Health/Epidemiology 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
  • Under the framework of national and district surveillance/laboratory pillar, provide support to Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and DHMTs for case detection/referral, and community contact tracing and follow up in affected districts.
  • Provide real time technical support and advice to the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in responding to urgent emerging issues relating to the EVD to ensure  effective, timely and quality response as may be required
  • Based on the identified needs, and in coordination with other UNICEF’s relevant sections  – particularly CSD, C4D , Child Protection, and implementing partners, develop and implement strategies and plans to:
  • Reach affected populations/communities with culturally appropriate and gender sensitive interventions to mitigate transmission and reduce health risks with reference to both physical and behavioral aspects, through effective contact tracing/case detection and follow up of Ebola case contacts to ensure early detection and referral in affected communities
  • In collaboration with MOHS, WHO and other partners develop a simplified user friendly implementation and monitoring plan/protocol to follow up and report regularly on the status of listed contacts within 21 days of exposure
  • Undertake any other related responsibility as may be required by the EPI/Health Specialist, Chief of CSD and/or the country office senior management.


Job Requirements


  • Advanced university degree in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology or equivalent experience in control of viral hemorrhagic fever or diseases outbreak response.

Work Experience- 

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with either the UN, and/or emergency health NGOs.
  • Working experience in West Africa, or previously Ebola affected African countries preferred, although not essential.
  • Excellent planning and coordination skills, with proven ability to work within a team setting, with multiple stakeholders and in a multi-cultural working environment.
  • 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.

How to Apply

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