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Health Officer (HPV Adolescent & Social Mobilization) at the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) - 2 Openings

Posted on Fri 26th May, 2023 - --- (0 comments)

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Health Officer (HPV Adolescent & Social Mobilization)

Job no: 562386
Locations: Abuja & Kano
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Level: NO-2
Categories: Health

For every Child, Health

  • In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children's rights in partnership with government, civil society, children, and families.  
  • UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally - click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria:


  • UNICEF Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, Nigeria is seeking a passionate and committed person to work in the role of Health Officer and invites applications from highly motivated and committed persons who want to contribute to results for children.
  • If you are that person, we encourage you to apply and become part of a highly motivated and committed team.

How can you make a Difference?

  • Under the general guidance of the Health Manager -Immunization and oversight from the Chief of Health and HIV and in close collaboration with the Chief of SBC section chief Gender & Development Manager, the incumbent will be part of the HPV introduction TWG at national/state levels to support the effective and efficient rollout of the vaccine, technical support is required to facilitate strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the process.
  • Meaningful youth engagement of young people, the incumbent shall support the development of communication messages, taking into consideration their ideas and aspirations, identify key/relevant influencers and gatekeepers, platforms, modalities of service delivery, and what and how to integrate additional youth-friendly services.
  • The adolescent health and social mobilization technical support shall link the wider state immunization/health education team with the adolescent and youth-friendly voices (youth groups), gatekeepers (parents, religious and community leaders, government and policymakers, etc), and platforms (schools, health facilities, youth-friendly centers).

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

  • Support strategic micro planning meetings, and co-creation sessions with adolescents and young people for detailed state and LGA level roll-out plan
  • Support the States to integrate adolescent girl-centered approaches for the planning of demand-generation activities for the introduction of HPV to the selected states through UNICEF Field Offices
  • Support the state communication and social mobilization teams to produce and implement an evidence-based, integrated Adolescent, demand generation and mobilization plan for the NVI
  • Support the state ACSM (Advocacy, Communication, and Social Mobilization) working group for the HPV campaign to support the development of adolescent-friendly social media messages.
  • Support identification and coordination of state-level and LGA-level stakeholders (education, women affairs, NGOs, faith-based, youth, etc.) for community engagement, mobilization, mapping of adolescent-friendly platforms, networks, and enumeration of eligible girls in and out of school.
  • Support the LGA team to Identify facilities and map catchment areas for facility-led community outreaches (hub and spoke model)
  • Work with and mobilize Adolescent and Young People (AYP) platforms at national and state levels to ensure meaningful engagement of AYP in the design and development of innovative IEC materials, roll-out, monitoring, and documentation of the HPV campaigns.
  • Support integration of the HPV campaign into multi-media campaigns initiated by UNICEF (especially leveraging YAaHNaija, U Report, and Genu platforms), NPHCDA, and state government teams as directed by the immunization /Adolescent team leads at the national and field offices.
  • Identify AYP/AYP-friendly social media influencers for an intensive AYP-friendly campaign- ensuring the engagement and widespread mobilization of a major/existing network of young people 
  • Provide technical guidance in the design, review, and dissemination of messages and materials and ensure they are AYP-friendly, gender-sensitive, and culturally acceptable.
  • Facilitate capacity building of various stakeholders in the states on the roll-out Adolescent friendly messages and activities for the successful implementation of the HPV campaign
  • Support the Design and implementation of a knowledge management plan for innovative documentation and reporting of every stage of the campaign – including dashboards, infographics, human interest stories, etc
  • Provide technical assistance to the State Communication/Social Mobilization Technical Working Groups on updating the weekly dashboard
  • Provide updates to NTWG, UNICEF Field, and Country Offices by completing daily and weekly updates through the Field Offices and providing any other updates on request.
  • Attend communication/social mobilization meetings and workshops as directed by supervisors, HPV TWG, and as required by the state teams.
  • Monitor, and track print and social media mention of HPV activities in the States.
  • Conduct any other task as assigned by your supervisor.

To Qualify as an Advocate for Every Child you will have

  • Advanced University Degree in Social and Behavioral Change Communication, Public Health, or other Social / Behavioral sciences or Community Health area (Health Promotion, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education, bio-Medical Sciences, Public Health) or related area, with emphasis on participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, participatory research required.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience in public/adolescent health or community health and Social and Behavioral Change Communication, the planning and management of social communication programs, including immunization required.
  • Background in public health and strong management skills would be highly considered.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the major Nigeria local Languages is of added value.

For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF's core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS), and Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1).

Application Closing Date
8th June, 2023. W. Central Africa Standard Time.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).
  • Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, if medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
  • Applicants should indicate their preferred duty station in the cover letter.


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