UNFPA-Roving Humanitarian Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer-P4-Home based with 70% travel

Location: Home based, Home based
Date Posted: 16-04-2018
Terms of Reference
Roving Humanitarian Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer/Specialist (P4)
Location: Home based with 70% travel (up to 3 to 6 month assignments) to UNFPA countries facing an acute humanitarian situation.
Reports to: Senior Humanitarian Technical Advisor
Duration: 6 months in the first instance with potential for extension (May or June to December 2018).
Position Summary:
UNFPA is United Nations Reproductive Health Lead Agency with the humanitarian response activities being implemented in at least 50 countries per year at any given time. Because of the size and amount of work, there is a need to continually build staff capacity and fill gaps in human resources. The person in the position of Roving Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer will spend 70% of their time directly backstopping country staff and 30% of their time providing remote country office support and assist on global initiatives.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
When deployed, the Sexual and Reproductive Health Roving Officer/Specialist will directly support the country offices. She/he will:
  • Ensure implementation of programs in line with the approved project proposal and budget, anticipating and communicating issues/problems in advance to Country Representative and to the global team.
  • Provide technical assistance and oversight to UNFPA’s Humanitarian Sexual and Reproductive Health programs in close collaboration with relevant country and sector leads.
  • Ensure quality of the program through compliance and adherence to UNFPA, Donor and National policies, procedures and guidelines, as well as internationally recognized standards (e.g. Inter-Agency Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG) and the Sphere standards).
  • Support the programme teams in the fulfilment of their duties according to program requirement in particular providing supervision, direction, coaching, mentoring and training based on capacity needs of staff.
  • Support and strengthen data collection forms and reporting such as HRP, MISP indicators, HMIS
  • Ensure that Sexual and Reproductive Health kits stocks, supplies and other logistic supports are properly planned, procured, stored, distributed and managed, to avoid stock outs.
  • Represent UNFPA at relevant coordination and technical meetings.
  • Identify programmatic gaps and develop concepts to fill them. Support proposal development.
  • Support the preparation and submission of donor reports.
  • Assess staff capacity in technical and operational capacity to deliver quality sexual and reproductive health and gender based violence programs and provide formal and informal capacity building.
When not deployed, the Roving Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer/Specialist will:
  • Develop UNFPA sexual and reproductive health programming models, tools and guidelines.
  • Provide virtual sexual and reproductive health trainings, coaching and mentoring to country office staff.
  • Review donor reports and provide feedback.
  • Provide technical support on field requests.
Essential qualifications, experience and competencies:
  • Medical doctor with sexual and reproductive health experience or qualification such Obstetrics and Gynecology or qualified nurse with a Master’s in Public Health or equivalent degree.
  • Minimum of five to seven years professional experience managing health programmes in emergency and transitional / development contexts.
  • Proven experience of using appropriate management tools to ensure effective running of SRH programmes, staff management and capacity development.
  • Experience managing health teams with the ability to motivate and encourage staff.
  • Experience in training and capacity building.
  • Experience with health systems such as HMIS, pharmacy management, disease surveillance.
  • Excellent ability and flexibility to understand the cultural and political environment in areas in which UNFPA works.
  • Ability to work independently and also as a collaborative team member in complex and often difficult operating environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, tasks efficiently with strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect colleagues.
  • Experience living or working in different / challenging cultures and countries.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, stressful environment.
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office, especially Word and Excel and statistical packages.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNFPA’s mission and values.
  • Must be flexible, willing to perform other duties and work irregular hours.
Preferred qualifications, experience and competences:
  • Experience in implementing the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP).
  • Experience in implementing and managing sexual and reproductive health, maternal, family planning and adolescent reproductive health programming.
  • Experience communicating and representing at national Health Clusters and liaising with donors.
  • Program development and management experience with working with different donors funded grants.
  • Good ability and flexibility to understand the cultural and political environment and to work well with local health representative.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in French and Arabic preferred
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