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Junior Professional Officer Position – Health Officer, P2, Beirut, Lebanon, PN 120152 (Open to nationals of developing countries only)

Job no: 551103

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Lebanon Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: Lebanon

Department/Office: Beirut, Lebanon

Categories: Health

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

The Health Officer reports to the Health and Nutrition Chief for supervision. The Health Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the Health Programme within the Country Programme, from development planning to delivery of results, by preparing, executing, managing, and implementing a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, and evaluating and reporting of results.

This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the Netherlands and is addressed exclusively to NATIONALS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES THAT APPEAR ON THE LIST OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE DUTCH JPO PROGRAMME: (link)%20of%20eligible%20countries%20%20November%202018.pdf

How can you make a difference?

Support to programme development and planning

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

Technical and operational support to programme implementation

Networking and partnership building

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Detailed terms of reference can be found in the attached document JPO_Health_Officer_ToR.doc

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

  • National of a developing country that appears on the list of the following eligible countries for the Dutch JPO Programme (link)%20of%20eligible%20countries%20%20November%202018.pdf
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health/nutrition, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology, or another relevant technical field.

    * A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with qualifying experience (at least 3 years of relevant working experience) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree

  • Part of the candidates’ academic training must have taken place in a developing country that appears on the following list of eligible countries for the Dutch JPO Programme. (link)%20of%20eligible%20countries%20%20November%202018.pdf
  • Minimal 2 years to maximal 4 years relevant working 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.
  • Working experience within the UN system should not exceed 50% of the relevant working experience including UNV, (paid) UN internship and UN consultancy.
  • All paid work experience since obtaining bachelor’s degree will/can be considered.
  • Experience in supply chain management (for health) is considered an asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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 JPO training programme includes the following learning elements:

  • Supply and Logistic management training
  • Climate Change Training
  • Programme Management
  • Leadership Skills
  • JPO Orientation Programme – Designed towards development of professional skills and personal insights into performance and collaboration and create an understanding of how the organization functions and carries out its work around the world
  • E-learning opportunities in performance management: create the conditions for high performance and development
  • E-learning opportunities on basic UNICEF programme & operational strategies: assimilate UNICEF’s approaches to programming and operations, thematic programme areas as well as cross-cutting functional areas
  • JPO Coaching & Mentoring Programme – driven by individual needs and targeted towards insights into organizational culture and targeted training opportunities and support.
  • Stretch assignments- opportunity, normally from to max of six months that goes beyond the current description and creates an opportunity to learn new skills in a different Duty Station, Division or Section
  • Career Transition Programme tailored to support the JPOs in their final year with their future career aspirations
  • The JPO position includes a Duty travel and training allowance (DTTA) of $4000 per year which may be used for learning activities related to the assignment and career development.
  • To learn more about the JPO Programme, please visit the following link: Junior Professional Officer Programme | UNICEF Careers


UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: May 23 2022 Middle East Daylight Time Application close: Aug 31 2022 Middle East Daylight Time

Tags: biostatistics, career development, child health, climate change, development planning, environmental health, family health, health education, health policy, internship, knowledge management, middle east, organizational culture, performance management, programme implementation, programme management, supply chain, supply chain management