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UNFPA-Humanitarian Response Coordinator-P4-Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (with travel)

Cox's Bazar (with travel), Bangladesh
UNFPA-Humanitarian Response Coordinator-P4-Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh ( with frequent travels to Bhasan Char)

Duration 3 months

Overall COVID-19 Situation in country:

The COVID19 pandemic is affecting the entire country, movement is restricted, people and protection systems weakened; women and girls are at a greater risk of experiencing gender-based violence and the threat of harmful practices including forced marriages are further heightened. The COVID pandemic has increased the vulnerability of women and girls’ mental health and psychosocial problems. This attributes to different factors including the reduction of services to critical services; movement restriction which leads to an increase intimate partner abuse; economic pressures; fear of the virus; intervention modality change (from in-person case management to remote); poor network in the camp affecting the quality of remote case management; limited capacity of service providers to address mental health and psychosocial needs in women and girls. 

Also, COVID prevention measures that have been put place has negatively affected the number of women and girls who are receiving services in women & safe spaces. The women and girls’ mental health and psychosocial needs is also exacerbated as Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh reported experiencing extreme levels of mental health distress, including trauma, depression, and anxiety.

Overall since last August there is no more lockdown in the country was stopped given reduced cases and vaccination for all above years.
OVERALL SECURITY SITUATION SUMMARY in country and main threats (armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard):

Currently Cox’s Bazar is stable. 
There are no signs of armed conflict or possible terrorist attacks. Petty crime is like in any other city but there is no evidence that UN or humanitarian workers are targeted. The HoSo participates in the monthly ASMT meetings, however, in case of an emergency all agencies are informed by UNDSS immediately. All international staff are provided with radios for use while in the field and also for checks once a week.

Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request (Please provide a short paragraph outlining the prevailing humanitarian situation and context and why this justifies the role and how its related to COVID-19 support.)
The influx of 850,000 Rohingya refugees seeking refuge in Bangladesh from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State since 25 August 2017, led to one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world.  More than half of these refugees are women and girls. 

Many forms disproportionately affect refugees, especially women and girls and patterns of GBV including rape, conflict-related sexual violence, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, child and forced marriages, sexual exploitation, survival sex, and forced engagement in drug and sex trade. This, in addition to lack of sexual and reproductive health services increases their vulnerabilities. 

These refugees are currently living in overcrowded camps and camp-like settings in Cox’s Bazar.  In a bid to reduce the extreme overcrowding in the camp and camp-like settings, the Bangladeshi government prepared a settlement for Rohingya refugees in a remote silt Island in the Bay of Bengal, Bhasan Char. Since December 2020 the government has moved 17,000 Rohingya refugees (with the aim of eventually moving 100,000) to Bhasan Char. The island is located very far (more than 300 Kilometer) from Cox’s bazar. Therefore, it will need both remote and in person operational and monitoring support for service continuity 
Recent multi-sectoral needs assessments lead by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, which included an assessment by UNFPA showed a dire need for basic Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response services, triggering the need to implement the MISP for SRH.   The need assessment conducted by a protection group in Bhasan Char also showed that there are no comprehensive services for GBV, nor any community based protection activities. Therefore, the need to implement multi-sectoral SRHR/GBV integrated services cannot be over emphasized.   

This need is then exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to pose a burden on health systems, increasing healthcare-related infections, creating a major public health problem.  

UNFPA is responding to the urgent need to provide essential minimum initial service package for reproductive health to Rohingya refugees in Bhasan Char through and integrated approach, as well as strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) measures at service delivery points, including ensuring access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and capacity building for health workers.


Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and direct supervision by the Head of UNFPA Sub-Office, the incumbent will assist the Country Office in the planning, coordination and implementation of humanitarian interventions, including rapid assessments, programme development, implementation, IP monitoring and supervision and resource mobilization.  The incumbent will provide direct support to Sub Office affected by crises in the acute response phase and, in consultation with the Head of Sub-Office, will closely work with authorities, humanitarian agencies, civil society and local counterparts to provide humanitarian assistance to crisis affected communities in a manner consistent with the methodology outlined in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Cluster system and Humanitarian Programme Cycle


The scope of the activities listed below may vary depending on the length of assignment and phase of the crisis. 

Programme Development and Implementation
  • Ensure inclusion of integrated SRH, GBV, and gender concerns in joint UN missions (led by UNHCR and WFP) and other rapid assessments in close collaboration with SRH and GBV officers.
  • Ensure all programmes are implemented following Minimum Standard of SRHR and GBV in emergencies  
  • Ensure a multisectoral/multiagency SRH/GBV integrated program implementation  
  • Advise the UNFPA CO and Head of sub-Office and assist in the preparation for and participate in coordination meetings (led by UNHCR) relating to emergency response, and ensure follow up.
  • Support the development of CERF, Flash Appeal proposals and ensure quality review. Actively liaise with donors and Cluster/Working Group leads to ensure UNFPA’s mandates are fully represented in resource mobilization efforts.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the UNFPA Standards Operating Procedures for humanitarian settings. 
  • Support the Rep and HoSo to liaise with UNFPA ROs, and HQ units to share information, provide necessary updates and seek guidance as necessary.
  • Identify areas of collaboration with humanitarian agencies and national partners to address SRH, HIV/AIDS, youth, gender and GBV issues in their plans, and programmes.
  • Liaise with community organizations, faith-based organizations, and community leaders to increase their participation in the process of planning, monitoring and evaluating activities.
  • Participate in CO/Sub Office and other cluster/ inter-agency meetings as needed.

Rapid Assessments/field visits
  • As appropriate, participate in /ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s core Areas of Responsibility in rapid field/needs assessments of the crisis-affected populations.
  • If applicable, visit Refugee/IDP and host communities and conduct in-depth interviews with camp managers, UNHCR and other agencies present on the ground to gather information on the immediate needs of the people and the services to be provided.
  • Undertake missions and assessments as appropriate to recommend strategic approaches and to address issues, such as RH, HIV/AIDS, gender, GBV, mental health and psychosocial issues, data and young people.

Orientation / Training
  • Orient Country Office on Humanitarian Reform and UNFPA’s role within the reform, especially as it relates to the Cluster Approach and the contents CERF Life-Saving Criteria and provide overall orientation on UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate and Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Familiarize/orient the CO with existing rapid needs assessment tools.

  • As requested, coordinate CO’s various interventions and represent UNFPA at Cluster / Working Group coordination meetings to share knowledge and ensure comprehensive understanding.
  • Ensure inclusion of UNFPA mandate through participation in existing Clusters, and/or, if appropriate, assist in the establishment of working groups to address RH, GBV and gender.
  • Liaise with other sectors/Clusters (such as health, protection, WASH, camp management, education, logistics, early recovery) to ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s mandate.
  • Develop the Joint Response Plan for Bhasan char in coordination with other sectors for SRH, GBV and A&Y

Communication/ Reporting
  • Assist the CO in preparing relevant advocacy material and updates for relevant stakeholders and partners including donors.
  • Assist in providing regular updates to ISCG and/or Cluster leads on UNFPA’s humanitarian interventions to be included in situation reports (i.e.:  ISCG and UNFPA SitReps).
  • Track and regularly update supported humanitarian interventions (i.e. status of funding proposals, distribution of supplies, training).

Resource Mobilization/Humanitarian funding
  • Advocate for inclusion of ICPD PoA in emergency response and ensure UNFPA is well positioned in resource mobilization efforts, including humanitarian funding mechanisms such as Flash Appeal/ CERF).
  • As necessary, identify and organize meetings with in-country donors to discuss resource mobilization.

Capacity Development
  • 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 crises, as needed. 

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 technical degree preferably in medicine, public health, social sciences, humanitarian response, international relations or related field OR
  • Equivalent 7 to 10 years of experience in coordinating, developing, managing and implementing SRHR/GBV integrated humanitarian interventions in an emergency context, particularly implementing the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) and following the Minimum Standard of GBViE 
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian reform process and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors.
  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in English and in other official UN languages required/desirable (depending on country, insert language where necessary).

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