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Team Coordinator

Bangui (Central African Republic)

  1.    Background and Justification Purpose of the Position The Central African Republic (CAR) is facing a protracted political and humanitarian crisis with persistent internal armed conflicts for several years. Well over a million people have fled their homes or 1 person in 4.  1 in 2 people in CAR need humanitarian support.  The deterioration of the situation, in 2012, has severely affected the health system due to looting of health facilities (27%) and displacement of health care personnel from periphery to the capital Bangui. Rehabilitation is going on but recent inter-sectarian violence in Bangui and other parts of the country as well as continuing attacks on health infrastructure and personnel have put some of those efforts at a hold. The national system for procurement and distribution of medicines and medical supplies has broken down and is being substituted by parallel systems supported by external partners, including international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and faith-based organizations. The health sector is largely dependent on external aid and out-of-pocket expenditures by Central Africans. In addition, the country is facing serious risks related to emerging and re-emerging communicable diseases with the potential risks of epidemics.  Only one out of three (35%) children are fully immunized, and CAR is considered at risk of re-emergence of poliomyelitis, despite the fact that the last case occurred in 2011, and has been facing repeated outbreaks of measles, meningitis, cholera and monkey pox over recent years.  The country is also exposed to the risk of propagation of Ebola virus disease (EVD) from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC), where outbreaks of that disease occur close to the border with CAR, as well as an autochthonous outbreak given that the virus is known to be present in the local fauna. CAR has some of the worst indicators related to nutritional status, access to water and sanitation health. The maternal mortality rate is 882 per 100 000 live births (2nd highest in the world), under-5 mortality rate 124 per 1000 live births (3rd highest in the world) and the universal health coverage index is 33 (lower end of the scale for Africa). Even before the crisis (2010) less than half of births occurring in CAR were attended by a skilled health worker (40%). One in four to five children under five years of age is affected by acute malnutrition (20 – 25%). In this context of a protracted crisis of level 2, WHO serves as the cluster lead for health, both at national level and in the regions, coordinating the work of 64 humanitarian organizations engaged in the health sector. WHO/CAF currently has five Sub-Offices in Bambari, Bangassou, Bouar, Bria and Kaga-Bandoro in order to be able to coordinate the humanitarian response for health through the sub-national clusters as well as to respond promptly to any public health emergency and to fill critical gaps. WHO also provides support to the Operational Centre for the Response of Public Health Emergencies (COUSP) of the Ministry of Health. In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Response Framework (ERF), the incumbent will be responsible for the overall coordination of planning, management, adaptation and implementation of strategies and work plans of the WHE Programme in CAR. S/He will also be responsible for the Incident Management System (IMS), which includes to manage the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the health expertise and operations as well as the dissemination of risk communication messages, the strengthening of early warning and surveillance systems, the delivery of quality health services and the undertaking of operational and scientific research to improve interventions. 2.      Job Description Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective   The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization) Reporting to the Head of WHO Country Office (WCO) and under the overall guidance of the Regional Emergency Director (RED), in close coordination with other members of the WCO team, the incumbent coordinates the overall WHO’s emergency response and recovery activities and manages the programmes in response to the humanitarian crisis, disease outbreaks and health emergencies.   She/he will provide strategic leadership to the health cluster response in support of national and local health authorities and will be responsible for all aspects (operational, technical and programmatic) of the incident management system, s/he will also ensure the technical pertinence and scientific soundness of the operations and coherence with the overall workplan of WHO in CAR. This requires building a dynamic and efficient team to bolster WCO’s emergency response and recovery operations, extensive and ongoing contacts with officials and representatives from health cluster partners and other cluster leads and coordinators, other policy staff and technical staff in partner agencies (both within and outside the UN system), and senior staff of the Ministries of Health (MOH) and related ministries to advocate and successfully influence national strategies. S/He will work with technical staff at the three levels of the organization.            Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected)\:   The incumbent will perform the following duties\:   ·         Coordinate the CAF/WHE team, including those team members posted in the sub-offices, guide, and ensure implementation of the response plan. Set standards and norms, develop and disseminate technical guidance and validate training, resource mobilization and communication materials.   ·         Under the guidance of the HWCO, manage the coverage of all emergency health operations in support to the MOH, work with partners and facilitate the implementation of WHO’s most effective prevention, control and response measures.   Programme Management\:   1.      Ensure the timely planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all WHE-related actions of the WCO through the implementation of the annual WHE operational work-plans covering activities and human resources.   2.      Assist the HWCO in mobilizing adequate resources for the WHE Programme and in submitting the reports to the donors within the set deadlines.   3.      Ensure compliance with WHO internal rules and regulations on administration and financial management and with WHO Framework for Engaging with Non-State Actors (FENSA) for all activities under the WHE Programme                                     Partner Coordination (Humanitarian Response)   4.      Ensure a coordinated response of the humanitarian actors in the health sector through oversight of the health cluster approach at national and sub-national levels and the maintenance of an up-to-date mapping (4W – who? what? where? when?).   Health Service Delivery   5.      Identify gaps in coverage of health services and identify ways for filling those gaps, including through contracting partners to support or substitute (last resource) regular ones in the context of the guidelines for civilian-military cooperation.   6.      Support national authorities and partners on equipping the health facilities with the necessary infrastructure, equipment, drugs, public health laboratories and blood safety, and medical supplies to address the existing and foreseen risks and to prevent the dissemination of infectious diseases within the facilities.   7.      Monitor that health facilities provide quality preventive and curative health care to the affected population and continue to deliver routine essential health services in addition to responding to the cause of the crisis. Make appropriate recommendations where necessary.   8.      Support capacity-building and training of local staff on best preventive, diagnostic, control and curative knowledge, practices and standards.   9.      Ensure the planning and implementation of communicable diseases programmes addressing the risk of outbreak and/or health emergency, co-develop action plans for interventions in high-risks groups and recommend measures for special attention.   10.  Support the implementation of a modern integrated disease surveillance, early warning and response system.   11.  Monitor the early prevention, detection, verification, assessment and investigation of any risks of outbreaks and the dissemination of data related to the occurrence of outbreaks.   12.  Manage the rapid response teams responsible for the rapid investigation of alerts, field risk assessments and early response.   13.  Support the information systems on communicable diseases and the monitoring of progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) facilitating integration with the national health information systems.   14.  Conduct the periodic reporting and treatment of communicable diseases activities.   15.  Ensure that the messages are technically sound and socio-culturally appropriate to induce, engage and empower stakeholders in the prevention, mitigation and control of risks.             Prevention and control measures\:     16.  Support the implement of the Incident Management System (IMS) in case an event potentially constituting a public health emergency through the timely risk assessment and support to the COUSP   17.  Make recommendations and give guidance on relevant courses of actions to be taken in affected as well as non-affected areas/countries in order to prevent and/or control cause of excess morbidity and mortality.   18.  Provide technical assistance on vaccination, enhanced surveillance, vector control, infection control (including personal protection), enhanced sanitation and hygiene, increased provision of water and/or nutrients, prepositioning of drugs and medical supplies, etc.               Prevention and control measures\:     19.  Conduct research in etiology, physiopathology, transmission, reliable and rapid diagnostic, effective prevention and treatment of any of the causes of excess morbidity and mortality of the affected population and recommend remedial actions. 20.  Perform all other related duties as assigned   3.      Recruitment Profile Competencies\: Generic describe the core, management or leadership competencies required - See WHO competency model - list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.   1.        Teamwork 2.         Respecting and promoting cultural differences 3.         Communication 4.         Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond 5.         Producing results   Functional Knowledge and Skills ·         Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position ·         Demonstrated skills in and knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations. ·         Proven skills to manage multidisciplinary and multinational staff ·         Comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques of public health, communicable diseases and health service delivery Education Qualifications Essential Advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in medicine, public health, epidemiology, tropical medicine, health systems/services administration or related field. Desirable Specialized training in emergency management; specific training in humanitarian response Experience   Essential ·         At least seven years of related experience, at the national and international levels, in health operations, with proven experience in managing outbreaks and health emergencies in the context of humanitarian crises. Related experience in managing human and financial resources. Desirable ·         Relevant work experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency management. ·         Related experience in development and implementation of strategies and action plans within WHO and/or UN agencies. ·         Experience working in relevant nongovernmental, health cluster partners or humanitarian organizations. ·         Experience with computerized results-based management (RBM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. ·         Familiarity (training and/or practical experience) with WHO Health Emergencies Response Framework (ERF)   4.      Use of Language Skills Excellent knowledge of French with working knowledge of English 5.      Other Skills (e.g. IT) Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications      

 

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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Bangui (Central African Republic)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-13

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