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Associate Health and Nutrition Officer

Brazzaville (Congo Republic)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Brazzaville (Congo Republic)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-17

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Accountability:

  • Take the lead in the assessment and analysis of the health needs of persons of concern by implementing methods like: participatory assessments such as the Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective or joint assessment missions; as well as utilizing objective tools like the multi-indicator nutrition, health and WASH survey; health indicators from the Health Information System and Balanced Scorecard approach; and health facility assessments to serve as the basis for planning to effectively address health issues of public health importance, based on the principles of Public Health and Primary Health Care.
  • Ensure that public health programme interventions are reflected in implementing partner agreements in a timely manner; regularly monitor and report on compliance with established guidelines and procedures.
  • Pursue collaborative, consultative partnerships in order to ensure quality health planning and sustainable service provision for refugees in all camps.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results):

  • Take the lead in monitoring and evaluating health programme implementation in the field (with the support of Nutrition Field Officer and Health Associate), in accordance to work plans co-developed with implementing partners.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Health Information System from training of health workers on data collection, examination of quality of data collected, and providing supervisory support and guidance to IP coordinators.
  • In collaboration with partners and local authorities, ensure adequate preparedness, early detection and effective response to disease outbreaks.
  • Ensure all primary health programmes are implemented by IP health workers according to national guidelines by health implementing partners in each refugee health facility – and ensure that mental health care and reproductive health / HIV interventions, are well integrated into the PHC services at camp level.
  • Oversee and regulate medical referral activities from the secondary to tertiary level, and ensure that submissions for Resettlement on the Medical Needs fully satisfy the current criteria.
  • Establish an efficient drug management system that encompasses assessment of essential medicine needs for the refugee operation based on drug consumption, procurement, storage, distribution, and rational utilization at the camp health facilities.
  • Assess training needs of Governmental Organisations (GO) and NGO implementing partner staff; ensure that health staff undergo capacity development activities relevant to their posts; and that training activities are well-coordinated and implemented according to agreed work plan timeframes.
  • Implement capacity development interventions with refugee / host community volunteers utilizing participatory approaches.
  • Support UNHCR Nutritionist in the conduct of the annual nutrition survey and monitor implementation of the nutrition programme, particularly within the in-patient stabilization centers.
  • Supervise implementation of interventions for malaria prevention and control according to GFATM-UNDP Scaling Up Malaria Interventions project and ensure timely reporting.
  • Advocate with government line ministries for the transfer of operational responsibility of the health sector from the NGOs to the line ministry (MOH).
  • Collaborate with UNHCR / MOH / Implementing Partners (IP) engineers on the implementation of projects for upgrading of health infrastructure in the camps or host community areas.
  • Cooperate with colleagues in the Basic Services / Livelihoods Section on increasing community involvement in health promotion; community mobilization in preparation for the transfer of basic services to the line ministry; and cost-sharing schemes to be adopted in the camps.
  • Participate in the evaluation of possible health financing schemes to ensure sustainability of health services in the camps.
  • Lead the process of ensuring the sustainability of health services through the transfer of health facilities to Ministries of Health.

Authority:

  • Ensure compliance to the updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Medical Referral of Persons of Concern (PoCs).
  • Institute Drug Management Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Represent the refugee health sector in coordination meetings and liaise with implementing partners, UN agencies, NGOs, and the Ministry of Health to coordinate health activities in the refugee camps.
  • Prepare input for information, communication and advocacy on the health and nutrition situation of populations of concern to UNHCR among partners, donors, other agencies and the government; and provide information for funding submissions, appeals or reports.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:

Health science (nursing, medical, nutrition) and post graduate degree in Public health (MPH) is preferable

Required experience: 24 Months Experience remark:

A minimum 2 years of work experience in public health nutrition; previous working experience in refugee settings and/or international experience; demonstrated experience in managing health and nutrition programmes; experience working with multi-sectorial teams especially UN agencies (WFP, UNICEF) and Ministry of Health is an advantage; prior experience in conducting nutrition surveys and familiarity with SMART/SENS is an advantage.

Language skills:
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise: Development programme management, Public health, Food safety and nutrition Area of expertise details:

Computer skills: Working knowledge of Word, Excel and basic data analysis skills (e.g. Stata, EpiInfo, SPSS) required.

Driving license: No Competencies values:

Accountability, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

First register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup.

Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

First update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile.

Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 17 August 2020

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