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Generic Vacancy Announcement: Health Specialist (RMNCH), P-3, Lusaka, P3 Talent Group

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Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Level: P-3
Location: Zambia
Categories: HIV/AIDS, Health and Nutrition

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 Zambia is a medium-sized Country Office, with just over 100 staff. The Country Programme 2023-2027 promotes the rights of every child and reaches the most disadvantaged children in Zambia. UNICEF works with the Government of the Republic of Zambia to improve social policies and systems, and on the ground to make sure that these systems reach all children, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable.

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

For every child,… Health

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?

Join our team to provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation of resources, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), organizational strategic plans and goals, standards of performance, and accountability framework. The Specialist will be responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting of the Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, and Child Health (RMNCH) programme within the Health and HIV section.

In close collaboration with Cooperating Partners (CPs), UN systems (WHO and UNFPA), and UNICEF ESA Regional Office, the specialist will be responsible for providing high level technical support in designing, planning, implementation and monitoring of high impact RMNCH interventions focussed on Essential New-born Care (ENC), Small and Sick Newborn Care (SSNC), Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, and Child Health particularly Diarrhoea and Pneumonia prevention and management.

The specialist is also expected to successfully lead the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) initiatives including institutionalising community health, promoting systems resilience, and building humanitarian development nexus for RMNCH services. The Health Specialist (P-3) reports to the Chief of Health and HIV (P-4) for guidance and general supervision.

Key function, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks

  • Provide Technical and Programmatic Support in RMNCH
  • Technical and Managerial Leadership on Programme Planning, Management, Monitoring and Delivery of Results for RMNCH
  • Technical and Operational Support to Programme Implementation
  • Partner Engagement and Proposal Development Support
  • Innovation, Knowledge Management, and Capacity Building

Please review the details in the attached job Profile for the position:Download File TOR.pdf

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


  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Medicine, Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, Epidemiology, Paediatric Health, Family Health, Health Research, Global/International Health, Health Policy and/or Management, Environmental Health sciences, Biostatistics, Health Education, or another relevant technical field.


  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public health/nutrition planning and management, maternal and neonatal health care, or health emergency/humanitarian preparedness.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

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
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Proven track record in interfacing with national ministries of health a distinct advantage

Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local 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)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (Level 2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (Level 2)
  • Works collaboratively with others (Level 2)
  • Nurtures, leads, and manages people (Level 1)

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 promoting 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 to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.
  • 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
  • Placement in the Talent Group does not guarantee a position and does not translate into an offer of employment

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