Vacancy Notice No. VA/BGDCO/UNOPS/018/2019

Title of Post
Public Health Associate (SRH) Category/grade LICA-6
Post Number
1 (one) Type of contract UNOPS Local Individual Contractor - for 6 months
Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh Date of Issue 6 August 2019
The effective date of assignment
As soon as possible Closing Date 24 August 2019


UNHCR Bangladesh is currently supporting 22 primary health care facilities through its partners. These include 24/7 primary health care centres as well as health posts providing outpatient care. In 2019 more than 254,000 consultations were provided so far and 2,440 patients referred to secondary health care facilities. Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services are an integral part of the primary health care services provide and are currently being upscaled. Services supported through partners include among others familiy planning, antenatal and postnatal care and skilled delivery.

The post holder will work in close cooperation with other team members of the public health unit and NGO partners to ensure that clinical and outreach services are in line with national and international standards.

Functional Statement:

The Public Health Associate (SRH) supports the UNHCR public health response in Cox's Bazar to minimise avoidable mortality and morbidity among populations of concern. Direct supervision and guidance is received from the Public Health Officer (PHO). The incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework on SRH related matters at camp level. The incumbent provides technical guidance to partners through monitoring, supervision and the direct implementation of trainings. The incumbent will visit the refugees camps daily.

Detailed responsibilities include:

- Regularly monitor the performance of the implementing partner in providing quality SRH services at camp health facilities in accordance with (inter-) national guidelines and protocols. This will include established processes in reproductive and newborn health , emergency obstetric care, health information and education, and medical referrals to government hospitals.
- Regularly monitor SRH related community health outreach activities in accordance with the Community Health Worker Guidance note.
- Promote a comprehensive and innovative approach to community engagement at different levels to enhance the uptake of SRH services.
- Regularly monitor the quality and effectiveness of SRH services in camps, and report his/her findings and observations to Public Health Officer.
- Conduct capacity building activities for partners and refugee health officials.
- Establish and maintain effective communication with health partners and other relevant entities at camp level.
- Actively contribute to internal and external reporting
- Perform any other related duties required.

Monitoring and Progress Controls:

- Uptake of clinical SRH services increased
- Clinical protocolls are available in all facilities and staff are trained in them

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

- Medical degree (midwife, nurse, medical doctor)
- Minimum 6 years of previous relevant job experience
- Working experience in provision of SRH services
- Experience in working in refugee context will be an asset

Desirable Qualifications & Required Competencies:

- Experience in community facilitation
- Knowledge of Chittagonian and/ or Rohingya language
- Knowledge of UNHCR systems and standards
- Very good written and oral English language skills
- Good computer skills (Office)
- Excellent communication and facilitation skills
- Ability to work in a team and with persons of different nationalities
- Very good knowledge of national and international SRH standards
- Experience in conducting trainings
- Experience in community facilitation


External candidates: External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country. Completed and relevant university education can count as a maximum 50% of the required years of work experience.


A competitive compensation and benefits package are offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org

Submission of Applications:

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit their applications with fully complete and signed Personal History Form and Supplementary Pages via online: UNHCR Bangladesh Job Portal www.unhcr.io/jobs.

Personal History Form not submitted in UNHCR format as well as not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. UNCHR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO).

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