Health Emergency Specialist -P3/NOC, Ebola Response Rosters job post at UNICEF

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere



Job Description

Job Category:
Health/ Medicine jobs in Uganda

Job Location:

Education Level:
Associate Degree

Years Of Experience

5 years

Job Details

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Job no: 559630

Contract type: Temporary Appointment, Consultant

Level: P-3

Location: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles

Categories: Health, Emergency

Seeking external candidates only

Contract Type: Temporary Appointment (TA) or Consultancy

Duration: 3 months to 364 days

Location: Countries based in Eastern and Southern Africa

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.

An outbreak of Sudan Ebola Virus (SDV) started in September 2022 and spread to 9 districts in Uganda, elevating the risk for cross border spread to neighboring countries (Tanzania, Rwanda, South-Sudan, Burundi, Kenya and DR Congo).

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 Health Emergency Specialist candidates interested in working in any of the countries within UNICEF’s East and Southern Africa region to respond to Ebola outbreaks for the next 36 months. The countries within each region are listed on the following website:

How can you make a difference?

Key activities & duties

1) Provide response support and coordination at the district level for UNICEF supported pillars of Ebola response:

• Represent UNICEF at the district level in all response planned engagements with feedback to UNICEF head office.

• Facilitate the distribution and optimal use of UNICEF donated supplies to the district while supporting end-user monitoring.

• Actively participate in the district coordination meetings including; DTF, partners coordination and other pillar meetings

• Ensure timely reporting (weekly) on supplies and response progress at the district, facility and community.

• Supporting and working with the district Inventory officers to prepare supplies requests timely and accurately .

• Providing support on community related trainings, community dialogues, and follow up by district, health facility and community level leaders.

• Undertaking field visits to health facilities and communities to provide onsite technical support in reporting, community engagement and supplies management.

• Participate in UNICEF Ebola task force meetings as when scheduled

2) Provide technical support to DTF in preparations and development of response plans and workplans

• Support DTF in development of activity and implementation plans

• Participation in the planning and implementation of key interventions

• Participating in planned joint monitoring of the response across the pillars

3) Working closely with District Health and WASH officers and other WASH/IPC pillar teams in the affected areas to conduct IPC needs assessment in the HCFs and communities at risk, including for enforcement of the Public Health Act (PHA)

4) Support timely data collection and reporting at community, health facility and district level

• Weekly reporting on numbers of beneficiaries reached and supplies utilization

• Support daily, weekly and monthly data capture and reporting to UNICEF on the progress of outbreak response.

• Support the use and reporting by use of established tools like U-report, Mtrac, Godata

5) Support follow-up and share information on implementation of all UNICEF supported pillars (RCCE, IPC/WASH in institutions and community, case management, surveillance etc).

6) Work with the DTF/DHT to map out hot-spot villages/sub-counties with higher levels of infection and share for joint support

7) Document best practices, lessons learned and gaps, human interests stories and share with UNICEF on monthly basis for funding use.

8) Monitor, document and share with UNICEF progress and continuity of essential health services amidst the Ebola outbreak in the assigned district .

Impact of Result

Effective and efficient delivery of results by the incumbent in line with tasks outlined will maximize the optimal delivery of key interventions for the EVD response, reducing the spread of infection at facility and community level, enabling safe delivery of services and ultimately saving lives of people directly and indirectly affected by the EVD, including children and achieving the goal of minimizing the negative impact of the outbreak.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


• An advanced university degree in Public Health and related fields

Work Experience-

• A minimum of five years of work experience with focus on health emergencies/disease outbreaks and Infection Prevention and


• Experience working in emergency response an advantage.

Language Requirement:-

• Fluency in verbal and written English or French (depending on the country office’s official language). Knowledge of another UN language or a local language is 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 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)

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.

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.


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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. 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.

The deadline for submitting the application is 13 March 2023.


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