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UNFPA-SRH Programme Specialist-P3/P4-Uzhgorod, Ukraine

Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Position Title: SRH Programming Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNFPA
P Level: P3/P4
Location: Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Duration: 6 months
Language: English is required. Russian/Ukrainian is an asset


Civilian casualties continue to increase after over two weeks of intense hostilities. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates 1,506 civilian casualties, including 549 killed . However, these estimates are likely to be much higher as the situation continues to worsen. Since the invasion on 24th February over 4.2 million people have been forcibly displaced with estimates of over 2 million refugees crossing into nearby countries. The most urgent needs for humanitarian assistance are reported in Dnipro (central), Donetsk region (east), Kharkiv city and region (east), Kherson city and region (south), Kyiv city and region (capital), Luhansk region (east) and Mariupol (south-east) – home to more than 7.3 million people combined. Dwindling cash reserves, empty ATMs and suspended money transfer services have greatly curtailed people's ability to purchase basic goods, including personal female hygiene items, amidst the threats of shortage of basic necessities, including food, medicines and fuel due to disrupted supply chain at the Ukrainian borders and within the nation.

Attacks on health facilities have been reported by the WHO with at least 24 confirmed. This has severe implications on the local population, particularly for women and girls who are often the most vulnerable during such crises. As of 8th March, there are an estimated 265,000 pregnant women in Ukraine and some 80,000 are expected to deliver within the next three months. RH medical supplies are in great need. Ensuring continuity of life-saving health and social services, including SRH and GBV prevention and response, for those people on the move is critical. Special attention needs to be paid to the heightened protection risks of vulnerable groups, including women and children, GBV survivors, older persons, people living with disabilities and third-country migrants.

UNFPA Ukraine Country Office has been reprogramming its activities and some of its resources to be
prepared to increase its operational capacity to deliver lifesaving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and supplies, prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) and provide psychosocial support in western Ukraine to respond to the growing needs of the population, who were displaced from eastern Ukraine, Kyiv and other regions. UNFPA maintains direct contact with its partners and health facilities in the whole country.

Overall COVID-19 Situation in country: 

Pre-escalation on 24th February, the government of Ukraine has introduced a so-called “adaptive quarantine regime” provisioning COVID-19 related restrictions that differ depending on pandemic situation in each specific region. Most regions have re-opened the services and institutions, subject to certain social distancing requirements. COVID-19 related quarantine restrictions on entering Ukraine do not apply to the employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, offices of international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine and members of their families. Crossing the state border of Ukraine by foreigners without an existing insurance policy (certificate) which covers the costs associated with treatment of COVID-19 and the negative result of testing for COVID-19 by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which was done no more than 72 hours before crossing the state border, will be prohibited.  Commercial international passenger services to and from Ukraine resumed. Most of the land border crossing points (BCPs) remain opened. For information regarding the UN response to COVID-19, including contact information of COVID19 coordinators in specific countries, please use the following website: https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/covid-19-coordinators      

Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: 

Ukraine Eastern Conflict Area
Armed Conflict    HIGH
Terrorism     LOW
Civil Unrest    MODERATE
Hazards    LOW

Ukraine mainland
HIGH (5)
Armed Conflict    EXTREME
Terrorism     MODERATE
Civil Unrest    HIGH
Hazards    LOW

Armed conflict threat levels rose significantly following the launch of the Russian Federation invasion  of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Russian troops moved across the Ukrainian border in several waves, towards the port city of Odessa, moving inland from Crimea in the south, crossing the eastern border near Kharkiv, and moving their positions in Belarus into an area north of Kyiv. Full-scale armed conflict is ongoing with organized structured forces, including a full involvement of the regular RF military, aviation, and maritime forces, as well as newly mobilized Ukrainian civilian self-defense force. Shelling, air strikes and fighting are ongoing in multiple locations in the Kyiv, north-eastern, Donbass and southern frontlines of Ukraine. While the Russian Federation announced its intention to target only military infrastructure, reports indicate extensive damage to civilians, their properties, and civilian infrastructures. In addition to active conflict and the use of unguided munitions with associated collateral risk, the threat from mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war is expected to be acute. 

Crime: Lone criminals or criminal groups are operating mainly in big cities across Ukraine, sometimes armed. The mounting humanitarian crisis and dire impact of the ongoing conflict on the lives and livelihoods of ordinary citizens has can lead to a surge in crime, potentially raising the risks of violent attacks and robberies against UN personnel, assets, and operations. UN equipment and premises in areas with no or limited/reduced UN presence remain vulnerable to theft, raids or use for military purposes. Opportunistic crime, street theft, burglary, rape, vehicle theft, and vandalism pose a threat to the local population as well as expatriates. Security Levels: Ukraine Mainland – Security Level Five (High)

Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Ukraine CO Representative and/or Senior Emergency Coordinator,the incumbent helps promote Sexual and Reproductive Health programming (SRH) and SRH services in crises and post crisis situations using the framework of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP), as well as more comprehensive SRH to the extent possible. The incumbent also facilitates the procurement and delivery of emergency medical supplies and equipment; orients on SRH related issues (including reproductive, maternal and new-born health, family planning information and services, STIs and HIV prevention, care and treatment, and clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence). The incumbent also assists in establishing relevant partnerships with other humanitarian stakeholders, NGOs, donors and government counterparts. 


MISP/Comprehensive SRH Rollout and Programme Implementation:
●    Conduct/Lead rapid assessment/s of SRH needs of the affected population
●    Oversee (in collaboration with the Logistics/Procurement officer) procurement of emergency RH kits, equipment and medical supplies and, in collaboration with GBV programme specialist, dignity kits; develop a distribution plan to meet the needs of implementing partners and other identified partners in providing SRH services, monitor distribution and ensure utilization reporting.
●    Ensure implementation of the SRH services, including MISP (Minimum
●    Initial Service Package) and comprehensive SRH care, by implementing partners
●    Oversee (with the M&E officer) the monitoring of MISP implementation.
●    Explore other opportunities and entry points to deliver SRH services for specific at risk vulnerable groups affected by the crisis, e.g.: uniformed personnel, sex workers, ex- combatants, women associated with armed forces, persons with disabilities, adolescents, LGBTQI+ etc.
●    Assess the need for, initiate and coordinate training sessions on SRH in emergencies (for health care providers, community services officers, security personnel, IDP population, host population, etc.).
●    Assist in developing/adapting protocols for selected areas in programme coordination (such as syndromic case management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), referral for emergency obstetric care, midwifery, fistula repair, medical response to survivors of rape, counselling and family planning services, etc.).
●    Provide inputs for SitReps and other communication products, as required.
●    Ensure an effective response linkages between SRH and GBV programme.
●    Develop an exit strategy, which includes the transition to evidence-based, comprehensive SRH programmes.

●    Ensure SRH needs are addressed within the Health cluster and within OCHA Situation Reports.
●    Maintain working relationship and share relevant information with UN Health Cluster
●    Liaise with WHO, UNICEF and other partners  to provide SRH services and commodities for affected populations.
●    Establish strong linkages between existing SRH and GBV programmes with regard to the health sector response for survivors of sexual violence.

Resource Mobilization:
●    Assist CO in developing proposals and fund raising for SRH programming.

Monitoring and Evaluation:
●    Monitor SRH assistance, including clinical management of rape, provided by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations, in particular IDPs/returnees, and ensure adequate SRH requirements are being met.
●    Conduct monitoring visits, if requested.
●    Monitor SRH supplies provided to IPs, including maintain a database on SRH commodities and supplies dignity kits and share information with coordinating UN agencies and host communities - NGO and government implementing partners.

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 humanitarian/emergency crisis, 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:
●    Clinical degree (e.g.:medecine, midwifery,  nursing)
●    An advanced University degree in Medical sciences or public health, or equivalent qualifications;
●    5 or more years working experience in the field of reproductive health, preferably in the UN system or INGO;
●    Experience in coordination and implementation of Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health;
●    Humanitarian experience and international experience are of added advantage;
●    Fluency in oral and written English; working knowledge of other UN languages a plus.  


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