Extension of vacancy: Health Officer, NO-2, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina #116232 (for BiH nationals only)

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This is a NO-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-2 contracts.

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, Health

Why working for UNICEF video

UNICEF is implementing with USAID funds a two-year programme on ‘Strengthening Social and Health Protection in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ (April 2021 - April 2023). The overall objective is to strengthen education, health and social protection systems in selected locations to adequately respond to COVID-19 and enhance overall recovery and resilience, with a focus on children, youth and families. Health component’s main focus will be on the procurement of cold chain equipment, support in the establishment of digital immunization data collection and cold chain temperature monitoring as well as support for the risk communication activities relating to COVID-19 vaccination.

How can you make a difference?


Under the supervision of the Health Specialist and in collaboration with the Education, Child Protection, Communication and Social Policy Sections at the UNCEF Country Office in Sarajevo, you will provide professional technical assistance and support the Office by carrying out the specific activities and responsibilities listed below to help ensure timely and quality development, implementation, and monitoring of UNICEF's COVID-19 response in the health sector. The position is created for period of 364 days with possibility for extension for maximum additional 364 days.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Support to programme development and planning

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

4. Networking and partnership building

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

6. Provide support to governmental and CSO partners in issues related to health

  1. Support to programme development and planning
  • Conduct and update the situation analysis for the development, design and management of health related programmes. Research and report on development trends (e.g. political social, economic, health) for senior management use to enhance programme management, efficiency, and delivery of results.
  • Contribute to the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning through analysis of health needs and areas for intervention and submission of recommendations for priority and goal setting.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results based planning (RBM), and monitoring and evaluation of results.
  • Prepare required documentations and materials to facilitate the programme review and approval process.
  1. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Manage and coordinate the activities within the health section and with the partners
  • Reporting of UNICEF supported health activities against commonly agreed indicators
  • Ensure effective information sharing within UNICEF, and with and among partners
  • Prepare inputs for donor reporting and UNICEF results reporting.
  1. Provide technical and operational support to programme development and implementation
  • Commission the mapping of a comprehensive assessment of gaps and needs for electronic immunization reporting system and cold chain monitoring system and oversee the process from the beginning to the end.
  • Support partners in matters relating to the procurement of cold chain equipment, monitoring systems and safe disposal practices of old cold chain equipment according to international standards
  • Support establishment of partnerships with the state, entity and cantonal levels to develop immunization reporting systems and cold chain monitoring systems
  • Support development and the standardization of technical specifications for the procurement of the cold chain equipment
  • Support in identifying the key technical partners for the development of electronic systems and develop systems
  • Organize key testing sites for the electronic systems and test the systems
  • Organize training for focal points from the select facilities where the system is being implemented
  • Support risk communication activities relating to COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Oversee and report on the implementation of activities by the implementing partners on the field
  • Undertake field visits to monitor health activities, to identify gaps, needs, quality of implementation, and to document best practices
  • Have regular meetings with the main implementing partners, and partners from the government
  • Conduct regular programme field visits and share information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices on health-related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.
  1. Networking and Partnership Building
  • Establish and maintain healthy and respectful working relationship with UNICEF main partners on the field, partners from the government, and other UN agencies
  • In close coordination with the UNICEF Communication Team prepare several activities with the media and ensure positive reporting from the ground.

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

  • A university degree in one of the following fields: public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public health/nutrition planning and management, cold chain management, maternal and neonatal health care, or health emergency/humanitarian preparedness.
  • Understanding of the overall political, administrative and institutional context of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Knowledge and practical experience in the area of strategic planning, civil society engagement, communications and outreach, stakeholder cooperation, and project cycle design, management and implementation is an asset;
  • Ability to work independently as well as with teams;
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset;
  • Fluency in local language and proficiency in English required.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
  • Works Collaboratively with others
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Innovates and Embraces Change
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically
  • Drives to achieve impactful results
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity

and functional competencies:

  • Analyzing
  • Applying technical expertise
  • Learning and researching
  • Planning and organizing

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.


For further information please contact Human Resources at UNICEF Office in Sarajevo, Ms. Marina Kadic at [email protected]

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

NOTE: Candidates who already applied do not need to resubmit their applications.

Added 1 year ago - Updated 11 months ago - Source: unicef.org