Health Specialist in Emergency – 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
  • Support UNICEF’s response in Health as part of the overall health cluster/sector coordination mechanism.
  • Represent UNICEF in the Health and other cluster/sector coordination meetings.
  • Participate in rapid needs assessments for the Health sector and in intersectoral needs assessments as needed.
  • Contribute to UNICEF’s and the health cluster/sector response strategy, work planning and contingency planning processes with other sectors to ensure cross sectoral response programming.
  • Provide technical support to UNICEF and partners including contributing to the development of or sharing relevant standards, protocols, guidelines and training materials for Health in emergencies.
  • Conduct joint field visits and evaluations with relevant health sector/cluster partners and donors as needed.
  • Contribute to the development of relevant social behavior change communication materials in collaboration with SBC and other relevant sectors.
  • Support re-establishment and strengthening of public health services at community and health facility levels.
  • Manage UNICEF’s relations with its implementing partners, including monitoring and administrative actions such as renewing partner contracts, PCAs, and managing program finances.
  • Oversee emergency supply chain in coordination with UNICEF supply and operations staff to ensure the provision of essential drugs, commodities, equipment and materials to government and NGO partners.
  • Monitor and keep track of the coverage of key health interventions among the beneficiary population and share information for internal and external communication.
  • Support the development of key UNICEF information products related to the response including situation reports, advocacy notes and .
  • In close consultation with the M&E team, contribute to the office M&E mechanism, including performing results tracking.
  • Contribute to developing funding appeals, donor reports and project proposals related to the response


Job Requirements


  • Advanced university degree in public health or other relevant health discipline. Preferably in applied anthropology or sociology. Other social science degrees may be considered depending on type of emergency response and experience.

Work Experience- 

  • A minimum of 5years of progressively responsible experience in planning and implementing health emergency programmes with either the UN, IO, and/or NGO

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…

  • 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)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (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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