Health Specialist


UNICEF is hiring a Health Specialist.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

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Organizational Context

Through the main Dakar office and the field office (FO) in Kolda, UNICEF Senegal plays a pivotal role in contributing to the Government of Senegal’s national priorities, including the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Child Survival & Development (CSD) team works with government partners and key stakeholders to ensure the survival, development and well-being of children. Twenty percent of Senegal’s children live in the 5 regions covered by the Kolda Field Office. The situation in these regions in terms of child survival varies from one region to another. The under-five mortality rate per region is as follows: Ziguinchor = 55‰; Kolda = 89‰; Sédhiou = 78‰; Kédougou = 74‰; Tambacounda = 80‰ (DHS, 2017). of these 5 regions, 4 record the highest rates of stunting in the country (Kolda = 32%; Sédhiou = 27%; Kedougou = 29%; Tambacounda = 26% compared to a national rate of 17% (DHS. 2017). The challenges are therefore major. The current country programme (2019-2023) will capitalize on the lessons learned by a more systematic use of data, knowledge and evaluation findings to generate new evidence on results for children. It will strengthen multisectoral approaches with a focus on integrated service delivery for early childhood development (ECD) and support the UNICEF regional Key Results for Children (KRCs) in relation to immunisation, stunting, ending open defecation, birth registration, prevention of violence and early learning. These combined interventions will be implemented and closely monitored in the four regions of Kolda, Tambacounda, Sedhiou, Kedougou, with overall weakest child indicators. The CSD specialist position will enable, through the combined efforts of UNICEF teams at the central (Dakar) and sub-national level, to achieve significant results related to programmes with an intersectoral and transversal effect on beneficiary communities in the areas of concentration.

How can you make a difference?

For every child, care

Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Field Office Kolda, and general technical guidance of the Chief, Child Survival and Development in the Dakar office, the CSD Specialist supports the development, coordination, management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program progress of the child survival and development program/projects (i.e.maternal, neonatal, adolescent health, child survival/development, nutrition, early childhood development, HIV/AIDs and WASH) of the field office within the country program. The Specialist provides technical guidance and programme support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results-based management approaches and methodology (RBM) and organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Working in close collaboration with the Kolda and central (Dakar) office, the post will provide strategic support and leadership in the delivery of technical assistance, innovation and knowledge sharing to effectively respond to the survival and developmental needs of children and women in the regions covered by the Koda field office. In close collaboration with UNICEF Dakar office, government partners and other stakeholders, the CSD Specialist will provide technical and operational support to program planning, implementation, and monitoring in the geographical areas covered by Kolda field office, facilitating timely evidence-generation and networking and fostering partnerships, while ensuring alignment with the UNICEF-Government of Senegal Country Programme Action Plan and programme priorities. In addition to providing support and supervision to CSD team in field office, s/he will be responsible for direct technical support to the CSD programmes in the field office.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities

  • Support to program development and planning for geographical areas covered by Kolda field office.
  • Program management, monitoring and delivery of results (including innovation, knowledge management and capacity building) in geographical areas covered by Kolda field office.
  • Technical and operational support to program implementation in geographical areas covered by Kolda field office.
  • Networking and partnership building to promote gain in effeciencies and influence scale up in geographical areas covered by Kolda field office.
  • Effective management of UNICEF presence, staff and assets in the Area of Responsibility

Details of key tasks in relation to key functions/accountabilities can be found in the attached Job Description

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Recruitment Qualifications

  • Education: Advanced University degree is required in one of the following fields: Public Health, Nutrition, Medicine, Health Research, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Family Health, Biostatistics, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Education, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Educational Interventions in Health Care, Nursing or a field relevant to international development assistance in Health.
  • Experience: A minimum of five years of professional work experience at the subnational and national levels in planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes related to health, nutrition or WASH. Professional work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in child survival & development. Field work experience required. Background / familiarity with emergency and gender mainstreaming is an asset.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies (For Staff with Supervisory Responsibilities) *

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed e-mail application: CV and cover letter.

Deadline: 10 Jul 2022 Greenwich Standard Time.

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