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Assistant Public Health Officer NOA [Temporary Appointment]

Bogotá (Colombia)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Bogotá (Colombia)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-30

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Duties:
      Coordination and Partnership:
- Assist in the co-ordination of public health, reproductive health, nutrition and HIV activities within the Area of Responsibility (AOR) in support of the government¿s responses and in conjunction with other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other partners, including development actors to ensure delivery of public health and nutrition services to beneficiaries (POC   and host community) meet UNHCR and /or nationally recognized and most up-to-date standards and policies.
- With support from the supervisor, support the Operation to define the level and scope of UNHCR¿s involvement in public health and nutrition responses in terms of overall and operational objectives during emergency situations and beyond.
- In line with the Global Compact on Refugees work with governments and humanitarian and development partners to ensure a complementary approach to meet the health needs of POCs.
- Represent UNHCR in health coordination and other meetings including inter-sectoral groups such as Technical Working Groups for MHPSS and nutrition.
- Engage in relevant partnership fora, including in line with UNHCR¿s role as a UNAIDS co-sponsor of the Joint Programme on AIDS and co-lead with WFP of the Division of Labor area of HIV in Humanitarian Settings.
- Support operational collaboration with WFP including the implementation of Joint Assessment Missions and corresponding Joint Plans of Action in line with global commitments on targeting of assistance to meet basic needs and data sharing to support assistance distribution (in collaboration with programme and protection colleagues),
- Support emergency responses to new refugee influxes or outbreaks or other situations in line with the Public Health Emergency Toolkit and UNHCR¿s Emergency Handbook and the SPHERE Handbook.

     Strategic planning and development:
- Contribute to the implementation of UNHCR¿s Strategic Plan for Public Health and adaptation at country level.
- Work with others in UNHCR to advocate for refugees, returnees and other POC¿s access to local public health, reproductive health (RH) and HIV, MHPSS and nutrition services (including food assistance where relevant) and lobby for inclusion of refugees, returnees and other POC as a specific group in government policies and plans related to health, RH and HIV as well as major donor programmes such as the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.
- Contribute to public health strategies addressing known gaps in health and nutrition programming based on country-specific needs assessments with due consideration to neonatal and maternal health care, TB and viral hepatitis, palliative care, health services for LGBTI individuals, health and protection services for persons selling sex and programming for persons with disabilities including access to assistive technologies and appropriate associated services.
- Support the monitoring of country specific medium to long term inclusion plans in support of the Ministry of Health and other relevant Ministries (e.g. Social Welfare) and in partnership with development and other actors.
- Work with stakeholders, including UN agencies, NGOs, Ministries of Health, and academic institutions in the development of public health response plans associated with refugee movements (including in repatriation programmes).
- Maintain and update contingency plans within the AOR for potential epidemics, refugee, and returnee movements.
      
    Technical integrity and risk mitigation:
- Update and disseminate standard practices on public health, MHPSS, nutrition, HIV, and reproductive health among partners.
- Support the prioritization of primary health care (including preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care)
- Monitor, in close co-ordination with other humanitarian actors, that health care services provided to POC are based on Ministry of Health, UNHCR and/or internationally recognized and most up-to-date standards and policies.
- Support the adaptation of UNHCR internal operating procedures to ensure they are in line with UNHCR and/or international standards and improve efficiency of programme activities; this includes - but is not limited to - referral health care, medicines and medical supplies procurement and management, medical resettlement and resettlement of persons with health needs, cash-based assistance for health care coverage and referral between units and inter-sectoral collaboration.
- Monitor and support compliance with, and integrity of, all public health standard operating procedures in conjunction with Project Control and Programme staff and in line with delegated authorities, including flagging to senior managers when these are not in line with global guidance or not being followed.

    Collaboration:
- Support linkages of public health to WASH programmes throughout all stages of the programme cycle including in outbreak preparedness and response, emergency responses to refugee influxes, WASH in health facilities, and menstrual hygiene management.
- Support inter-sector collaboration throughout all stages of programme cycle between public health and nutrition with WASH, education, environment, shelter, and protection to promote synergies and maximize impact.
- Assist with the review and analysis of relevant project proposals and budgetary submissions presented by UNHCR partners within the context of the UNHCR programming cycle.
- Seek the diverse views of men, women, girls and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities and LGBTI in assessing needs, designing, implementing, and monitoring responses in line with UNHCR¿s policy on age, gender, and diversity mainstreaming.
- Contribute to the implementation of the UNHCR Health Information System and other relevant data collection tools including the balanced scorecard, maternal and neonatal death audits, Health Access and Utilization Survey and other corporate tools where relevant; support the analysis, interpretation and use of public health data.
- Advocate for the inclusion of refugees and other POC in national surveys such as demographic and health surveys, multi-indicator cluster surveys, AIDS indicator surveys including where possible a separate sample for refugees allowing for comparisons and trend analysis over time.
- Support national health systems to disaggregate data by refugee and nationals in key areas based on country specific needs in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Assist in the monitoring of public health and nutrition programmes against standard UNHCR and international indicators, to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner.
- Support the planning, implementation, analysis, dissemination and use of nutritional surveys (Standardized Expanded Nutrition Surveys, SENS), health-related surveys and post-distribution monitoring exercises (in collaboration with WFP).
- In line with policies for Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) ensure POC have access to feedback and accountability mechanisms relating to public health and nutrition services including the collection and analysis of data on their satisfaction with regards to public health and nutrition services.
- Draft regular sectoral reports and submit material for preparation of periodic project monitoring reports as required by the office at country level.

     Capacity Building:
- Support capacity strengthening of UNHCR and its implementing partners to address public health, nutrition, reproductive health, HIV, MHPSS programming in a coordinated, multi-sectoral way and disseminate relevant guidelines and information materials.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
- Education & Professional Work Experience: 1-year relevant experience with Graduate degree or Doctorate degree.
- Field(s) of Education: Medicine, Medical Science, Medical Doctor, Nursing, Public Health; or another relevant field.

Relevant Job Experience:
- Essential: Knowledge of public health, reproductive health, and nutrition. Good communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiations skills. Working knowledge of the English language.
- Desirable: Additional qualifications in Nutrition and WASH and a thorough understanding of the linkages with public health and Food security. Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of Public Health.

Functional Skills: MS-Monitoring & Evaluation / MD-Public Health Epidemiology / MD-Reproductive Health / MD-Community Health - Health Data Collection/Analysis/Interpretation / UN-UNHCR's Mandate/Policy and Global Strategic Priorities. - Core Competencies: Accountability, Communication, Organizational Awareness, Teamwork & Collaboration, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Client & Result Orientation
- Managerial Competencies: Judgement and Decision Making, Empowering and Building Trust, Managing Resources.
- Cross-Functional Competencies: Analytical Thinking, Stakeholder Management, Planning and Organizing. - Fluency in Spanish and working knowledge of English.
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See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the UN agency charged with the protection of refugees and persons displaced within their countries due to conflict or persecution, and with promoting durable solutions for their plight. The Office has been present in Colombia since 1997 and has been assisting the Colombian Government in the response to the needs of the population who has been internally displaced because of the armed conflict. According to its mandate, UNHCR also promotes and supports the protection of refugees, asylum- seekers and other persons in need of international protection arriving in Colombia.
With over 1.8 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants and more than 800,000 Colombian returnees from Venezuela, Colombia is the country most heavily affected by the Venezuelan displacement in the region. The over 946,624 Venezuelans who have not been able to regularize their migration status in Colombia, have limited access to basic services and lack opportunities for income generation.  The worldwide COVID-19 health emergency has further impacted the protection risks of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, displaced and confined populations, Colombian returnees, and other persons of concern. More than 116,000 Venezuelans have returned to Venezuela through humanitarian corridors since the borders closed in mid-March last year, most of them due to loss of income, evictions, food insecurity and other protection risks related to the inability to respect quarantine conditions. However, re-entries into Colombia have been on the rise starting September 2020 through informal crossing points.

The Assistant Public Health Officer is a member of a multidisciplinary team and will ensure that UNHCR's public health programmes meet minimum UNHCR and global health standards in order to minimize avoidable morbidity and mortality among populations of concern (POC) and towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The incumbent provides strong and timely technical guidance to UNHCR¿s responses in health and nutrition, catalyzes the engagement of other actors, supports resource mobilization efforts, and monitors the response. S/he has close contacts with internal and external stakeholders such as government counterparts, UN Agencies and NGOs.


The Assistant Public Health Officer should also ensure consultation with communities seeking the diverse views of men, women, girls and boys, adolescents, youth, older persons, LGBTI persons, persons with disabilities , including people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, in assessing needs, designing, implementing and monitoring responses in line with UNHCR¿s policy on age, gender and diversity mainstreaming.

Public Health programmes include primary health care, secondary health care, community health, reproductive health (including HIV), nutrition, MHPSS and health information systems. In addition to public health staff, major operations may also have dedicated staff focusing on any of these components but public health professionals are expected to be very conversant with reproductive health programming and ensure that minimum standards are met.  Depending on the size of the operation the incumbent may have responsibilities for nutrition and MHPSS responses.    In the absence of more senior public health staff, Assistant Public Health Officer may be required to work with the programme staff (or other designated staff member) to support operational collaboration and joint programming with WFP on nutrition and food security. 

The Assistant Public Health Officer is supervised by the Deputy Representative (Operations). The incumbent 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 and the Regional Bureau. This Vacancy will close on 31st July 2021 at 23:59 (Geneva Time).
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