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Health Specialist(Emergencies),NO-3 at UNICEF October, 2023

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Job no: 566364
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: NO-3
Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: Health
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, an Advocate

In the 2020 update of the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) is the explicit commitment that appropriate and experienced staff and personnel with relevant training are provided and rapidly deployed, that focus on action in the first eight critical weeks of humanitarian response and provide guidance for action beyond that, moving towards defined benchmarks.

This position will enable UNICEF Tanzania Country Office to provide technical assistance to the Government of Tanzania to prepare for and rapidly scale up response to public health emergencies, with special focus on infectious diseases epidemics. The candidate is expected to apply the principles of the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) while helping the organization to contribute to prevention of mortality and morbidity among children in Tanzania.

Under the direction and guidance of the Chief of Health, the incumbent will coordinate overall TCO health emergency preparedness and response. The incumbent will be responsible for health sector preparedness and response and for coordinating and monitoring interventions, provide technical advice to the design, implementation and monitoring of response and recovery interventions with a focus on ensuring continuity of essential health services in the region resulting from health system disruption caused by emergencies.
How can you make a difference?

Provide technical assistance to UNICEF, government, and partners including contributing to the development of or sharing relevant standards, protocols, guidelines and training materials for Health in emergencies.
Develop and update health emergency response plans and other relevant documents as needed
Be deployed on a short notice in the framework of UNICEF staff surge mechanism to respond to outbreaks or other health emergencies.
Conduct joint field visits and evaluations with relevant health sector/cluster partners.
Contribute to UNICEF’s Health Emergencies response strategy, work planning, contingency planning processes with other sectors to ensure cross sectoral response programming and resilience building.
Oversee supplies propositioning to ensure that a baseline level of essential medicines and medical supplies are provided to government and NGO partners and is aligned to the office preparedness planning process.
Monitor the coverage of key health interventions among the beneficiary population and share information for internal communication and external coordination, including with the health cluster and inter-cluster coordination mechanism.
In close consultation with the M&E team, contribute to the office M&E mechanism, including results tracking.
Contribute to UNICEF information products related to the response including situation reports.
Draft funding appeals, donor reports and project proposals related to the response.
Liaise with the health emergency focal points in the regional office
Represent UNICEF country office in coordination forums at national and subnational level, participate in internal coordination and technical meeting organized by country office and the section.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Public Health, Health Sciences, Community Health or related fields (preferably with specialized training on public health in complex emergencies, in epidemiology and/or disease control)

Five years of professional work experience in public health at the national, with field experience in responding to health emergencies. This includes coordination & partnerships, risk assessments, planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of public health emergency programs related to communicable disease control. International level experience is an added advantage.
Experience in leading response and early recovery to vaccine preventable disease outbreaks
Working experience with UNICEF, WHO or international health NGOs in emergency health an asset
Fluency in English and Swahili (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language 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 Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.


During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

This position is open to Tanzanian Nationals only

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Deadline: 18 Oct 2023 E. Africa Standard Time


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