New Job at The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Public Health Officer

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Public Health Officer
submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to
this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and
Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and
Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15
August 2017.


Position: Public Health Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
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

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 mainstreaming.

Public Health programmes include primary
health care, secondary health care, community health, reproductive
health (including HIV), nutrition, MHPSS and health information systems.
In addition to public health staff, major operations may also have
dedicated staff focusing on any of these components but public health
officers are expected to be very conversant with reproductive health
programming and ensure that minimum standards are met. Depending on the
size of the operation the incumbent may be expected to have major
responsibilities for nutrition and MHPSS responses. The Public Health
Officer will work with the (Senior) Programme Officer (or other
designated staff member) to support operational collaboration and joint
programming with WFP on nutrition and food security.

The Public
Health Officer is normally supervised by a Senior Operations/ Assistant
Representative (Operations) unless supervised by a Senior Public Health
Officer. The incumbent has a functional line with the Public Health
Section in Geneva regarding authoritative guidance and support in
technical matters and is expected to maintain regular contact with the
PHS and the Regional Bureau.

All UNHCR staff members are
accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job
description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with
the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN
Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative
Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition,
staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a
manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and
managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism,
integrity and respect for diversity.



Coordination, Leadership and Partnership

  • Co-ordinate
    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
  • Support 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
  • Support 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.
  • Represent 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.
  • Engage
    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.
  • Support
    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 colleagues).
  • Support 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

  • Contribute
    to development and/or implementation and monitoring of UNHCR’s
    Strategic Plan for Public Health and adaptation at country level.
  • Work
    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.
  • Provide 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
  • Provide 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.
  • Contribute
    to public health strategies addressing known gaps in health and
    nutrition programming 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.
  • Support
    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 actors
  • Work 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
  • Maintain 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

  • Update and disseminate standard practices on public health, MHPSS, nutrition, HIV and reproductive health among partners.
  • Support
    the prioritization of primary health care (including preventive,
    promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care)
  • Ensure,
    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.
  • Establish 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.
  • Monitor
    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.


  • Work
    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 met.
  • Support 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.
  • Support 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.
  • Participate
    in the review and analysis of relevant project proposals and budgetary
    submissions presented by UNHCR partners within the context of the UNHCR
    programming cycle.
  • Ensure 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.
  • Ensure 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
  • Ensure 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.
  • Advocate 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.
  • Support
    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.
  • Monitor 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.
  • Support 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)
  • Promote 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.
  • Prepare
    regular sectoral reports and submit material for preparation of
    periodic project monitoring reports as required by the office at country
  • Ensure adequate and accurate reporting, timely updates and briefings to donors and management.

Capacity Building

  • Support
    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.
  • Undertake 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.
  • In 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.
  • Plan, organise, facilitate and
    participate in workshops in conjunction with Bureaux, Public Health
    Section in HQ, Global Learning and Development Centre and external
  • Perform other related duties as required.
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Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
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

Field(s) of Education
Medicine, Medical Science, Medical Doctor, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

  • Knowledge of public health, reproductive health and nutrition in humanitarian situations.
  • Exposure to UNHCR mandate, its priorities and principles.
  • Good communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiations skills.


  • Additional
    qualifications in Nutrition and WASH and a thorough understanding of
    the linkages with public health and food security.
  • Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of Public Health.

Functional Skills

  • MS-Monitoring & Evaluation
  • PG-Monitoring Programmes/Projects
  • MD-Public Health Epidemiology
  • MD-Experience with HIV/AIDS situations
  • MD-Reproductive Health
  • MD-Community Health – Health Data Collection/Analysis/Interpretation
  • CO-Strategic Communication
  • UN-UNHCR’s Mandate/Policy and Global Strategic Priorities
  • EX-Experience in complex field emergencies
  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
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Language Requirements

  • 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.

is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title
and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional
essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific
operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by
reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the
screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. 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
UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,
languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this
diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working
environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from
all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour,
sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and
gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at
any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting,
travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
Please note that the closing date for vacancies in this addendum is Monday 7 December 2020 (midnight Geneva time).
The deadline for submitting the application is 07 December 2020.
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