UNFPA- SRH Programming Coordinator-P3-Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Location: Cox's Bazar, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Date Posted: 23-04-2018
SRH Programming Coordinator (Surge Capacity)
Title: SRH Programming Coordinator Level: P3
Requesting agency UNFPA Country: Bangladesh
Requested date of deployment: ASAP Duty station: Cox’s Bazar
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Background information/reason for request/extension:
UNFPA, the UN reproductive health and rights agency, aims to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all by ending unmet need for family planning, ending maternal deaths, and ending violence and harmful practices against women and girls. Currently, UNFPA is implementing its 9th Country Programme (2017-2020) in Bangladesh.  The unprecedented level of the influx of Rohingya refugees seeking refuge in Bangladesh from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State since 25 August 2017, has led to the new arrival of 688,000 Rohingya refugees staying in  Cox’s Bazar district (according to the Inter-Sectoral Coordination Group).  This “fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world” has exacerbated an already protracted refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar for the past decades.
More than half of these Rohingya refugees are women and girls.  Out of the total 1.3 million target beneficiaries of the UN/NGO joint Humanitarian Response Plan including both refugees and host communities, UNFPA estimates that 299,000 are women of reproductive age (15-49 years).  Approximately 64,000 women and girls are currently pregnant with 5,000-6,000 births every month, all of whom need access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health services, including antenatal care, emergency obstetric and newborn care and postnatal care. Women and girls are at increased risk of sexual violence and thus need support with life-saving interventions, which includes clinical management of rape, case management and psychosocial support. 
The purpose of this deployment is to provide support for UNFPA programming related to SRH response in humanitarian crises. Under the framework of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP), the incumbent will support sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programming for girls and women affected by humanitarian crises.  This will include planning and oversight of procurement and distribution of emergency medical supplies and equipment. The consultant will be based at in Cox’s Bazar and will be performing under the overall supervision of the Chief of Health and midwifery specialist, reporting directly to the Head of Sub Office and close coordination with the SRHR Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar.
UNFPA has been implementing programs supporting the Rohingya people for some time now. UNFPA supports the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) clinics within the registered camps and supports government facilities though midwives and lifesaving medicines and commodities in health facilities near the existing and now expanding makeshift settlements.
As a result of this dramatic humanitarian crises, UNFPA Bangladesh is looking to further strengthen and expand its existing SRH programs to ensure that all girls and women have access to comprehensive SRH services. This expansion will require working with the existing and new partners to support planning, implementation, and ongoing monitoring, all within a dynamic and unstable context. Under the direct supervision of International Midwifery Specialist, the SRHRiE Programme Coordinator (CXB) will support UNFPA partners in their implementation of SRH programming at health facilities and through referral networking. His/her roles and responsibilities include:
Capacity development
  • Support the implementation of the MISP (Minimum Initial Service Package) initially through  implementing partners, based on MISP projection and rapid assessment findings and oversee the transition to comprehensive SRH services
  • Coordinate training and mentoring sessions on SRH in emergencies including clinical management of rape, and obstetric and newborn emergencies (for program planners, implementers, and health care providers etc.)
  • Support an effective response that integrates SRH (including ASRH), GBV and data interventions
  • Develop and disseminate strategies that include the transition to evidence-based, comprehensive SRH programmes
  • Coach and build capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed.
Advocacy and Partnership
  • Attend the health sector working group
  • Ensure SRH needs are addressed within the Health sector and within all other situational Reports.
  • Maintain working relationship and share relevant information with the Health Sector
  • Liaise with partners to strengthen overall SRH response and to provide SRH services and commodities (MH lifesaving medicines, contraceptives, male and female condoms under the existing UNHCR condom partnership, etc.) for IDP, refugee populations.
  • Establish strong linkages between existing SRH and GBV programmes with regard to the health sector response for survivors of sexual violence.
Project Management Support
  • Contribute to fund mobilization including donor proposals and JRP
  • Conduct/Lead/analyze rapid assessment of SRH needs of the affected population
  • Contribute to ongoing program revision and problem-solving
  • Oversee (in collaboration with the Logistics/Procurement officer) procurement of emergency RH kits, equipment and medical supplies; develop a distribution plan to meet the needs of implementing partners other identified NGOs for RH services, monitor distribution and ensure utilization reporting.
  • Oversee (with the M&E officer) the monitoring of MISP implementation.
  • Explore other opportunities and entry points to deliver SRH services for specific at-risk vulnerable groups affected by the crisis
  • Assist in developing/adapting protocols for selected areas in programme coordination (such as syndromic case management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), referral for emergency obstetric care, midwifery, fistula repair, medical response to survivors of rape, counselling and family planning services, etc.).
  • Coach and support COs to strengthen the implementation of MISP – sexual and reproductive health priorities and to assess progress towards achievement with technical tools and approaches, and to accelerate implementation of activities funded through all donors.
  • Provide inputs for Sit Reps and other communication products, as required.
  • Write TOR for recruitment of new staff
  • Conduct monitoring visits and ensure a systematic approach for tracking coverage of the targeted population by UNFPA assistance in humanitarian settings.
  • Work closely with the UN partners, national counterparts (MOH), operations team and logistician regarding order to be placed and maintenance of the SRH commodities and supplies of dignity kits
  • Prepare regular progress reports and document lessons learned and challenges and share with UNFPA regional offices, UNFPA Humanitarian Response Branch, SROs, and other units as necessary.
Any other duties
  • Perform any other duties as required by the Midwifery Specialist, Chief of Health or the Head of Sub office.
Qualifications and Skills required:
  • Advanced university degree in Midwifery, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, or relevant Social Sciences.
  • 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in SRH program development and management, preferably in an emergency context, particularly implementing the MISP.
  • Field experience in complex emergencies, including the humanitarian emergency response.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
  • Ability to develop and coordinate SRH programs that target refugees, IDPs/returnees and their host communities.
  • Proficiency in English
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