Fast Track Procedure: Programme Specialist SRH in Emergency, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, P-3
Position: Fast Track Procedure: Programme Specialist SRH in Emergency
Location: Bahir Dar , Ethiopia
Job title:Sexual Reproductive Health in Emergency Programme Specialist
Position Number: 00175439
Location: Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Full/Part time: Full Time
Fixed term/Temporary: Temporary Appointment
Rotational/Non Rotational: Non-Rotational
Duration: 364 days
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Ethiopia Country Office Humanitarian Programme Coordinator, the Sexual Reproductive Health in Emergency (SRHie) Programme Specialist will be part of the UNFPA Humanitarian Response Team under the overall direction of the UNFPA Ethiopia Country Office Representative and programmatic guidance of the Deputy Representative. The SRHie Specialist will be the focal person for coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Ethiopia country office SRHie programme. The SRHie Specialist will work closely with the focal persons in the State Ministries of Health and County Health Department, the implementing partners as well as sister UN agencies (OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, WFP and WHO) to ensure the provision of life-saving SRH services including HIV and GBV to the vulnerable population in the affected regions of the country.
How Sexual Reproductive Health Programme Specialist can make a difference:
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
In recent times, Ethiopia has been affected by various shocks, including violent conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic, drought, desert locusts, and floods. Since the end of 2017, violent conflict has emerged as a significant driver of humanitarian needs. This combination of multiple interlocked shocks is driving the humanitarian needs higher, particularly for those already marginalized and at risk. According to the 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), about 29.7 million people are estimated to need humanitarian assistance in 2022, including 23.9 million non-displaced and around 5.8 million displaced people. Indications are that the current drivers of humanitarian needs will continue to affect the country for the foreseeable future. UNFPA has a presence in a number of priority regions, delivering integrated life-saving Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender-based Violence programme.
The Sexual Reproductive Health in emergency programme specialist will lead the coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UNFPA’s SRHiE humanitarian programme in Amhara, Afar and Tigray regions in particular and in other regions in general. This will include the provision of high quality technical, advocacy and coordination support in order to ensure compliance with international standards. The programme specialist is directly responsible for the implementation and coordination of SRH programming with the state government, NGOs and civil society partners; representation of UNFPA in humanitarian coordination mechanisms.
The Sexual Reproductive Health Programme Specialist will be responsible for:
A. Panning and Programme Implementation:
- The SRHie Specialist will contribute to the planning for delivery of the SRHIE component of the humanitarian output based on CPD targets and ensure that they are included in various NEX/DEX WPs. This will include tracking and consolidating SRHie indicators on quarterly and annual basis in liaison with M&E.
- Prepare Annual Progress Report for the specific SRHie milestones and ensure their integration and input into SIS.
- Propose any revision in SRHie indicators, performance targets in line with CPD and UNFPA HRP targets and performance trends.
- Lobby for fund allocation, propose areas for resource mobilization and develop proposals to accelerate implementation for the specific output
- Ensure no duplication between fund codes provided to support implementation of the given output.
- Support to the timely submission follow-up and inputs to the of SRHie procurement plan
- Plan for and ensure timely and complete allocation of funds once released to the business unit/revenue account/AX1 ledger and ensure that the budgeted amount in Quantum matches the allocated amounts per funding agreement and the master budget.
- Ensure appropriate allocation of programmable funds under each grant supporting SRHie
- With Finance Focal Point, monitor fund code performance (budget/expenditure analysis) on monthly basis & propose any remedial actions, including following up subsequent disbursements from donors.
- Ensure that work plans and reports for the fund code are prepared and submitted on time to the donors/HQ and uploaded into DARTS as per schedule in signed financing agreement.
- Support IPs to fully implement its WP and achieve higher activity implementation rate and higher budget utilization/implementation rates, within allocated budgets
- Conduct/Lead rapid assessment/s of sexual reproductive health needs of the affected population and participate in joint UN assessments.
- Co-lead with national partners the sexual reproductive health technical working group under the Health Cluster that has been established for the response.
- Oversee (in collaboration with the Logistics/Procurement officer) procurement of emergency RH kits, equipment and medical supplies as well as dignity kits; develop a distribution plan to meet the needs of implementing partners other identified NGOs for sexual reproductive health (SRH)services, monitor distribution and ensure utilization reporting.
- Based on MISP projection and rapid assessment findings, implement the MISP (Minimum Initial Service Package) through RH working group implementing partners.
- Oversee (with the M&E officer) the monitoring of MISP implementation.
- Explore other opportunities and entry points to deliver SRH services for specific at risk vulnerable groups affected by the crisis, e.g.: uniformed personnel, sex workers, ex-combatants, women associated with armed forces, persons with disabilities, etc.
- Initiate and coordinate training sessions on SRH in emergencies (for health care providers, community services officers, security personnel, refugee/IDP population, host population, etc.).
- Assist in developing/adapting protocols for selected areas in programme coordination (such as syndromic case management of sexually transmitted infections [STIs], referral for emergency obstetric care, midwifery, fistula repair, medical response to survivors of rape, counselling and family planning services, etc.).
- Coach and support CO to strengthen the implementation of MISP – sexual and reproductive health priorities and to assess progress towards achievement with technical tools and approaches, and to accelerate implementation of activities. Provide inputs for SitReps and other communication products, as required.
- Ensure an effective response that integrates SRH (including ASRH), GBV and data interventions.
- Develop an exit strategy, which includes the transition to evidence-based, comprehensive SRH programme.
B. Coordination Partnership and resource mobilization:
- Ensure SRH needs are addressed within the Health cluster (if cluster approach is activated in the emergency context) and within OCHA Situation Reports.
- Maintain working relationship and share relevant information with UN Health Cluster.
- Liaise with UNHCR to provide SRH services and commodities (MH lifesaving medicines, contraceptives, male and female condoms under the existing UNHCR condom partnership, etc.) for IDP, refugee populations.
- Establish strong linkages between existing SRH and GBV programmes with regard to the health sector response for survivors of sexual violence.
- Draft the SRHie component of the UNFPA Humanitarian Response plan
- Contribute to resource mobilization including through proposal writing, quality assurance, reporting, among others.
- Prepare SRHie related technical briefs to guide sectoral engagement and/or other advocacy initiatives
- Work with management in strengthening donor relationships through quarterly meetings/updates with donors; consultation with them on changes in activities/budgets; joint field visits; etc.
C. Monitoring and Evaluation:
- Monitor SRH assistance provided by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations, in particular IDPs/returnees, and ensure adequate SRH requirements are being met.
- Conduct monitoring visits, and ensure a systematic approach for tracking coverage of targeted population by UNFPA assistance in humanitarian settings.
- Work closely with the UN partners, national counterparts (MOH), operations team and logistician regarding order to be placed and maintenance of the SRH commodities and supplies of dignity kits.
- Prepare regular progress reports and document lessons learned and challenges and share with UNFPA regional office, Humanitarian, and other units as may be necessary.
- Support the planning and policy support unit to organize specific meeting to review progress on implementing SRHie interventions.
D. Capacity Development
Provide coaching to newly recruited staff and consultants, where required.
- Coach and build capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed.
E. Any Other Duties
Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree in medicine, public health, international development, social sciences or other related field.
Knowledge and Experience:
- A minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience in SRH programme implementation and service provision.
- Substantive knowledge and practical experience in SRH programming in emergency and post-conflict recovery settings.
- Experience and capacity in development and delivery of SRHR training components to government, NGO, and community level participants.
- International experience strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership, facilitation, and team working skills and ability to establish harmonious working relations in an international and multicultural environment.
- Demonstrated representational, leadership and management skills.
- Excellent computer literacy (windows environment, MS office applications including Word, Excel and Power-point and Internet skills).
Fluency in English is required; working Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.
- Exemplifying integrity
- Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
- Embracing cultural diversity
- Embracing change
- Achieving results
- Being accountable
- Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen
- Thinking analytically and strategically
- Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships
- Communicating for impact
- Providing Strategic Focus
- Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders
- Leadership, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance.
- Making decisions and exercising judgment.
- Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
- Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
- Delivering results-based programmers
- Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization