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WHO-Sub-National Health Cluster Coordinator-P4-Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (with potential travel to Semera)

Addis Ababa (with potential travel to Semera), Ethiopia
Position Title: Sub-National Health Cluster Coordinator
Receiving Agency: WHO
Duration: 3 months
Language: English
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (with potential travel to Semera if/when the security situation allows)
Desired Deployment Date:  February 18th, 2022



Ongoing conflict in Tigray which has spilled over has displaced 140,012 IDPs in Afar region who are accommodated at 11 IDP sites. Following the call to partners to scale up in the region, there are currently 13 partners, an increase from the initial 4.For these partners to respond effectively , coordination is vital in guiding them to ensure provision of health care to the IDPs and host communities hence the request for a Sub national Health Cluster coordinator.

The conflict resulted into am 1 hospital,13 health Centers and 48 health posts damaged in Afar. The catchment population which was served by these health facilities need to access health care through MHNTs.The SHCC will play a crucial coordinating role to ensure that partners are reaching the affected population.

Some IDPs in Afar are returning to their homes but they are still vulnerable and need humanitarian support. The SHCC will coordinate and guide partners as he/she work in collaboration with RHB and the Zonal heath administration to ensure continuity of health care to the returnees. Afar RHB have developed a Health and Nutrition response plan and partners are requested to support its implementation. The SHCC will work with partners to ensure implementation of the plan.

Identification of HIV patients on ARVs, TB patients and those on Non communicable diseases treatment among IDPs is paramount to ensure continuity of care and realizing the health cluster objective of saving lives which is a coordination task for the SHCC who will monitor the partners activities to fulfil the objective.

Bahir Dah

Amhara Region is currently hosting 2,030,489 IDPs out of which 92%(1,869,166) are living within the host communities while 161,323(7.9%) are accommodated at 72 collective sites. Ongoing conflict in Tigray which has spilled over in Amhara has displaced  67% (1,352,836) of the Amhara IDPs.

A total of 5,614,699 people are living in conflict affected areas. Amhara Regional Health Bureau (RHB)have no access to 47.6%(2,673,298)of this population hence the need of more health cluster partners scale-up to continue offering humanitarian response through deployment of Mobile Health and Nutrition Teams and support to the health facilities. There is increased risk of disease outbreaks given the deploring state of living in the IDPs sites due to congestion and sub-optimum WASH amenities.

Coordination of health partners in supporting the RHB and Zonal health offices in addressing loss to follow-up to 29,744 (HIV clients)16,165(TB clients) and 3,176(NCDs clients) whose treatment has been interrupted by the conflict is in 5 affected zones is critical. A total of 810(14 hospitals,153 health centres ,643 health posts) health facilities have been damaged or looted medical supplies and equipment. Health cluster partners ’continue to provide various health care services to the IDPs and the host communities which require guidance from a Sub national HCC to ensure fair distribution of partners and activities.

The Federal Ministry of Health and the Health Cluster at the national level have been requesting partners to increase their presence in the Region to support humanitarian response to the rising number of IDPs. Currently there are 13 partners which is an increase from the initial 6. More partners are expected once the ongoing EHF funding process is finalized. For effectiveness and efficiency from partners, coordination is paramount, hence the request of  deployment of a SNHCC at Bahir Dar hub who will work in collaboration with RHB to implement life saving  humanitarian activities which include provision of health care to the IDPs and the host communities.

Purpose of the Position:

To promote and uphold the humanitarian and public health principles by leading a coordinated and effective health sector response together with the national and international community, with specific attention to vulnerable and marginalized populations including IDPs in Afar, through effectuating WHO's commitment to work within the framework of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) and the cluster approach. The incumbent will be responsible for performing a dedicated coordination for health cluster partners in Afar health needs assessment, strategy development and resource mobilization, supporting the implementation and, monitoring the joint incident management system and advocacy function.

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

Organizational context 

Reporting to the WHO Incident manager and under technical guidance of the  national health cluster coordinator in Addis Ababa, the incumbent is expected to discharge WHO’s lead role in the health cluster and to impartially represent the interests of the members of the health cluster in Afar including the provision of active support – as applicable – to subnational cluster in Afar or working groups of the cluster which may be coordinated by other agencies.
The sub national cluster coordinator leads an interagency team in an environment that requires high standards of accountability and demonstrable leadership, coordination, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and in which the principles of partnership, collaboration and collective results are essential.

The sub national health cluster coordinator in Afar will play a strong role in promoting agreed national and international standards in all areas of healthcare, and strives for the best attainable health status for the populations served by the cluster partners in Afar Region. S/he will identify and engage with health sector stakeholders and utilize existing coordination mechanisms, including national health authorities, regional health bureau ,national and international organizations and civil society; represent the health cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms and oversee the representation of the health cluster in other relevant sectors/clusters such as WASH, logistics, nutrition, protection, maintaining neutrality vis-a-vis all partners including WHO in Afar.

Summary of Assigned Duties 

During deployment, in Semera,Afar Region, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs on the ground.

Needs assessment and gap analysis

1.    Manage, coordinate and be the overall lead within the health cluster or at inter-cluster level for rapid health needs assessments, as well as participatory assessments (multi cluster/sector initial rapid assessments and humanitarian needs overviews, post-event risk assessment post disaster/post conflict needs assessment); be familiar with and ready to choose from existing tools to confirm that the health cluster covers all identified humanitarian health needs of the affected population in Afar  in general including IDPs & hot communities.
2.    Collect information from all health partners responding to humanitarian response in in Afar on Who’s Where, since and until When, doing What (4Ws), and regularly share with the SHCC in Afar, HCC in Addis Ababa and feed the database managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). The SHCC will also provide consolidated feedback to all partners and the other clusters in Afar..

Strategic planning

3.    Lead the development, in cooperation with the sub national health cluster members, of the health sector components of the humanitarian needs overview (HNO) and humanitarian response plan (HRP) as well as contingency planning for potential new events and other interagency planning, ensure proper linkages with the incident management system in Afar , disaster risk reduction, relief and recovery to complement national health sector preparedness/response plans.
4.    Ensure full compliance with national and international norms and standards, oversee that cross- cutting issues are mainstreamed in the health cluster response and implementation plans, considering the need for local adaptation in Afar.
Coordination of the sub national health cluster

5.    Facilitate health partner coordination and involvement in health and other related sector assessments (e.g. nutrition, WASH), planning, information, interventions, monitoring and quality assurance, and regularly report on health services delivered to the affected population in Afar.
6.    Identify urgent technical gaps and training needs in relation to technical standards and protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all health cluster partners; identify opportunities for capacity building for health workers in collaboration with partners and the RHB/Zonal HB.
7.    Ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of “building back better” and specific risk reduction measures.
8.    Convene and facilitate consultative and results-oriented meetings in line with the principles of partnership and collaboration. Organize and conduct joint support missions to field operations.
9.    Oversee the development of a functional Information Management strategy and mechanism for the health cluster to facilitate information sharing as well as monitoring and reporting; ensure that the health cluster produces and disseminates to partners, donors, government and other stakeholders regular updates, technical reports, bulletins and briefings on the health status of the affected people, response activities, resources mobilization, achievements, challenges and the remedial actions when necessary.
10.    Support national (health system) ,Afar RHB ,Zonal and woreda capacity building in emergency preparedness and response in accordance with the IASC emergency response preparedness (ERP) approach and other related guidance.

Resources mobilization and funds allocation

11.    Liaise with national HCC in managing the development of resource mobilization efforts, oversee the initiation of Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) projects implementation and other pooled fund proposals and other funding documents, as required, in close collaboration with the Afar
12.     WHO IM and the National HCC in Addis Ababa, and in consultation with the sub national health cluster partners and the humanitarian Regional team in Afar and the HCT in Addis Ababa
13.    Support the national HCC in establishment of  clear and transparent prioritization criteria for vetting partners’ projects for inclusion in consolidated appeals and pooled funds processes.

Monitoring and evaluation

14.    Coordinate the development, adaptation and implementation of an indicators’ monitoring framework to ensure adequate implementation of the sub national health cluster plans in Afar; empower partners’ active involvement in joint monitoring of individual and common plans of action for health interventions. Promote peer exchange of experiences and lessons learned within the cluster partnership.

15.    Identify core advocacy concerns for the Sub national health cluster through a consultative process: develop joint cluster/ inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy is conveyed to the regional humanitarian coordinator in Addis, RC/HC and humanitarian country team. Advocate for collective action, collective results, and collective accountability.
16.    Represent the sub national health cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms at country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multisectoral responses in Afar, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions with the other clusters concerned.
17.    Advocate for priorities in the health sector, including protection for health workers and health facilities and the highest possible integration of the health-related activities in the humanitarian agenda.

Perform any other cluster related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Recruitment Profile


Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required - See WHO competency model - list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.

1.    Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2.    Teamwork
3.    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4.    Creating an empowering and motivating environment
5.    Communication

Functional Knowledge and Skills

•    Demonstrated knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to lead and direct multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
•    In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN specialized agencies, donor agencies, national and international NGOs.
•    Sound knowledge and experience about disaster prevention and preparedness programmes and the incident management system.
•    Excellent negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors.
Education Qualifications


An advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in public health, medicine, international health, management or social sciences or related field.


Specialized training in emergency management, international aid, humanitarian principles, health system recovery, and health cluster coordination.



For P4: At least seven years of relevant experience at national and international level, in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships in emergency and humanitarian relief operations, including experience in managing and coordinating health programs in chronic and acute,
sudden-onset emergencies.


Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.

Use of Language Skills

Excellent knowledge of English ,Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset 

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications. Excellent presentation skills.
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