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UNDP-Emergency Response Field Coordinator-P4-Bata, Equatorial Guinea

Bata, Equatorial Guinea

Deployment Details (to be attached to every request for ERR / SBPP/ ASP deployment)
  1. Post title and level:
Field Coordinator, P4
  1. Duty Station (Country and Location):
Bata, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  1. Brief description of emergency outbreak/upsurge and the consequences for DCO:
On 07 March 2021, a series of explosions were recorded at the armoury of the Nkuantoma gendarmerie and military barracks in Bata, the economic capital of Equatorial Guinea. According to official records, 107 people lost their lives due to the explosions, which also caused extensive damage to residential areas and in the military compound. More than 600 people were wounded, including women and children in the army barracks as well as in the residential areas near the military compound. According to UNITAR's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) satellite imagery and rapid assessments conducted, it is estimated that around 600 structures were damaged within an initial radius of approximately 800 m, of which about 238 structures have been destroyed. The main and newly constructed hospital also suffered significant damages, including the only COVID test laboratory in Bata. Initial assessments by the National Red Cross estimated that some 3900 people were directly affected, and significant damages were caused on the infrastructure (including health, water and sanitation, and schools), as well as on essential infrastructure for food supply and livelihoods. The recently concluded Multisectoral Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) suggest that physical damage from these explosions could have a direct impact on approximately 19000 people. With the support of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) experts from the USA, Israel, Qatar, Cameroon, and France, the Government of Equatorial Guinea continues to demine and clean up the unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the affected areas. Local and international humanitarian actors are supporting thousands of affected people to meet their basic needs, largely drawing on existing capacities and supplies. A United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has been mobilized to support response efforts on intersectoral coordination, assessment, and information management, during 03 weeks in March 2021.
Consequently, a comprehensive and effective response to this emergency will require three phases of activity. The first phase will prioritize life-saving responses and protection of the most vulnerable people. The second phase will deliver recovery and reconstruction interventions to restore public infrastructure, rehabilitate private accommodations and establish a long-term economic recovery plan. A third phase of interventions, which is not included in this immediate response and recovery plan, is aiming at medium to long-term interventions. The Government of Equatorial Guinea (EG) is planning the reconstruction of the military base and the improvement of the design of the ammunition storage infrastructures in the military bases across the country, preferably through underground construction, to ensure public safety and to avoid future accidents.
The Government has called for the support of the UN and other partners to be able to respond to this emergency, both in the immediate response and in the recovery and reconstructions phase. The UNDAC/OCHA and UNREC missions have now completed their missions, and there is an urgent need to continue ensuring UN presence and coordinated response, in particular in the implementation of the Emergency and Response Plan which has recently been approved by the Government and foreseen for the next 12 months. A CERF RR allocation has been confirmed to assist the affected population and facilitate humanitarian operations with the support of WFP. Since the end of the UNDAC mission, there has been a gap in sustaining the coordination mechanism to enable the UN to continue implementing effectively, and in a coordinated manner, the humanitarian and early recovery responses.  Coordination amongst UN agencies as observed by both RCO and UNDAC was a challenge due to limited capacity amongst UN agencies in EG and absence of an Emergency preparedness and response plan. Since the Humanitarian crisis, gradually the UN agencies have started enhancing their human capacity through deployment of technical staff . Therefore there is an urgency need to sustain an effective coordination, planning, monitoring and reporting mechanism amongst the UN agencies implementing both the CERF and ERP in Bata for a minimum of six months. The person will report to the UNCT on progress and challenges during the bimonthly UNCTs.
  1. Brief surge need justification (
As a consequence of the Bata emergency, the situation in Equatorial Guinea has surpassed current capacities in country UNCT. In order to ensure coordinated, effective support to the Government in the implementation of the Emergency Response Plan, there is an urgent need to deploy a field coordinator to Bata. There is a clear need to maintain a regular dialogue and the coordination with the Government BATA Emergency Committee while reinforcing the emergency and early recovery response coordination. The SBPP will also support RC/RCO with enhancing internal emergency preparedness and response of the UN EG. The presence of an experienced field coordinator with strong communication, negotiation planning and reporting competencies for six months will be essential to enhance partners’ response capacity and to ensure follow up of the various ongoing processes (CERF, Response Plan).
  1. Main partners and stakeholders in the field (to be included for SBP request only):
The deployment of field coordinator will work within the supervision and guidance of the Resident Coordinator and RCO Team leader supporting UN agencies, the Government of EG, NGOs and other partners as required, in Bata. Key UN operational agencies in country include FAO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and recently WFP. Some of these agencies are also operational partners for the implementation of the CERF. The SBP will as well work closely with key donors, including the US, Swiss, and EU Members States.
  1. What is the staffing plan after the surge support period?
UN in EG plans to have a permanent field office in Bata. RCO will therefore be looking into creating a position for an UN field coordination. With the support of the SBPP, RC/RCO will identify most effective means to enhance emergency preparedness and response amongst UN both in Bata and Malabo. UNCT will prioritize Equatorial Guinea to work on emergency preparedness once the response is over, to identify key priorities areas to be reinforced in order to ensure further response capacity in the future.
  1. Will other surge resources be requested? If so, through which mechanism? (SBPP, ERR, ASP, Regional Office surge, ProCap/GenCap, or other)
UNDP has deployed three (3) international staff, including one expert in early recovery. UNICEF and UNFPA are also exploring ways to deploying international experts in the areas of  WASH, cash transfer, GVB respectively No further surge needs are expected, but any additional support needs will be assessed by the SBP deployee together with the RC once the deployment starts.
  1. What is the approximate percentage of time spent on duty travel? (to be included for SBP request only – for whom note that if duty travel within the country/region is expected, all associated costs are to be covered by the field office):
Travel is to be expected in country while deployed in EG up to a maximum of 20% of the time.
  1. Visa requirements (e.g. visa on arrival, type of visa required, letter of invitation required, timeframe for obtaining visa, any other useful information. Note that SBP deployees are not UNLP holders, travelling with national passports only):
Yes, the visa is necessary but until the moment the Government has authorized entrance without visa to all humanitarian staff coming to support Bata emergency.
With a UNLP it is easier and faster to deploy staff, once there is an UN-Gov. agreement.
  1. Will an equipped workstation and any necessary communication and MOSS equipment be made available to the surge deployee? (note that for SBP deployees the provision of equipment is mandatory):
The SBP deployee is expected to bring mobile phone, a laptop and other key equipment as UN does not have a functional office in Bata.
  1. R&R cycle and location/destination:
EG is considered to be a safe country all over the territory (security level 2).
17. Overall security situation summary, main threats and specific security level at all locations relevant to the deployment, infrastructure and staff well-being (Note that SBPs are deployed with UN Expert on Mission status and are to be included in all security plans and arrangements):
Security level: Phase 2 in all country.
SSAFE training required: Yes / NoIf yes, arrangements for attendance:
Living conditions: Good living conditions, family duty station.
Accommodation provision: The SBP will seek accommodation
Medical requirements e.g. vaccinations: Yellow Fever.
Medical facilities available: private medical facilities available in duty station (La Paz hospitals in Malabo and Bata).
18. Main tasks and duties to be executed (specify precisely in a maximum of 10 bullet points):
Bata Field Coordinator:
  • Coordinate the overall UN Humanitarian and early recovery response in Bata.
  • Represent the RC during meetings and dialogue with government officials, including with the EG Bata Emergency Committee.
  • Support the establishment and consolidation of adapted coordination mechanisms, provide substantial support to sector working groups as required and facilitate exchange on cross cutting issues, in order to promote a coordinated UN response.
  • Support the development and implementation of the Response Plan and CERF projects, and ensure appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
  • Monitor, analyze and report on humanitarian and early recovery developments situation in Bata.
  • Draft and prepare regular situation papers/reports highlighting relevant operational factors affecting Bata emergency situation and response efforts.
  • Review and provide advice related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of UN assistance and provide capacity building to partners as needed.
  • Follow up the response to the International Appeal as required.
  • Provide technical support to the RC/RCO and the Country Team concerning Bata emergency response and advise them as required.
  • Report and attend bimonthly UNCT meetings.
  •  Support UN with the identification and establishment of a UN house in Bata.
  • Ensure staff safety and security and report to the DO or DO ai any security incidents ion Bata.
  • Ensure full compliance by all UN staff in Bata of EG PSEA provisions and UN COVID SOP. 
  • Organize capacity building on emergency preparedness and response amongst UN staff in Bata and support the development of UN Bata emergency preparedness and response plan.
  • Organize and facilitate donors visit to the UN projects, as required.
19. Expected outcome of the deployment (to be included for SBP request only and detail in bullet point form the anticipated achievements and added value expected from the deployment):
  • Coordination mechanisms are established in Bata, and functional, regular meetings and discussions take place as required.
  • The implementation of the Response Plan and CERF projects are monitored and implementing partners are supported by the Field Coordinator as required.
20. Specific required skills (languages, experience, etc.):
  • Strong humanitarian background. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian assistance, including recovery phases. Experience working with OCHA is desirable.
  • Proven track record of coordinating UN team and UN emergency and early recovery responses.
  • Strong coordination, analytical, strategic planning, project management and reporting skills.
  • Experience in working with multiple organizations an asset.
  • Fluency in Spanish, English and French.
  • Experience in the region is desirable.
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