Health Specialist (Health Emergencies), (NO-3), Harare, Zimbabwe #126084 – Temporary Appointment (364 Days – Open only to citizens of Zimbabwe) Closing date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Job no: 565645

Type of position: Temporary Appointment

Location: Nairobi Regn’l (ESARO), Zimbabwe Division

Institution: Zimbabwe

Department/Office: Zimbabwe’s Harare

Classes: Health

We strive to create a better future for everyone by working for every child, everywhere, every day, in 190 nations and territories.

We never give up either.

Healthy Children for All!

Since 1982, UNICEF has been active in Zimbabwe. We are a group of enthusiastic experts dedicated to defending and upholding children’s rights.

The country program aims to contribute to sustainable socioeconomic development that gives all children, including adolescents, the chance to realize their potential, lead a healthy life, have access to quality education and protection, and meaningfully participate in society. This supports the government’s vision of a prosperous and empowered upper-middle-income society.

How can you influence things?

For their Health & Nutrition section, UNICEF Zimbabwe is looking to hire a motivated and committed Health Specialist (Health Emergencies). The Health Specialist, who reports to the Chief of Health & Nutrition, assists in the planning and implementation of the health program and is in charge of all upstream and downstream activities related to global health security. Within the country program, s/he is responsible for the planning, management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of the programme’s progress on public health and humanitarian situations. In order to facilitate the administration and achievement of tangible and long-lasting results in accordance with plans, allocation, results-based management approaches and methodology (RBM), organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance, and accountability framework, the health specialist offers technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes. The specialist collaborates with other members of the health and nutrition teams to carry out national goals and objectives for maternal, neonatal, and child survival set by UNICEF. To effectively achieve tangible effects at scale, this must be done in complete sync with a Primary Health Care model that is “epidemic ready.”

a list of the main responsibilities and functions: support for planning and developing programs

Support and participate in the creation, design, and updating of the sector-specific situation analysis in order to create a strategic plan for the creation, design, and administration of health-related programs. In order to improve program management, efficiency, and delivery, stay up to date on development trends.

To guarantee integration, coherence, and harmonization of programs/projects within the Health and Nutrition Section and with other UNICEF sectors as well as the realization of results as planned and allotted, provide technical and operational support across all stages of the programming processes.

Make sure that the preventative, readiness, and response health and nutrition plans and inputs are in line with the projected country risk assessments and the regional and international recommendations on global health security/IHR.

  1. Program management, oversight, and outcomes delivery To increase the fundamental capabilities for public health surveillance (with an emphasis on the community level) before, during, and after emergencies, lend your expertise to upstream agendas with MoHCC, WHO, and other partners. Take the lead on UNICEF’s objective for improving evidence generation on health concerns, such as but not limited to the impact of climate change on nutrition and health in Zimbabwe. In the event that IHR processes like Intra/After Action Reviews, State Party Self Assessments, State Party Reporting, Joint External Evaluations (JEEs), and the creation of National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS) occur, lead UNICEF contributions to those processes. Create new strategies or modify existing ones for the health sector’s emergency supply stock management and monitoring.
  2. Assistance with technical and operational aspects of program execution Participate in conversations about health and development issues with national partners and stakeholders, particularly those pertaining to emergency preparedness, climate change, and UNICEF mandated areas in emergencies such social behavior change and nutrition. For the use, information, and consideration of management, draft policy papers, briefs, and other strategic program documents are provided. Coordinate planning and reporting for health emergency situations as well as planning and reporting for humanitarian preparedness and response at the district level and for internal UNICEF planning and reporting (including HAC planning/reporting and preparedness planning);
  3. Partnership formation and networking Create and maintain strong working relationships with national stakeholders in the health sector as well as international partners, allies, donors, and academic institutions. Build capacity and share knowledge and skills to help the program’s response and preparedness for emergencies goals be met through active networking, advocacy, and effective communication. Participate in and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on health-related issues in order to work with inter-agency partners and colleagues on UNSDCF planning and preparation of health programmes and projects. This involves making sure that the organization’s position, interests, and priorities are fully taken into account and incorporated into the UNSDCF process in development planning and agenda setting.
  4. Capabilities for emergency preparedness are maintained, and coordinated emergency actions are offered. Coordinate and oversee the creation of emergency preparedness plans for each program sub-area of work. In the event of an emergency, take the lead in monitoring and determining the nature and scope of the emergency. coordinates and helps the country office determine the areas that need both urgent assistance and long-term planning and strategy. Make sure disaster-related preparations are updated and maintained by working with an emergency specialist in CO. Create analytical reports with a list of the top priorities, and give the nation training and technical assistance for data analysis, interpretation, and UNICEF use. Give the MoHCC and UNICEF Country Office technical guidance and advocacy for performing quick epidemiological assessments of the health and general condition of impacted communities during outbreaks. Develop the ability of districts to monitor and gather information about public health-related events. Work with WHO and the Country Office (through the health cluster/sectoral coordination mechanism) to analyze this information in order to predict outbreaks, issue alerts and responses when they take place, and alert other UNICEF sections (Health, Nutrition, WASH, and SBC) as necessary. Work together with UNICEF’s evaluations team and divisions to offer pertinent information and criteria for tracking and assessing cholera preparedness, response, and control initiatives.
  5. Building capacity, knowledge management, and innovation Participate in the creation, execution, and oversight of emergency policies and processes to guarantee the highest level of effectiveness and efficiency for sustainable projects and programs. Develop and implement capacity-building activities to improve staff, implementing partners, and stakeholder capabilities to support long-term outcomes for health-related projects and programs.

If you want to be an advocate for every child, you’ll need to…

Education: An advanced university degree in public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology, or another pertinent technical field is required in addition to a medical degree.


  • A minimum of five years of progressively more experienced professional work in humanitarian or health emergency preparedness [Required].
  • strong background in disease prevention and control, with particular proficiency in preparedness and response for outbreaks [Required]
  • Strong analytical abilities and the capacity to clearly synthesize and explain facts, to draw applicable conclusions, to offer suggestions, and to write reports that are clear and concise [Required].
  • working knowledge of complicated coordinating environments including many parties. specific working knowledge of the health cluster and other health organizations [Required]
  • A strong asset is having thorough knowledge of the IHR (2005) framework as well as experience implementing or contributing to IDSR, AAR, IAR, JEE, or other similar initiatives at the national level.
  • Experience managing emergency/epidemic preparedness and response specifically in Zimbabwe or other environments [Strong asset]
  • Experience in the host government’s health system and a UN system organization relevant to the position [Asset].
  • Fluency in the English language is necessary. An advantage is having some local language skills.
  • You exhibit for each child…
  • Our actions and methods are guided by UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS). familiarize yourself with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Principles

The UNICEF qualifications needed for this position are…

Builds and maintains relationships; exhibits self-knowledge and ethical awareness; is driven to produce results that have an impact; innovates and embraces change; manages ambiguity and complexity; thinks and acts strategically; and collaborates with others.

We put candidates through tests during the hiring process using the competency framework. Learn about our competency framework and its various levels here: competency framework.

UNICEF’s global workforce must reflect the variety of the children it serves, who are among the most underprivileged in the world. No one is excluded from the UNICEF family because of their color or ethnicity, age, handicap, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socioeconomic status, or any other personal trait. We provide our employees with a wide range of perks, including as paid parental leave, nursing breaks, and appropriate accommodations for people with impairments. Flexible work schedules are strongly advised by UNICEF. With regard to behavior that is incompatible with the goals and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, such as sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, misuse of power, and discrimination, UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy. UNICEF is dedicated to promoting the safety and security of every child. Therefore, all chosen applicants will go through thorough reference and background checks, and they will be required to follow these standards and ideals. Verification of academic credentials and employment history will be part of background checks. It could be necessary to request more information from chosen candidates so that a background check can be done.


The best outcomes for children depend on UNICEF’s proactive commitment to diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants, regardless of gender, nationality, religious affiliation, or cultural background, are encouraged to apply for this position. People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

Medical clearance is required for UNICEF employment. For IP posts, the issuing of a visa by the host nation of the duty station is necessary. UNICEF will help with this. The obligation for immunization (vaccination), including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid), applies to appointments as well. Normally, government personnel who are being considered for employment with UNICEF must resign from their government in order to accept a position with UNICEF. If a visa, medical clearance, or required immunizations cannot be obtained within a reasonable amount of time for whatever reason, UNICEF retains the right to revoke an offer of employment without pay.

Only those who have been shortlisted will be contacted and moved on to the next phase of the hiring process.

Time zone advertised: South Africa Standard Time, September 7th

Application deadline: September 12, 2023 Standard Time in South Africa

Opens Sep 12 2023

126084 – Temporary Appointment (364 Days – Open solely to Zimbabwean Nationals) as a Health Specialist (Health Emergencies), (NO-3), Harare, Zimbabwe

For their Health & Nutrition section, UNICEF Zimbabwe is looking to hire a motivated and committed Health Specialist (Health Emergencies). The Health Specialist, who reports to the Chief of Health & Nutrition, assists in the planning and implementation of the health program and is in charge of all upstream and downstream activities related to global health security. Within the country program, s/he is responsible for the planning, management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of the programme’s progress on public health and humanitarian situations.


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