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UNFPA-SRH Programme Specialist-P3-Madagascar (40% Fitovinany, 60% Vatovavy regions)

Fitovinany (40%), Vatovavy (60%), Madagascar
Position Title: SRH Programme Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNFPA
P Level: P3
Location: Madagascar (40% Fitovinany region, 60% Vatovavy region)
Duration: 3 months 
Language: French and English required

Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request 

The South-East of Madagascar, specifically the Vatovavy and Fitovinany regions which have a population of over 1.7 million people, has experienced two tropical storm systems this year which resulted in destruction of infrastructure and roads, loss of property and livelihood, and interruption of electricity and water supplies.
On 19 January 2023, tropical storm CHENESO made landfall on the northeast of Antalaha and caused heavy rainfall and flooding in 17 regions with 90,870 people affected including 34,114 displaced persons. On 19 February 2023, Very Intense Tropical Cyclone FREDDY made landfall approximately 30 km north of the town of Mananjary and intensified into a moderate tropical storm with preliminary reports indicating that seven people died and 116,701 people affected including 37,731 displaced persons. Due to extreme conditions of life and inappropriate shelter which may exacerbate already high levels of violence against women and girls, as well as an increased risk of unplanned pregnancy and pregnancy-related complications; high potential risk of maternal death due to lack of access to health facilities, UNFPA immediately offered its assistance to the Government as part of the joint efforts of the United Nations.

Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)
The presence of heavily armed groups decimates cows, kidnaps women and children, creating insecurity. This growing insecurity has weakened the already embryonic economy of the country. The country is used to facing natural disasters such as cyclones.

Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Representative and the direct supervision of the Humanitarian Coordinator, and under the framework of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP), the incumbent helps promote Sexual and Reproductive Health programming (SRH) and SRH services in crises and post crisis situations. 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 care for survivors of violence).

In consultation with the Deputy Representative and the Humanitarian Coordinator, the incumbent will work closely with and establish relevant partnerships with other humanitarian stakeholders, NGOs, donors and government counterparts. When the situation stabilizes, the incumbent guides on the establishment of comprehensive SRH services.

MISP 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 as well as dignity kits; develop a distribution plan to meet the needs of implementing partners other identified NGOs for RH services, monitor distribution and ensure utilization reporting.
  • Based on MISP projection and rapid assessment findings, implement the MISP (Minimum
  • Initial Service Package) through RH working group 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.: adolescents, sex workers, persons with disabilities, etc.
  • Initiate and coordinate training sessions on SRH in emergencies (for health care providers, community services officers, security personnel, refugee/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, clinical management of rape, counselling and family planning services, etc.).
  • Coach and support COs to strengthen the implementation of MISP – sexual and reproductive health priorities and to assess progress towards achievement with technical tools and approaches, and to accelerate implementation of activities funded through CERF and UNFPA Emergency Response Fund.
  • Provide inputs for SitReps and other communication products, as required.
  • Ensure an effective response that integrates SRH (including ASRH), GBV and data interventions.
  • Develop an exit strategy, which includes the transition to evidence-based, comprehensive SRH programmes.

  • Ensure SRH needs are addressed within the health cluster (if cluster approach is activated in the emergency context) and within OCHA Situation Reports.
  • Maintain working relationship and share relevant information with UN Health Cluster
  • 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/HIV and AIDS assistance provided by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations, in particular IDPs/returnees, and ensure adequate RH/HIV and AIDS requirements are being met.
  • Conduct monitoring visits, if requested.
  • 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 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:
  • An advanced University degree in Medical sciences (e.g nursing, midwifery, medicine) 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 French and English
CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy towards Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH). For this reason, we adhere to all policies, procedures and training of the United Nations on The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH). CANADEM mandates all deployees successfully complete the PSEA online course. This e-learning course is composed of a set of lessons designed to raise awareness about SEAH, become familiar with a range of measures to combat SEAH, understand the impact on victims and the consequences for UN Personnel who commit Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment.

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