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.
UNICEF crystallized and clearly articulated its Health programme priorities towards the Sustainable Development Goals, in documents such as the Strategy for Health, 2016-2030; Health Systems Strengthening Approach, and most recently the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021. The 2018 Global Conference on Primary Health Care recommitted to strengthening primary health care (PHC) as the most inclusive, effective and efficient approach to enhance people’s physical and mental health, as well as social well-being, and that PHC is a cornerstone of a sustainable health system for universal health coverage (UHC) and health-related SDGs. These agreements and developments at the global level serve to guide UNICEF’s health programmes at country, regional and global levels.
Research has documented that environmental pollution is a major factor of ill health, poorer developmental outcomes, and death among children, as well as a contributor to worse health outcomes later in life. Millions of children living in low- and middle-income countries are at risk from elevated lead levels in their blood. Around 300 million children under 18 years globally, including 17 million infants, currently live in areas where the air is toxic – exceeding international limits by at least six times. Children are also uniquely vulnerable to pollution – due to their physiology, child-specific behaviors and the type and degree of their exposures.
Climate change is having far-reaching consequences on children’s lives as over half a billion children live in extremely high flood risk areas while nearly 160 million live in high or extremely high drought risk areas. This climate change crisis, a child’s rights crisis, is particularly impactful on children already suffering multiple deprivations. Additionally, children are particularly vulnerable to vector-borne diseases. UNICEF’s Health Programme is currently developing its strategic framework on Healthy Environment for Healthy Children that aims to expand UNICEF’s health programmes to address these challenges as part of multiple SDGs.
For every child, a good health……
Under the overall guidance of the Senior Programme Manager, you will support embedding Environmental Health in UNICEF’s Health Programmes at all levels to support holistic, integrated and multi-sectoral primary health care at the national level. You will also provide policy, technical and programming guidance to address environmental health as part of UNICEF’s Health Programme and support representational and partnership work at global, regional and country levels, within the overall UNICEF framework on healthy environment for healthy children. In addition, you will provide technical leadership in the implementation of the multi-country programme on preventing lead exposure in children in collaboration with internal and external partners.
How can you make a difference?
Advocacy, networking and partnership building:
Technical guidance, quality assurance and advice
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Programme development and planning
To qualify as a champion for every child, the candidate must have…
For every Child, you demonstrate…
Remark: This is re-opening of the VA to expand the pool of candidates. Previously applied candidates do not need to re-apply as their applications were given due consideration.
UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is also the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries. As a global authority UNICEF is able to influence decision makers at the global level and turn the most innovative ideas into reality.