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UNFPA-SRHiE Programme Spcecialist-P3-Gaza, Palestinian Territories

Gaza, Palestinian Territories
Position Title: SRHiE Programme Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNFPA
P Level: P3
Location: Gaza, Palestinian Territories
Duration: 1 month
Language: English required. Arabic is an asset. 

Mission Specific Considerations

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.  
 N/A

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? No SSAFE required for Jerusalem / West Bank or Cairo, Egypt
SSAFE required for Gaza and incumbent would need to be SSAFE trained prior to travel to Gaza
Visa
Are there any special/new, specific visa considerations that need to be considered?
CO will support with visa request
Some nationalities may not be considered for this surge
Equipment
Is there any equipment that the Surge should become equipped with prior to travel, e.g. PPE such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc?
N/A
Is there any other paperwork that the local government authorities require upon entry/re-entry into the country? Visa
On mission considerations (for physical deployments):
Accommodation
What type of accommodation is available for Surge deployees?
 UNDSS cleared accommodation
R&R
Is the duty station on an R&R cycle and if so how often?
No R&R for Jerusalem, Cairo
R&R for Gaza
Medical Treatment
Are there any government restrictions or limitations that would adversely impact in-country medical treatment plans or medical evacuation?
NO
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.?
While awaiting visa - which may take time - surge should start supporting remotely from outside the duty station.
Surge is expected to work from Gaza, with missions to the Palestine office in East Jerusalem (back-up in Cairo). In case of telecommuting (e.g. when staff are requested to work from home due to security situation) telecommuting will be allowed and will be feasible.
Equipment
If the Surge is required to physically deploy, can the country office provide necessary equipment, e.g. masks, gloves, sanitizer?
Surge is expected to bring his / her own PPE in relation to COVID.
 

Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request (Please provide a short paragraph outlining the prevailing humanitarian situation and context and why this justifies the role.)
  • At 06:30 on the morning of 7 October 2023, Hamas launched “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” with more than 5,000 rockets reportedly fired towards Israel from multiple locations in Gaza, as well as ground operations into Israel. In response to this attack, Israeli authorities declared that the country is in a state of war and called up military reservists. At 12:00 noon, the Israeli Forces launched operation ‘Iron Sword’ with strikes on the Gaza strip by air, land and sea. Exchanges of fire in the towns and communities in Israel surrounding Gaza continued for the second consecutive day following the infiltration of members of Palestinian armed groups into Israel. Palestinian armed groups in Gaza continued rocket fire into Israel. Simultaneously, Israel continued air, naval and land strikes throughout the night and morning. While tensions between Israel and Palestinian militants have been increasing over the past few years, this military escalation marks a significant departure from previous conflicts.
  • In the evening of 7 October, Israeli authorities ceased supplying electricity to the Gaza strip, reducing the hours of electricity to 3-4 per day. The Gaza Power Plant is currently the only source of power and could run out of fuel within days. This has devastating consequences on the functioning of health facilities which need to rely on generator fuel which is expected to run out within a few days. The Israeli authorities have continued to impose multiple movement restrictions, including the closure of several checkpoints and entrances to towns and cities in the West Bank.
  • Declaration of a complete siege in Gaza and closure of all crossings creates severe shortages of electricity, food, water, and fuel. Drugs, medical supplies, and fuel are limited. Gaza’s 13 hospitals and health facilities are only partially functioning. Before the escalation, there were stockouts of 48% of essential medical supplies in Gaza, including 20 items crucial for maternity and pediatric services. As of 7 February, there are no fully functional hospitals in Gaza while 36 percent of hospitals are only partially functional, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, according to UNRWA only four out of 22 UNRWA health facilities are operational due to continued bombardment and access restrictions. This further impedes access to life-saving SRH services including emergency obstetric and newborn care. Strict closures in the West Bank and potential settler attacks have disrupted service delivery at mobile clinics and health facilities and significantly limited population movement and access to services.
  • Between 7 October 2023 and 12:00 on 8 February 2024, at least 27,840 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and 67,317 Palestinians were injured, according to the MoH.
  • IDPs across Gaza continue to face fast-deteriorating humanitarian conditions amid acute shortages of shelter, fuel, clean water, food, and medicine. As of 5 February, UNRWA estimates that some 75 percent of Gaza’s population (1.7 million out of 2.3 million people) are displaced, the majority situated in Rafah governorate.
  • Critical concerns for UNFPA programme beneficiaries include
    • Shortage of drugs and medical disposables; 48% of items reported as out-of-stock, including 20 items for maternity and pediatric services
    • Continued attacks against Gaza; Declaration of a siege against Gaza with all crossing closed and no electricity, food, water, fuel into Gaza and supplies estimated to last up to Sunday at best.
    • West Bank, strict closures and potential settler attacks have disrupted functioning of mobile clinics and health facilities. Urgent measures needed to improve access to primary healthcare services, including integrated SRH care and GBV services through emergency safe motherhood centers and mobile clinics to address health needs of most vulnerable populations in Area C.
    • Opening of the borders to Gaza for access to humanitarian assistance.
    • Staffing remains a critical concern including potential evacuation. 
  • One of the key objectives will be to ensure the continuity of essential sexual and reproductive health services, including safe delivery, pregnancy care, and family planning. Key protection priorities include providing psychosocial support (PSS) for affected families as well as frontline health workers, dignity kits for women and men, cash assistance for the host community and protection cases, as well as emergency referral pathways for GBV.
Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)

The security situation in Jerusalem and the West Bank continues to be tightly linked to the humanitarian and security situation in Gaza.  The higher the level of security unpredictability in Gaza, the more likely security incidents will occur in Jerusalem and the West Bank.  Direct and indirect security threats affecting UN personnel, assets (including premises), and programmes persist in Jerusalem and the West Bank as per the below threat categories:

Armed Conflict:  While the epicenter of the current military operations continues to be Gaza, rockets targeting Jerusalem have been intercepted. Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank continue to be reported. UN personnel, assets (including premises), and programmes are not directly targeted. However, collateral damage cannot be ruled out.      
     
Civil Unrest: Outbreaks of rioting and demonstrations occur in Jerusalem, usually concerning internal issues such as security and military operations. In the West Bank, civil unrest incidents are primarily organized in retaliation to armed escalations, search-and-arrest operations, or denounce military escalation in Gaza. These incidents do not directly impact UN personnel. However, civil unrest incidents planned to be peaceful can turn violent with little to no prior notice.

Terrorism:  While several terrorist-affiliated groups operate in the duty station, the UN has not been directly affected by terror-related activities.

Crime: Opportunistic crime in the form of armed robbery, vandalism, and verbal assaults occur in Jerusalem and the West Bank.  UN personnel and assets have been targeted by crime-related incidents in Jersualem and the West Bank. 


 
Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Palestine CO and direct supervision of the SRH Analyst in Jerusalem, the SRHiE Programme Specialist helps promote Sexual and Reproductive Health programming (SRH) with a geographical focus on Gaza, in line with the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP). 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). The SRHiE Specialist will be the Focal Point for coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting on SRHiE activities, including HIV and medical aspects of GBV, in Gaza. The incumbent assists in establishing relevant partnerships with other humanitarian stakeholders, NGOs, donors and government counterparts and provides support to the UNFPA Gaza and Country Office on SRH Coordination in Gaza and nationally, as needed. S/he will represent UNFPA in relevant humanitarian coordination meetings, as delegated.


MISP Rollout and Programme Implementation:
  • Conduct/Lead rapid assessment/s of SRH needs of the affected population
  • Support monitoring of distribution of emergency IARH 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.

Partnership:
  • Ensure SRH needs are addressed within the Health cluster in Gaza and at national level, as needed, and within OCHA Situation Reports and interagency assessments.
  • Maintain working relationship and share relevant information with relevant inter-agency coordination mechanisms relevant to Gaza including, but not limited to: Health, GBV, Logistics, MHPSS, PSEA.
  • 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 programmes delivered by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations.
  • Conduct monitoring visits, if requested.
  • Provide updates on SRH commodities and supplies and share information with coordinating UN agencies, affected populations, NGO and government implementing partners. Inform supervisor and Emergency Response Coordinator of supply-related bottlenecks to inform timely action.

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 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 is required;
  • Fluency in oral and written English; working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.  

 


CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy for inaction to prevent, respond to and follow up on alleged cases of 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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