Duration 3 months
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 which started in Ukraine on Feb. 24th, 2022, 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.
Moldova, which shares a 1,222 km long border with Ukraine, could be impacted by any escalation in conflict 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.
Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request
Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova and the direct supervision of the UNFPA Moldova Assistant Representative, the Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordinator will provide significant advisory support and substantial inputs in planning and designing the advocacy, awareness raising and coordination interventions and information & communication products targeting the conflict affected population/refugees on the availability of lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services and on the referral mechanisms for accessing them in the Republic of Moldova.
In the context of significant numbers of refugees that might result from a potential major escalation of the conflict in Ukraine - it is of the utmost importance for UNFPA to support the national Government, especially the health system in order to ensure the awareness raising of the refugees and particularly of adolescent girls and women of reproductive age, on the availability of lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services and on the referral mechanisms/ modality to access them, particularly those related to clinical management of rape services, family planning services and contraceptives, safe abortion and post-abortion care, HIV and STIs prevention and clinical management, as well as comprehensive emergency obstetric care.
UNFPA Moldova Country Office foresees to increase its organizational capacity in providing humanitarian support to the national Government, with a focus on preventing and responding to sexual violence and addressing other sexual and reproductive health needs of the affected population in the context of the humanitarian crisis.
In that regard, the Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordinator will assist the UNFPA Moldova Country Office in planning, coordination and implementation of UNFPA’s interventions focusing on the coordination, the promotion for availability of Sexual and Reproductive Health services for all refugees and potentially newly displaced people in the context of humanitarian crisis and increasing affected population/ refugees’ awareness on the availability of lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services and on the referral mechanisms for accessing them in the Republic of Moldova. In case the humanitarian situation will require, the incumbent will also provide support to the UNFPA Moldova Country Office in planning and conducting the procurement and distribution of the Emergency Reproductive Health Kits to respond to the SRH-related needs of the conflict affected population/refugees.
The Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the UNFPA Moldova Programme Analyst on SRH, Gender focal point, and Communication Analyst, participating within joint focal points meetings with other sister UN Agencies (WHO, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, etc), providing also inputs and feedback on jointly developed documents related to responding to refugees emergencies.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordinator will provide:
In case the situation so requires - the incumbent will also provide support to the UNFPA Moldova Country Office in planning and conducting the procurement and distribution of the Emergency Reproductive Health Kits to respond to the SRH-related needs of the conflict affected population/refugees and in developing the applications for resource mobilization, as needed, in that regard.
- Significant advisory support to the UNFPA Moldova Country Office in SRH coordination and programming for improved response to the SRH-related needs of the conflict affected population, and particularly of adolescent girls and reproductive age women;
- Establish a SRH sub-working group under the Health working group or cluster, if established, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health as co-chair;
- Significant advisory and technical support in ensuring the visibility of UNFPA support in humanitarian work, including support in developing the advocacy materials (content to be posted on websites, press releases, other visibility tools)
- Technical support in increasing affected population awareness on the availability of lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services and on the referral mechanisms for accessing them in the Republic of Moldova, supporting the development of IEC materials targeting conflict affected population
- Considering available data at the national level, will make proposals to improve SRH service delivery to the targeted conflict affected population/ refugees (proposals on the modality of strengthening, as needed the referral mechanism for accessing life-saving SRH services by crisis affected population);
- If the humanitarian situation requires - the incumbent will also provide support to UNFPA Moldova Country Office in assessing and estimating the needs and conducting the procurement and distribution of Emergency Reproductive Health Kits to respond to the SRH-related needs of the conflict affected population/refugees
- Significantly contribute to proposal writing for resource mobilization and engaging in other fundraising efforts to support the UNFPA Moldova CO in refugees’ response
- Contribute to development of the UNFPA Moldova CO inputs to UN Situation Reports and other jointly developed documents related to responding to refugee emergencies.
Qualifications and Skills Required:
- Perform any other duties assigned by the Supervisor.
- An advanced Degree in Medicine, Public Health, Midwifery, Nursing, or equivalent qualifications.
- 7 or more years working experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health, in the UN System; out of which 4 are at the international level, preferably in an emergency context in developing countries.
- Experience in managing SRH needs in crisis situations such as during the influx of refugees in Balkan countries, Turkey, or Greece, highly desirable
- Proved working experience in humanitarian emergency response, particularly in coordination and implementation of Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health in an emergency context.
- Strong analytical, coordination, advocacy, and communication skills.
- Fluency in oral and written English; Russian language is an advantage.