Consultant for Health System Strengthening Assessment (retainer) – ReliefWeb

Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development. UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Background Information – Job-specific
UNOPS provides health infrastructure, procurement and fund management services to our partners (Governments, UN organizations, International Financial Institutions, multilateral organisations) in some of the world’s most challenging environments. From constructing hospitals, to procuring pharmaceuticals or medical equipment, UNOPS is working to deliver sustainable health outcomes for millions of people.
In recent years, the demand for health related services from our partners has increased significantly. UNOPS has built a strong track record in health and supporting partners in SDG 3 remains a key priority for the organisation going forward. The strategic plan 2022 – 24 highlights’ ‘’strong demand in the health sector and for activities related to SDG3’’. This is backed up by the 2021 Partner Survey where nearly 40% partners stated SDG 3 Health is where they required UNOPS future support (up 17%) making it the #1 ranked SDG where UNOPS services are needed.
UNOPS’ partner’s focus on Health System Strengthening and Resilience (HSSR) has increased in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in recognition that stronger and more resilient health systems are critical to prepare for, adapt to, and manage near- and long-term pandemic, climate and other emergencies with health consequences.
UNOPS is well positioned to support partners in achieving their HSSR priorities. UNOPS mandate in infrastructure, procurement and project management has clear alignment with a number of the HSSR ‘building blocks’. This is illustrated clearly in UNOPS health portfolio with a track record of delivering high quality, time bound projects in the context of strengthening health systems.
Despite HSS being the strongest health priority for many of UNOPS’ partners, there is a lack of clear understanding internally and externally of the potential relevance of UNOPS services across (and beyond) the 6 building blocks and how UNOPS can support partners more broadly across HSS. Partnership colleagues at all levels (global, regional, country) would benefit from a series of targeted value propositions and HSSR service packages that could be tailored to address specific partners’ HSSR needs.
Specifically UNOPS would like to increase the understanding of:
Important note: UNOPS support partners achieve their goals through project implementation support. HSSR or health related policy is outside the scope of UNOPS. As such this assignment and exercise is aimed at increasing UNOPS value proposition for supporting partners who have a need for operational support (linked to UNOPS mandated service areas) to achieve their HSSR priorities.
This retainer assignment can be performed home-based, over a 6 months period. Please enclose a CV and cover letter describing how your experience is relevant to this assignment.
Functional Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Partnerships Specialist and Geneva Liaison Officer, at the Partnership’s Liaisons Group, the selected candidate will be responsible for conducting extensive consultations with key internal stakeholders in all UNOPS regions, and in key country offices and business units. The consultations will be focused on:
Mapping UNOPS existing and potential future services for HSSR
Visual representation of UNOPS value proposition
Suggested actions and recommendations
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
Education/Experience/Language requirements
Work Experience
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: ICA
Contract level: I-ICA 3
Contract duration: Short-term ICA – Maximum duration 3 months
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Additional Considerations
Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management, and human resources.
Working with us
We are proud of our people. With a wealth of knowledge and skills in various disciplines – engineering, finance, human resources, ICT, leadership, project management, procurement, and more – they help tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. Their work around the world supports progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At UNOPS, we offer a range of short- and long-term opportunities in various environments and duty stations – from Denmark and Kenya to Mexico, Switzerland, Myanmar, Senegal, Uganda, and many more.
With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labor force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to maintain our gender-balanced workplace. We encourage qualified underrepresented groups as per UNOPS Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy to apply for our vacancies.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
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