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Temporary Appointment: Immunization Specialist, P-3, MENARO Gaziantep # 109008 (6 months)

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 12 Dec 2018

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.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general supervision of Health Specialist, the incumbent will provide technical guidance to ensure that GAVI support in Syria lead to improved immunization outcomes for children, and subsequently to contribution in the reduction of inequities in vaccination coverage. In addition, the position will provide ongoing support to key immunization partners in the planning, implementation and monitoring of immunization services that respond to criteria of high quality, sustainability and equity of access.

Main Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Provide timely and effective expert advice, guidance and input on situation analysis, program strategy, planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • Make viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women.
  • Support the planning and implementation of Health System Strengthening strategies and activities which increase and sustain EPI performance, especially in high focus areas of North Syria.
  • Advise on strategies to increase the use of routine immunization services and on the implementation of supplemental immunization strategies in order to increase access to immunization services, especially by hard to reach/unreached communities
  • Assist the Yearly Forecasting of vaccine and injection device needs. Provide advice for the effective monitoring of vaccine wastage and vaccine quality assurance.
  • Assist the process of application to GAVI for the introduction of new vaccines and their smooth introduction in the EPI.
  • Provide advice for and assist the importation of new technologies in the pipeline to optimize the performance of the EPI.
  • Assist in the writing of proposals for funding support from GAVI and other donors and advice on the options for financing, costing and budgeting, and using resources efficiently and effectively in order to produce sustainable increase in EPI performance and reduction of inequities.
  • Assist in the development of comprehensive strategies to promote and facilitate behaviours which ensure uptake of immunization services, with special focus to marginalized groups of the poor and uneducated women.
  • Assist SIG in leveraging resources to supplement those from GAVI and other partners for addressing equity
  • Provide technical support to key partners especially the SIG in overseeing the social mobilisation activities.
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education: Relevant advanced degree in Public Health and/or Social Sciences with a strong health background, with significant (at least 5 years) country experience in similar emergency contexts and chronic vulnerable situations.
  • Work Experience: Proven leadership, coordination and management experience in complex emergencies. In-depth knowledge and understanding coordination mechanisms and related roles and responsibilities. Extensive international exposure is required. Excellent knowledge of the UN and NGO humanitarian and development communities. Prior working experience in the Middle East is an asset.
  • Language Proficiency: Excellent Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Arabic is considered an asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The competencies required for this post are….

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    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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link