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Assistant Public Health & Nutrition Officer / UNOPS Contract (1 Position) Kassala

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is seeking for qualified candidate to fill the following post:

 Type of Contract: UNOPS Individual Contract
 Section/Unit: Programme Unit
 Grade Level: LICA 8
 Duty Station: Kassala
 Duration: Till 31/12/2020
 Closing Date: 30 March 2020



UNHCR Sub Office Kassala located in the east of Sudan hosts over 116,000 refugees and asylum seekers of which 98% are mainly Eritreans; 92,000 individuals live in nine (9) refugee camps and the remaining live in urban locations. Besides current population of persons of concern in the East, there are regularly over 700 new arrivals monthly from Eritrea who enter Sudan through the east with different vulnerabilities.


UNHCR and its partners have established semi reception facilities near five (5) border entry points; Wadsherefy, Tokaer, Hamdiet, Gergef and Galabat equipped with health posts and other services. The main reception facilities in Shagarab hosts over two thousand (2000) new arrivals transported from the five (5) semi reception facilities to undergo refugee status determination (RSD). Upon completion of RSD, asylum seekers who qualified as refugees are settled in Shagarab camps where basic and social services similar to other camps hosting protracted refugees are provided.


The UNHCR Sub Office in Kassala provides protection and assistane to persons of concern living in refugee camps through care and maintenance programme. Amongst basic social services provided in the camps are; Health, WASH, Education, Shelter, etc. The nine (9) refugee camps comprise 12 health centres; 3 in Wadhserefy, 2 in Shagarab 1 each in the remaining camps with full scale health staff supported by UNHCR programme. The level of capacity amongst national partners is low and tehrefore require regualr support from an expereince UNHCR personnel.

 Duties and responsibilities:


The incumbent of the position will support UNHCR Sub office Kassala in the following cpacities:

  • Oversee and coordinate all health and nutrition activities of refugees and asylum seekers living in East sudan;
  • Provide support to the program officer through the designing, planning, implementation and monitoring of all health and nutrition related activities of the Sub office;
  • Regularly pay field visit in all health posts and centres to guide and support partners in the operationalization of the facilities, and ensure health equipment optimally utilized and  maintained;
  • Supervise Health Information System (HIS) data are collected in each health centre and camp and provide monthly report of same to UNHCR headquarters;
  • Support medical doctors and staff in the management of tertiary and secodary medical referral cases;
  • Provide technical support to nutrition programme by ensuring basic food supplements are in stoock and available to patients.
  • In collaboration with operational and imlementing partners articulates UNHCR protection mandate in relation to provision of health services to persons of concern;
  • Regularly participate in called meetings or hold sectoral coordination meetings to mitigate, respond and or address any emerging health needs including but not limited to contageous outbreaks;
  • Conduct health and nutrition studies including nutrition surveys, or any study related to the health needs of persons of concern.
  • Support the procurement of local and international medicines and medical supplies by laising with UNHCR headquarters and Supply unit in the field to ensure efficient management and delivery of medicines and suplies;
  • Regularly monitor health centre’s pharmacies to maintain stock and dispose expire medicines and supplies; and
  • As may be required, perform and discharge other functions on request of the operation or assigned. 


 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:



University degree in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health or related field.


Work Experiences:

  • Minimum 2 years of previous job experience relevant to the function.
  • Knowledge of local institutions.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of local language.


Key Competencies:

  • Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
  • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations;
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment;
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values


***For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.


Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Candidate Assessments may include a written examination followed by a Competency Based Interview.


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