In 2010 the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) became the interim Principle Recipient (PR) of Global Fund grants in Zambia with a mandate to support grant implementation and support the strengthening of Ministry of Health (MOH) capacities and systems to resume the PR role for future grants. In 2010 UNDP established a Programme Management Unit (PMU) with the responsibility of planning, implementing and evaluating Global Fund grants. This role was accompanied by the implementation of a Capacity Development and Transitional Action Plan (CDTP). In addition to the UNDP PMU another PMU was established within the Zambian Ministry of Health (MOH) as a means of supporting project implementation through working in partnership and capacity strengthening.
In late 2014 the Zambia Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) submitted a Concept Note for Global Fund grants (HIV/TB and Malaria) under the New Funding Model (NFM). MOH was nominated and approved as PR and the implementation of the grants began in January 2015.
Between January 2016 – December 2017, UNDP PMU will finalize the closure of its last GF grant (SSF grant) and will continue working in partnership to support MOH in its new role of PR. In January 2016 UNDP PMU transferred all programmatic activities of the SSF grant to MOH. The budget and financial management functions of the SSF grant will remain with UNDP PMU and MOH will no longer be a SR under UNDP.
In addition to closing the SSF grant UNDP PMU will lead the construction and building of the MSL Warehouse Extension – Phase 1. UNDP will also support MOH with the finalization and implementation of the Phase 2 Capacity Development and Transition Action Plan including capacity strengthening activities for the 10 Provincial Medical Offices (PMOs) nominated as GF grant sub-recipients (SRs) under the NFM grants managed by MOH.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project Manager, the Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor will support the MoH PMU to accelerate the program implementation and increase NFM grant absorption capacity. The Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor will also provide senior level programmatic support in the closing of the SSF grant. Additionally, he/she will provide strategic advice and guidance in the area of Health Systems Strengthening including but not limited to strengthening operational processes and supporting efforts towards sustainable health financing.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide senior level strategic and programmatic support to the MoH PMU;
Liaise with relevant senior MoH PMU and planning personnel to explore, support and evaluate health systems strengthening initiatives;
Support MoH PMU and UNDP PMU to align programmatic delivery of SSF and NFM grants to achieve national targets;
Regularly track the performance of key health indicators, proactively identifying potential barriers to performance, and advise solutions to accelerate and improve performance;
Oversee the strategic planning and implementation of the Phase 2 Capacity Development Plan;
Provide strategic leadership and guidance to the MoH and MoH PMU in the area of sustainable health finance;
Identify interventions to maximize impact, and effectively support the Global Fund program priorities.
Identify and develop initiatives, partnerships, and/or activities that support innovations.
Keep abreast of major developments in global health trends and financial landscape, regional health initiatives, including programming, service delivery approaches, and demand-side creation both internal and external to UNDP Zambia
Work with MoH PMU to document and disseminate lessons learned and promote new advances both internally and to external audiences, including participating in and presenting at international and domestic meetings, workshops, and conferences
Actively engage in the management of the UNDP and MoH grant portfolio, providing strategic and technical guidance
Play an active role in support of the MoH PMU functional units to draft key Projects documents, and helping addressing technical responses to the Global Fund.
Prepare quarterly and annual reports, project plans and templates as needed.
Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Knowledge of Zambia context desirable
Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development program and projects, mobilize resources
Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/attitudinal change
Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situationsExperience with NGOs and development aid organizations
Strong IT skills, web-based management systems
Excellent knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting
Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management/Prince 2 Certification
Management and Leadership
Builds strong relationships with implementing partners, focuses on impact and result for the implementing partners and responds positively to feedback
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
Demonstrates openness to change  and ability to manage complexities
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
Excellent negotiation, managerial and analytical skills
Sensitivity to a changing political and economic environment and to the range of professional perspectives of the supervised staff.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration, Public Health; or
Degree in medical sciences or project management.
10years experience in project management/ public health in a developing country;
Experience in planning, programming, monitoring and evaluation of projects
Experience of GFTAM Grant Management
Experience in building and management of partnership: MoH, HIV and donors
Fluency in English with good verbal and written skills.
Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. For more information please click here and here.
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
Workforce diversity
UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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