Zonal Health Emergency Consultant – UNICEF Vacancy Announcement

Zonal Health Emergency Consultant – UNICEF Vacancy Announcement, May 16 2023




Organization: UNICEF

Position: Zonal Health Emergency Consultant

Location: Bale Zone, Oromia

Employment: Contract, Consultancy

Deadline: May 23 2023




Job Description


Purpose Of Job
To recruit two zonal Health Emergency consultant to support Oromia RHB efforts in building resilient health system through strengthening coordination, developing EPRP and monitoring effectiveness and quality of emergency response against the current ongoing and anticipated health emergencies that includes the drought emergency, conflict, IDPs from different causes, Measles outbreak, cholera outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic and flooding


Duties and Responsibilities

Title: Zonal Health Emergency Consultant

Number of Posts: One

Duty Station: UNICEF Oromia field office (Bale Zone)

Duration: 6 months with possibility of extension.

Reporting to: Health Specialist UNICEF Oromia field office


Background and Justification



Ethiopia is experiencing multiple emergencies and humanitarian situation that calls for a strong response coordinated in a proper way through evidence-based planning, monitoring, and implementation. The multiple emergency situations that includes severe drought, disease outbreaks including the pandemic of COVID-19, cholera, measles, flood, and displacements. The Government of Ethiopia, with the support of international community, has been taking several measures to provide life-saving assistance to affected people; as well as measures to provide other essential social services including health care services.


Oromia region is highly vulnerable to different forms of emergencies and currently it is facing recurrent disease outbreaks like cholera, Measles and Scabies. In addition, chronic conflict induced IDP crisis in multiple zones and drought induced IDP crisis in Borena zone, and the recurrent drought effect are negatively affecting the wellbeing of the women and children and the entire population in the region.  Furthermore, COVID-19 pandemic is an additional burden due to the low community practice on universal COVID-19 prevention measures including vaccination.  Flooding, land sliding, fire accident are additional documented risks.



As part of the national health system Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) unit was established at region, zone and woreda levels and rapid response teams (RRTs) were organized in all public health facilities. However, despite the successive efforts of the regional health bureaus (RHBs) and partners in strengthening the health system in general and the public health emergency, it has not been easy to build resilience health system because of the geographic diversity of locations in the region, understaffed and/or high turnover of health work forces and limited available resources. The public health emergency efforts of RHB were effectively supported by UN agencies including UNICEF, WHO and other international and local non-government organizations (NGOs) to strengthen preparedness and coordination of emergency responses. UNICEF Oromia health team is playing a substantial role in supporting emergency and building resilient health system through annual RWP activities implementation, provision of relevant technical programmatic and operational assistance for the region. However, because of the protracted multiple public health emergencies, the humanitarian response complexity, the wide range of competing development programs, and the wide geographic coverage UNICEF staffs are overstretched to support all zones of the region in general and Bale zone, East Bale zone, Borena zone, West Guji and Guji zones in particular and the need for health emergency consultant is critical to make sure emergency preparedness and response interventions are carried out timely and effectively for those zones listed above. The consultants will play an important role in filling the gap on technical skills in the zones and will contribute on advocacy and capacity building of the public health sector for the zones.


1. Purpose


The purpose of this consultancy is to ensure that health emergency preparedness and response in Bale, East Bale, Borena, Guji and West Guji zones of Oromia region is timely and promptly supported. The deployment of health emergency consultant to the above mentioned zones of Oromia region is to ensure UNICEF contribution and commitment guided by Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCC) particularly in the current context of multiple ongoing and challenging health emergencies including COVID-19 context. The consultant will provide support to the zonal health offices and partners in planning, coordination, implementing, and monitoring of health emergencies.

Having the complexity of the humanitarian crisis and health emergencies in the region, in addition to the current context of COVID-19 preparedness and response, its critical for UNICEF and other stakeholders to ensure that provision of health care services is continuous and that health emergencies are responded effectively and timely.


2. Specific Tasks

Under the guidance of Health specialist at Oromia UNICEF field office, the consultants will perform and support the below tasks and responsibilities:


1.Support the zonal health offices in strengthening the public health emergency coordination and resilient building efforts,

2.Provide COVID-19 specific close technical support at all levels of the heath system in the region,

3.Support establishment and functionality of RRT at zonal, woreda and health facility level for timely detection and responding against local public health emergencies.

4.Work closely with UNICEF Health, WASH and Nutrition team and other implementing partners focusing on coordination, mapping and prioritizing risk population and mobilization of resources for humanitarian aids, accessing for health promotion activities including on COVID-19 related activities,

5.Develop and share human interest stories (HIS) and feedbacks from beneficiaries,

6.Work with health emergency stakeholders to conduct rapid assessment and develop quality response plans during emergencies,

7.Support risk woredas in zones, make sure development of risk informed programing, emergency preparedness and response plans in place,

8.Develop and timely share quality emergency updates on daily and weekly basis to UNICEF Oromia Field office health cluster and emergency unit,

9.Develop and share a consolidated monthly activity report,

10.Produce and share innovative ideas which can contribute to improve health emergency response

3.   Expected Deliverables and Time frame


Deliverables Deadline
Daily and weekly work plan matrix and implementation strategies. Daily & Weekly
Technical inputs in building the capacity of PHEM staffs and produced quality and timely SitReps. Weekly/monthly
Consolidated and updated data on health risks and emergencies including spot maps and analyzed characteristics of the health emergencies. Monthly
Emergency and/or disease outbreak assessment reports and response plans As relevant
Trip reports focusing on activities executed by consultant, achieved results, gaps identified, and actions taken 72 hours after field trips
Highlights from cluster coordination meetings. weekly
Age and sex disaggregated daily/weekly progress updates of health service delivery and end users of UNICEF supported supplies. Daily/weekly
Prepare Bi-Weekly and/or monthly health emergency SitReps Biweekly/Monthly
Updated on utilization of UNICEF supported supplies which consists data on stock on hand, utilized and gaps Monthly
Human interest stories and Inputs for donor reports (complete and timely). Every 3 months

4.  Reporting


The consultant will be directly recruited by third party HR firm and will report to the health Specialist at Oromia UNICEF Field Office.


5. Payment Modality and Schedule


The fees for this contract shall be paid by third party monthly on submission of monthly reports against the deliverables indicated above.


Job Requirements


6. Expected Background and Experience:

The candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Advanced university degree in (MPH) or higher in Health-related fields with public health,
  • Experience in program/project management, monitoring, and evaluation, preferably experience in emergency health interventions,
  • Good background on Disaster Risk Management/Reduction (DRR) and resilience building operations,
  • Skills in report writing, data compilation and analysis using computer data base,
  • Being computer literate is strongly needed (Microsoft office application),
  • Being Knowledgeable about the region, zones and districts is of great asset,
  • Can speak, listen, read, and write in English. And preferably, one or more local languages of the area assignment is an advantage,
  • Experience in conducting assessment/Surveys and working experience in emergency settings,
  • Ability to work under tight schedule, with deadlines and respond to multiple demands


7. General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics


I. The consultants will be based in Bale zones PHEM office and work on daily basis,

II. The consultant will not be provided lodging and/or meals,

III. The consultant should provide his/her own materials, i.e., computer,

IV. Consultant will be paid monthly salary upon completion of deliverables as indicated on this TOR on monthly basis.


Other Skills
  • Professional fluency (writing and oral) in English, one or more local languages of the area assignment is an advantage,
  • Strong communication skills and flexibility working with various stakeholders,
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Power Point, Word, Outlook)

How to Apply

Applicants can apply through the link: https://ethiotalent.com/job-detail/59







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