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Job Title:           Assistant Public Health Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS-LICA-Public Health
Vacancy Notice No.: 029/20198
Duty Station: Uganda

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 Assistant Public Health Officer will be tasked with programme planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and coordination for both community and institutional public health interventions. The incumbent will be supervised by the Head of Office/Team Leader and report technically to the Roving Public Health Officer for West Nile. The incumbent will also receive and sign any UNHCR undertaking regarding his/her function and the place of work/hosting office.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct 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.
  • Liaise with UNHCR programme officers to ensure co-ordination 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.
  • Maintain and update contingency plans for potential epidemics, refugee and returnee movements.
  • Actively participate 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.
  • 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. Through:
  • Take a lead role in co-ordinating health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV activities and ensure that decisions are implemented as agreed upon.
  • Promote information sharing on all aspects related to refugee health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV.
  • Promote inter-sectorial co-ordination outside and within UNHCR in all matters related to health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV programmes.
  • Represent UNHCR in relevant (technical meetings which lead to operational guidance) local and international forum concerning refugee health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV.
  • Update and disseminate, within UNHCR and among partners, information materials on health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV based on standard practices and policies.
  • Provide 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
Programme reporting: Lead the periodic technical preparation with UNHCR programme and other public health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV projects in the refugee settlements.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Public Health Officer career opportunity should hold a University degree in Clinical background or equivalent is required.
  • Postgraduate training in Public health and Health Systems Management with extensive years of work experience will be of added advantage.
  • At least six years experience in the medical field. At least three years with refugee programs or Community based health services.
  • Previous work experience with a UN agency desirable.
  • Excellent communication and computer skills, planning and organization competencies.
  • Ability for analytical and creative thinking for rapid solution(s);
  • Ability to produce high quality output with desirable results;
  • Good communicator with strong inter-personal and negotiation skills to deal with persons of various cultural and educational backgrounds;
  • Strive to live up to high ethical and professional standards;
  • An outgoing personality and a team player with service-oriented attitudes.
  • Fluency in English

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: 18th April 2018

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