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Principal Adviser, Public Health Emergencies (PHE), P-6 (D-1 equivalent), Programme Division, New York Headquarters

Apply now Job no: 504222
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: United States of America
Categories: Health, D-1, Senior Leadership Vacancies

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, health - Help make a difference
UNICEF seeks a dynamic health champion and leader to act as its its Principal Adviser for Public Health Emergencies (PHE) to provide specialized technical support, leadership for capacity development and coordination for large-scale health emergencies with an emphasis on cross-sectoral risk assessment and programming.

As the Principal Adviser for Public Health Emergencies (PHE), and working under the overall guidance of the Director of Programme Division and in close collaboration with the Directors of Emergency Operations, Supply, Human Resources and seven UNICEF Regional Directors – you will coordinate the cross-sectoral work on preparedness, response and recovery for PHE, including staff safety.  As well, you will provide knowledge management capacity to strengthen and inform programme decisions and will provide leadership and coordination of existing organizational structures.  You will act as the organization’s primary focal point with WHO on PHE and represent UNICEF in partner coordination mechanisms, such as the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).

Your key functional accountabilities will include:

  • Technical support
  • Coordination support for PHE
  • Knowledge management
  • Identification of human and other resource needs
  • Representation and communication
  • Country support and programming

To qualify and to help make a difference for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in Public Health, Medicine, or another clinical area, is required.
  • Minimum thirteen years of professional experience in international health emergencies, including programme management and coordination; with at least ten years served in managing outbreaks at the national and international levels, particularly in leading outbreak response teams.
  • Broad multi-sectoral knowledge and field experience in UNICEF programmes or other UN agencies and organizations in outbreaks in a development or emergency environment, is an asset.
  • Strong organizational and people skills, including building and leading teams.
  • Oral and written fluency in English is required and French is desirable.  Knowledge of a third UN official language is an asset. 

For more information, see the Job Description attached...Download File JD Principal Adviser Public Health Emergencies P6.pdf

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.  You will also have desirable leadership competencies in delivering results, engaging and nurturing, self awareness, managing complexity and change, partnerships for impact and innovation and risk taking. 

Appointment will be for one year initially with possibility of extension.

This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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