The welfare, health and dignity of people in Al-Hol camp continues to be of great concern. As of 21st April 2019, there were 73,480 displaced people in Al-Hol camp. This population has doubled between February and March. While there has been a reduction of new arrivals which has relieved pressure on emergency services, multiple specific protection needs remain. These include the notable absence of adolescent boys and men between the ages of 15 and 65 years old (reportedly been detained and unable to communicate with their families) as well as significant challenges related to civil documentation. Site preparation remains a priority with more than 63,500 IDPs having arrived in the last 4 months, with a notable challenge in space to accommodate the population reported. The vast majority of the population remain to be women and children who suffer notable symptoms of distress, fatigue and anaemia.
As of 15th April 2019, 262 deaths have been registered. Approximately 70% of the population in the camp is under the age of 18 with 65% of this group being under the age of 12. The total
population of women aged 14 to 50 years old is 21,647. The need to scale up and strengthen existing SRH services for young girls, women and boys is increasingly evident as a gap in the health sector response. GBV survivors too require medical services on top of other prevention and other protection services.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Deputy Representative or a designated officer, and in close collaboration with Assistant Representative and the National Programme Officer (Reproductive Health), the consultant will provide support to the development, implementation and monitoring of the Sexual and Reproductive health and rights component of the UNFPA programme in Syria.
• Support UNFPA efforts in integrating and decentralizing SRHR and GBV services in the North East and North West Syria through technical support to the implementing partner, monitoring the progress at facility and community level, and guiding the overall implementation.
• Lead the formation of the RH Working Group under the health cluster and Represent UNFPA at relevant coordination fora such as the Health, protection clusters, GBV sub cluster and other humanitarian clusters in the NE and NW Syria.
• Support in strengthening access to quality of reproductive health interventions by the affected communities in liaison with the humanitarian coordination forum and local authorities.
• Assist in monitoring progress on implementation of SRH services and providing technical support to strengthening quality assurance systems.
• Design culturally and socially acceptable interventions to Assist in strengthening provision of integrated SRH/GBV services in selected districts of priority locations whilst observing the local policy and regulatory environment.
• Scan for and identify opportunities for UNFPA to strategize and undertake humanitarian work in partnership with other UN agencies, INGOs, National NGOs and other partners.
• Support in advocacy efforts: Assist in preparing technical briefs on selected priority areas and project / research briefs on the basis of systematic analysis of processes and outputs derived from the UNFPA supported projects.
• Ensure UNFPA and donor visibility at all supported partner project sites and locations
• Support in monitoring, evaluation and reporting: Assist in monitoring of ongoing projects through field visits, collection, collation and analysis of quality SRH/GBV data to inform progress reports. Assist in preparing background documents for project reviews and evaluation exercises, and reports.
• Undertake any other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time by the UNFPA Representative/ officer designated by him.
Monitoring and Evaluation
• Work with the M&E in designing and implementing a plan for Monitoring and Evaluation of sub offices in Aleppo and Qamishly for humanitarian interventions when required.
• Provide coaching to newly recruited UNFPA staff and SRH service providers, where appropriate;
• Coach and build the capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed with emphasis on MISP, CMR, Basic and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care among other training needs.
Qualifications and Skills Required
• Advanced degree in medicine or public health with at least 5 years of experience in SRH/SRHR programmes;
• Experience of working in humanitarian settings;
• Experience of monitoring & evaluation, including qualitative assessments;
• Understanding of SRHR programmes, especially understanding of service delivery & reproductive rights issues related to contraception and abortion issues;
• Experience of working closely with communities, community health workers and with the public health system;
• Monitoring and evaluation skills- ability to analyse data, monitor projects, and prepare analytical reports;
• Contribute to design of beneficiary materials/ pilot test documents (if any);
• Required languages - English and Arabic.
• Multi-tasking, handle various responsibilities and meet deadlines;
• Good negotiation and facilitation skills including ability to work in humanitarian settings.