National Consultant Emergency Health, Buea, Cameroon, SBC section, 11 months

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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

UNICEF has been working in Cameroon since 1975 to allow women and children to fully realize their rights to development without restriction, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF provides financial and technical support to Cameroon across seven areas to fully realize the rights of women and children. These areas include Health, HIV/AIDS, Water-sanitation-Hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection, and social inclusion. UNICEF focuses mainly on children and the most vulnerable and excluded families. Cameroon’s 2020 population is estimated at 26,545,863 people according to UN data. The population is young and generates strong socioeconomic demand. In rural areas, limited access to basic social services and the effects of climate change lead to household impoverishment and severe child deprivations. The task is immense but not insurmountable; it requires the energy of all stakeholders in Cameroon and outside of Cameroon: also, women, men, youth and children, government, technical and financial partners, donors, civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians, and communities. Everyone is invited to participate in the struggle to meet the challenges ahead. Together, we will act for Cameroon, a country that summarizes the challenges and hopes of Africa.

To learn more about UNICEF Cameroon, use the below link

How can you make a difference? 

Under the supervision of the Chief of the BUEA ZONAL Office, and in close collaboration with the Health Section, the Emergency Health Specialist will have primary responsibility for ensuring the implementation and monitoring of the emergency Health response in the North-West and South-West regions.

Task and Responsibility

Coordination, both internal and external

  • Participate in UNICEF technical coordination meetings at the centralized (Yaoundé, when applicable) and decentralized levels (North-West and South-West regions if applicable);
  • Ensure that key information (e.g. strategic and emerging issues, needs) is shared in a timely and concise manner with the Field Operations and Health Departments, as well as with all other relevant departments (e.g. Protection and WASH departments);
  • Participate and represent UNICEF in the decentralized coordination of Health fora (e.g. governmental fora, Health Se tor group meetings, OCHA meetings); By humanitarian principles and UNICEF’s mandate, ensure that UNICEF health emergency programs are well-known by all the stakeholders in the North-West and South-West regions
  • Coordinate response in both regions, northwest and southwest regions


  • Ensure that Partnerships with civil-society organizations are developed, reviewed, finalized, and followed up (including budget and expenditure monitoring).
  • Provide technical support to UNICEF implementing partners and NGOs in developing and implementing the Health emergency response
  • Monitor partnerships implementation and reporting by objectives and deliverables set out in the agreements.
  • Provide technical assistance to NGOs and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the implementation of their activities
  • Document activities being implemented with the support of the Partnership, Advocacy, and Communication

Implementation of strategies, reporting in line with the CCC

  • Provide key high-impact health interventions for mother, newborn, and child which are
  • Protection of children aged 0 – 15 years both boys and girls against measles and vaccine-preventable diseases for routine immunization.
  • Protection of Pregnant women and newborns is against maternal and neonatal tetanus through the Tetanus diphtheria vaccine.
  • Ensuring that children under five are treated for the three-main killer in children: diarrhea with ORS and zinc, malaria with ACTs after diagnosis with a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT), pneumonia with amoxicillin
  • Protection of pregnant women, mothers, and their children against malaria
  • Provide weekly updates on the humanitarian response activities in the Southwest and North-West regions, and other reports as requested (Weekly, monthly sit reps, donors’, bulletin reports…)

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

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, social sciences, or related subject areas
  • A working minimum experience of 5 years of experience of progressive experience at operational or intermediary levels of the health system
  • Recognized abilities to organize and implement training strategic planning, situation analysis, documentation, monitoring, supervision, evaluation of health interventions, research
  • Proven skills in communication and social behavior change, networking, advocacy, and negotiation.
  • Experience and competencies in emergency and humanitarian responses in difficult and security-compromised settings is an advantage
  • Working with a UN agency and/or other relevant actors, on programming in Health in Emergencies is an added value
  • Fluency in French and English is required
  • Given the security and working context, we strongly recommend candidates from the Northwest or Southwest region

Note: Candidates should ensure to:

  • Attached a cover letter – highlighting their suitability and experience for the job
  • CV or P11 form
  •  Indicate their ability, availability, and rate (monthly) expressed in US$  to undertake the terms of reference. 

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

 To view our competency framework, please visit  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.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 


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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.