Emergency Health Specialist – UNICEF Vacancy Announcement

UNICEF vacancy announcements, March 3, 2023





Job Overview

Organization: UNICEF

Employment: Temporary Appointment (TA) or Consultancy, 3 months to 364 days

Location: Ethiopia, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles

Experience Level: Senior Level (5 – 8 years)

Number of Positions:

Date of Announcement: February 27, 2023

Deadline: March 13, 2023



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 fulfill 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, hope

Since two years, countries in the ESA region have experienced an alarming increase in the number of new, or re-emerging humanitarian emergencies, including public health (including Ebola, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, wild poliovirus, and Cholera), armed conflicts and natural disasters emergencies.

UNICEF ESAR has prioritized the critical need to support countries to rapidly scale up capacity to prevent, mitigate, and manage ongoing and anticipated emergencies as well as to enhance capacity for preparedness and response to these emergencies.


The purpose of this external announcement is to attract suitable Cholera Specialist candidates interested in working in any of the countries within UNICEF’s East and Southern Africa region to respond to emergencies for the next 36 months. The countries within each region are listed on the following website: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/index.html.


Job Description

Key activities & duties
  • Advise chief CSD on any revision of the UNICEF EVD Response Plan as well as strengthen routine health system for the continuation of life saving critical interventions for the children and women.
  • Work with all units in the UNICEF Country office – WASH, communication, protection, education, supply to adjust, as relevant, the EVD contingency plan and monitor the implementation of key activities. Analyse data by age and sex (children and adult, male/female) by geographical area to refine programme/operational interventions focusing on children and women.
  • Attend the national coordination mechanisms with focus on NTF and its coordination committee, as well as UN/HDP coordination meetings. Document and communicate key issues to Chief CSD and other relevant units in the office, highlighting those of relevance to UNICEF and follow up on actions requiring UNICEF attention.
  • Participate in rapid needs assessments and conduct joint with MoH and WHO field visits and assess response effectiveness with relevant sector/partners.
  • Identify bottlenecks hindering the delivery of critical life-saving interventions under the EVD Contingency Plan and the delivery of Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) in Ebola contexts. Suggest alternative options/solutions for addressing implementation bottlenecks to the Chief CSD.
  • Provide technical support to UNICEF field office staff and partners including contributing to the development of or sharing relevant standards, protocols, guidelines and training materials for EVD response.
  • Maintain the information management system for EVD response established by the – action tracker, dedicated space on share-point. Support the organization of internal coordination, communication and reporting requirements to MOH/WHO, UNICEF, donors.
  • Support UNICEF information products related to the response including situation reports.
  • In close consultation with the M&E team, contribute to the office M&E mechanism, including performance results tracking.  Among others, monitor the coverage of UNICEF-supported interventions among the affected population and share information for internal communication and external coordination.
  • Help draft funding appeals, donor reports and project proposals related to the Ebola outbreak response.


Job Requirements


  • Advanced university degree in public health field.

Work Experience- 

  • 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in planning and implementing emergency programmes with either the UN, IO, and/or NGO. Preferably experience in controlling outbreaks of EVD and/or other VHFs.
  • Innovative and resourceful mindset to make solutions work in adverse conditions
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions and flexible approach in undertaking his assignment within a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and team spirit
  • Good report writing skills
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset.

Language Requirement:-

  • Fluency in verbal and written English or French (depending on the country office’s official language). Knowledge of another UN language or a local language is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  1. Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)  -For P4/NOD level only
  1. Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  1. Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  1. Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  1. Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  1. Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  1.  Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  1. Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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