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New Job Vacancy United Nations (UN) at UNHCR Tanzania – Public Health Officer

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Jobs in Tanzania 2023: New Job Vacancies at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tanzania 2023


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Public Health Officer
Kigoma, Tanzania
time type Full time
job requisition id JR2320140
Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based) C
Family Type (not applicable for home-based)Family
Staff Member / Affiliate Type UNOPS IICA2
Target Start Date 2023-07-01

Terms of Reference
Operation in Tanzania is managing majorly a camp-based Persons of
Concern (PoCs) population of 206,350 refugees of whom 67.4% of the
population are Burundians and 32.4% are Congolese as of December 2022.
The refugees are currently situated in two camps namely Nyarugusu
(129,703 PoCs) and Nduta (76,647 PoCs), located in northwestern

UNHCR Tanzania, in collaboration with the Government
of Tanzania and representatives of the donor community, over the years
has also been providing durable solutions for thousands of refugees
through voluntary repatriation, local integration through naturalization
and resettlement.

As part of the basic needs for refugees,
Public Health including Reproductive, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition services
remains crucial and significant making it one of the key sectors of
UNHCR refugee operation. This is in addition to other basic services
including Shelter, water, and sanitation facilities and etc. It is
important to ensure effective delivery of health services and ensure
that refugees receive the required services and are involved in delivery
and management of services. In view of this, the incumbent will need to
support the operation to good coordination among the stakeholders in
the health programme to minimize avoidable illness and mortality rates
through proper programming.

The incumbent will also work closely
with the Ministry of Health, Health partners and other UN agencies on
matters related to the entire health programs of the refugees. In
addition, he/she would identify and address issues of public health
importance to all UNHCR programs including care and maintenance,
reception of new arrivals, resettlement, and repatriation.

funding from World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) the operation is in the
second year of the three-year Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) project
that is having interventions in prevention, diagnosis, and control of
NCDs in refugee camps. The public health officer will specifically
support this project (planning, implementation of activities, monitoring
and reporting) working with the Regional Bureau focal person, program,
and public health team in Tanzania.

The incumbent will be based
in Kigoma Sub Office covering the refugee camps in Northwestern Tanzania
and the country at large. Kigoma is a municipality and capital of
Kigoma region. Basic health and education services are available. There
are no international schools. Commercial banks and mobile money services
are available for all financial transactions.

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment
and detailed description of activities, tasks and responsibilities to
be undertaken, including expected travel, if applicable)
The Public
Health Officer is a member of a multidisciplinary team and will ensure
that UNHCR’s public health programmes meet minimum UNHCR and global
health standards in order to minimise avoidable morbidity and mortality
among populations of concern (POC) and towards the achievement of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The incumbent provides
strong and timely technical guidance to UNHCR senior management and
partners including on the design and scope of UNHCR’s responses in
health and nutrition, catalyses the engagement of other actors, supports
resource mobilisation efforts, including with the private sector, and
monitors the response. S/he has close contacts with internal and
external stakeholders such as government counterparts, UN Agencies and

The Public Health Officer should also
ensure consultation with communities seeking the diverse views of men,
women, girls and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, LGBTI persons,
persons with disabilities, including people with psychosocial and
intellectual disabilities, in assessing needs, designing, implementing
and monitoring responses in line with UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and
diversity mainstreaming.

Public Health programmes include primary
health care, secondary health care, community health, reproductive
health (including HIV), nutrition, MHPSS and health information systems.
In addition to public health staff, major operations may also have
dedicated staff focusing on any of these components, but public health
officers are expected to be very conversant with reproductive health
programming and ensure that minimum standards are met. Depending on the
size of the operation the incumbent may be expected to have major
responsibilities for nutrition and MHPSS responses.

The Public
Health Officer will work with the (Senior) Programme Officer (or other
designated staff member) to support operational collaboration and joint
programming with WFP on nutrition and food security.
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Accountability (key results that will be achieved)
Strategic planning and development

Contribute to development and/or implementation and monitoring of
UNHCR’s Strategic Plan for Public Health and adaptation at country
– Work with others in UNHCR to advocate for refugees,
returnees and other POC’s access to local public health, reproductive
health (RH) and HIV, MHPSS, nutrition (including food assistance where
relevant) and water and sanitation services and lobby for inclusion of
refugees, returnees and other POC as a specific group in government
policies and plans related to health, RH and HIV as well as major donor
programmes such as the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.
– Provide
guidance and make recommendations on the overall strategy and focus of
public health and nutrition programmes within the Area of Responsibility
(AOR), including ensuring public health strategic approaches are
developed in a multi-sectoral and co-ordinated manner in co-operation
with government, UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian partners with
due consideration to the approaches outlined in the Global Compact on
Refugees and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, including
– Provide up-to date assessment and identification of needs for
public health strategies, recognise and support the contributions of
governments and other actors align with and support national health
system as much as possible; include curative, preventive, promotive,
rehabilitative and palliative care; recognise the different approaches
required for the stage of the humanitarian response (preparedness,
emergency, stabilisation and longer term inclusion) as well as for
settlement or camp-based POC and those in urban or non-camp situations.

Contribute to public health strategies addressing known gaps in health
and nutrition programming based on country/field-specific needs
assessments with due consideration to neonatal and maternal health care,
TB, HIV and viral hepatitis, non-communicable diseases including mental
health, palliative care, health services for LGBTI individuals, health
and protection services for persons selling sex and programming for
persons with disabilities including access to assistive technologies and
appropriate associated services, adolescents and the elderly.

Support the development and monitoring of country specific medium to
long term inclusion plans in support of the Ministry of Health and other
relevant Ministries (e.g. Social Welfare) and in partnership with
development and other actors.
– Work with stakeholders, including
Ministries of Health, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, POC and
other relevant partners in the development of public health preparedness
and response plans associated with refugee movements (including in
repatriation programmes).
– Maintain and update contingency/
preparedness and response plans within the AOR for potential public
health events including disease outbreaks and public health aspects of
refugee and returnee movements.

Technical integrity and risk mitigation
– Update and disseminate standard practices on public health, MHPSS, nutrition, HIV and reproductive health among partners.

Support the prioritization of primary health care (including
preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care)

Ensure, in close co-ordination with other humanitarian actors, that
health care services provided to POC are based on Ministry of Health,
UNHCR and/or internationally recognized and most up-to-date standards
and policies.
– Establish and/or adapt UNHCR internal operating
procedures to ensure they are in line with UNHCR and/or international
standards and improve efficiency of programme activities; this includes –
but is not limited to – referral health care, medicines and medical
supplies procurement and management, medical resettlement and
resettlement of persons with health needs, cash-based assistance for
health care coverage and referral between units and inter-sectoral
– Monitor and support compliance with, and integrity
of, all Public Health standard operating procedures in conjunction with
Project Control and Programme staff and in line with delegated
authorities, including flagging to senior managers when these are not in
line with global guidance or not being followed.


Work closely with UNHCR programme, technical, field and protection
staff to identify priority health issues and key data requirements for
programme planning and monitoring to ensure that minimum UNHCR and
international standards are being met.
– Support linkages of public
health to WASH programmes throughout all stages of the programme cycle
including in outbreak preparedness and response, emergency responses to
refugee influxes, WASH in health facilities, community health education
and menstrual hygiene management.
– Support inter-sector
collaboration throughout all stages of programme cycle between public
health and nutrition with WASH, education, energy, environment, shelter,
and protection in order to promote synergies and maximise impact.

Participate in the review and analysis of relevant project proposals and
budgetary submissions presented by UNHCR partners within the context of
the UNHCR programming cycle.
– Ensure that project plans or
proposals submitted to UNHCR for funding adhere to internationally
accepted standards, and are based on a comprehensive PHC strategy,
rights based and meet the needs of vulnerable persons.
– Ensure
consultation with communities seeking the diverse views of men, women,
girls and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, persons with
disabilities and LGBTQI in assessing needs, designing, implementing and
monitoring responses in line with UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and
diversity mainstreaming.
– Ensure implementation of the UNHCR Health
Information System and other relevant data collection tools including
the balanced scorecard, maternal and neonatal death audits, Health
Access and Utilisation Survey and other corporate tools where relevant;
support the analysis, interpretation, dissemination and use of public
health data.
– Advocate for the inclusion of refugees and other POC
in national surveys such as demographic and health surveys,
multi-indicator cluster surveys, AIDS indicator surveys including where
possible a separate sample/oversampling to include refugees thus
allowing for comparisons and trend analysis over time.
– Support
national health systems to disaggregate data by refugee and nationals in
key areas based on country specific needs in line with the 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development.
– Monitor public health and nutrition
programmes against standard UNHCR and international indicators, to
ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a
comprehensive, cost-effective and efficient manner.
– Support the
planning, implementation, analysis, dissemination and use of nutritional
surveys (Standardized Expanded Nutrition Surveys, SENS), health-related
surveys and post-distribution monitoring exercises (in collaboration
with WFP).
– Promote applied research and programme evaluation to
enable the identification of gaps in programme implementation and
standards, and to further promote evidence-based activities and
– In line with policies for Accountability to Affected
Populations (AAP) ensure POC have access to feedback and accountability
mechanisms relating to public health and nutrition services including
the collection and analysis of data on their satisfaction with regards
to public health and nutrition services.
– Prepare regular sectoral
reports and submit material for preparation of periodic project
monitoring reports as required by the office at country level.
– Ensure adequate and accurate reporting, timely updates and briefings to donors and management.
Capacity Building

Support capacity strengthening of UNHCR and its implementing partners
to address public health, nutrition, reproductive health, HIV, MHPSS
programming in a co-ordinated, multi-sectoral way and disseminate
relevant guidelines and information materials.
– Undertake and/or
support capacity building needs assessments of UNHCR staff and partners
and develop approaches to address capacity gaps including identifying
internal and external training opportunities.
– In conjunction with
the Public Health Section in HQ, Global Learning and Development Centre,
bureaux and external actors support development of capacity
strengthening tools and materials including webinars, e-learning
materials and online learning tools and contribute to relevant
communities of practices.
– Plan, organise, facilitate and
participate in workshops in conjunction with Bureaux, Public Health
Section in HQ, Global Learning and Development Centre and external
– Perform other related duties as required.
Program management – WDF
position will provide technical support to NCD (Non-Communicable
Diseases) projects as well as to provide support to the implementation
of UNHCRs public health strategy.
• The incumbent will be
responsible for providing technical support, coordination, planning,
advocacy, monitoring and reporting of the various project activities and
outcomes in Tanzania for the NCD project.
• These include, in close collaboration with programme and other functional units:
– Support the overall management and coordination of the project outputs delivery for all projects

Coordinate with the public health staff the capacity building of the
health providers and CHWs in refugee camp, support the preparation and
standardization of training materials and approaches.
– Ensure
workplans, including capacity building plans, are prepared and followed
up with clear deliverables and timelines, in line with the overall
project plan.
– Provide technical support to public health staff during implementation of the project.

Follow up and provision of technical support on the procurement of
essential supplies and medical equipment as per project(s) plan of
actions. Ensure procurement planning is undertaken and consist with the
project proposal.
– Support in the preparation of the required narrative reports and provide inputs into the financial reporting as required.
– Prepare quarterly and annual donor reports of project(s) implementation.
– Document and disseminate best practice learning.
– Produce internal project(s) update reports on a quarterly basis.
Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

Coordination, Leadership and Partnership

Co-ordinate public health, reproductive health, nutrition and HIV
activities in support of the government’s responses and in conjunction
with other UN agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other
partners, including development actors to ensure delivery of public
health and nutrition services to beneficiaries (POC and host community)
meet UNHCR and /or nationally recognised and most up-to-date standards
and policies.
– Support the Operation to define the level and scope
of UNHCR’s involvement in public health and nutrition responses in terms
of overall and operational objectives during emergency situations and
– Support the Operation’s engagement in the public
health-related aspects of contributions of major donors to refugee
responses, including the World Bank; taking part in assessments, design
of projects, monitoring and evaluation.
– In line with the Global
Compact on Refugees work with governments, humanitarian and development
partners to ensure a whole-of-government (i.e. relevant national and
local authorities for health and nutrition response) multi-stakeholder
approach and planning to harness the comparative advantages of different
partners to meet the health needs of POC.
– Represent UNHCR in
public health coordination and other meetings including relevant
inter-sectoral groups such as Technical Working Groups (TWGs) for MHPSS
and nutrition, reproductive health, community health, among others.

Engage in relevant 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.

Support operational collaboration with WFP including the implementation
of Joint Assessment Missions and corresponding Joint Plans of Action in
line with global commitments on targeting of assistance to meet basic
needs and data sharing to support assistance distribution (in
collaboration with programme and protection colleagues).
– Support
robust and timely emergency responses to new refugee influxes or disease
outbreaks or other public health-related emergencies in line with
UNHCR’s Public Health Emergency Toolkit, Emergency Handbook and the
SPHERE Handbook.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
incumbent has a functional line with the Public Health Section in
Geneva regarding authoritative guidance and support in technical matters
and is expected to maintain regular contact with the PHS and the
Regional Bureau. All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform
their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within
their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of
UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules,
UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant
accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to
discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core,
functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s
core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
description of measurable outputs, milestones, key performance
indicators and/or reporting requirements which will enable performance
– There is a viable standard Health Information System in
place for data collection, analysis and interpretation to serve as
evidence base for planning and interventions.
– UNHCR balanced score card (BSC) conducted
– Internal and external program and donor reporting
– Monthly health coordination meetings are conducted with all relevant partners

4. Qualifications and Experience
the required education, work experience, expertise and competencies of
the individual contractor. The listed education and experience should
correspond with the level at which the contract is offered.)

a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)
Field(s) of Education

  • Medicine, Medical Science, Medical Doctor, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant field.
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Certificates and/or Licenses

  • Epidemiology

Languages: English (full working proficiency)

b. Work Experience
number of years and area of required work experience. Clearly
distinguish between required experience and experience which could be an

  • Clinical
    background with master’s degree in public health related field.
    Knowledge of reproductive health and nutrition in humanitarian
    situations. Experience in interagency coordination, health data
    management and analysis and working experience in a humanitarian
    context. Exposure to UNHCR mandate, its priorities, and principles. Good
    communicator with strong interpersonal, negotiations, and diplomacy


  • Working experience in
    different refugee contexts. Additional qualifications in Nutrition and
    WASH and a thorough understanding of the linkages with public health and
    food security. Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and
    activities to achieve a common objective in the area of Public Health.


c. Key Competencies

knowledge, skills, managerial competencies or other personal
competencies relevant to the performance of the assignment. Clearly
distinguish between required and desired competencies)

Core Competencies
Communication, Organizational Awareness, Teamwork & Collaboration,
Commitment to Continuous Learning, Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies
Empowering and Building Trust, Judgement and Decision Making, Managing Performance, Managing Resources

Cross-Functional Competencies
Analytical Thinking, Planning and Organizing, Stakeholder Management
Job Posting End Date June 18, 2023.


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