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Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station:  Uganda
Grade: NOC

About US:
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Job Summary:  The Health Specialist (Health in Emergencies) will support the Ministry of Health (MOH), the National Task Force (NTF), district task forces (DTF) and subcommittees to plan, implement, monitor and report EVD preparedness and response activities in Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Support National Taskforce for EVD preparedness and response; actively coordinate UNICEF-supported activities with partners namely WHO, UNHCR, URCS and other partners engaged in EVD preparedness and response activities at national and sub-national level
  • Participate in Health coordination and working group meetings at national level and engage with key partners to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Health activities; share relevant update to ensure the effective application of relevant Health in Emergency programming and tools
·         Collaborate with WASH, C4D, and Nutrition units of UNICEF Uganda Office to support updating the UNICEF EVD prevention and preparedness plan and budget, UNICEF EVD daily/weekly SITREPs, and other updates related to EVD
  • Liaise with WASH staff to support with effective planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on Infection Prevention and Control in health facilities and in communities.
  • Support UNICEF zone offices and the 30 at risk districts with planning, pre-positioning, distribution and monitoring of health emergency supplies to achieved EVD prevention and control.
  • Support the dissemination of technical and operational guidance for EVD preparedness and response activities at UNICEF country office and zonal offices.
  • Support districts prepare the necessary supporting documentation to access UNICEF support; ensure appropriate use of UNICEF resources and timely reporting
  • Provide health inputs into weekly progress updates on EVD preparedness and response activities in the prescribed format
  • Provide health inputs to rapid needs assessments, humanitarian performance planning, immediate needs and other CO documents

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF Health Specialist (Health in Emergencies) job opportunity should hold an Advanced university degree in Medicine, Health Sciences, Nursing, Public Health, Health emergencies.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in the relevant areas of public health, environmental health, health in emergencies, immunization, outbreaks prevention and management.
  • Knowledge of Infection Prevention Control protocols (WHO, CDC)
  • Preferably experience in controlling outbreaks of EVD and/or other VHFs
  • Strong sense of team spirit, diplomacy
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships across government and NGOs
  • Innovative and resourceful mindset to make solutions work in adverse conditions
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions and flexible approach in undertaking his assignment within a rapidly changing environment.
  • Position is open to Uganda nationals only, willing to frequently travel within Uganda.
  • UNICEF’s Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (Application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations in the aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.

Deadline: 23rd September 2019

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