Health Emergency Specialist – UNICEF Vacancy Announcement

UNICEF vacancy announcement, 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 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:


Job Description

Key activities & duties
 1) Provide response support and coordination at the district level for UNICEF supported pillars of Ebola response:
• Represent UNICEF at the district level in all response planned engagements with feedback to UNICEF head office.
• Facilitate the distribution and optimal use of UNICEF donated supplies to the district while supporting end-user monitoring.
• Actively participate in the district coordination meetings including; DTF, partners coordination and other pillar meetings
• Ensure timely reporting (weekly) on supplies and response progress at the district, facility and community.
• Supporting and working with the district Inventory officers to prepare supplies requests timely and accurately .
• Providing support on community related trainings, community dialogues, and follow up by district, health facility and community level leaders.
• Undertaking field visits to health facilities and communities to provide onsite technical support in reporting, community engagement and supplies management.
• Participate in UNICEF Ebola task force meetings as when scheduled
2) Provide technical support to DTF in preparations and development of response plans and workplans
• Support DTF in development of activity and implementation plans
• Participation in the planning and implementation of key interventions
• Participating in planned joint monitoring of the response across the pillars
3) Working closely with District Health and WASH officers and other WASH/IPC pillar teams in the affected areas to conduct IPC needs assessment in the HCFs and communities at risk, including for enforcement of the Public Health Act (PHA)
4) Support timely data collection and reporting at community, health facility and district level
• Weekly reporting on numbers of beneficiaries reached and supplies utilization
• Support daily, weekly and monthly data capture and reporting to UNICEF on the progress of outbreak response.
• Support the use and reporting by use of established tools like U-report, Mtrac, Godata
5) Support follow-up and share information on implementation of all UNICEF supported pillars (RCCE, IPC/WASH in institutions and community, case management, surveillance etc).
6) Work with the DTF/DHT to map out hot-spot villages/sub-counties with higher levels of infection and share for joint support
7) Document best practices, lessons learned and gaps, human interests stories and share with UNICEF on monthly basis for funding use.
8) Monitor, document and share with UNICEF progress and continuity of essential health services amidst the Ebola outbreak in the assigned district .


Job Requirements


  • An advanced university degree in Public Health and related fields

Work Experience- 

  • A minimum of five years of work experience with focus on health emergencies/disease outbreaks and Infection Prevention and
  • Experience working in emergency response an advantage.

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:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

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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