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Immunization Specialist, P3, Caracas, Venezuela, #112636

Caracas (Venezuela)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Caracas (Venezuela)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-01

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The Health Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing, and presenting technical programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development and formulation of the Health Programme within the Country Programme.

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, HEALTH

The overall priority of the UNICEF health programme in the country is to improve the access to essential MNCH services strengthening the preventive child and maternal survival interventions, including support for safe deliveries, breastfeeding, immunization, new-born care, malaria prevention, rapid testing for HIV and syphilis and referral for treatment.

Working with partners, UNICEF has strengthened the regular immunization programme and support vaccination campaigns in response to disease outbreaks along with repair and rehabilitation of the cold chain system.

To learn more about working in UNICEF Venezuela:

How can you make a difference?


Immunization (EPI) Specialist is accountable for the professional leadership and contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration of the Immunization programme in conjunction with the Maternal and Child Health, paediatric HIV/AIDS and PMTCT components of the health  country programme, to achieve the UNICEF's immunization plus goals and objectives for the country.

Accountable for ensuring the UNICEF Immunization programme promotes gender equality, with an emphasis on gender disaggregation, gender disparity identification and gender mainstreaming.

The Specialist will work with the health team, within the overall Health Systems Strengthening framework using immunization as an entry point.

You are expected to provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and external partners for achievement of results as planned and as per allocated resources.


  1. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and contribution to the Situation Analysis with consistent integration of sex disaggregated data and its periodic update for effective project planning, development and management.
  2. Quality contributions to the development and implementation of the Immunization strategies and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partnership. Work closely and collaboratively with PAHO and the Ministry of Public Health to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  3. Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is effectively provided to government and NGOs at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel.
  4. Regular field monitoring and programme assets verification. Gaps and challenges have to be properly documented and reported to UNICEF and MoPH for adjustment and improvement of programme deliverables and sustainability.
  5. Support resource mobilization and donor reporting
  6. All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
  7. Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with                       effective coordination are provided.
  8. Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor including support of other areas of work and teams, as required.


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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Public Health, Pediatric Health, Child Development, Child Health, Epidemiology, or other relevant disciplines.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health/Immunization programmes. Professional work experience in a technical expert position related to child survival & health care.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The functional competencies required for this post are...

i)  Core Values (Required)

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication  [ II ]
  • Working with People  [ II ]
  • Drive for Results  [ II ]

 iii)  Functional Competencies (Required)

  •  Building Trust [ II ]              •  Managing Resources [ II ]  •  Communication  [ II ]

  •  Influence [ II ]                       •  Judgement [ II ]        •  Technical Knowledge [ II ]

  •  Team Leadership [ II ]         •  Planning, Setting Standards, and Monitoring Work [ II ]

 iv) Technical Knowledge[1]  [ II]

 a) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [ II]

              Knowledge of theories and practices in:

•  Childhood Immunizations                             • Child and Maternal Health 

•  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention   • Public Health               

•  Educational Interventions in Health Care     • Health Education    

•  Environmental Health • Health Financing   • Knowledge Management

•  Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages

[1]    Reference to UNICEF and/or UN in terms of technical knowledge requirements (a and b above) are applicable only to those who are or have been the staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system.

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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.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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