UNFPA-SRH Coordinator-P3/P4-DRC

Location: Kananga, DRC, Congo, The Democratic Republic
Date Posted: 05-10-2017
Background Information
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is experiencing a complex protracted crisis lasting from more than two decades in its eastern provinces and having caused an estimated 5.4 million deaths, a great number of human rights violations including rape and other forms of sexual violence, destructions of goods and services and massive displacement. Epidemics outbreaks, natural disasters and fleeing of refugee from Central African Republic, South Sudan and Burundi affect other geographical spaces. Additionally, DRC is living a political transition towards elections schedule before the end of 2017.

DRC humanitarian action plan estimates that 7.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017. During the second quarter of 2017, the number of IDPs in DRC has reached the 3.8 million, whose majority are in the Great Kasai and in particular in Kasai Central. The new outbreak of violence involves up to 9 in the Kasai region and has forced more than 1.4 million people to flee into safety as IDPs or refugees into neighboring Angola, since August 2016. The fighting is now reduced to skirmishes in various parts of the Kasai, populations are gradually returning to their original locations, humanitarian access is improving but the challenges and needs are enormous in an undeveloped part of this geographically huge country. In the whole Kasai region, 170 health centers looted or damaged and
937 (400 verified cases) schools have been attacked and at least 3,300 people got killed. Access to SRH services is a concern with previously weak health system before the onset of the conflict. Sexual violence is reported to be a major issue in this crisis and the GBV sub cluster reported 1,188 incidents of GBV assisted by the response between August 2016 and June 2017.
Thanks to CERF and EF and the deployment of surge staff, UNFPA CO is scaling its response of life-saving interventions to affected women and girls through support for emergency obstetric care to ensure safe delivery and address complication of pregnancies, syndromic management of STI, availability of emergency medical supplies and equipment to hotspot health facilities, support for availability of clinical management of rape services, strengthening of multi-sectoral services for survivors of gender- based violence (GBV) and prevention of GBV in affected communities.

Role Description
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative in collaboration with the Senior Emergency Coordinator, the CO humanitarian coordinator as well as other CO staff, and under the scale up plan for implementation of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP), the SRH Coordinator will work to improve access and availability of Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights to most affected populations especially women and girls of the Kasai crisis. The incumbent also facilitates the procurement and distribution to service delivery points of emergency medical supplies and equipment; provide technical support on SRH related issues (including reproductive, maternal and new-born health, family planning information and services, STIs and HIV prevention, care and treatment, and care for survivors of sexual violence). The coordinator will plan for the delivery of comprehensive sexual reproductive health services in hotspot locations especially in the Kasai, Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces. The incumbent will work to strengthen and expand partnerships for scaling up SRH programmes as well as linkages between SRH, GBV and nutritional programmes in a region where malnutrition among pregnant and lactating mother is also entertained by multiple and too frequent pregnancies.

MISP Rollout and Programme Implementation
  • Conduct/Lead rapid or in-depth assessment/s of SRH needs of the affected population in hotspot areas;
  • Initiate where necessary and co-lead with national partners the RH working group in humanitarian settings under the Health Cluster;
  • Oversee (in collaboration with the Logistics/Procurement officer and the humanitarian coordinator) procurement of medical supplies, equipment and accessories as well as dignity kits; develop a distribution plan to meet the needs of implementing partners as well as other identified NGOs for RH services, monitor distribution and provide supportive supervision of the various medical guidelines and protocols;
  • Support MISP Implementation, especially to most affected areas through RH working group implementing partners;
  • Oversee (with the M&E officer) the monitoring of MISP implementation and share progress reports regularly;
  • Explore innovative approaches 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. in this complex emergency;
  • Organize capacity building sessions for managers and service providers for SRH in humanitarian settings focused on delivery of various components of the MISP where challenges
and gaps were identified;
  • Assist in developing/adapting protocols for selected areas of UNFPA interventions such as mobile integrated SRH and GBV service package delivery and new technologies approach to data collection in hard-to-reach areas in humanitarian settings;
  • Provide support to the implementing partners for an efficient running of the mobile clinic and their work plans funded by UNFPA;
  • Coach and support CO colleagues and partners on various challenges to service delivery to hard- to-reach populations, under MISP implementation including linkages between SRH and GBV programming and coordination;
  • Provide regular inputs into the Kasai SitReps (internal and external) and other communication products for advocacy and resource mobilization;
  • Provide inputs to strategies and intervention approaches that guide adolescent sexual and reproductive health action in the Kasai crisis;
  • Identify and liaise with partners working with adolescents and young people to ensure that ASRH information and services are available and accessible at services delivery points and community;
  • Develop an exit strategy, which includes the transition to evidence-based, comprehensive SRH programmes as well as for the end of the surge assignment.
  • 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;
  • Support CO in resources mobilization to strengthen UNFPA humanitarian response;
  • Establish strong linkages between existing SRH and GBV programmes with regard to the health sector response for survivors of sexual violence.
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 and supportive supervision 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 offices, UNFPA Humanitarian Response Branch, SROs, and other units as may be necessary.
Capacity Development
  • Provide coaching to newly recruited staff, consultants and partners, where appropriate;
  • Coach and build capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed;
  • Provide support in the organization of the ToT of MISP in DRC;
  • Support the introduction of the MISP in the training curricula of the medical schools in DRC;
  • Support the implementation of the CO’s MPAs.
Qualifications and Skills required
  • Advanced university degree in Midwifery, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, or relevant Social Sciences;
  • 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in SRH program development and management, preferably in an emergency context, particularly implementing the MISP;
  • Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response;
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment;
  • Ability to develop and coordinate SRH programs that target refugees, IDPs/returnees and their host communities;
  • Proficiency in English and in other official languages or the UN required/desirable (insert specific CO language needs where necessary).
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