UN Careers – Public Health Officer – Public Health – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:        Public Health Officer –
Public Health

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Uganda

Position Grade:

About US:

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 Public Health Officer is a member of a
multidisciplinary team and will ensure that UNHCR’s public health programmes
meet minimum UNHCR and global health standards in order to minimise avoidable
morbidity and mortality among populations of concern (POC) and towards the
achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The incumbent
provides strong and timely technical guidance to UNHCR senior management and
partners including on the design and scope of UNHCR¿s responses in health and
nutrition, catalyses the engagement of other actors, supports resource
mobilisation efforts, including with the private sector, and monitors the
response. S/he has close contacts with internal and external stakeholders such
as government counterparts, UN Agencies and embassies/donors.

The Public Health
Officer should also ensure consultation with communities seeking the diverse
views of men, women, girls and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, LGBTI
persons, persons with disabilities , including people with psychosocial and
intellectual disabilities, in assessing needs, designing, implementing and
monitoring responses in line with UNHCR¿s policy on age, gender and diversity

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Leadership and Partnership

public health, reproductive health, nutrition and HIV activities in support of
the government’s responses and in conjunction with other UN agencies,
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other partners, including development
actors to ensure delivery of public health and nutrition services to
beneficiaries (POC and host community) meet UNHCR and /or nationally recognised
and most up-to-date standards and policies.

the Operation to define the level and scope of UNHCR¿s involvement in public
health and nutrition responses in terms of overall and operational objectives
during emergency situations and beyond.

the Operation¿s engagement in the public health-related aspects of
contributions of major donors to refugee responses, including the World Bank;
taking part in assessments, design of projects, monitoring and evaluation.

In line
with the Global Compact on Refugees work with governments, humanitarian and
development partners to ensure a whole-of-government (i.e. relevant national
and local authorities for health and nutrition response) multi-stakeholder
approach and planning to harness the comparative advantages of different
partners to meet the health needs of POC.

UNHCR in public health coordination and other meetings including relevant
inter-sectoral groups such as Technical Working Groups (TWGs) for MHPSS and
nutrition, reproductive health, community health, among others.

in relevant partnership fora, including in line with UNHCR¿s role as a UNAIDS
co-sponsor of the Joint Programme on AIDS and co-lead with WFP of the Division
of Labour area of HIV in Humanitarian Settings.

operational collaboration with WFP including the implementation of Joint
Assessment Missions and corresponding Joint Plans of Action in line with global
commitments on targeting of assistance to meet basic needs and data sharing to
support assistance distribution (in collaboration with programme and protection

robust and timely emergency responses to new refugee influxes or disease
outbreaks or other public health-related emergencies in line with UNHCR¿s
Public Health Emergency Toolkit, Emergency Handbook and the SPHERE Handbook.

Strategic planning
and development

to development and/or implementation and monitoring of UNHCR¿s Strategic Plan
for Public Health and adaptation at country level.

with others in UNHCR to advocate for refugees, returnees and other POC¿s access
to local public health, reproductive health (RH) and HIV, MHPSS, nutrition
(including food assistance where relevant) and water and sanitation services
and lobby for inclusion of refugees, returnees and other POC as a specific
group in government policies and plans related to health, RH and HIV as well as
major donor programmes such as the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.

guidance and make recommendations on the overall strategy and focus of public
health and nutrition programmes within the Area of Responsibility (AOR),
including ensuring public health strategic approaches are developed in a
multi-sectoral and co-ordinated manner in co-operation with government, UN
agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian partners with due consideration to the
approaches outlined in the Global Compact on Refugees and in support of the
Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG3.

up-to date assessment and identification of needs for public health strategies,
recognise and support the contributions of governments and other actors align
with and support national health system as much as possible; include curative,
preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and palliative care; recognise the
different approaches required for the stage of the humanitarian response (preparedness,
emergency, stabilisation and longer term inclusion) as well as for settlement
or camp-based POC and those in urban or non-camp situations.

to public health strategies addressing known gaps in health and nutrition

based on country/field-specific needs assessments with due consideration to
neonatal and maternal health care, TB, HIV 
and viral hepatitis, non-communicable diseases including mental
health,  palliative care, health services
for LGBTI individuals, health and protection services for persons selling sex
and programming for persons with disabilities including access to assistive
technologies and appropriate associated services, adolescents and the elderly.

the development and monitoring of country specific medium to long term
inclusion plans in support of the Ministry of Health and other relevant
Ministries (e.g. Social Welfare) and in partnership with development and other

with stakeholders, including Ministries of Health, UN agencies, NGOs, academic
institutions, POC and other relevant partners in the development of public
health preparedness and response plans associated with refugee movements
(including in repatriation programmes).

and update contingency/ preparedness and response plans within the AOR for
potential public health events including disease outbreaks and public health
aspects of refugee and returnee movements.

Technical integrity
and risk mitigation

and disseminate standard practices on public health, MHPSS, nutrition, HIV and
reproductive health among partners.

the prioritization of primary health care (including preventive, promotive,
curative, rehabilitative and palliative care)

in close co-ordination with other humanitarian actors, that health care services
provided to POC are based on Ministry of Health, UNHCR and/or internationally
recognized and most up-to-date standards and policies.

and/or adapt UNHCR internal operating procedures to ensure they are in line
with UNHCR and/or international standards and improve efficiency of programme
activities; this includes but is not limited to referral health care, medicines
and medical supplies procurement and management, medical resettlement and
resettlement of persons with health needs, cash-based assistance for health
care coverage and referral between units and inter-sectoral collaboration.

and support compliance with, and integrity of, all Public Health standard
operating procedures in conjunction with Project Control and Programme staff and
in line with delegated authorities, including flagging to senior managers when
these are not in line with global guidance or not being followed.


closely with UNHCR programme, technical, field and protection staff to identify
priority health issues and key data requirements for programme planning and
monitoring to ensure that minimum UNHCR and international standards are being

linkages of public health to WASH programmes throughout all stages of the
programme cycle including in outbreak preparedness and response, emergency
responses to refugee influxes, WASH in health facilities, community health
education and menstrual hygiene management.

inter-sector collaboration throughout all stages of programme cycle between public
health and nutrition with WASH, education, energy, environment, shelter, and
protection in order to promote synergies and maximise impact.

in the review and analysis of relevant project proposals and budgetary
submissions presented by UNHCR partners within the context of the UNHCR
programming cycle.

that project plans or proposals submitted to UNHCR for funding adhere to
internationally accepted standards, and are based on a comprehensive PHC
strategy, rights based and meet the needs of vulnerable persons.

consultation with communities seeking the diverse views of men, women, girls
and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities and
LGBTQI in assessing needs, designing, implementing and monitoring responses in
line with UNHCR¿s policy on age, gender and diversity mainstreaming.

implementation of the UNHCR Health Information System and other relevant data
collection tools including the balanced scorecard, maternal and neonatal death
audits, Health Access and Utilisation Survey and other corporate tools where
relevant; support the analysis, interpretation, dissemination and use of public
health data.

for the inclusion of refugees and other POC in national surveys such as
demographic and health surveys, multi-indicator cluster surveys, AIDS indicator
surveys including where possible a separate sample/oversampling to include
refugees thus allowing for comparisons and trend analysis over time.

national health systems to disaggregate data by refugee and nationals in key
areas based on country specific needs in line with the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development.

public health and nutrition programmes against standard UNHCR and international
indicators, to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a
comprehensive, cost-effective and efficient manner.

the planning, implementation, analysis, dissemination and use of nutritional
surveys (Standardized Expanded Nutrition Surveys, SENS), health-related surveys
and post-distribution monitoring exercises (in collaboration with WFP).

applied research and programme evaluation to enable the identification of gaps
in programme implementation and standards, and to further promote
evidence-based activities and guidance.

In line
with policies for Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) ensure POC have
access to feedback and accountability mechanisms relating to public health and
nutrition services including the collection and analysis of data on their
satisfaction with regards to public health and nutrition services.

regular sectoral reports and submit material for preparation of periodic
project monitoring reports as required by the office at country level.

adequate and accurate reporting, timely updates and briefings to donors and

Capacity Building

capacity strengthening of UNHCR and its implementing partners to address public
health, nutrition, reproductive health, HIV, MHPSS programming in a
co-ordinated, multi-sectoral way and disseminate relevant guidelines and
information materials.

and/or support capacity building needs assessments of UNHCR staff and partners
and develop approaches to address capacity gaps including identifying internal
and external training opportunities.

conjunction with the Public Health Section in HQ, Global Learning and
Development Centre, bureaux and external actors support development of capacity
strengthening tools and materials including webinars, e-learning materials and
online learning tools and contribute to relevant communities of practices.

organise, facilitate and participate in workshops in conjunction with Bureaux,
Public Health Section in HQ, Global Learning and Development Centre and
external actors.

other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Public Health Officer – Public
Health job placement should hold For P3/NOC 6 years relevant experience with
Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4
years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

of Education: Medicine, Medical Science, Medical Doctor, Nursing, Public Health

or other
relevant field.

and/or Licenses: Epidemiology

of public health, reproductive health and nutrition in humanitarian situations.

to UNHCR mandate, its priorities and principles.

communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiations skills.

qualifications in Nutrition and WASH and a thorough understanding of the
linkages with public health and food security.

to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common
objective in the area of Public Health.

& Evaluation


Health Epidemiology

with HIV/AIDS situations


Health – Health Data Collection/Analysis/Interpretation


Mandate/Policy and Global Strategic Priorities

in complex field emergencies

For International
Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working
language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN
working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For
General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the
duty station if not English.


C001L3 –
Accountability Level 3

C002L3 –
Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3

C003L3 –
Communication Level 3

C004L3 –
Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3

C005L3 –
Client & Result Orientation Level 3

C006L3 –
Organizational Awareness Level 3

M001L3 –
Empowering and Building Trust Level 3

M006L3 –
Managing Resources Level 3

M003L3 –
Judgement and Decision Making Level 3

M002L3 –
Managing Performance Level 3

X001L3 –
Analytical Thinking Level 3

X005L3 –
Planning and Organizing Level 3

X008L3 –
Stakeholder Management Level 3

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: 11th June 2020

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