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Assistant Public Health Officer at UNHCR


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1 Year
Male, Female, Both
Bachelor Degree


  • Organization: UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Administrative support – Administrative Services and Support – Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 28 MAY 2023


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a  worldwide organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights, and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people. They work to make sure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, or war at home. UNHCR has been setting essential protection and assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced, and stateless people since 1950. They have a presence in many countries around the world, and give information and assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, and stateless people.


The duties for Assistant Public Health Officer at UNHCR are:

  •   Aid in the co-ordination of public health, reproductive health, nutrition and HIV activities within the Area of Responsibility (AOR) in support of the government¿s reaction and in conjunction with other UN agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other partners, including improvement actors to ensure delivery of public health and nutrition services to beneficiaries (POC and host community) meet UNHCR and /or nationally identified and most up-to-date standards and policies.
  • With aid from the supervisor, support the Operation to define the level and scope of UNHCR¿s involvement in public health and nutrition replies in terms of overall and operational objectives during emergency situations and beyond.
  • In line with the Global Compact on Refugees work with governments and humanitarian and improvement partners to assure a complementary approach to meet the health needs of POCs.
  • Present UNHCR in health coordination and other meetings incorporating inter-sectoral groups such as Technical Working Groups for MHPSS and nutrition.
  • Engage in related partnership fora, including in line with UNHCR¿s role as a UNAIDS co-sponsor of the Joint Programme on AIDS and co-lead with WFP of the Division of Labour area of HIV in Humanitarian Settings.
  • Aid operational collaboration with WFP including the implementation of Joint Assessment Missions and  Joint Plans of Action in line with global commitments on targeting of service to meet basic needs and data sharing to support assistance distribution (in collaboration with programme and protection colleagues),
  • Aid emergency responses to new refugee influxes or outbreaks or other situations in line with the Public Health Emergency Toolkit and UNHCR’s Emergency Handbook and the SPHERE Handbook. Strategic planning and development
  • Donate to the performance of UNHCR’s Strategic Plan for Public Health and adaptation at country level.

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The requirements for Assistant Public Health Officer at UNHCR are:

  • 1 year appropriate background with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree
  • Domain(s) of Education Medicine, Medical Science, Medical Doctor, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant field.
  •  Understanding of public health, reproductive health and nutrition
  • Useful communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiations skills. Desirable
  • Additional capabilities in Nutrition and WASH and a thorough understanding of the linkages with public health and Food security.
  •  For International Professional and Field Service positions: Command of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
  • For National Professional jobs: Command of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
  • For General Service positions: Command of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.


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