The Assistant Public Health Officer is a member of a multidisciplinary team and contributes to UNHCR's public health programmes to meet minimum UNHCR and global health standards in order to minimise avoidable morbidity and mortality among populations of concern and towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The incumbent contributes to the coordination, planning, and monitoring of public health programmes and responses including the collection and use of health and nutrition-related data, capacity building of UNHCR personnel and partners, advocacy, information and communication on public health-related issues.
The Assistant Public Health Officer supports consultation with communities seeking the diverse views of men, women, girl and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, LGBTI persons, persons with disabilities, including people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, in assessing needs, designing, implementing and monitoring responses in line with UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and diversity mainstreaming.
Public Health programmes include primary health care, secondary health care, community health, reproductive health (including HIV), nutrition, MHPSS and health information systems. In addition to public health staff, major operations may also have dedicated staff focusing on any of these components but public health officers are expected to be very conversant with reproductive health programming and ensure that minimum standards are met. Direct supervision is usually exercised by the Programme Officer who defines the objectives and assignments to be performed and provides regular guidance to the incumbent. S/he works closely with the other UNHCR colleagues from protection, programme, resettlement, public information and external relations.