Health Specialist - Child Injury Prevention and Environmental Health (P-3), # 00113010, Health Section, PD - NYHQ (Temporary Appointment)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 09 March 2020

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.

(ECD) features for the first time in history in the Global agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG), UNICEF, at global, regional and country levels, is actively engaged to promote awareness on the importance of early years.

CCHU is the hub of UNICEF’s programming for Child and Community, providing leadership and technical guidance across the organization on issues around a multi-sectoral life-course approach for child health and development (Survive and Thrive), including the strategic role that community health systems play within primary health care. The CCHU also provides global guidance and support for the prevention of NCDs, injuries and drowning in the first two decades of life, in addition to Developmental Delays and disabilities in children.

For every child, a healthy life….

You will support child injury prevention and the built-environment portfolio globally, including dissemination of technical guidance documents on child injury, provide support to regional and national offices in policy engagement to influence national investments on the 'survive and thrive agenda' focusing on prevention of drowning and traffic injuries. You will also be responsible for advocacy with WHO and partners. Provide technical support to governments in evidence generation and evidence-based policy. Support mainstreaming child injury prevention and healthy built environments within national development plans, strategies, and initiatives and to strengthen

health, education, social welfare and other systems to address the risks of road traffic injuries and drowning among children, adolescents and women.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance of the chief of the Child and Community Health Unit, PD- Health Section, you will coordinate the unit's work on child injury prevention and support the environmental health portfolio globally. Specifically, you will:

Lead the development and the dissemination of technical guidance documents on child injury prevention (focusing on road traffic injuries and on drowning) and environmental health which will articulate strategies for UNICEF programming in these areas. Provide support to regional and national offices in policy engagement to influence national investments on the ‘survive and thrive agenda’ focusing on prevention of drowning and traffic injuries, an ensuring a built-environment that promotes health and wellness. In partnership with WHO and other organizations, support advocacy efforts on injury prevention and promoting healthy built environments efforts focused on children and adolescents in global, regional, and national policies and programmes. Provide technical support to governments in evidence generation and evidence-based policy development and costing for the prevention of child injuries (focused on drowning and road traffic injuries). Support mainstreaming child injury prevention and healthy built environments within national development plans, strategies, and initiatives and to strengthen health, education, social welfare and other systems to address the risks of road traffic injuries and drowning among children, adolescents, women, girls, and boys. Provide technical guidance/notes and other knowledge products on child injury prevention (focused on road traffic injury and drowning) and promotion of healthy built environments developed and disseminated at global, regional and country levels Strengthen UNICEF coordination within the global Child injuries Prevention and Environmental Health partnership, including with WHO, UNDP and other lead agencies support. Serve as focal point for Child Injury Prevention and support the Environmental Health portfolio globally, and work with other sectors to develop cross sectoral approaches for child injury prevention, environmental and urban programming; Child Injury Prevention and Environmental Health incorporated into the UNICEF survive and thrive programming across sectors (health, WASH, Nutrition) At least three Regional Offices providing technical assistance to UNICEF Country Offices on prevention of child injuries and on environmental health. The focus will be on integration within Primary Health Care (PHC), and within UNICEF supported programmes at subnational and community levels. Mainstreaming of child injuries prevention and healthy built environments in national policies, strategies and plans supported in 10 countries.

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

An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in medicine, public health, environmental health, environmental planning, built environment, urban planning and/or in relevant field is required. A minimum of five (5) years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels with focus on child injury prevention is required. Familiarity with the global landscape and partners in child injuries prevention and healthy built environments is highly desired. Familiarity with the United Nations System is an asset. Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

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

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visitUNICEF’s Entitlements’ page. If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator

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.

This vacancy is archived.

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