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Assistant Health/Nutrition Officer (UNOPS Contract),El Fasher
UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is seeking for qualified candidate to fill the following post:
 


 Type of Contract: UNOPS Individual Contractor
 Section/Unit: Programme
 Grade Level: LICA 8
 Duty Station: El Fasher
 Duration: 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2021
 Closing Date: 07 Nov 2020

 
 Background:

1. General Background 

 

The Assistant Health/Nutrition Officer is a member of a multidisciplinary team and will ensure that UNHCR's Health/Nutrition programmes meet minimum UNHCR and global health standards in order to minimise avoidable morbidity and mortality among populations of concern (POC) and towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The incumbent will be expected to provide strong and timely technical guidance to UNHCR management and partners including on the design and scope of UNHCR’s responses in health and nutrition, catalyses the engagement of other actors, supports resource mobilisation efforts and monitors the response. S/he has close contacts with internal and external stakeholders such as government counterparts, UN Agencies and NGOs.

 

The Assistant Health/Nutrition Officer will ensure consultation with communities seeking the diverse views of men, women, girls and boys, adolescents, youth, older 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.

 

The Assistant Health/Nutrition Officer will be under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer and has a functional line with the Public Health Unit in Khartoum regarding authoritative guidance and support in technical matters.

 

2. Operational Context

 

There are over 3 million Persons of Concern in Sudan out of which some 1 million are refugees and asylum seekers and 2.4 million are IDPs. The South Sudanese refugees are the largest community with over 815,000 persons living across Sudan, followed by 121,000 Eritreans. Over 70% of the refugees are hosted in urban areas among host population and 30% in camps and settlements. The UNHCR operation responds to the needs of refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, Sudanese refugee and IDP returnees and stateless persons. UNHCR leads the inter-sectoral response to the South Sudan refugee response through the Refugee Coordination Model (RCM), and works with a variety of implementing partners (Government, UN, International, National NGOs and Community Based Organizations). The Assistant Health/Nutrition Officer will oversee the implementation of Public Health, Nutrition, HIV and reproductive health programs across all the Darfur States.

 



 
 Duties and responsibilities:

Coordination and Partnership

  • Assist in the co-ordination of Public Health, reproductive health, nutrition and HIV activities in Darfur states in support of the government’s responses and in conjunction with other UN agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other partners, including development actors to ensure delivery of Public Health and Nutrition services to beneficiaries (POC   and host community) meet UNHCR and /or nationally recognized and most up-to-date standards and policies.
  • With support from the supervisor, support the Operation to define the level and scope of UNHCR’s involvement in Public Health and Nutrition responses in terms of overall and operational objectives during emergency situations and beyond.
  • In line with the Global Compact on Refugees work with governments and humanitarian and development partners to ensure a complementary approach to meet the health needs of POCs.
  • Represent UNHCR in health coordination and other meetings including inter-sectoral groups such as Technical Working Groups for MHPSS and nutrition.
  • Support operational collaboration with WFP including the implementation of Joint Assessment Missions and corresponding Joint Plans of Action in line with global commitments on targeting of assistance to meet basic needs and data sharing to support assistance distribution (in collaboration with programme and protection colleagues),
  • Support emergency responses to new refugee influxes or outbreaks or other situations in line with the Public Health Emergency Toolkit and UNHCR’s Emergency Handbook and the SPHERE Handbook.

Strategic planning and development

  • Contribute to the implementation of UNHCR’s Strategic Plan for Public Health and adaptation at country level.
  • Work with others in UNHCR to advocate for refugees, returnees and other POC’s access to local public health, reproductive health (RH) and HIV, MHPSS and nutrition services (including food assistance where relevant) and lobby for inclusion of refugees, returnees and other POC as a specific group in government policies and plans related to health, RH and HIV as well as major donor programmes such as the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.
  • Contribute to Public health strategies addressing known gaps in health and nutrition programming based on country-specific needs assessments with due consideration to neonatal and maternal health care, TB and viral hepatitis, palliative care, health services for LGBTI individuals, health and protection services for persons selling sex and programming for persons with disabilities including access to assistive technologies and appropriate associated services.
  • Support the monitoring of country specific medium to long term inclusion plans in support of the Ministry of Health and other relevant Ministries (e.g. Social Welfare) and in partnership with development and other actors.
  • Work with stakeholders, including UN agencies, NGOs, Ministries of Health and academic institutions in the development of public health response plans associated with refugee movements (including in repatriation programmes).
  • Maintain and update contingency plans within the AOR for potential epidemics, refugee and returnee movements.

Technical integrity and risk mitigation

  • Update and disseminate standard practices on Public Health, MHPSS, nutrition, HIV and reproductive health among partners.
  • Support the prioritization of primary health care (including preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care)
  • Monitor, in close co-ordination with other humanitarian actors, that health care services provided to POC are based on Ministry of Health, UNHCR and/or internationally recognized and most up-to-date standards and policies.
  • Support the adaptation of UNHCR internal operating procedures to ensure they are in line with UNHCR and/or international standards and improve efficiency of programme activities; this includes - but is not limited to - referral health care, medicines and medical supplies procurement and management, medical resettlement and resettlement of persons with health needs, cash-based assistance for health care coverage and referral between units and inter-sectoral collaboration.
  • Monitor and support compliance with, and integrity of, all Public Health standard operating procedures in conjunction with Project Control and Programme staff and in line with delegated authorities, including flagging to senior managers when these are not in line with global guidance or not being followed.

Collaboration

  • Support linkages of Public Health to WASH programmes throughout all stages of the programme cycle including in outbreak preparedness and response, emergency responses to refugee influxes, WASH in health facilities, and menstrual hygiene management.
  • Support inter-sector collaboration throughout all stages of programme cycle between public health and nutrition with WASH, education, environment, shelter, and protection in order to promote synergies and maximize impact.
  • Assist with the review and analysis of relevant project proposals and budgetary submissions presented by UNHCR partners within the context of the UNHCR programming cycle.
  • Seek the diverse views of men, women, girls and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities and LGBTI in assessing needs, designing, implementing and monitoring responses in line with UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and diversity mainstreaming.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the UNHCR Health Information System and other relevant data collection tools including the balanced scorecard, maternal and neonatal death audits, Health Access and Utilization Survey and other corporate tools where relevant; support the analysis, interpretation and use of public health data.
  • Advocate for the inclusion of refugees and other POC in national surveys such as demographic and health surveys, multi-indicator cluster surveys, AIDS indicator surveys including where possible a separate sample for refugees allowing for comparisons and trend analysis over time.
  • Support national health systems to disaggregate data by refugee and nationals in key areas based on country specific needs in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Assist in the monitoring of public health and nutrition programmes against standard UNHCR and international indicators, to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner.
  • Support the planning, implementation, analysis, dissemination and use of nutritional surveys (Standardized Expanded Nutrition Surveys, SENS), health-related surveys and post-distribution monitoring exercises (in collaboration with WFP).
  • In line with policies for Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) ensure POC have access to feedback and accountability mechanisms relating to public health and nutrition services including the collection and analysis of data on their satisfaction with regards to public health and nutrition services.
  • Draft regular sectoral reports and submit material for preparation of periodic project monitoring reports as required by the office at country level.
  • Provide timely updates to enable adequate reporting and briefings to donors and management.

Capacity Building

  • Support capacity strengthening of UNHCR and its implementing partners to address public health, nutrition, reproductive health, HIV, MHPSS programming in a co-ordinated, multi-sectoral way and disseminate relevant guidelines and information materials.
  • Undertake and/or support capacity building needs assessments of UNHCR staff and partners and develop approaches to address capacity gaps including identifying internal and external training opportunities.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 

4. Monitoring and Progress Controls

 

  • Reports and outputs as stated above are submitted regularly and on-time.
  • Other allocated tasks assigned are completed timely

 


 
 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

a. Education

 

  • 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree.
  • Field(s) of Education: Medicine, Medical Science, Medical Doctor, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant field.
  • Very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.

 

 

b. Relevant Job Experience

 

Essential

  • Knowledge of public health, reproductive health and nutrition.
  • Experience in use of health and nutrition monitoring tools such as the Health Information System.
  • Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of public health.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal technical training.
  • Good communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiations skills
  • Proficiency in computer software such as MS Access, Epi Info, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in hardship conditions.

 

Desirable

  • Previous professional work with refugees and other populations of concern to UNHCR with UNHCR, NGO's and / or UN agencies.
  • Additional qualifications in Nutrition and WASH and a thorough understanding of the linkages with Public Health and Food security.
  • Experience in project cycle management and working with diverse range of partners.

 

 

c. Competency Requirements

 

Core Competencies

Accountability

Communication

Organizational Awareness

Teamwork & Collaboration

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Client & Result Orientation

 

Managerial Competencies

Empowering and Building Trust

Judgement and Decision Making

Managing resources

 

Cross-Functional Competencies

Analytical Thinking

Planning and Organizing

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Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Candidate Assessments may include a written examination followed by a Competency Based Interview.

 








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