Immunization Specialist (Polio transition), Mogadishu

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Somalia

City: Mogadishu, Somalia

Office: UNICEF Mogadishu, Somalia

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Saturday, 10 October 2020

Immunization Specialist (Polio transition), P-3, Mogadishu, Somalia, #114225 - Temporary Appointment (364 days)

Job no: 534831

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: Somalia Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn’l(ESARO)

School/Unit: Somalia

Department/Office: Modagishu Zonal Office

Categories: Health, P-3, Expanded Programme Immunization

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

How can you make a difference?

1. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and coordination contribute to the Situation Analysis with consistent integration of sex disaggregated data and its periodic update for effective programme planning, development and management.

2. Quality contributions are made to the development and implementation of the Polio transition and other immunization strategies and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partners.

3. Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is effectively provided, and planned results are timely delivered through exercise of strong technical leadership.

4. Polio transition programme implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability.

5. Technical support is provided to government and NGOs and private providers at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries.

6. The capacities of Zone Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity building programme in the development, implementation and management of the Polio transition.

7. UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector.

8. Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.

9. The most relevant and strategic information is provided to support the polio transition by the effective implementation of integrated immunization surveillance and monitoring system.

10. All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

11. Emergency preparedness, detection and response capacities are maintained, and emergency responses with effective coordination is provided.

12. Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

Advanced (Masters) university degree in Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology or other relevant disciplines.

Five years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health/Immunization programmes. Professional work experience in a technical expert position related to child health and immunization is an asset.

Two years of field work experience in a developing country context is required

Background/familiarity with Emergency/Fragile Country settings is required.

Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

Fluency in English. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Core competencies

Communication - Level III

Working with People - Level III

Tags child health emergency preparedness immunization monitoring and evaluation polio programme implementation programme planning technical cooperation

Drive for Results - Level III

Functional Competencies

Analyzing - Level II

Planning and Organizing - Level II

Relating and networking - Level II

Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level II

Persuading and influencing - Level II

Entrepreneurial Thinking (Level II)

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 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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


The Vacancy is open to all (Internal and external candidates).

UNICEF only considers Higher education qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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

Advertised: Oct 04 2020 E. Africa Standard Time Application close: Oct 10 2020 E. Africa Standard Time