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UNFPA-Humanitarian Coordinator-P4-Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines
Humanitarian Coordinator Surge Capacity
(TOR’s adapted during COVID-19)

Title: Humanitarian Coordinator Level: P4
Requesting Agency UNFPA Country:   Philippines
Principal duty station and
% of time of any travel to other duty stations
 Manila with travel to the affected areas
Security phase in country / duty station/s person will be required to work in  low
What type of working arrangement is available and requested now?
In-country international deployment: Yes
In-country telecommuting: Yes
Remote-based support from outside country acceptable: Yes
Some movement on the ground is permissible: Yes
Requested date of deployment  ASAP Requested length of deployment (in months)  4   months initially    
How will the assignment be funded?
Seeking Funds
First request or extension?
Extension request
What type of emergency is the person to support? (Please select or highlight)
  1. COVID-19 response efforts
  2. Rapid onset emergency
  3. Protracted humanitarian emergency
  4. Combination. Specify:      

Mission Specific Considerations during COVID-19

Remote-Based Deployments (if remote-based please only fill in this table)
Considerations for remote-based deployments
If the deployment is remote-based, is the country office set up to ensure ongoing communication / team integration and appropriate supervision with the deployee from afar? Please explain.  
Not applicable

Physical deployments (only fill out if you anticipate surge to physically deploy)
Pre-departure considerations for physical deployments
Does this duty station require candidates to have undertaken SSAFE training? If so, can the office provide training upon arrival?  
Are there any special/new, specific visa considerations that need to be considered?

What type of quarantining rules does the local government mandate at this stage upon arrival?
Be sure to include how long for, and possible locations the person will/should be quarantined. i.e. government mandated facilities or pre-approved hotels, etc
Currently there are no quarantine rules upon arrival for fully vaccinated persons. 
C-19 testing and clearance
Does the Surge need to undertake any COVID-19 testing prior to arrival or upon arrival? Are there any other medical clearances or vaccines deployees need to undertake before travel to this country?

Yes at least 48 hours prior to arrival

Yellow fever certificate
Is there any equipment that the Surge should become equipped with prior to travel, e.g. PPE such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc?

Is there any other paperwork that the local government authorities require upon entry/re-entry into the country? Visa, Hotel reservation, one health pass form filled in prior to departure from the country of destination/port of origin
On mission considerations (for physical deployments):
What type of accommodation is available for Surge deployees?
Hotel in and outside of MetroManila and Apartments in Manila (for 3 months stay and more)
Is the duty station on an R&R cycle and if so how often? Please provide any details that have changed because of COVID-19
Medical Treatment
Are there any government restrictions or limitations that would adversely impact in-country medical treatment plans or medical evacuation?

What is the capacity of local facilities that can be used to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19?
Local facilities have adequate capacity to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19.
Office arrangement for telecommuting
If the Surge needs to telecommute within the country, can the country office demonstrate that the deployee is realistically able to work in terms of remote connectivity, equipment, etc.?
If the Surge is required to physically deploy, can the country office provide necessary equipment, e.g. masks, gloves, sanitizer?

Yes, masks and sanitizer
What is the capacity of local facilities that can be used to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19? Local facilities have adequate capacity to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19.

Overall COVID-19 Situation in country:

As of 5 July 2022, there are 3,708,271 COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, of which 3,637,976 have recovered and 60,592 deaths (See National Department of Health website). A total of 309 COVID-19 testing laboratories are spread out across the country.  The National Capital Region is under Alert Level 1, where: 1. Intrazonal and interzonal travel shall be allowed without regard to age and comorbidities, as may be determined by the Local Government Units, which should not be stricter as those prescribed under Alert Level 2 and subject to the oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of their respective Regional Inter-agency Task Force (RIATF). Provided that those below eighteen (18) years of age, and those belonging to the vulnerable population, shall be allowed access to obtain essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries and offices in accordance with existing labor laws, rules, and regulations. Individual outdoor exercises shall also be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status. Agencies and instrumentalities of the government and other institutions such as the United Nations in the Philippines, shall remain to be fully operational and shall return to 100 per cent on-site capacity while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements. About 70.5 percent of the population (estimated at 70 million) have been fully vaccinated and 11 percent of the population (5 years and older) are  with the 2nd vaccine booster dose.

Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)

Crime, Armed Conflict, and Hazards
Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request

On December 16th, 2021 Super Typhoon Rai (locally called Odette) slammed into the Philippines with sustained maximum winds of 195 and gusts of up to 260 km/hr. A total of nine landfalls left significant devastation across 9 distinct regions in the country, with the most severely impacted areas being the coastal communities of Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Southern Leyte, Bohol, and Cebu. A total of 2.1 million homes were damaged, of which 425,000 were completely destroyed, leaving many in evacuation centers and in need of protection, health, shelter, and food support. The effects of the typhoon were immense, with long term power outages, network failures, road damage and destruction to infrastructure, including for hospitals, primary health facilities, and gender-based violence (GBV) service points. Nearly four months later, on April 9, 2022, Tropical Storm Megi (locally called Agaton) hit the Eastern Visayas region, including Leyte, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte - involving locations already affected by Odette. This storm entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility during the summer months which is unprecedented and indicative of the looming threat of climate change. 250,000 people were displaced, and the effects of heavy flooding and landslides resulted in 214 deaths and leaving 132 missing. Of the newly affected 2,298,780, an estimated 594,331 were women of reproductive age.
UNFPA has been actively engaged in the response to Super Typhoon Odette since December, 2021 and in supporting the humanitarian responders during Agaton. Alternative service delivery methods including Women’s Health on Wheels, Emergency Maternity Tent Facilities and Sea Ambulance have been deployed to meet the needs for SRHR and to ensure the MISP essentials available to the affected population. Women Friendly Spaces and Women and Children Protection Units were established to offer safe and confidential spaces for response to GBV, and to offer service delivery points for women and girls, allowing for access to information,  linkage and referral as needed.
There are outstanding needs that continue today, and UNFPA is committed to the continuity of services in the Southern Leyte and Caraga locations - the locations of two established UN hubs - to reach the most vulnerable women and girls, especially from geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. Funding received will ensure response and early recovery services through December 2022. The Philippines CO is also involved in disaster risk management and preparedness, and is on stand-by to respond quickly to any future humanitarian disasters.
Role Description:

Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative, the incumbent will assist the Country Office in the planning, coordination and implementation of humanitarian interventions, including rapid assessments, programme development and implementation.  The incumbent will provide direct support to the CO affected by crises in the acute response phase and, in consultation with the Representative and the Assistant Representative, will work closely with authorities, humanitarian agencies, civil society and local counterparts to provide humanitarian assistance to crisis-affected communities in a manner consistent with the methodology outlined in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Cluster system and Humanitarian Programme Cycle.


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

Programme Development and Implementation
  • Ensure inclusion of SRH, GBV, and gender concerns in joint UNCT/UNDAC missions and other rapid assessments in close collaboration with SRH and GBV officers.
  • Advise the UNFPA CO      ; assist in the preparation for and participate in coordination meetings relating to emergency response, and ensure follow up.
  • Support the development of Flash Appeal, other donor proposals and ensure quality review.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the UNFPA Standards Operating Procedures for humanitarian settings. 
  • Liaise with UNFPA ROs, SROs and HQ units to share information, provide necessary updates and seek guidance as necessary.
  • Identify areas of collaboration with humanitarian agencies and national counterparts to address SRH, HIV/AIDS, youth, gender and GBV issues in their plans, and programmes.
  • Liaise with community organizations, faith-based organizations, and community leaders to increase their participation in the process of planning, monitoring and evaluating activities.
  • Participate in CO and other cluster/ inter-agency meetings as needed.

Rapid Assessments/field visits
  • As appropriate, participate in /ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s core Areas of Responsibility in rapid field/needs assessments of the crisis-affected populations.
  • Undertake missions and assessments as appropriate to recommend strategic approaches and to address issues, such as SRH, HIV/AIDS, gender, GBV, mental health and psychosocial issues, data and young people.
  • Assist with monitoring of programs, identify continued gaps and needs, and ensure quality of response and early recovery services

Orientation / Training
  • Orient Country Office on Humanitarian Reform and UNFPA’s role within the reform, especially as it relates to the Cluster Approach and the contents CERF Life-Saving Criteria and provide overall orientation on UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate and Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Familiarize/orient the CO with existing rapid needs assessment tools.
  • Support onboarding of humanitarian staff and implementing partners and familiarize with UNFPA mandate, operating standards and implementation of programs and sub cluster coordination

  • As requested, coordinate CO’s various interventions and represent UNFPA at Cluster / Working Group coordination meetings to share knowledge and ensure comprehensive understanding.
  • Ensure inclusion of UNFPA mandate through participation in existing Clusters, and/or, if appropriate, assist in the establishment of working groups to address SRH, GBV and gender.
  • Liaise with other sectors/Clusters (such as health, protection, WASH, camp management, education, logistics, early recovery) to ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s mandate.

Communication/ Reporting
  • Assist the CO in preparing relevant advocacy material and updates for relevant stakeholders and partners including donors.
  • Assist in providing regular updates to OCHA and/or Cluster leads on UNFPA’s humanitarian interventions to be included in situation reports (i.e.:  OCHA SitRep).
  • Track and regularly update supported humanitarian interventions (i.e. status of funding proposals, distribution of supplies, training).

Resource Mobilization/Humanitarian funding
  • Advocate for inclusion of ICPD PoA in emergency response and ensure UNFPA is well positioned in resource mobilization efforts, including humanitarian funding mechanisms such as Flash Appeal/ CERF).
  • As necessary, identify and organize meetings with in-country donors to discuss resource mobilization and facilitate field missions for donors     

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 emergency/humanitarian crises, 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:
  • Advanced technical degree preferably in medicine, public health, social sciences, humanitarian response, international relations or related field.
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in coordinating, developing and implementing humanitarian interventions in crisis settings.
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian reform process and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors.
  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in English and in other official UN languages required/desirable

Required Competencies: 
●    Integrity
●    Commitment,
●    Embracing cultural diversity,
●    Embracing change

Core Competencies: 
●    Achieving results,
●    Accountability,
●    Developing & applying professional expertise,
●    Analytical & Strategic Thinking,
●    Working in teams/managing ourselves and relationships,
●    Communicating for impact.

Functional Skill set:
●    Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise,
●    Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances and partnerships,
●    Job knowledge/Technical expertise.

Other Desirable Skills:
●    Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance,
●    Providing strategic focus

Fluency in English is required
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