Category Host entity Country
Health Service Continuity UN Volunteer Int. Specialist WHO Senegal

Health Service Continuity UN Volunteer

Health Service Continuity UN Volunteer

International Specialist
Host entity
Location, Country
Dakar (SEN)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
6 months with possiblity of extension
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Health Service Continuity Team Leader or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer in charge of continuation of essential health services will work with the HSC Team Lead and the HSC M&E expert at the Regional Office, ISTs and Nairobi and Dakar Hubs, to support Member States to maintain essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies.

Main tasks:

  • Support the adaptation of the global guidance of continuity of essential health services to African context and disseminate it through IMST and WCO Health Systems Focal points in all 47 Countries;
  • Support countries in monitoring the disruption of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic response and other emergencies;
  • Support the development, implementation and monitoring of plans to overcome the disruption of essential health service at the country level;
  • Work with relevant bodies and agencies to ensure alignment of existing plans and strategies at country level with health services managers at sub-national and district health systems on routine essential healthcare service continuity (facilities, personnel, medicines, supplies, medical devices);
  • Support assessment of the impact of Covid19 on health system performance in delivering essential health services
  • Support the leadership of the Health Service Continuity SWG in planning and implementing all the activities of the SWG.
  • Elaborate a periodic report on the disruption of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic response and other emergencies
  • Ensure any task related to her/his competencies requested by the supervisor

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take an active part in UNV activities (for instance, in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Provide annual and end-of-assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments
  • Post-graduate degree in Public Health or International/global health.
  • Degree in medicine or other health professions
Required experience
36 Months
Experience remark
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in the development, implementation and assessment of health service delivery programmes at sub-national, national and international levels,
  • Experience working as district health manager or similar position, and/or experience in an international organization/WHO preferably in resource-limited countries, as well as experience in facilitating consultations.
  • Other relevant programmes; experience with WHO is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;
Language skills
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
Public health, General human medicine (with clinical experience), Other development programme/project experience
Area of expertise details
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health systems strengthening, complemented by expertise in district health systems and services policies, strategies and operations.
  • Demonstrated skills in the field of service delivery systems especially in developing, implementing and evaluating service delivery programmes, quality, safety and resilience
  • Proven negotiating and interpersonal skills with the ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner while ensuring effective work practices and ethics;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Health mapper, etc.), emails/internet and office technology equipment;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 20-04-2021