EOI – Research Specialist, P3, Kinshasa, DRC


Job no: 556303
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Goma
Level: P-3
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Categories: Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

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, Survival

In spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 176th out of 188 countries in the 2015 human development report. Child poverty is widespread, particularly in conflict-affected and hard-to reach areas. According to a recent UNICEF study, 80 percent of children aged zero to 15 years old experience at least two major child rights deprivations. Despite sustained growth in recent years, the size of DRC’s economy remains far too small to provide enough government revenue to meet the basic needs of the population, children in particular. Since 2016, political instability, the persistence of conflicts in Eastern DRC and a sharp fall in global commodity prices have been aggravating factors.

How can you make a difference?

The Research Specialist, P3, will work to support operational IOA (Integrated Outbreak Analytics) studies under the MoH and with partners to improve the use of evidence in public health response. The role is to work specifically in government capacity strengthening, operational analytics and working with partners (government, NGO and others) to collaborate evidence and ensure it can be communicated in ways which can result in action.

The IOA objectives:

  1. To drive comprehensive, accountable, and effective public health and clinical strategies for outbreak management and control;
  2. To produce data from multiple disciplinary perspectives that can rapidly and systematically inform operational decisions;
  3. To drive a holistic understanding of outbreak dynamics, and highlight the impacts of both the outbreak and response control interventions;
  4. To advance local-and national level mechanisms and methods for relevant, useful, and rapid evidence-generation;
  5. To build, strengthen and scale-up local, sub-national and national capacity to conduct IOA.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities

  • Support the implementation of the IOA annual workplan, developed with the MoH (provincial levels).
  • Coach, oversee and support field teams in how to turn evidence into action through the co-development of evidence-based recommendations and actions together with implementation partners.
  • Regularly deployed to new locations to set up rapid IOA studies and support based on needs and to return to existing study location to monitor the use of evidence and capacity strengthen.
  • Oversee the country-wide monitoring of evidence use by disease, location, study and over time. Ensure IOA results are shared across multiple levels/ actors (civil society, NGOs, national and international partner meetings) to facilitate use of evidence and actively participate in various coordination meetings, representing the IOA-MoH.
  • Lead and support the MoH in the set-up of provincial level IOA Cells (training on IOA methods, including evidence use).
  • Report and technical writing (presentations, briefs, etc) and knowledge management/ sharing.

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

  • An advanced university degree in social science with focus in the field of: epidemiology, public health, anthropology or another relevant technical field.
  • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement Integrated Outbreak Analytics and operational research/ evidence use in humanitarian programming.
  • Minimum 5 years operational outbreak/public health research, working in humanitarian and development programme response (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.
  • Must have worked in public health response (programming and research)
  • Must have demonstrated experience using evidence for action
  • Must have experience working in partnership with MoH
  • Must have experience managing national and international teams
  • Must have experience in both social sciences and epidemiology
  • Developing results presentations and reports
  • Experience working in public health emergencies is required. Specific experience is using evidence to inform outbreak and humanitarian response is required
  • Experience working in health research in humanitarian or development programmes is required.
  • Working in data science (R, SPSS) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

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 here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


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 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.

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