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District Health Emergency Coordinator


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5 Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree


  • Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Lilongwe
  • Grade: Consultancy – Consultant – Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-05-23


UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, is an agency of the United Nations that donate humanitarian and developmental support to children over the world. It was originally initiated in 1946 to give emergency food and healthcare to children and mothers in countries devastated by World War II. UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to defend the rights of every child, especially those who are vulnerable. Its activities include giving immunizations, disease prevention, and treatment for children and mothers with HIV, as well as strengthening childhood and maternal health. UNICEF relies wholly on voluntary contributions from governments and private donors.


The duties for District Health Emergency Coordinator are :

  • Perform joint project monitoring and supportive supervision to the assigned flood affected districts as per the Project Monitoring Visit (PMV) Plan and as required.
  • During PMVs, participate in district coordination meetings for health emergency preparedness and response; actively correspond UNICEF-supported activities with districts, WHO and other partners engaged in the flood and cholera preparedness and response activities.
  • Partake in health coordination and working group meetings and engage with key partners to promptly deploy in those districts newly affected,  increase the effectiveness and efficiency of response activities, and share appropriate updates to ensure the effective application of relevant Health in Emergency programming and tools.
  • In cooperation with other partners (WHO, UNHCR, MRCS, MSF ), support districts with effective planning, performance , monitoring and reporting on Infection Prevention and Control (clinical, community and prevention activities).
  • Aid districts with planning, pre-positioning, distribution and monitoring of health and WASH emergency supplies in the target districts.
  • Perform user monitoring of cholera supplies and check availability/stocking levels at the district and facility levels.
  • Help disseminating technical and operational guidance for emergency preparedness and response activities.
  • Aid districts to prepare the necessary supporting documentation to access UNICEF support; ensure the appropriate use of UNICEF resources and timely reporting.
  • Design weekly progress updates on emerging issues on the preparedness and response activities in the prescribed format.
  • Supply inputs to rapid needs assessments, humanitarian performance planning, immediate needs and other Malawi Country Office documents relating to the cholera response.
  • Provide inputs to the weekly Situation Analysis Reports and other connected regular and ad-hoc surveillance reports.

APPLY ALSO: Emergency Specialist at UNICEF Senegal


The requirements for District Health Emergency Coordinator are :

  • Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields is needed:
  • Medicine, public health, pediatric health, family health, global/international health, epidemiology, or another relevant technical major.
  • Certification in public health, tropical medicine, health system strengthening or health-related training in communicable diseases.
  • Certification in Emergency Preparedness and Response.
  • At least five (5) years of connected background at the national or international level in implementing communicable disease outbreak or health emergency response.
  • Background working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the disease and disaster crisis response environment.
  • A minimum of 2 years of background working or cooperating with either UNICEF or other UN and NGOs.
  • Fluency in English – both excellent written and verbal skills are required


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