UN Associate Public Health Officer Jobs - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Associate Public Health Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS-LICA/PHO
Vacancy Notice No.: UNHCR UGANDA/003/2017
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Position Grade: LICA, Level 9

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary: The Associate Public Health Officer will be member of the Public Health team and will coordinate and provide support to Communicable and Non communicable disease with strong emphasis on Malaria and Tuberculosis related matters to the country office and sub offices. The incumbent will work with the Public Health team to efficient and effective Global and National policies, strategies and programmes are implemented in the refugee settlements to meet minimum UNHCR and international standards

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Carry out needs and resources assessments in coordination with Government and partners in order to prioritise needs and activities in the provision of services to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR. These will include Liaise with UNHCR programme officers to ensure coordination of and the timely finalization of implementing instruments.
  • Ensure that project plans or proposals submitted to UNHCR for funding adhere to internationally accepted standards, and are based on a comprehensive PHC strategy including school health programs.
  • The jobholder will also maintain and update contingency plans for potential epidemics, refugee and returnee movements.
  • Take part in the review and analysis of relevant project proposals and budgetary submissions presented by UNHCR partners within the context of the UNHCR programming cycle.
Programme Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Ensure that health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV programmes are evidence based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost effective manner. To this effect, the activities described below are part of the Country Operations Plans.
  • Monitor technical and financial aspects of the programmes efficiency and effectiveness of interventions.
  • Apply various mechanisms and tools to ensure proper monitoring of the programmes.
  • Lead the periodic technical preparation with UNHCR programme and other public health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV projects in the refugee settlement Coordination:
  • Ensure that health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV programme planning and implementation is streamlined, resources are optimally utilised and there is active participation of the refugees, the government, partners and UN agencies.
  • Drive the coordinating Malaria, TB and Non communicable disease activities and ensure that decisions are implemented as agreed upon
  • Actively promote information sharing on all aspects related to refugee health communicable and non communicable disease
  • Promote inter sectorial coordination outside and within UNHCR in all matters related to health communibale and non communicable diseases.
  • Represent UNHCR in relevant (technical meetings which lead to operational guidance) local and international fora concerning refugee health.
  • Update and disseminate, within UNHCR and among partners, information materials on health with emphasis to Malaria, TB, communicable and Non-communicable diseases based on standard practices and policies.
  • Offer support where health component is indicated in various program activities such as WASH, community services, protection and repatriation.
  • Work closely with relevant government health departments to ensure refugee integration

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Associate Public Health Officer job opportunity should hold a University degree in Medicine or equivalent.
  • Possession of a postgraduate training in Public health and Health Systems Management with extensive years of work experience will be of added advantage
  • A minimum of six years’ experience in the medical field of which at least three years with refugee programs or Community based health services.
  • Previous experience in communicable (Malaria, TB) and non communicable disease programme management

How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


Deadline: 21st July 2017


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