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Health Specialist - Malaria (P-4), FT, Programme Group - Health (Child and Community Health) O/P Geneva, # 00070189


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Social Affairs
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: Closed

The incumbent of this post will provide global guidance, partnership coordination and technical support for design, planning, implementation and monitoring of UNICEF malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) programme activities, as part of expanding quality child health care through PHC, including at community level.

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.

UNICEF contributes to public health emergencies preparedness and response through its unique role in targeting the specific needs of the most vulnerable, including children and women. UNICEF simultaneously addresses both the causes of the public health emergency, controlling its spread, and responds to its socio-economic consequences. UNICEF is a leader in pillars critical to outbreak prevention and control (e.g., immunization, WASH, RCCE, community-based health and surveillance, supply and logistics, HSS and MHPSS).  UNICEF is also a leader in the multi-sectoral response to the socio-economic impact of public health emergencies including but not limited to the areas of nutrition, child protection, prevention, mitigation and response to GBV and other forms of violence against children, social protection, and education.

There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations. 

For every child, good health….

The incumbent of this post will provide global guidance, partnership coordination and technical support for design, planning, implementation and monitoring of UNICEF malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) programme activities, as part of expanding quality child health care through PHC, including at community level.

Incumbent will facilitate coordinated support to countries for better use of currently available resources allocations, mobilise additional resources where needed and track the achievements of set results - all with the aim of increasing the number of countries showing improved performance towards malaria and NTD programme implementation, as part of child health services through PHC.

How can you make a difference?

Major duties and responsibilities

Networking, partnership building and resource mobilisation

  • builds and strengthens strategic partnerships with global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy, and effective communication to build capacity.
  • Prepares communication, information materials, reports, and funding proposals to highlight malaria programme and NTD goals.
  • Represents and supports visibility around UNICEF to champion the malaria and NTD agendas.

Advisory services and technical support

  • Coordinates and provides guidance on regional and country partnerships and contributes to providing coordinated support to national governments on planning, resource mobilisation, effective resource utilization and monitoring in support of scaling up malaria, child health and NTD programmes.
  • Collaborates and consults with UN system partners, donors, NGO partners, and other partners/donors on policies strategies and best practices and approaches on malaria and NTDs.
  • Supports countries to find additional resources and provide technical assistance to improve malaria and NTDs programming and delivery – including in emergency/epidemic contexts.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Promotes critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable health programmes in areas of malaria and NTDs.
  • Keeps abreast on research, benchmark and implement best and cutting-edge practices in malaria, NTDs and health management information systems, including digital health.
  • Lead/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on malaria and NTD programmes as part of PHC and child survival, especially at community level.
  • At global level further promote programmatic linkages between neonatal, maternal and child health, nutrition, SBC and HIV and WASH programmes through exchange of information

Programme development and planning

  • Tracks and monitors funding and joint malaria and NTD control actions and initiatives.
  • Consults and collaborates with internal and external colleagues and partners to provide planning, management, and implementation and to ensure integration, coherence, and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors.
  • Actively monitors malaria, and NTD programmes and projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in public health, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, health education, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience in public health and partnerships and/or relevant areas of malaria, NTDs, child health and community based PHC at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required.
  • Relevant experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and inter-personal skills.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) 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 Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

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.


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

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.

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

This vacancy is now closed.
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