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Location: Copenhagen
Work Type : Temporary Appointment

Project Officer (Pneumonia Diagnostics), P2
Temporary Appointment
Duration: 364 days
Location: UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nation.

The Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) and integrated community case management of childhood illness (iCCM) provide simplified guidelines for integrated management of childhood illnesses at the primary health facility and community level, respectively. Within these guidelines, classification of pneumonia is based on measuring the respiratory rate of sick children. The current standard of care for assessment of respiratory rate is visual observation and counting of breaths per minute using a timing device. Several studies have shown deficiencies in the abilities of health facility workers and community health workers to correctly assess respiratory rate with this method.

Diagnostic support aids for pneumonia are expected to contribute to more accurate diagnosis and to empower the health worker, thereby yielding improved treatment and more rational use of drugs.

UNICEF Supply Division (SD) and Programme Division (PD) are jointly running an innovation project titled ARIDA (Acute Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Aid). The aim of the project is to assess and scale clinically trialled (proven accurate) and regulatory approved (FDA, CE etc.) ARIDA devices.

UNICEF, on collaboration with external, professional partners, will be conducting Field Trials (FT) of the ARIDA devices. These Phase 4 ‘effectiveness studies’ intended to evaluate the performance of Community Health Workers (CHW) using the ARIDA device(s). The study will monitor:

  1. How the ARIDA device(s) perform against the current practice (in most cases the ARI timer) in terms of ensuring accurate diagnosis of children with pneumonia symptoms
  2. Efficiency (how quick can the respiratory rate (RR) result be obtained);
  3. Suitability and acceptability of the ARIDA device(s) by the health workers as well as by the caretakers.

The output of the FTs will be to inform UNICEF on the value the ARIDA device(s) bring, in order to decide if and how to scale ARIDA throughout UNICEF’s programmes.

For more information on ARIDA see:http://www.unicef.org/innovation/innovation_81722.html

Job organizational context:

Based in Copenhagen’s Supply Division, and under the general guidance of the Supply Specialist (Innovation), working closely with Programme Division’s Health Section and the relevant UNICEF Regional Offices (RO) and County Offices (CO), the Project Officer (Pneumonia Diagnostics) will be project manager for the field trials and for the scaling of ARIDA devices.

It is important to note that travel will be required for the position.

Purpose for the job:

The Project Officer (Pneumonia Diagnostics) applies specialized product and programmatic knowledge in the area of pneumonia and diagnostics to manage the Acute Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Aid (ARIDA) project and coordinate the Field Trials (FTs) of the ARIDA devices across different geographic locations in collaboration with the professional research agency contracted to carry out the FTs itself.

Upon successful results and recommendation from UNICEF management, the Project Officer (Pneumonia Diagnostics) will work closely with Programme Division, Supply Division, County Offices and local Ministries of Health on scaling ARIDA within integrated community case management of childhood illness (iCCM) programmes. 

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

  1. Overall management of the ARIDA project, driving the project forward as well as documenting and communicating developments to management and stakeholders. Special focus will be on the FTs to ensure the FTs run smoothly and efficiently and to plan for scaling.
  2. Creates terms of references (TOR) and shares technical expertise to support HTC in the procurement of ARIDA devices and of other services to support the development and scale up of ARIDA.
  3. Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration with relevant stake holders (e.g. WHO, BMGF, donors, etc.).
  4. Timely technical contributions to introduction of ARIDA in programmes, including communication, monitoring and evaluation, and review of fitness for purpose-ness.
  5. Conduct analysis as the basis for new Product Innovation Projects within the medical space to validate the potential of new ideas.
  6. In collaboration with UNICEF PD Health Section, ROs, COs, WHO and other key stakeholders, contribute to identification and development of new Product Innovation Projects. This includes development of Target Product Profiles (TPP) to communicate UNICEF’s needs for future innovations within the medical space.
  7. Create tools to document best practices of the lessons learned through conducting the FTs so efficiencies can be gained and hence, shared.
  8. Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.

DECISION-MAKING AND IMPACT/KEY RESULTS:

  1. Identification of new innovative ARIDA devices which show value (cost vs health benefit) to be scaled in UNICEF’s programmes.
  2. Scaling of innovative ARIDA devices that meet the necessary regulatory requirements.
  3. New products and technologies successfully integrated into UNICEF Health programmes as well as supporting emergency response.
  4. Contribute to UNICEF’s medium-to-longer term goals of reducing pneumonia-related mortality of children under five years of age by improving the quality of care through efficient diagnosis.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

Education:

A completed 1st University Degree (Bachelor’s) in Health Sciences, Business Studies, Medical Engineering, Social Sciences, Public Health, or related areas, is required.

Additional training or courses in innovation, maternal, new-born and child health will be is considered an asset. 

Work Experience:

Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in areas of project management of product innovation projects is required.

Experience with focus on Health Technologies, medical devices and diagnostics and in the area space of pneumonia is considered an asset.

Experience working with international humanitarian organizations (UN, NGO and in field locations are considered assets. 

Languages:

Proficiency in English is required.

Knowledge of another UN language is considered an asset.

Competency Profile:

1)   Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

2) Core Competencies 

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with People (I)
  • Drive for Results (II)

3) Key Functional Competencies 

  • Planning and Organising (II)
  • Analysing (I)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Creating and Innovating (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (II)

Opening Date 20 Apr 2016 Romance Standard Time
Closing Date 13 May 2016 Romance Standard Time

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