Fresher UN Jobs – Assistant Public Health Officer – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

 Job Title:        Assistant Public Health Officer (UN Career Jobs)

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Uganda

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy notice no. 016/2020

Position Number: 10033937

Position Grade: NO-A


About US:

The Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14,
1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute
of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead
and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent
solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and
well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness,
as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the
Reduction of Statelessness.


Job Summary:  Under the overall guidance of the Head of
Field Office, the Assistant Public Health Officer will support implementing and
operational partner agencies health activities in Kyangwali refugee
settlements. H/she plays a key role in planning, organising, implementing,
monitoring and evaluation UNHCR’s public health programmes for all persons of
concern in Kyangwali with occasional support to Kiryandongo refugee
settlements.  This will include
undertaking regular field trips in order to monitor and support the
implementation of health activities to refugees; monitor refugee access to
health services and the impact on the national systems in different refugee
settlements, ensure feedback relating to key public health data is provided by
health partners, relevant UN agencies, Ministry of Health at local level;
develop project activities to address identified needs.  This will be done in consultation with
Ministry of Health authorities, NGO partners in the health sector and through
liaison with other sectors within UNHCR (WASH, protection, community services,
programme, etc.) to ensure a multi-sectoral approach.  This position is the main liaison with the
Ministry of Health in Kyangwali which involves attending district health team
meetings, refugee health coordination meeting with District Health Offices on a
regular basis to ensure health services are integrated.  The position also has a key role liaising
with international and national health partners, donors and other UN agencies
as a key member of the UNHCR Health Unit.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Undertake needs and resources assessments in coordination with
    Government and partners in order to prioritise needs and activities in the
    provision of services to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR.
  • Liaise with UNHCR programme officers to ensure co-ordination of and
    the timely finalization of implementing instruments.
  • Ensure that project plans or proposals submitted to UNHCR for
    funding adhere to internationally accepted standards, and are based on a
    comprehensive PHC strategy including school health programs.
  • Maintain and update contingency plans for potential epidemics,
    refugee and returnee movements.
  • 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 health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV
    programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and
    cost-effective manner.
  • Monitor technical and financial aspects of the programmes efficiency
    and effectiveness of interventions.
  • Apply various mechanisms and tools to ensure proper monitoring of
    the programmes.
  • Ensure that health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV programme
    planning and implementation is streamlined, resources are optimally
    utilised and there is active participation of the refugees, the government,
    partners and UN agencies.
  • Take a lead role in co-ordinating health, nutrition, reproductive
    health and HIV activities and ensure that decisions are implemented as
    agreed upon.
  • Promote information sharing on all aspects related to refugee
    health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV.
  • Promote inter-sectorial co-ordination outside and within UNJCT in
    all matters related to health, nutrition, reproductive health and JIV
    based on standard practices and policies.
  • Represent UNHCR in relevant (technical meetings which lead to
    operational guidance) local and international fora concerning refugee
    health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV.
  • Update and disseminate, within UNHCR and among partners, information
    materials on health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV based on
    standard practices and policies.
  • Provide support where health component is indicated in various
    program activities such as WASH, community services, protection and
  • Work closely with relevant government health departments.
  • Lead the periodic technical preparation with UNHCR programme and
    other public health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV projects in
    the refugee settlements


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Assistant Public Health
    Officer job placement should hold a University degree in Medicine or
    Nursing with qualifications in Public Health or related fields or clinical
    background is required.
  • At least four years of previous working experience in the field of
    public health, preferably in refugee settings and/or emergency situation
    is required.
  • Fully competent and experienced in the use of computers using a
    Word, Excel, Email, PowerPoint Presentations is required.
  • Knowledge of English language is required.
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Stakeholder Management



  • Experience in public health coordination, infectious
    diseases/tropical medicine/community medicine/other relevant skills is
  • Experience working with international organizations, (including
    NGO’s and UN), in the field of health, reproductive health, HIV and
    nutrition is desirable.
  • Practical working experience in refugee settings. Experience in
    working in complex emergencies.
  • Specialist qualifications in public health is desirable.
  • Knowledge of local language is desirable


How to Apply:

All interested
Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the
link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job


Click Here


Deadline: 24th September 2020


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