The UNHCR Representation in Bangladesh




UNHCR Bangladesh invites applications from qualified candidates for the following position:

Title of Post :

Public Health Officer (PN 10016515)

Location : UNHCR Sub Office, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Number of vacancies : 1
Duration : Initially for a period of one year
Date of Entry on Duty : As soon as possible
Category and Level :

National Officer - NOA (Fixed Term Appointment)

Closing Date : 19 November 2017


The Public Health Officer supports UNHCR efforts in the country operation and ensures that international minimum standards for health are met to minimise avoidable mortality and morbidity among populations of concern. The Public Health Officer plays a key role in the coordination of health and HIV activities in the operation.

Direct supervision and guidance is received from the Senior Programme Officer and from Senior Emergency Ops Coordinator. The incumbent supervises a small team of national staff. Close functional linkages and technical guidance will be established with the Senior Regional Public Health Officer.

In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugees and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of health services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally.

The incumbent of the position will oversee and supervise the Public Health programmes in the country, and provide strong technical guidance to partners, monitor and evaluate the programmes and lead health coordination meetings. The incumbent will demonstrate strong representational, networking and negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders such as the Government counterparts, UN Agencies and donor communities.



  • Mortality and morbidity among the refugee population is maintained under international standards.
  • A viable standard Health Information System is in place for data collection, analysis and interpretation to serve as evidence base for planning and interventions.
  • Assessment missions and surveys are adequately conducted and implemented.
  • Health coordination meetings are conducted with all relevant partners.


1. Ensure, in close co-ordination with other humanitarian actors, that public health, reproductive health, and HIV services provided to refugees are based on Ministry of Health, UNHCR and/or internationally recognised and most up-to-date standards and policies.

  • Ensure that national and internationally accepted and relevant standards and policies are applied and adapted in close coordination with the host country and relevant UN agencies and partners in order to guide the provision of essential public health services (preventative and curative, including , Reproductive Health and HIV services).
  • Establish and/or adapt UNHCR internal guidelines and procedures to streamline inputs and improve efficiency of programme activities through integrated public health response also taking into account crucial services such as water and sanitation.
  • Promote applied research and programme evaluation to enable the identification of gaps in programme implementation and standards, and to further promote evidence-based activities and guidance.
  • Identify gaps and overlaps in programming, address unmet needs, and orient existing activities to address priority public health issues.
  • Promote inter-sectoral coordination outside and within UNHCR in all matters related to public health programmes.
  • Undertake needs and resources assessments with Governments and partners in order to prioritise needs and activities in provision of services to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR.
  • Standardise approaches to disease control related to cross-border population movements between UNHCR country offices and between UNHCR and health partners and other UN bodies.

2. Monitor and evaluate country-level public health and nutrition programmes against standard UNHCR and international indicators to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner.

  • Actively involved in all aspects of programme monitoring and evaluation with emphasis on checking levels of implementation and impact vis-à-vis resource inputs to measure cost-effectiveness and re-orient the  programmes as appropriate
  • Monitor health and nutrition programme with emphasis on:
    • Organisation and use of UNHCR’s Health Information System.
    • Application of standard guidelines and protocols.
    • Comprehensiveness of health programme.
  • Apply various mechanisms and tools to ensure proper monitoring including:
    • Site visits.
    • Regular flow of information (reporting).
    • Conventional/non-conventional surveys and evaluation studies.
    • Coordination meetings with health implementing partners.
    • Providing technical support and guidance to partners where required.
    • Data analysis and interpretation.

3. Support capacity building initiatives so that refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR, UNHCR and its partners acquire the needed knowledge, skills, and sense of responsibility and ownership of programmes.

  • Support health and nutrition focal points and coordinators to develop training plan, organise and act as resource persons in workshops and training both in-service (formal) and on the job (coaching)
  • Share with local and international partners on the ground relevant guidelines and information materials on refugee health including reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and nutrition materials
  • Support the establishment of Refugee Health and HIV Committees to enable their active participation in process of health planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Advocate, inform, and communicate amongst stakeholders to ensure that refugee health and nutrition issues are addressed and that their health and nutritional needs and status of refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR are appropriately documented and disseminated
  • Promote information sharing on all aspects related to health, reproductive health and HIV.
  • Ensure regular updates and share information within UNHCR as well as with relevant government, UN and partners and donor communities in the host country on their health status and needs.

4. Perform other related duties as required.


  • Provide guidance on the overall strategy and focus of public health programmes in the country operation.
  • Represent UNHCR in Health Coordination meetings.


  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Public Health or related field.
  • At least 6 years of relevant experience in progressively responsible functions.
  • Knowledgeable of the latest developments and technology in Public Health, Nutrition, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS.
  • Proven technical and managerial competence in emergency public health programming.
  • Ability to promote good working relationships among colleagues, supervisors, and those persons s/he supervises.
  • Ability for analytical and creative thinking for rapid solution(s).
  • Good communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to deal with S/M of different cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of local institutions.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. (In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of UN working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)

***For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.


  • Experience working with refugees/displaced persons.
  • International public health experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of Chittagonian and/or Rohingya language

Submission of application:

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit their applications with complete Personal History Form (P11) and motivation letter via online UNHCR Bangladesh Job Portal

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for an interview and written test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.

UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

Deadline for submission of application: 19 November 2017.