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RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Immunization (EPI) Specialist , P3, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (Temporary Appointments)

Pohnpei (Ponape)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Pohnpei (Ponape)
  • 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: 2021-10-22

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The UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office is seeking qualified candidates for a Temporary appointment in the area of Immunization (EPI) Specialist's at the P3 level to be based in Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia - to provide support in the Pacific.

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

UNICEF works with and for disadvantaged children and adolescents across 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Our ambition is to get each entire country, and the entire Pacific Region, working together - as one - on behalf of its most vulnerable children. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here   

The Immunization (EPI) Specialist is accountable for professional leadership in and contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration of the Immunization programme in the Federated States of Micronesia in conjunction with Child Survival and Development, Maternal and Child Health, and Nutrition components within the country programme, to achieve the UNICEF's immunization plus goals and objectives for the countries.

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


1. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and coordination contribute 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 are made to the development and implementation of the Immunization strategies and approach through participation and collaboration with the internal and external partnerships.

3. Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is effectively

provided, and planned results are timely delivered through the exercise of strong technical leadership.

4. Project implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability.

5. Technical support is provided to government and NGOs at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries. 

6. The capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity building in the development, implementation and management of the Immunization programme.

7.  Technical support to health system strengthening and introduction of new vaccines (PCV, Rota, HPV and COVID-19) following a health systems/sustainable approach to integrated programming and primary health care.

8. UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector.

9. Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.

10. The most relevant and strategic information is provided to support the Immunization Programme by the effective implementation of an integrated child survival monitoring system.

11. All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

12. Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with                      

effective coordination are provided.

13. Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed.

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

Advanced university degree in Public Health, Paediatric Health, Child Development, Child Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Administration, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.

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 (for IP) or fieldwork experience (for NO)

Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Fluency in English and another UN language (for IP)

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.

UNICEF's competency framework:

  • Builds and maintains partnership, 
  • Demonstrates self and ethical awareness, 
  • Drive to Achieve impactful results, 
  • Innovates and embraces change, 
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity, 
  • Thinks and acts strategically, 
  • Works collaboratively with others 

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.


This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

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

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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

The VA is open to all (internal and external candidates)

This is a re-advertisement in order to expand the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered.

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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