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Health Emergency Consultant - Ethiopian Nationals Only -Amhara Field Office

Bahir Dar (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bahir Dar (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-22

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To Provide technical support to the Regional Health Bureau and Amhara Public Health Institute in the implementation of COVID-19 Emergency preparedness and response plan with focus on UNICEF supported C4D and supply thematic areas at the zonal, woreda, health facility and community

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To provide technical support to the Amhara Regional Health Bureau and Amhara Region Public Health Institute on RCCE and Supply and logistics for COVID-19 response, other health related emergencies and continuity of essential health services  

Main duties and responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of chief of the field office, the incumbent will report directly to the health specialist of the field office. He/she will work closely in collaboration with relevant technical officers in the field office, the Regional Health Bureau and Amhara Region Public Health Institute (APHI) Directorate. He/she has first line responsibility for promoting and implementing effective emergency preparedness and response strategies with focus on UNICEF supported thematic areas of RCCE, Supply and logistics and essential health service.

The main duties and responsibilities are here under:

  •  Provide support for strengthening RCCE, Supply and logistics for COVID-19 response and other health related emergencies intervention at zone, woreda and site level in accordance with national and regional guidance.
  • Provide technical support to Amhara Public Health Institute on the adaptation of national health emergency strategies, standards, protocols, guidelines, training manuals and materials for health-related emergencies with specific focus on RCCE.
  • Provide technical support for the implementation, monitoring and reporting on UNICEF health emergency response plan and ensuring that UNICEF mandated emergency interventions in health priority focus areas are implemented, monitored and managed in a timely and effective manner.
  • Provide professional assistance in risk analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and contribute to timely emergency preparedness.
  • Identify formal and informal sources of information and coordinate with WHO to collect, interpret and analyse available data on the evolving emergency and its implications to the emergency operation in UNICEF thematic support areas.
  • Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency measures.
  • Based on needs assessment, support and facilitate capacity building trainings of zonal/woreda and health facility workers and ssupport for the adherence of government and non-government implementing partners to relevant standards and guidelines.
  • Conduct continuous assessment of the occurrence of emergency situations. Collaborate with other partners to make a rapid assessment covering priority areas as defined by the Core Commitment for Children in Humanitarian Action.  Establishes contact with community groups, government, UN agencies, media and other partners to keep the field office abreast of emergency situations.  
  • Monitor the proper implementation of the regional COVID-19 response plan RCCE activities and ensure the availability of essential health commodities/supplies and end user monitoring and reporting regularly
  • Synergize systematic coordination of appropriate health in emergency operational response plan, with other relevant sectors and among UNICEF nutrition and WASH section.
  • Compile accurate and timely emergency related reports on progress made, challenges and opportunities and share to the field office on weekly basis for monitoring progress and input on regional Sitrep for UNICEF Field Office and Ethiopia Country Office
  • Collects and analyses lessons learnt from UNICEF's emergency operations experience and contributes towards adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions.
  • Collaborate with WHO to support the regional, zonal and woreda level emergency information management including collecting, analysing, and reporting of health situation and response interventions in RCCE, supplies and logistics.
  • Undertake other relevant tasks as directed by her/ his supervisor and assist with other duties in support of the UNICEF Health program and FO.

Expected Deliverables and Time frame kindly add timeframe next to each deliverable.

  • Health emergency RCCE, supplies and logistics interventions coordinated between sub-teams and with EOC emergency pillars, programs and sectors on weekly basis.
  • Strategic partnerships with regional key stakeholders for sustained and effective emergency outbreak response put in place
  • Regular visits to emergency affected woredas and IDP sites in the targeted zones on monthly basis and provide updates to the FO.
  • Emergency preparedness and response plan-COVID-19 (including other outbreaks) activity reports available, share to FO and disseminated among partners and key stakeholder’s weekly
  • Regional emergency situation reports prepared and submitted to field office weekly and monthly.
  • Other tasks related to the dynamic humanitarian situation as requested by the FO/ supervisor.
  • Monthly written report on progress of implementation, challenges and opportunities submitted


  • Monthly written report on the COVID-19 and other emergency response activity implementation progress to UNICEF FO Health Specialist/ Officer and RHB APHI director.

 Expected background and Experience and Competencies

  • Advanced university degree in the field of public health, field epidemiology and health related background
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in emergency and experiences working in Ethiopia’s health sector or NGOs working in emergency
  • Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of the national and regional working language is also required.

General condition

  • The consultant shall be based in UNICEF Bahir Dar Field Office with expected visits to zones and woredas
  • The consultant will be managed under the direct formal supervision of the UNICEF FO Health Specialist
  • The consultants will not be provided lodging and/or meals. DSA will be provided when travelling outside the base 
  • The consultant will be paid monthly upon completion of deliverables and report approved by supervisor

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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 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.


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.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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