|Title: SRH Programming
||Level: multiple persons at P3 and P4 level
||Venezuela (and neighbouring countries)
|Requested date of deployment:
||Caracas and Venezuela’s borders
|First request (YES/NO)
||Security phase in
(indicate with No. of extension 1,2,3)
||Requested length of deployment:
ckground information/reason for request/extension:
The international humanitarian response needs to be scaled up and integrated for Venezuelans inside and outside of Venezuela, as the political situation in Venezuela is evolving and is likely to escalate. The humanitarian needs inside the country are severe as are the needs of migrants in neighboring countries where trafficking and exploitation are rife and xenophobia (with incidents of violence) is increasing.
At present time the countries with greatest needs are Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Guyana is also a major concern given the remote conditions across the country and lack of infrastructure in the hinterland. In the other countries migrants are crossing on foot, walking for many weeks, and are extremely vulnerable, especially to GBV.
All aspects of response need to be strengthened and scaled up with SRH, GBV and humanitarian coordination capacities being prioritized taking into account the needs in most affected area. We can also expect the needs in other countries to grow in 2019 understanding that 16 countries are participating in the Regional Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and/or Head of Office, and under the framework of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP), the incumbent helps promote Sexual and Reproductive Health programming (SRH) and SRH services in crises and post crisis situations. The incumbent also facilitates the procurement and delivery of emergency medical supplies and equipment; orients on SRH related issues (including reproductive, maternal and newborn health, family planning information and services, STIs and HIV prevention, care and treatment, and care for survivors of violence). The incumbent also assists in establishing relevant partnerships with other humanitarian stakeholders, NGOs, donors and government counterparts. When the situation stabilizes, the incumbent guides on the establishment of comprehensive SRH services.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
MISP Rollout and Programme Implementation:
- Conduct/Lead rapid assessment/s of SRH needs of the affected population
- Co-lead with national partners the RH 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 RH 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 COs 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 funded through CERF and UNFPA Emergency Response Fund.
- 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 programmes.
- 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.
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 offices, UNFPA Humanitarian Response Branch, SROs, and other units as may be necessary.
- Provide coaching to newly recruited staff and consultants, where appropriate.
- Coach and build capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed.
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 Spanish.