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Digital Health Specialist, P3 Temporary Appointment, 364 days, Lusaka, Zambia


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Lusaka
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: Closed

UNICEF Zambia Country Office is looking for a dynamic, innovative and skillful individual to join as Digital Health Specialist. The incumbent will be responsible for supporting government in the assessment, designing, planning, adaptation, and deployment of scalable digital health technologies in Zambia's context in alignment with national digital strategies, focusing on addressing bottlenecks in health services delivery.

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, strength.

The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country's children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

To find out more about UNICEF's work in Zambia, please visit 

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of Chief of Health, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting government in the assessment, designing, planning, adaptation, and deployment of scalable digital health technologies in Zambia's context in alignment with national digital strategies, focusing on addressing bottlenecks in health services delivery. In close collaboration with the UNICEF ESARO, and Digital Health Centre of Excellence (DICE), the incumbent will coordinate and collaborate with in-country digital health partners in Zambia to support the MoH on implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of Zambia’s Digital Health Strategic Plan 2022–2026. The incumbent will provide technical assistance to map out what are the different areas that digital solutions could strengthen the health system, facilitate prioritization exercises with government and key stakeholders, and then support planning and roll-out of one of these interventions based on needs identified, requirements gathered and strong evidence of replicability and scalability.

Key Accountabilities

Provide Technical and Programmatic Support in Digital Health

Conduct/desk review of assessment of country readiness to deploy /scale digital health standardized tools such as Early-stage Digital Health Investment Tool (EDIT), and the Digital Pandemic Readiness Assessment (DDPA) tool.

Support Policy and Strategic Development for Technology-enabled Health Programming

Provide technical inputs and assistance as needed toward strengthening of country's digital health strategies, and digital health architecture. 

Partner Engagement and Proposal Development Support

Identify /engage key partners (MOH, WHO, USAID, BMGF, PATH, JSI, Digital Square, GRID 3, etc) on upcoming or existing projects of interest aligned with UNICEF’s mission.

Identify funding windows, advise on investment decisions, and develop/review costing of digital health aspects included in national programme plans, PHC costing, and inclusion in various funding opportunities e.g., Gavi-CDS One Plan One Budget, etc

Innovation, Knowledge Management, and Capacity Building

Update mapping of digital health interventions in the digital health atlas, map, match, INVENT as needed

Document/present on selected country experiences in regional and global health networks – e.g., CoVDP GIS working group, Digital Health CoP, Regional Webinars, etc

Please review the details in the attached job Profile for the position:Download File ToR - Digital Health Specialist TA, P3.pdf

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

Education: Advanced university degree in health informatics, health information management, computer science, public health, international health, global health, development studies, economics, statistics, or related field is required.

Experience: Minimum 5 years of work experience at the international and/or national level in digital health, especially on the deployment of information systems and digital solutions.

  • Experience in providing technical assistance and thought leadership surrounding the design and implementation of digital solutions for health system strengthening, including the application of recommended Health Information System architectures and standards.  
  • Experience designing and deploying digital health projects with Governments (Especially MoH). 
  • Experience with project management
  • Exposure to UN, UNICEF, I/NGO or other organisations programmatic areas, including (but not limited to) health, and experience in applying technical solutions to address programmatic issues.
  • Knowledge and experience working with Digital Public Goods such as DHIS2, OpenMRS, OpenSRP, iHRIS, OpenHIE, MoTECH, CommCare, RapidPro, OpenLMIS, Logistimo, mSupply, etc., and health data exchange standards (HL7 FHIR etc.)

 Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Proven experience in planning in multi-stakeholder settings
  • Experience in writing digital health proposals, developing multi-year operational plans
  • Experience in training, planning, and delivery of technical assistance
  • Effective presenter including ability to adapt the message and visual aids for multiple audiences to deliver concise, impactful presentations
  • Excellent analysis skills
  • Proven track record in interfacing with national ministries of health a distinct advantage

 Language: Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

 UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Builds and maintains partnerships level 2, demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness level 2, drive to achieve results for impact level 2, innovates and embraces change level 2, manages ambiguity and complexity level 2, thinks and acts strategically level 2 and works collaboratively with others level 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 here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

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 are also 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.

“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

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