Health Emergency Officer, NO-1, UNICEF Bihac, Temporary appointment (for BiH citizens only)

Job no: 521129
Work type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Bosnia and Herz
Categories: Health, NO-1

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

In 2018 and 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has been facing an increasing influx of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees after previously popular migration routes to Western Europe through the Balkans shut down in 2017. In October 2018 UNICEF BiH established a field presence in Bihac, Una-Sana Canton.

UNICEF’s humanitarian response takes a two-track approach:

1) immediate humanitarian assistance and protection to migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children, especially UASC, working in close collaboration with government authorities at all levels, UN agencies such as IOM, UNHCR, UNFPA, WHO and CSOs;

2) strengthening child protection, health and education systems to provide better services to all vulnerable children in BiH, through capacity building, policy reform and technical assistance. The response cuts across the following key programming areas: child protection, education, health and nutrition, and delivery of essential non-food items.

How can you make a difference?

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

Under the supervision of the Child Protection Emergency Specialist in Bihac and collaboration with the Health and Nutrition Specialist and Health Officer in the 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 humanitarian response in the health sector for children on the move, with a primary geographic focus on Una-Sana Canton.

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 and nutrition
  7. Work in close collaboration with the other UN agencies to provide the best response, especially for families with women and children

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, socio-medical, epidemiology, or another relevant technical field;
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public health/nutrition planning and management, maternal and neonatal health care, or health emergency/humanitarian preparedness;
  • Experience working in a developing country and humanitarian contexts is considered as an asset;
  • 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 core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Functional competencies required for this post are: Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Applying technical expertise, Learning and researching, and Planning and organizing.

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including pesons 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.


For further information please contact Human Resources at UNICEF Office in Sarajevo, Ms. Marina Kadic at 387 33 293 606,

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

Advertised: Singapore Standard Time
Applications close: Singapore Standard Time

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