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UNFPA-SRH Program Specialist-P4-Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (with travel)

Cox's Bazar (with travel), Bangladesh
UNFPA-SRH Program Specialist-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 or extension). Please provide a short paragraph outlining the prevailing humanitarian situation and context and why this justifies the role. 
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.

The SRHR Specialist will help to promote Sexual and Reproductive Health programming (SRHR) and SRHR services in the ongoing Rohingya refugee crises currently affecting Cox’s Bazar.  S/he will also facilitate the procurement and delivery of emergency medical supplies and equipment and provide capacity building to relevant stakeholders on SRHR 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). S/he will also assist in establishing relevant partnerships with other humanitarian stakeholders, NGOs, donors and government counterparts.


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

Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative and the Head of Sub Office CXB, the SRHR Specialist executes the following:
•    In collaboration with Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners, the SRH Program Specialist /Head of Unit oversees the implementation of health projects in line with local priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures. The SRH Program Specialist/Head of Unit oversees achievement of programme results by ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are applied by the programme team, and appropriate monitoring and oversight mechanisms and systems are established and implemented.
•    Reviews the political, social and economic environment relevant to reproductive health and rights and pursues opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention. Assesses implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution and ensures appropriate implementation.
•    Oversees project implementation, establishing collaborative partnerships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of project inputs, and addressing training needs of project personnel.
•    Manages team dynamics; ensures synergy and harmony with the team. Provides role clarity to all staff within the team by providing supportive supervision and ensuring accountability.
•    Ensures creation and documentation of knowledge about current and emerging reproductive health and rights issues by the programme team through the analysis of programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and uses this knowledge for information sharing and planning future strategies.
•    Participates in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of Country Office by ensuring preparation of relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in related donor meetings and public information events.
•    Deputizes the head of the sub-office in establishing and maintaining relations with the development partners’ consortium donors and key implementing partners including at the level of the Ministry of Health.
•    Actively supports and participates in national and regional SRH sub-working group coordination efforts, joint assessments, acting as liaison for UNFPA’s coordination with partners

Qualifications and Skills required:

Education:  Master degree in public health with a background in medicine, nursing or midwifery.

Knowledge and Experience: 7 years’ professional experience in the field of humanitarian, development and population activities, with experience in programme/project management.

Languages:  Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages is preferable.

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