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Health Specialist Talent Group, P-4 at UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and government.


Job Description

  • Generic Vacancy Announcements (GVAs) are a means to attract and identify qualified candidates for placement in Talent Groups. A Talent Group is an exclusive roster of experts from which UNICEF offices worldwide will quickly select qualified pre-assessed, top-level candidates whenever a position becomes available.

How can you make a difference?

  • Health Specialists at P-4 level usually report to the Chief of Section or a senior health advisor for guidance and general supervision.
  • The Specialist is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on health programmes (health systems development, maternal, neonatal, child survival/development), linking up with global partners where needed, advocate of the organization's goals and representing the organization in global and regional meeting events.
  • S/he provides health related technical guidance and operational support throughout the process to facilitate the achievement of concrete and sustainable results in line with UNICEF Strategic Health Plan and goals, budget allocation, results based-management (RBM) approaches, standards of performance and accountability framework.

The main expected results include:

  • Health Programme planning and development;
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results;
  • Advisory services and technical support;
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building on global and regional level;
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building;

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have:

  • An advanced university Degree (Master's or higher) in Public Health/Nutrition, Pediatric Health, Family Health, Health Research, Global/International Health, Health Policy and/or Management, Health Economics, Environmental Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Socio-medical, Health Education, Epidemiology or other Health related Science*.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in public health programme planning and management and/or in relevant areas of health systems strengthening, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health care, epidemiology, disease control, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness and responses at the national and international level.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency setting is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

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