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Senior Reproductive Health Officer


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: Closed

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Senior Reproductive Health Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Senior Reproductive Health (RH) Officer is a member of the multidisciplinary public health team and will ensure that UNHCR's reproductive health and HIV programmes meet minimum UNHCR and global health standards in order to minimise preventable morbidity and mortality among populations of concern (POC) and towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The incumbent works in support of the regional and country Public Health staff, offering technical advice, capacity building, policy, strategy and operational guidance related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH)  to UNHCR on the design and scope of UNHCR¿s responses in SRH, catalyses the engagement of other actors, supports resource mobilisation efforts including with the private sector and monitors the response. The incumbent is actively involved in relevant global policy platforms, specifically the Inter-Agency Working Group for Reproductive Health in Crisis settings (IAWG) and as needed liaises with other external stakeholders such as government counterparts, UN Agencies and private sector.
The incumbent advocates for sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including HIV and clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence (IPV) within and outside of UNHCR.
As a co-sponsor to UNAIDS, UNHCR has an important role and the incumbent must ensure UNHCR policy and guidance actively contribute to the prevention and treatment of HIV in refugee settings and for other persons of concern (POC)
The incumbent should understand the potential sensitivities related to this topic and be comfortable and capable in engaging effectively with the varying perspectives related to SRH. 
The incumbent plays a major role in UNHCR by supporting all issues related to SRH and HIV including Protection and,- (Programme issues, and technical support sectors..
The incumbent must ensure support to the Public Health Officers in the Field to strengthen and improve refugees and POCs access to and use of SRH services and is ultimately responsible for policy and guidance, capacity building advocacy and evaluation on SRH. The Senior Reproductive Health Officer is normally supervised by a Senior Operations/ Assistant Representative in the Field or by Head of Public Health Section (PHS) at Headquarters. The incumbent in the Field has a functional line with the Public Health Section in Geneva regarding authoritative guidance and support in technical matters and is expected to maintain regular contact with the PHS.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

- Contribute to development and implementation of the sexual and reproductive health aspects of UNHCR¿s Global Public Health Strategy. 
- Work in a multi-sectoral and co-ordinated approach in co-operation with government, UN agencies, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other humanitarian partners with due consideration to the principles and approaches outlined in the Global Compact on Refugees.
- Work with stakeholders, including UN agencies, NGOs, Ministries of Health and academic institutions for development of the SRH aspects of public health plans associated with refugee movements (including in repatriation programmes).
- Update and disseminate standard practices on sexual and reproductive health among partners.
- Support the prioritization of the Primary Health Care strategy focusing on preventive and basic curative health, including mental health, reproductive health, HIV and nutritional components.
- Support linkages of sexual and reproductive health to other sectors including protection, education and WASH.
- Ensure that project plans or proposals submitted to UNHCR for funding adhere to internationally accepted standards and are based on updated evidence based SRH programming and the Global Public Health Strategy.
- Ensure that UNHCR SRH policy and action contribute to the reduction of discrimination and stigma, allowing equitable access to needed health care for all persons in need and cognisant of UNHCR AGD policy commitment in general and specifically regarding the response to health, protection and socio-economic needs of people who sell or exchange sex, LQBTIQ+ related commitments and commitments regarding adolescent SRH.
- Engage or foster engagement with communities to seek the diverse views of men, women, girls and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, LGBTIQ+ persons, persons with disabilities, including people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, in assessing needs relating to SRH, designing, implementing and monitoring responses in line with UNHCR¿s policy on age, gender and diversity mainstreaming.
- Provide technical assistance in the SRH aspects of needs and resources assessments together with the government and partners in order to prioritise needs and activities in the provision of services to refugees and other POC to UNHCR.
- Work in close co-ordination with other humanitarian actors, to ensure that SRH services provided to PoCs are based on Ministry of Health, UNHCR and/or internationally recognized and most up-to-date standards and policies
- Oversee the implementation of the UNHCR Health Information System and other relevant data collection tools to support the analysis of SRH data.
- Monitor and evaluate or oversee the monitoring and evaluating of SRH programmes against standard UNHCR and international indicators, to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner.
- Support SRH related surveys and assessments.
- Promote applied research and programme evaluation to enable the identification of gaps in programme implementation and standards, and to further promote evidence-based activities and guidance relating to SRH.
- Promote capacity building of UNHCR and its implementing partners to address reproductive health and HIV programming in a co-ordinated, multi-sectoral way.
- Support UNHCR staff in co-ordinating SRH including HIV activities in line with UNHCR¿s role as a UNAIDS co-sponsor
- Share with local and international partners relevant guidelines and information materials on refugee HIV and sexual and reproductive health,
- Work with others in UNHCR to advocate for refugees, returnees and other POC access to local public health, reproductive health and HIV services and lobby for inclusion of them as a specific group in government policies and plans related to health, SRH and HIV as well as major donor programmes such as the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.
- Provide regular updates and share information within UNHCR as well as with the government, UN and NGO partners and donor communities on the SRH status and needs of the refugees.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P4/NOD - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Nursing Medical Doctor; Public Health   or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Not specified

Relevant Job Experience
Minimum 7 years of working experience at professional level in sexual and reproductive health; at least 5 years in an international capacity; at least 3 years working with refugees/IDPs or in emergency/post-emergency situation.
Proven technical and managerial competence in sexual and reproductive health aspects of global health programming with emphasis on refugees/IDPs, emergencies or post-emergencies.
Practical knowledge of planning, monitoring and implementation of health-related services in refugee or refugee-like situations.
Computer skills in word processing, spread sheets and PowerPoint.

Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in a courteous and service-oriented manner in a demanding working environment that often has short deadlines. 
Political savvy and sensitivity.
Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of SRH is essential.
Applied knowledge in UNHCR programme management, project formulation, its programme cycles and reporting standards.

Functional Skills
EL-Monitoring & Evaluation
PH-Public Health Epidemiology
MD-Experience with HIV/AIDS situations
MD-Reproductive Health
PH-Sexual and Reproductive Health Knowledge
MD-Community Health - Health Data Collection/Analysis/Interpretation
CO-Strategic Communication
UN-UNHCR's Mandate/Policy and Global Strategic Priorities
FO-Experience in complex field emergencies
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies in this addendum is Monday 7 December 2020 (midnight Geneva time).

This vacancy is now closed.
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