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UNFPA-SRH Specialist-P3-Nouakchott, Mauritania

Nouakchott, Mauritania
Sexual Reproductive Health Programme Specialist Surge Capacity
(TOR’s adapted during COVID-19)
Mission Specific Considerations during COVID-19
Remote-Based Deployments (if remote-based please only fill in this table)
Considerations for remote-based deployments
If the deployment is remote-based, is the country office set up to ensure ongoing communication / team integration and appropriate supervision with the deployee from afar? Please explain.  
 Yes, but this should be the latest option
Physical deployments (only fill out if you anticipate surge to physically deploy)
Pre-departure considerations for physical deployments
Does this duty station require candidates to have undertaken SSAFE training? If so, can the office provide training upon arrival?  
Are there any special/new, specific visa considerations that need to be considered?
What type of quarantining rules does the local government mandate at this stage upon arrival?
Be sure to include how long for, and possible locations the person will/should be quarantined. i.e. government mandated facilities or pre-approved hotels, et.c
If tested positive, then self-quarantine for one week at home.
C-19 testing and clearance
Does the Surge need to undertake any COVID-19 testing prior to arrival or upon arrival? Are there any other medical clearances or vaccines deployees need to undertake before travel to this country?
Yes: PCR test no more 72 H prior to arrival
Is there any equipment that the Surge should become equipped with prior to travel, e.g. PPE such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc?
Mask is mandatory and sanitizer advised
Is there any other paperwork that the local government authorities require upon entry/re-entry into the country? No
On mission considerations (for physical deployments):
What type of accommodation is available for Surge deployees?
 UNDSS approved Hotels, apartments, and/or houses
Is the duty station on an R&R cycle and if so how often? Please provide any details that have changed because of COVID-19
Medical Treatment
Are there any government restrictions or limitations that would adversely impact in-country medical treatment plans or medical evacuation?
What is the capacity of local facilities that can be used to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19? COVID 19 special units: routine treatment and reanimation
Office arrangement for telecommuting
If the Surge needs to telecommute within the country, can the country office demonstrate that the deployee is realistically able to work in terms of remote connectivity, equipment, etc.?
If the Surge is required to physically deploy, can the country office provide necessary equipment, e.g. masks, gloves, sanitizer?
What is the capacity of local facilities that can be used to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19? COVID 19 special units: routine treatment and reanimation
Since the start of the outbreak in December 2019, the new coronavirus has spread to over 182 countries and territories. As of 11 November 2020, there have been over 51,287,248 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with over 1,270,080 deaths reported, including among children.
In many countries, especially those with ongoing humanitarian crises, the COVID-19 outbreak is creating significant additional pressure on the already overburdened social service delivery systems, exacerbating the vulnerabilities of affected populations. The urban poor, migrant, internally displaced and refugee populations are especially at risk as they tend to live in overcrowded settings, making it incredibly difficult to practice social distancing. These settings often also lack continuous access to basic services. Populations on the move will be further exposed to the disease as basic essential and life-saving services are hindered due to control measures, movement restrictions, border closures and discriminatory access to testing and other health services.
The work of UNFPA contributes both to outbreak control and to mitigation of the collateral impacts of the pandemic, including the risks to the continuity of essential social services for children, women and vulnerable populations. The objectives of the organization’s COVID-19 preparedness and response strategy are to reduce human-to-human transmission in affected countries and to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on children, youth and their care providers, especially for the most vulnerable. UNFPA’s strategy is in line with the COVID-19 strategic preparedness and response plan of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Inter- Agency Standing Committee (IASC) humanitarian response plan led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).  UNFPA’s response is in line with the eight pillars in the WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response plan and includes:
UNFPA will ensure the continuity of national and local health system capacity to provide access to integrated quality sexual and reproductive health including: comprehensive emergency obstetric care, routine antenatal, postpartum care and postnatal care to ensure safe delivery, mental health and psychosocial support, family planning and gender-based violence services, including clinical management of rape, specialized psychological-social support, case management and physical protection / safety and legal services for gender based violence survivors. and gender- based violence services.
It will mitigate the impact on supply chain and logistics management for sexual and reproductive health supplies, ensuring continuity of supplies and care for lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. UNFPA will also provide and protect health workers (in particular midwives, nurses, obstetricians and anesthesiologists) by ensuring that basic personal protection equipment is available.
UNFPA will provide risk communication and community engagement for primary prevention and stigma reduction, strengthening risk reduction messages and addressing needs of women of reproductive age in quarantine. It will distribute dignity / hygiene kits to ensure that women receive essential items while being provided with gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and COVID-19 risk mitigation information.
Overall COVID-19 Situation in country:
As of 10 November 2020, the country has reported 7820 case and 165 deaths. In response to the pandemic government has taken several measures to mitigate its consequences, such us confinement, social distancing and general hygienic measures.
UNFPA and UN system supported the government in implementing its response plan, which is articulated around eight pillars. The situation is currently stable and there no movement restrictions, nor public facilities closure.CO has provided provision of PPE for all staff.
Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)
Mauritania is bordering Mali where terrorist groups are present, however the country has not been subject to attacks since 2011.Travelers are advised to avoid regions bordering Mali.
Crime risk is elevated in major cities particularly in the capital Nouakchott, including violent crimes such as assault, robbery, carjacking, murder as well as non-violent crimes like theft and vandalism. Despite the high number of demonstrations, the risk of social unrest is still low. Traffic accident rate is high due to weather conditions and bad driving behaviour.
Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request
Several regions in the south and east of the country have been affected by floods, which have resulted in enormous material losses and sometimes fatalities. There is an increase of reported G
VB cases since the appearance of the first cases of COVID-19 and consequent imposition of restrictive measures which are now heightened by the recent floods. Also, as a consequence of the floods, there is an increase in the needs for overall SRH services. The most affected regions are Trarza and Guidimagha. The humanitarian response lacks adequate coordination mechanisms since the clusters have not been activated and the government has not yet declared a state of emergency. In order to respond adequately to the situation, the CO has requested emergency funds and is currently requesting additional staff to reduce workload on the local team. Surge staff will help in the implementation of current intervention and in strengthening the capacity of the CO team and partners to respond to potential upcoming emergencies including resurgence of Covid19 pandemic.
Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and humanitarian focal point, 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 new-born 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.
The incumbent will be based in Nouakchott with field visits to Guidimagha and Trarza
MISP Rollout and Programme Implementation:
  • Support in the implementation of the finding of rapid assessment of SRH needs of the affected population
  • Support the the establishment of emergency coordination mechanism (integration SRH&GBV)
  • 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) .
  • 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, GBV survivors and fistula survivors.
  • 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 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.
  • Review Covid 19 response plan and support CO preparedness for resurgence and post-recovery phase
  • Mapping of SRH actors and possible collaboration
  • Ensure SRH needs are addressed within a coordination mechanism.
  • 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.
Resource Mobilization:
  • Assist CO in developing proposals and fund raising for SRH programming.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • . Monitor SRH/HIV and AIDS assistance provided by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations, and ensure adequate RH/HIV and AIDS are aligned with UNFPA strategic vision.
  • Conduct monitoring visits, if requested.
  • Maintain database on SRH commodities and supplies dignity kits and share information with coordinating UN agencies and host communities - NGO and government implementing partners.
  • Prepare monthly progress reports and documents lessons learned and share with the relevant UNFPA Regional Office, UNFPA Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch, and other units as necessary.
Capacity Development:
  • Assess humanitarian capacity building needs
  • Prepare in collaboration with CO team a capacity development plan
Any Other Duties:
  • Perform any other duties as required by the Representative and/or Head of Office, RO/SRO, and HQ
Qualifications and Skills Required
  • Advanced university degree in medicine, Public Health, or relevant Social Sciences.
  • 5-7 years on SRH/ program development and management and preferably
in an emergency context (e.g. implementation of the MISP).
  • Emergency preparedness and post recovery planning experience
  • Experience in MHPSS
  • Field experience in emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response.
  • Ability to develop and coordinate SRH programs that target adolescent IDPs and their host communities.
  • Proficiency in French and working knowledge in Arabic and/or English.
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