Immunization (Health System Strengthening) Specialist, Suva

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  • Post Date: September 4, 2023
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Immunization (Health System Strengthening) Specialist, NOC, Suva, Fiji # 103116 (Open to Fijian Nationals Only)

Job no: 563754

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Fiji/Pacific Island Countries Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: Fiji (Pacific Islands) – MCP

Department/Office: Pacific Office, Suva, Fiji

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.

In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria.

All 14 Pacific Island countries and territories have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here

How can you make a difference?

The Immunisation (health system strengthening (HSS)) Specialist is accountable for professional leadership in and contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration of the Immunisation and health system strengthening portfolio as part of the Health and Nutrition component within the country programme, to achieve the UNICEF’s immunization plus goals and objectives as well as broader universal health coverage (UHC) agenda for the country.

Accountable for ensuring the UNICEF Immunization and health system strengthening programme promotes gender equality, with an emphasis on gender disaggregation, gender disparity identification and gender mainstreaming.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  •  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 project planning, development and management.
  •  Quality contributions are made to the development and implementation of the Immunisation and health system strengthening strategies and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partnerships.
  •  Work plans and objectives are strategically established, and technical support is effectively provided, and planned results are timely delivered through the exercise of strong technical leadership.
  •  Project implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability.
  •  Technical support is provided to the government and NGOs at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity building of government personnel and beneficiaries.
  •  The capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity-building programmes in the development, implementation and management of the Immunisation and health system strengthening programme.
  •  UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector.
  •  Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking.
  •  The most relevant and strategic information is provided to support the Immunization and Health Programme through the effective implementation of an integrated child survival monitoring system.
  •  All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
  •  Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination are provided.
  •  Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed.

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


  •  Advanced university degree in Public Health, Pediatrics Health, Child Development, Child Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Administration, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

Work Experience:

  •  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 survival & health care.
  •  Field work experience
  •  Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Language Proficiency:

  •  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, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are…

  •  Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
  •  Works Collaboratively with others
  •  Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  •  Innovates and Embraces Change
  •  Thinks and Acts Strategically
  •  Drives to achieve impactful results
  •  Manages ambiguity and complexity

View our competency framework at

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework 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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.


This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, are encouraged to apply to become a part of the organization.

This Vacancy Announcement is open to internal and external candidates.

This is a re-advertisement in order to expand the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered

UNICEF only considers higher educational 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.

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 are also 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: Aug 25 2023 Fiji Standard Time

Application close: Sep 10 2023 Fiji Standard Time

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