Assistant Public Health Officer


Community & Social Services

Unspecified KSh Confidential
3 weeks ago

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Job Description/Requirements


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Desired Candidate Profile

The Candidate should be able to advocate for inclusion of refugees in government health and nutrition plans and policies. He/she have a good understanding of humanitarian-development nexus in the refugee context.

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Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

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Nature of Position:

The Assistant Public Health Officer (PHO), in Sub-Office Kakuma, will contribute to providing health services and ensuring coordinated implementation of Health, Nutrition and HIV activities with the participation of beneficiaries and improving access to the public health care system for sustainability. The Asst PHO will ensure that health, HIV/AIDS and nutrition/food security interventions meet the minimum UNHCR and international standards, by closely working with the Ministry of Health and implementing partners. S/He supports and provides guidance to the network of Kakuma health focal points and officers and provides a forum for initiatives and innovations in providing health services in the complex security situation. The Asst PHO plays a crucial role in inter-sectoral, planning, and monitoring including data analysis and evaluation, capacity-building of partners, and advocacy, information and communication on public health-related issues with the County Governments including UNHCR engagement on the design, implementation and coordination of the Health component of the Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Plan (KISEDP). S/he ensures that there are no gaps or overlaps in implementation. The Asst PHO will also play the lead role in both technical and coordination roles to work with the county government Ministry of Health and partners in the event of any activities related to outbreak control. The Asst PHO will be facilitating the roll-out of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) in the refugee context of Turkana West by closely working with the NHIF, MoH and UNHCR Public Health Team.

Living and Working Conditions:

The current Security Level in the SRM Area 1A: Northern Rift Valley (Kakuma, Lodwar) is Moderate -3. All United Nations personnel must comply with UNDSS procedures and recommendations during their assignment to Kakuma, Kenya. Thefts and burglary are the main incidents against UN personnel. Kakuma city is a non-family duty station with a hardship classified E, its living conditions are difficult, but the social climate is calm. The weather is hot, dry, and sunny hence no heavy clothes would be recommended. Windy storms are common during the months of December and more pronounced in January till March. UNHCR national staff can arrange their own accommodation or chose to reside in UNHCR Kakuma compound. Family members cannot reside or visit in the compound. The compound was constructed in 2001, houses were renovated several times and are in generally acceptable conditions. All houses have basic amenities and internet is available. UNHCR compound also includes a cafeteria, a gym, and a secure running path. There is an airstrip in Kakuma with regular humanitarian flights to Nairobi by UNHAS. The nearest public airport is in Lodwar.

The medical facilities in Kakuma are limited. JMS clinic is available in the UNHCR compound as well as several public hospitals in Kakuma town and Kakuma camp. The yellow fever vaccine is compulsory and vaccination cards should be updated. Vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. The basic drugs are available in pharmacies, but it is recommended to bring specific prescription drugs.

Kakuma camp is close to UNHCR compound, Kalobeyei settlement is half an hour drive away. There are no security restrictions on working in the camps. County authorities are located in Lodwar, some 2.5 hours away. The closest border crossing is Nadapal. Police escort is required for UNHCR missions to Lodwar and Nadapal. 2.5 hours away. The closest border crossing is Nadapal. Police escort is required for UNHCR missions to Lodwar and Nadapal. 2.5 hours away. The closest border crossing is Nadapal. Police escort is required for UNHCR missions to Lodwar and Nadapal.

Additional Qualifications

EL-Monitoring and Evaluation, MD-Reproductive Health, PH-Community Health-Health Data Collection/Analysis/Interpretation, PH- Public Health Epidemiology, UN-UN/UNHCR Mandate and Global Strategic PrioritiesBachelor of Arts (BA): Medical Doctor, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Medical Science, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Medicine, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Nursing, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Public Health


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration

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