Duration 6 months
CONTEXT AND JUSTIFICATION:
Moldova, which shares a 1,222 km long border with Ukraine, is already being impacted by the conflict escalation affecting Ukraine, particularly if Ukraine’s central or southern territories (including Odessa) would be affected. Any coordination effort to respond to a displacement crisis would also need to take into consideration that a large section of Moldova’s border with Ukraine is controlled by the “de facto” structures in the Transnistria region (25 out of 67 border crossings with Ukraine) and that many people would need to travel through a section of this territory before crossing the Nistru River.
In the context of a significant increase in the number of refugees that might result from a potential major escalation of the conflict in Ukraine - it is of the utmost importance for the UNFPA and other UN agencies to support the national Government in GBV and SRH response. UNFPA Moldova Country Office foresees increasing its organizational capacity in providing support to the national Government, with a focus on preventing and responding to GBV and addressing the needs of the refugees and affected population.
Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Representative/ Senior Emergency Coordinator (in a scale up), the Logistician works in close collaboration with implementing partners, other agencies and field staff to coordinate overall logistics support for UNFPA operations and in particular ensure effective management of emergency RH commodities and supplies at the central and peripheral levels (including management systems to record, track and report receipt, storage, refrigeration, transportation and distribution of all UNFPA goods including medical supplies). The incumbent will also be responsible for liaising with relevant humanitarian stakeholders working in relevant sectors/Clusters, such as Health, WASH, Protection, Logistics, Camp Management, Education, etc. to ensure inclusion of commodities specific to UNFPA’s mandate in the overall national humanitarian response plan.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Rapid Assessments/Field Visits
Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)
Moldova, with a total population of 2.5 million, remains one of the poorest countries in Europe and has suffered from frequent political turbulence, corruption and weak institutions for many years. While the current government aims to address these challenges as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the energy crisis, the country in its present state would lack the institutional capacity and experience to support/absorb large numbers of refugees resulting from a major escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, including at the point of entry, and would require international support to deal with this crisis, even if only as a transit country. Such support would also need to take into consideration the potential severe consequences for Moldova, which could include hardships for receiving communities and pressures on the economy. The unresolved Transnistria region conflict would present a complicating factor in the context of a major escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, ranging from the impact of an energy/gas supply crisis; the movement of refugees from Ukraine; the movement of internally displaced people from the left bank, and the potential role of Russian forces in the Transnistria region.
Programme Implementation and Coordination
- As appropriate, participate in joint field assessments or undertake UNFPA specific field visits/assessment missions to gain a better understanding of existing logistics infrastructure, warehousing facilities, health facilities and distribution systems.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Mobilize supplies (RH Emergency Kits, Dignity Kits) to the affected areas.
- Identify possible gaps in the logistics pipeline and provide input on how to strengthen the logistics chain (from calculating needs to procurement to actual distribution, monitoring and reporting).
- Develop systems/standard protocols through which the UNFPA CO/Sub-office can operate, manage and forecast its emergency commodity needs (e.g. transportation, warehousing, distribution channels, contingency plans).
- Provide support in projecting future needs for prepositioning (as appropriate) emergency supplies.
- Liaise with the HQ Humanitarian Logistics Advisor and coordinate with global and country logistics clusters (if activated).
Liaising/Coordination with Partner Agencies
- Establish a monitoring mechanism that takes into consideration warehouse capacity, access, utilization rate, coverage and distribution to track and monitor emergency RH kits and commodities.
- In collaboration with the humanitarian or RH focal point, identify technical capacity of health facilities and personnel to utilize emergency RH kits.
- Undertake monitoring visits to ensure proper storage, distribution, and utilization of emergency RH supplies.
- Track the receipt and distribution of all RH commodities and supplies.
- Set up and implement a data system in order to follow the Last Mile assurance.
- Liaise with humanitarian stakeholders working in relevant sectors/Clusters, such as Health, WASH, Protection, Logistics, Camp Management, Education, etc. to ensure inclusion of commodities specific to UNFPA’s mandate into the national humanitarian response plan.
- Establish partnerships with agencies that have broader logistics capacity than UNFPA (WFP, UNICEF, etc.) in order to facilitate movement of UNFPA commodities.
- Provide regular updates on UNFPA RH commodities and supplies management for inclusion in donor reports and OCHA SitReps.
Any Other Duties
- Provide coaching to newly recruited staff and consultants, where appropriate.
- Coach and build capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to crisis, as appropriate.
Qualifications and Skills Required:
- Perform any other duties as required by the Representative and/or Emergency Response Specialist.
- Advanced degree in logistics management or equivalent relevant professional certification in areas such as transport, distribution and supply chain management.
- Degree in public health, medicine or pharmacy preferable
- 5-7 years of relevant experience in logistics management
- Managing medical supplies distribution, storage, transportation operations in emergency settings (military, commercial or with an international organization).
- Experience and knowledge of UN systems, especially UNFPA, an advantage.
- Experience in challenging and complex humanitarian/emergency setting
- Good knowledge of humanitarian response.
- Adaptable and able to manage themselves in stressful situations.
- Proficiency in English required; Russian and/or Ukrainian desirable.