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Job ID: ABH-009-HEC-19
Job title:- Based on a request from UNICEF, our Client, ABH would like to recruit a competent Health Emergency Consultant (6 Months with the possibility of Extension)
Type of Contract:- Consultant Contract, Individual Contractor
Place of work:- Benishangul Gumuz Region (Kamshi and Metekel zones)
Title:- Health Emergency Consultant
Purpose:- Provide health in emergencies technical support and facilitate the process to ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate and effective preparedness and response at the zonal woreda level
1.Background and Justification
UNICEF's Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) calls for the rapid provision and deployment of qualified personnel to act in humanitarian response and provide guidance for action across all sectors including child protection.
Benishangul Gumuz Region is prone to both natural and manmade hazards that lead to mortalities, displacements, and loss of properties. Conflict, Wildfire, erratic rainfall, crop& livestock disease human disease such as AWD, Malnutrition, and measles that deteriorates the humanitarian situation- in the region. The region was not known for man-made hazards so far, but recently the region has experienced frequent tribal conflicts. In the past one year, the region has been hit by two inter-communal conflicts, the Kamashi zone and the Metekel zone conflict which affected all except three woredas in the Metekel zone.
According to the Multi-agency assessment conducted in the region, there are more than 83,471 IDPs and returnees in Kemash and Metekel Zones of the region. People are displaced from their homes primarily because of conflict. Among the total 85,321 displaced people in the region, 74,895 internally displaced people (IDP) and returnees are found in Kemash zone. The continued movements including the return and relocation of IDPs exacerbated existing vulnerabilities of conflict-affected people. Children and women constitute a considerable number of the conflict-affected population and are at risk of further vulnerabilities. An estimated 57 .8 percent of the displaced are children.
Since June 2018, the conflict-induced internal displacement in Kemash and Metekel zones of the region led to increasing health risks. The multi-agency Rapid Assessment that was conducted in June 2019 revealed that basic social services such as health and education, services are interrupted, and children and women are at high risk of morbidity and mortality.
According to the recent assessment of Metekel zone from Nov ember 3-10, 2019, the severity of the situation of displaced people today is demanding even more. The increasing demand and unavailability of basic services are expected to eventually force more people to be re displaced and return to other places.
In line with this, the regional health bureau and partner s have revised the emergency response plan. UNICEF supported the revision of the plan at a regional level. But the implementation of the response plan at zonal and woreda level requires close technical support at all levels.
Given the increasing demand and need for dedicated health emergencies technical support and field-level coordination, UNICEF Assosa Field Office (FO) has been trying its best to provide the required supports. But the available human resource (one health program officer) at the regional level has not been enough to reach out and provide the required continuous technical support at field level. The extent of the emergency situation in two of the three zones of the region needs to be impacted by existing capacity gaps especially at zone and woreda level requires further monitoring, technical support, and guidance in responding to the emergency situation timely and appropriately.
In addition to the regional level coordination, similar coordination mechanisms are to be established at zonal and woreda levels. The establishment of these coordination mechanisms requires the support of technical expertise in the area of health in emergencies and this will ensure continued monitoring of the situation and on-going response. Dedicated health in Emergencies Consultant is therefore required to provide the required field level support. This will help to provide technical support to the implementation n quality high impact and cost effective interventions, monitoring and reporting of UNICEF's health program response while strengthening the strategic link to ongoing development programming.
3. Specific Tasks
Under the guidance and supervision of the Health program officer in UNICEF Assosa FO, and with technical guidance from the section at CO, the incumbent is responsible for the following key areas in the assigned zones and woredas:
- Provide technical assistance on local Emergency situational assessment
- Assist on district-level EPRP preparation
- Provide technical support for the implementation, monitoring, and reporting of health in emergency programs, health component of the UNICEF regional emergency response plan and ensuring that interventions included in health priority focus areas are implemented, monitored and managed in a timely and effective manner.
- Based on needs assessment, support and facilitate capacity building training of zonal/woreda and health facility workers on different health topics as needed. Provide technical support for the adherence of government and non-government implementing partners to relevant standards and guidelines.
- Conduct a continuous assessment of the occurrence of outbreaks in the woredas focusing epidemic-prone, communicable diseases and support the conduct of immediate investigation and response;
- Support the preparation, implementation quality measles campaign with very good coverage, monitoring, and reporting of any AEFI in the selected high-risk woredas of the two zones;
- Ensure the availability of essential health commodities and supplies and the requesting, and reporting regularly
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting requirements from zones and woredas are met and systematic coordination of appropriate health in the emergency operational response plan, with other relevant sectors, especially nutrition and WASH.
- Compile accurate and timely emergency-related data from HFs, woreda, and zones and share to the field office on a weekly basis to incorporate on regional Sitrep, for monitoring progress,
- Provide support for the reactivation/ establishment of zonal and woreda level coordination mechanisms for effective implementation of emergency health interventions at zone, woreda and site level.
- Participate in the regional, zonal and woreda level !DP/returnee emergency response related meetings and share minutes of such meetings with UNICEF Benishangul Gumuz FO.
- Support the regional, zonal and woreda level information management including collecting, analyzing, and reporting of health situation and response interventions.
- Monitor the coverage of zonal and woreda level health activities and recommendations for corrective actions to be taken in a timely manner.
- Undertake other relevant tasks as directed by her/ his supervisor and assist with other duties in support of the UNICEF Child Protection programs in Benishangul FO.
4. Expected Deliverables and Time frame
|Submit a work plan for the whole consultancy period.||Within 30 days of assignment|
Undertake a rapid needs assessment of capacity at zone and woreda level and develop and implement capacity building
Within 15 days
Prepare and share situation update with UNICEF Assosa FO, health team as per agreed format.
Support and I coordinate the biweekly/monthly zonal/woreda level meetings and share meeting minutes with UNICEF Assosa FO within 3 days of the meeting.
Work with health team in UNICEF Assosa FO to update Preparedness and response plan and address gaps in health programs, aligned with sector needs and minimum standards, report actions taken
Biweekly/Monthly (as per the zonal and woreda level monthly
Regular visits to emergency affected woredas and IDP sites in the targeted zones and provide updates to the FO. (75% of targeted sites to be visited in a month).
Comprehensive final report using a standard template that will be provided by UNICEF FO.
End of contract
Other tasks related to the dynamic humanitarian situation as requested by the supervisor .
- The consultant will report to Health Officer in Assosa FO and RHB PHEM director
6.Expected background, Experience and Competencies Background, and Experience
- An advanced university degree in the field of public health or extensive work experience relevant to health in both development and emergency contexts;
- At least 2 years progressively responsible humanitarian and development work experience in health including in emergencies with UN Agencies and/or INGOs.
- Previous experience in health program coordination.
- Familiarity and experience working with government counterparts in Benishangul Gumuz
- Strong knowledge and experience in establishing coordination architecture especially at zone and woreda levels.
- Fluency in written and verbal English required.
7.General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics
- The consultants will not be provided lodging and/or meals.
- The consultant will not work from the UNICEF office, rather work in a remote location, mainly in the field.
- The consultant is entitled to DSA when traveled and working in the field
- The consultant should provide his/her own materials, i.e. computer,
- The consultant will use rented car (rented by UNICEF through ABH)
- The consultant will be paid monthly upon completion of deliverables as indicated on this TOR on a monthly basis.
8. Policy both parties should be aware of:
- Under the consultancy agreements, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
- Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
How to Apply
Qualified and interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements can submit their CV along with application letter through the ethiojobs portal or email to email@example.com by stating the position you are applying on the subject email.
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Deadline for submission of application January 3, 2020