Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
And we never give up.
For every child, an MCHA Champion
Sierra Leone’ health care system has been facing significant challenges in delivering even the basic package of essential health services (BPEHS), which translates into the persistently poor health and development indicators. Indeed, the country currently has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world at 1,165 per 100,000 live births. Neonatal, infant and child mortality ratios are also amongst the highest at 33, 83, and 114 per 1,000 live births, respectively. At an average of 4.78 children born per woman, total fertility rate in Sierra Leone is high.
The civil war, which lasted from 1991 - 2002, left the country’s health system with some serious constraints in the areas of infrastructure, human resource capacity, policy and legislation amongst others, affecting the access and quality of care at all levels and particularly for the marginalized and disadvantaged communities.
Series of sporadic outbreak of diseases including cholera, diarrhea and vomiting and most recently Ebola viral disease further aggravated the situation. The Ebola outbreak recorded as the worst-ever disease outbreak in recent history killed over 3,800 people in Sierra Leone and infected more than 12,000 over the course of the year. The health workers were disproportionately affected by this disaster: 296 healthcare workers were infected, and of which, 221 lost their lives including 11 physicians. The high death rate of health care workers amongst others, brought an already weak and fragile health system to jeopardy by further causing the chronic shortage of these professionals.
How can you make a difference?
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The technical competencies required for this post are:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.