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29 Jul 2016

Full-Time Temporary Appointment – Health Specialist (Health Emergency Preparedness) P-4

UN Children’s Fund – Posted by admin Genève, Genève, Switzerland


Job Description

Temporary Appointment – Health Specialist (Health Emergency Preparedness) P-4 Geneva, Post 98506

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

The 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak was an unprecedented health emergency, which took a dramatic toll in West Africa. More than 11,200 people lost their lives, and many more lost family members, relatives or friends. The crisis affected livelihoods, disrupted public service delivery and undermined economic growth. The emergence of the Zika Virus in Latin America is another complex health emergency of growing magnitude. These crises have triggered a global realization that the world needs to take urgent measures to be collectively and institutionally more resilient and better prepared for future health emergencies. For UNICEF, these crises have highlighted the need for the organization to strengthen its capacity as a reliable partner in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

In September 2015, UNICEF endorsed an internal Health Emergency Preparedness Initiative (HEPI). This initiative includes a series of essential preparedness and organizational activities that will enable the organization to respond better to future public health (infectious disease) emergencies in support of governments and in coordination with partners, notably at the community level. The initiative includes four areas of work: (1) Internal organization and prioritization; (2) Disease-specific preparation; (3) Institutional Strengthening; and (4) Cooperation with partners. A set of priority diseases has been highlighted for the development of “packages” of support for UNICEF staff across the sectors for use globally.

The purpose of this position is to provide technical support to the HEPI to identify and monitor diseases or epidemic and pandemic potential to inform the direction and strategic approach of the HEPI. The position will work in close interaction with WHO and partners to gain real time information and to liaise with key focal points regarding priority diseases.

Summary of results-based key functions/accountabilities:

  • Provide technical input into the UNICEF’s HEPI through a cross sectoral lens with the health and other relevant sectors such as communication for development (C4D), WASH, etc.
  • Participate in and provide technical support to key epidemic/pandemic meetings convened by WHO, International health Regulations (IHR) and GOARN and other partner meetings with/under the supervision of the Senior Advisor Health Emergencies.
  • Provide input to the cross-sectoral (Health, WASH, Nutrition, Protection, Social Mobilisation/C4D, Disabilities, Supply) programming technical notes and training materials outlined in the disease packages.
  • Participate in the HEPI Cross-Sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings and collaborate with group members on the development and maintenance of the packages and other HEPI materials.
  • Notify UNICEF TWG of any risks or emerging trends in disease patterns for urgent action.
  • Update the mapped existing data and analytics capacity sources for integration into UNICEF’s Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) systems.
  • Provide technical support to UNICEF on protocols, guidelines and training materials for surveillance, early warning and alert systems, case management, community-based interventions, communications, social mobilization and forecasting, procuring and distribution of supplies, etc.
  • Contribute to HEPI resource mobilization efforts including helping the HEPI Coordinator to prepare funding appeals for UNICEF and health sector mechanisms.
  • Prepare briefing notes, PowerPoint presentations, and other materials for the HEPI Coordinator.
  • Support the HEPI Coordinator and the Senior Advisor Health Emergencies in additional activities as requested.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in public health (e.g. MD, PhD, MPH, MSc) or related field
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in planning and implementing health emergency programmes with the UN, IO, and/or NGO
  • Cross-sectoral experience (behavioural communication, water & sanitation, protection) preferred
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies
  • Communication
  • Working with people
  • Drive for results

Functional Competencies

  • Formulating strategies and concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Applying technical expertise
  • Learning and Researching
  • Adapting and Responding to Change

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are requested to apply from our website at by 5 August 2016.

Job Categories: Medicine. Job Types: Full-Time.

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