Senior Public Health Associate

The Job

Vacancy Notice No. YEMAD/HR/2019/18

Title of Post

Senior Public Health Associate


General Service, G7

Post Number


Type of contract

Fixed-Term appointment


Sub-Office Aden, Yemen

Date of Issue

15 April 2019

Effective date of assignment


Closing Date

30 April 2019

Operational Context: (include details here on the “ideal” candidate – both in terms of soft skills, as well as technical/functional skills etc).

The role of the Senior Public Health Associate is to support the Office in the implementation of public health and nutrition programs for the benefit of refugees and host populations.   The position is based in Sub-office Aden and support health, nutrition, and WASH activities and coordination in refugee operations in urban setting, refugee camp in Kharaz/Lahaj province, the two Hubs in Mukalla and Al-Turbah. The Senior Public Health Associate will assist in monitoring UNHCR's supported health partner through regular field visits and ensure implementation according to agreed timelines, compile reports for Programme Officer, provide timely feedback to partners and follow up on recommendations. The incumbent will be a member of the UNHCR multifunctional team and Health Cluster under the Internally Displaced Persons project and will take part in MFT meetings, cluster coordination meetings, and monitoring visits and assist in compiling reports. He/she will be the main focal point for community health & nutrition activities in refugees in urban setting in the south of Yemen and Kharaz camp and part of the IDPs Health Cluster. 

Functional Statement: (to be taken from the job description)

Accountability (key results that will be achieved)

  • UNHCR’s country operation has sufficient support in the field of public, reproductive health, nutrition and better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.
  • Close coordination with IDP Field Units on health related issues is ensured. 

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

  • Coordinate and manage UNHCR’s health and nutrition interventions, including nutrition and  anemia projects, health information, drug and medical supplies management, emergency preparedness and response, water, sanitation and hygiene, mental health and psychosocial support.
  • Participate in programme coordination, planning, monitoring including data analysis and evaluation, promoting capacity building of partners, and advocacy. This includes inter-sectoral and inter-agency coordination, technical and programmatic support, prevention of gaps and contribution to effective programme management.
  • Undertake needs assessments with government counterparts and partners in order to prioritize the provision of services to refugees and other Persons of Concerns to UNHCR.
  • Monitor and evaluate health, and nutrition programmes against UNHCR’ results-based frame work and international standards to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner.
  • Support capacity building initiatives so that refugees and other Persons of Concerns to UNHCR and partners acquire the needed knowledge, skills, responsibility and ownership of programmes.
  •  Advocate, inform, and communicate amongst stakeholders to ensure that refugee health and nutrition issues are on the national agenda and that their health and nutritional needs are appropriately documented and disseminated.
  • Organize trainings and capacity building events, and provide technical assistance for implementing partners and UNHCR staff.
  • Foster effective partnership with UN agencies including WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA and WFP in respective sectors of health, nutrition, emergency preparedness, WASH and HIV/AIDS.
  • Facilitate country, regional and local level coordination of health, nutrition and WASH actors, so that public health and nutrition programmes for refugees are streamlined, resources are optimally utilized and ensure active participation by the government, implementing and operational partners, Persons of Concerns and sister UN agencies.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the health strategy for urban refugees in accordance to UNHCR’s urban policy in collaboration with the programme units in SO Aden and BO Sana’a.
  • Work with partners in the government and sister UN agencies to establish mechanisms to mainstream refugees into public health services.
  • Provide advice to senior management on technical issues pertaining the integration strategy in the health sector
  • Advocate the urban health policy to local authorities, the refugee communities and partners.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

  • Represent UNHCR Health Unit in meetings and fora related to the functions.
  • Monitor health-related projects on behalf of UNHCR and make recommendations.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Completion of secondary education with certificate/training in Public Health, Nursing or related fields.
  • Minimum 11   years of previous job experience relevant to the functions.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Experience with community health, health data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of UNHCR’s mandate and work with refugees. 
  • Computer proficiency in Excel, Word and internet.

Required Competencies:

Managerial Competencies

  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Managing Resources

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Planning and Organizing


Internal candidates: Interested staff members should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (IOM/49-FOM/50/2012 dated 15 June 2012). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

An applicant who has internal status is a staff member holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in any duty station in the country. Former UNHCR General Service staff members, having held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment for an uninterrupted period of at least one year may apply for internally advertised vacancies at their previous grade or equivalent or one grade above, if the seniority requirements are met, for a period of two years following separation (if such criteria are not met, former staff members can still apply as external candidates).


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at:

How to Apply

Interested candidates must fill the Personal History (P.11) form, the Supplementary Bio Data table (Excel) and PHF Supplementary Sheet. The three mentioned forms should be submitted along with a motivation letter and CV by e-mail to:

Tel. contact: +967-2-231-441 

The Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet is attached.

The email subject line should clearly indicate Last NameTitle of the position and VA Ref. number stated on this announcement. Applications missing any of the above elements, and not duly completed, will unfortunately not be considered.

No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female/male applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

  • Employer: UNHCR
  • Category: Programs
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 15 April 2019
  • Deadline: 30 April 2019