Health Specialist (Epidemiology and Disease Control) – UNICEF Vacancy Announcements

UNICEF vacancy announcements, March 2, 2023





Job Overview

Organization: UNICEF

Employment: Temporary Appointment, 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 28, 2023

Deadline: March 14, 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
To support the UNICEF Country Office to achieve the UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) in Public Health Emergencies and Humanitarian Crises to ensure a robust, evidence driven public health response in line with the evolution of the outbreak, that meets the needs of the most at risk and the most hard to reach communities.
  • Represent UNICEF at national outbreak related for a including the national taskforce, relevant pillar meetings (case management, surveillance), IMST meetings
  • In coordination with the chief of health and Health Manager and other sections, support strengthening of partnerships with WHO, Africa/US CDC and others to ensure an optimal UNICEF cross sectoral response
  • Provide real time technical support and advice to the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in responding to urgent emerging public health threats 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 Health, WASH, SBC , 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 MOH, WHO and other partners support the development of simplified  protocols, SoPS and guidance as needed/requested
  • Undertake any other related responsibility as requested .


Job Requirements


  • Advanced university degree in Public Health with specialized training on epidemiology and/or disease control.

Work Experience- 

  • Eight years of professional work experience in public health, with field experience in: coordination, risk assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of public health interventions for disease control. Areas of expertise should include: data management and analysis; epidemiology & surveillance; International Health Regulations including JEEs/country core capacity assessments.
  • Working experience in African countries previously affected by Ebola or Marburg virus disease is 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.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with either the UN, and/or emergency health NGOs.

Language Requirement:-

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

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…

Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Works Collaboratively with others (1)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (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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