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Temporary Appointment: Emergency Health Specialist for WCARO Countries

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

In the 2010 update of the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) is the explicit commitment that appropriate and experienced staff and personnel with relevant deployment training are provided and rapidly deployed, that focus on action in the first eight critical weeks of humanitarian response and provide guidance for action beyond that, moving towards defined benchmarks.

West Africa is routinely affected by crisis including conflict, flooding, drought, and epidemics. The region has some of the worst indicators in the world for child survival and there is little capacity to mitigate the effect of emergencies by the health sector. The main causes of under-5 mortality in the region are malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea and neonatal causes. Vaccination coverage for measles and DTP are below recommended in many of the countries and particularly in marginalized area prone to emergencies. Percentages of under-5s taken for care or receiving services for common illnesses are already low at national levels, with figures falling below this in populations at risk from crises. Maternal mortality in the region is high with low rates of coverage of skilled birth attendants which is aggravated by recurrent crises. Epidemics of cholera, meningitis, malaria, measles and typhoid are recurrent and more recently food insecurity and malnutrition continue to place populations at risk.

Countries in the region have fragile health systems with Health System efficiency rankings from 162 to 178 out of 191 countries. Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire have moved out of conflict, but are still fragile states. A health system analysis conducted in the region shows major constraints in all health system's building blocks influencing access to essential health services. The recurrent nature of droughts, food insecurity, epidemics and other emergencies in the region requires more resilient health systems and stronger capacities at country and community levels to reduce risks, and to respond and recover from emergency situations.

For more information, see the attached Terms of Reference.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate:
Advanced university degree in public health (MD, nursing or other relevant health discipline) plus a master's, MSc, PhD in public health or related field.

Work Experience
A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in planning and implementing health emergency programs with either the UN , I0 , and/or NGO at national and international level.
•           Familiarity with humanitarian principles, policies and response actions
•           Familiarity with UNICEF emergency policies, and financial, supply and administrative rules
•           Demonstrated skills in writing, communications, working with others and coordination
•           Demonstrated skills to deliver in a stressful emergency environment and ability to establish harmonious and effective working relationships with partners.

Competencies of Successful Candidate
Critical Competencies:
Analysis, working with people, relating and networking, leading and supervising, formulating strategies; drive for results; deciding, persuading and influencing; deciding and initiating action.

Fluency in French and English is required. Please note that working knowledge of English is required for all assignments.


UNICEF West and Central Africa Country Offices are located in the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde (UN Joint Office), Central African Republic, Chad, DR Congo, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.

If you are qualified and interested in the position and meet the requirements, please forward your application with updated curriculum vitae and UN Personal History Form (download here), with “the title of the position as the subject’’, via email to <lmbaye@unicef.org > and <wcarohr@unicef.org> by 17 July 2013.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




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