Technical Officer HSS, Nsanje

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Job Description

Job Title National Post: Technical Officer HSS, Nsanje, Malawi, SB4

Job ID 40691

Location East and Southern Africa

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular


This post is non-rotational.

Duty Station:  Nsanje, Malawi

Closing Date:  31st December 2021

Duration:  One year (*)

Post Type:  Service Contract

Please note that this vacancy is open to nationals of Malawi

* No expectancy of renewal in accordance with Un Staff Regulation 4.5


Organizational Setting

The Position:

The Technical Officer for Health Systems Strenghtening (HSS) ensures that project outcomes in the District’s Health System Strengthening for Equitable Health Outcomes within the “Umoyo Wathu” United Nations Joint Programme (UNJP) are achieved at district level.

The Technical Officer for HSS will operate under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager for the Umoyo Wathu Programme and under the technical guidance of the SRHR coordinator.


How can you make a difference:

A Joint United Nations (UN) proposal on health systems strengthening (HSS) has been developed by UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA and coordinated by the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO). The Joint Programme will provide technical support to ensure quality integrated Sexual Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) services being available and accessible at primary care and community levels, leading to high coverage of such services, which is a key condition for women, children and adolescents to attain a state of good health by 2025.

The United Nations Joint Programme (UNJP) will identify and build upon the complementarities of the three agencies, bring together the added value of each of the partners to address the multifaceted areas of HSS, PHC and achieving UHC – all important contributions towards sustainable development in Malawi.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that deliver high impact and sustained results. We are looking for candidates who excel in collaboration with government, other partners and colleaguaes, thinks and act strategically and are able to manage ambiguity and complexity.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities
  • The Technical Officer HSS will be required to undertake the following:
  • The Technical Officer for HSS will ensure evidence is derived from research and lessons learnt are increased and utilised. S/he ensures the continuous collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of relevant data for the project that captures outcomes, results and processes in their district. Technical support is provided to the implementing partners on strengthening capacity on data management to make sure that they can apply results and data-based programme management.
  • The Technical Officer for HSS facilitates and coordinates with other UNJP staff, especially the technical officer for Maternal and Neonatal Health hired by UW in the same district, implementing partners to strengthen results-based programme management. S/He also facilitates timely, efficient and effective monitoring and reporting of the implementation of the UNJP Umoyo Wathu programme. To this effect, s/he must effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to jointly contribute to achieving the UNJP mandate.
  • You would be responsible for the following:
  • Analyse district level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
  • Provide support to district local government and partners in the planning and implementation processes to strengthen district health systems within the context of the Umoyo Wathu programme.
  • Strategic positioning and optimal integration of outcomes and policy priorities of the Umoyo Wathu programme in the facilities and the district.
  • Capacity building of District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) in areas such as, but not limited to, leadership and governance, evidence-based planning and budgeting.
  • Technical support to capacity building of Rapid Response Teams on topics such as infection, prevention and control, minimum packages of services during disaster, crowd control etc.
  • Strengthen knowledge transfer to district local government and district ownership of interventions implemented under the Umoyo Wathu programme. Provide technical and strategic support to ensure the processes implemented under the Umoyo Wathu programme are sustained and maintained beyond the end of the programme.
  • Facilitation of project implementation and developing appropriate mechanisms and systems and ensuring compliance with established procedures.
  • Timely, efficient and effective planning monitoring and reporting of the implementation of the Umoyo Wathu Programme at district level.
  • Support the DHSS and DHMTs with timely and continuous collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of relevant data that captures outcomes, results and processes of the project, including monthly reviews of how COVID-19 is affecting continuity of services and how to address the emerging gaps.
  • Technical support to the district and national level emergency preparedness and response planning, including but not limited to consultation with community members and use of innovative strategies
  • Maintain close working relationships with health and other relevant sectors at district level to ensure integration of the health programme with other sectors at district level.
  • Maintain active and participatory partnerships with key health sector stakeholders at district level (district local government, UNJP, civil society, academic institutions) and interact with them at different stages of programme design and implementation.
  • Ensuring that evidence generated from evaluation and lessons learnt are increased and utilised. Provide professional technical assistance in preparing viable recommendations on programme implementation, alternative approaches, new initiatives and optimal utilisation of resources that contribute effectively to strengthening district and sub-district level health systems.
  • Technical support to district teams on data management to ensure the application of results and data-based programme management.
  • Facilitation and coordination with UNJP staff on results-based programme management


Qualifications and Experience


  •  University degree (Masters) in Medicine, Public Health, Health Research, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology or Health Education.

Knowledge and E xperience:

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in HSS in the areas of planning, programming and management and in relevant areas of public health.
  • Experience implementing health services at the district level is highly desired.
  • Prior experience working with a multilateral or UN organisation is considered an asset.
  • At least five years of experience implementing HSS interventions at the district level either directly or through implementing partners.
  • Awareness of how to develop, strengthen and implement capacity building interventions of district government counterparts.
  • Good understanding of the Malawi health system and Health Systems Strengthening.
  • Background and/or familiarity with public health emergencies is considered as an asset.
  • Computer literacy, including MS Office required.
  • Demonstrated strong writing and presentation skills.



  • Fluency in English. Working knowledge of Chichewa is an asset.


Required Competencies


• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
• Embracing diversity in all its forms
• Embracing change

Core Competencies:

• Achieving Results
• Being Accountable
• Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
• Thinking analytically and Strategically
• Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
• Communicating for Impact

Other  Competencies:

  • Works collaboratively with others.
  • Thinks and acts strategically.
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity.


UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary, annual leave, health insurance and other benefits.



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