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UNICEF looks for committed professionals willing to engage in the challenging and rewarding work of advocating for children's rights, helping to meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential.

Current opportunities

Ebola response: Health Specialist (IPC), P3, TA, Goma (Beni)

Apply now Job no: 518383
Work type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Congo, Dem. Rep
Categories: Health, P-3

For every child, save lives

Democratic Republic of Congo

On the August 3rd, DRC government declared a new Ebola Disease Virus (EVD) in North Kivu, health zone of Mabalako. This is the 10th EVD outbreaks since 1976 in DRC. Last one was declared in May 2018.  EVD quickly expanded to 12 health zones with new hotspots in Beni and Butembo.

As of today, 419 cases (372 confirmed and 47 probable) have been reported, 241 peoples died from the EVD.

The EVD response is operated in a challenging context, with protracted humanitarian and volatile security environment, mainly due to the extended presence of armed group.

UNICEF has quickly deployed programmatic and operational teams on the ground to support the response.

Under the lead of the government UNICEF and partners are implementing multisectorial approach in close collaboration with others UN agencies (WHO, WFP…)  and other partners.

How can you make a difference to UNICEF in DRC?

Purpose of the job

Under the overall guidance of the Response Ebola Coordinator, the health specialist will support strategic coordination of the Ebola response in health service organization to improve the quality of care for sick children, prevention and control of Infection. The support aims to:

a)   Improve the quality of care for children and pregnant women in all health facilities in the affected areas.

  1. Reduce the risk of nosocomial contamination of Ebola Virus Disease and other communicable diseases.

Your Specific Responsibilities, Duties and Tasks and Your Expected Key Results

  1. Support the health zone / response team in the development and update of a comprehensive mapping of health facilities in Ebola affected areas.  This mapping exercise will clearly establish the available capacity related to infection control and prevention as well as the gaps to be filled in the health facilities;
  2. Provide support to dissemination and capacity building on the strategy to improve the quality of care, prevention and control of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri;
  3. Establish an effective supervision system to support and strengthen the capacity of providers in health facilities (public, private and traditional) it rural as well as in urban setting;
  4. Support the establishment of a system of quality certification of healthcare facilities;
  5. Coordinate with the partners involved in the PCI the process of building the capacity of the teams of service providers, capacities for monitoring actions and certification of health facilities;
  6. Harmonize with the different partners involved in the response the Performance Payment Protocol to improve access to health services;
  7. Participate in strategic coordination meetings and support the coordinator in all aspects of strengthening the health system;
  8. Participate in the meetings of the commission responsible for the epidemic prevention and control commission.

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

  • Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: Medicine, public health. A Bachelor degree combined with an additional two years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration, and relevant professional experience in strengthening the health system;
  • Expertise in strategic planning tools and performance measurement including the ability to define objectives, select indicators, develop a plan for monitoring and evaluation of results, organize the collection and analysis of data, and prepare reports.
  • Background / familiar with quality and PCI tools;
  • Expertise in strategic planning tools and performance measurement including the ability to define objectives, select indicators, develop a plan for monitoring and evaluation of results, organize the collection and analysis of data, and prepare reports.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage;
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable;
  • Fluency in French and English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

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.

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.


* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

Advertised: W. Central Africa Standard Time
Applications close: W. Central Africa Standard Time

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