of accountability and anti-corruption norms and principles in programming frameworks;
- Engage with stakeholders (including civil society) to boost anti-corruption, including specific anti-corruption programmes and sector-specific anti-corruption interventions;
- Participate in project activities (meetings, round tables, conferences, other public activities) preparation, implementation and follow up;
- Provide inputs and comments to drafted and/or developed materials and reports;
- Represent UNDP H&T Programme at routine meetings with UN agencies, other development partners, GOU, other stakeholders’ professional and official meetings and events when tasked to do so.
Measurable outputs of the work assignment:
- Full and appropriate use of UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures during implementation of the Project.
- Results, experiences and lessons learned during implementation of project activities documented;
- Reporting on and quality monitoring of activities completed.
- Reporting on and quality monitoring of activities completed.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
- Relevant sections of the annual work plan and project implementation plan are fully and timely implemented;
- Project and component activities of the Health and Transparency Programme are carried out in strict accordance with UNDP rules and procedures.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in Public Health, Medicine or other related fields. Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field with additional 2 years of progressively responsible relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of Master’s Degree.
- A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in the field of health programme/project supporting, social policy development and analysis or related field.
- Experience of carrying out analytical work, preparing briefs, reporting and contributing to reports is required.
- Experience in health reform and capacity development is required.
- Experience in health development projects related to HIV and TB areas would be considered an advantage.
- Previous experience of work with the UN/international organizations would be considered an advantage.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages
Fluency in English, Ukrainian and Russian is required.
All posts in the NPSA categories are subject to local recruitment.
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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10 September 2021