Health & Nutrition, Implementing Partnership Monitoring Officer – UNICEF


Job Description

Job no:549287
Contract type:Temporary Appointment
Duty Station:Khartoum
Categories:Health, Health and Nutrition
Advertised:22 Mar 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline:05 Apr 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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 fulfil 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,

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio-free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan, and the Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school-aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

I. Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and operations. UNICEF works in partnership with a wide range of implementing partners, both government and CSO partners, to deliver results for children across the globe. Therefore, effective implementing partnership management is essential for ensuring that resources are utilized as intended, and results are being achieved.

UNICEF has adopted the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) as an approach for obtaining assurance that results have been achieved in line with resource utilization. It aims at managing risk related to cash transfers made to implementing partners in support of programme implementation, reducing partner transaction costs and allowing progressive use of national systems for management and accountability of results and resources.

II. Job organizational context

The Implementing Partnership Management specialist is used in a large (high throughput)/complex high threat CO to support the Health and Nutrition section of the country office and all 12 field offices and report to the level 4, Health and Nutrition Specialist. The GJP is used for this position. The Level 2 Implementing Partnership Management Specialist contributes to implementing and monitoring implementing partnership management activities and providing technical support to the H&N managers, specialist and the H&N chief to monitor the achievement of results for key H&N indicators through the existing partnerships.

Document lessons learned, bottlenecks, key challenges and best practices faced by H&N partners during implementation. Provide technical support for H&N staff in both Khartoum and the field to foster the integration of activities in the PDs and subsequent programme delivery.

Purpose for the job

The Implementing Partnership Management Specialist is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to ensure quality, effective and efficient management of implementing partnerships in the Health and Nutrition area of the country and all 12 field offices in line with respective operational policies, procedures and mainstreaming of risk-based implementing partnership management at the CO/FO levels.

III. Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

1. Support to implementing partnership management in the Health and Nutrition section of CO and all 12 Field offices.

  • Provide technical support to the country office in the formalization of implementing partnerships with government, civil society organizations and other implementing partners in line with relevant policies, procedures and guidelines, including the CSO Procedure and guidance on work plans.
  • Provide technical and administrative support in the implementation of HACT in line with the HACT policy and procedure and other relevant organizational policies, procedures and guidelines, including the DFAM Policy 5: Cash Disbursements Supplement 3-Cash Transfers (HACT). This includes coordinating the preparation of CO annual assessments and assurance plans, facilitating its execution and coordinating with other adopting agencies as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with and/or seek technical support of the Regional Office on the implementation of the CSO and HACT procedures.

2. Quality assurance for implementing the CSO procedure in the Health and Nutrition section of CO and all 12 Field offices.

  • Contribute to designing and implementing quality assurance strategies/processes to implement the CSO procedure. This includes processes to ensure that implementing partners are selected and assessed in accordance with the CSO procedure and that all documentation is in line with corporate standards as stipulated in the CSO procedure.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of quality assurance strategies/processes to ensure that HACT assessments and assurance activities are undertaken in accordance with corporate terms of reference and guidance and that appropriate follow-up action and escalation steps are taken as needed.

3. Analysis, monitoring and reporting cash transfers at the country and field offices around Health and Nutrition.

  • Analyze and monitor cash transfers at the country office level, paying particular attention to outstanding direct cash transfers for more than 6 months.
  • Using appropriate corporate tools and systems, including InSight and e-Tools, report on the status of implementation of HACT and identify high-risk areas requiring special attention and/or support from the regional office.
  • Monitor internal country office processes for formalizing implementing partnerships with CSOs to ensure that corporate timelines are adhered to, especially in humanitarian responses.
  • Prepare reports for the country management team and regional office as may be required.

4. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Serve as the custodian of all implementing partnership documentation for the Health and Nutrition Section of CO and all 12 FOs such as assessment and assurance reports, PD, PCAs, SSFAs and Programme documents, ensuring that they are adequately circulated in the office and properly archived.
  • Design and implement capacity-building strategy/initiatives for Health and Nutrition CO/FOs  staff to ensure that CO staff are knowledgeable and comply with the HACT and CSO procedures and other relevant corporate policies, procedures and guidance that impacts on implementing partnership management
  • Design and implement capacity building initiatives for staff of implementing partners to ensure that they are knowledgeable on all aspects of partnering with UNICEF, with particular emphasis on the HACT and CSO procedures.
  • Participate in-country office ERM exercises to ensure that risks for implementing partnership management are identified and mitigation measures put in place.

IV. Impact of Results

The effective support provided by the Implementing Partnership Management Specialist to the careful planning and effective implementation of the HACT activities directly impacts programme execution, delivery of sustainable results, and promoting national ownership and accountability for programme resources.

VI. Recruitment Qualifications


An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: An advanced university degree in Public Health and Nutrition, Child Development, Water Sanitation, Social Policy/Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.


A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: programme development/management, financial planning and management, or another related area.

Experience working with Implementing Partnership agreements and HACT assurance activities

Relevant work experience: Five years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, developing, programming, implementation monitoring, and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes related to Health and Nutrition.

Knowledge of UNICEF rules & regulations

Other attributes essential for the assignment: Ability to work with the team at national & sub-national levels. Ability to work under pressure & meet deadlines.

Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.

Language Requirements:           

Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies

•            Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

•            Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

•            Works Collaboratively with others (1)

•            Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

•            Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

•            Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

•            Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

•            Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Functional Competencies

•            Analyzing (2)

•            Deciding and Initiating action (1)

•            Applying technical expertise (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

No Fees:


Advertised: 22 Mar 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 05 Apr 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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