National Health Consultant – (IRRM) Mission (South Sudan Nationals Only)
Job Number: 529039 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: South Sudan
Work Type : Consultancy
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Health Consultant – Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism (IRRM) Mission
Background/Rationale for the Assignment
The Republic of South Sudan continues to face considerable challenges in meeting maternal, new-born and child health (MNCH) care needs and improving health outcomes. Ongoing instability and population displacements have undermined the already limited scope of available child health services at community and health facility level. This has also retarded the expansion of health infrastructure, slowed increase in human resource capacity and further fragmented maternal and child health service delivery. According to the Health Sector Development Plan (2012-2016), Effective Health Services Coverage has been low (about 42%): 58% of the population does not have access to health facilities. In many places the health facilities are not functional because they were either looted and destroyed or qualified health workers are not available. Subsequently, according to the HNO, about 5.4 million people are in need of humanitarian health care in 2019.
Many places are not accessible due to security reasons and rapid response mechanisms (RRM) missions, in collaboration with WFP are used to provide services to those hard to reach populations whenever there is a window of opportunity. In 2018, UNICEF conducted around 50 RRM missions providing essential basic services to over 600,000 people including 135,000 children under five years of age. The mechanism is a means of reaching the populations cut from health care and in inaccessible areas whenever security or access allows
Purpose / Tasks and expected results
Mapping of existing/potential UNICEF implementing partners (IPs) in the locations for RRM, during and prior to the RRM mission deployment
Provide technical support to government and non-government organizations, including to negotiate access to hard-to-reach beneficiaries.
Coordinate and plan each RRM mission with the emergency/field operations, supply and health sections, ensuring that supplies are prepared and distributed/released on time. Act as the RRM team leader, when required, on a rotational basis.
Participate in the actual missions and coordinate the health component of the mission
Participate in rapid assessments and programme reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programs and to report on gaps/required actions.
Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues (e.g. cross-sectoral) and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher level intervention and/or decision.
Monitor and report on use of program resources (financial, supplies), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Follow-up and report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders
Submit health report of the IRRM mission and update the IRRM data matrix including the consumption report of all health commodities used during each mission immediately after mission
Debrief supervisor and other colleagues immediately after returning from mission
Assist in the planning and implementation of emergency preparedness and response relating to Health/section.
In case of emergency, assists in monitoring, reporting and assessing the nature and extent of the emergency in the assigned area and provide assistance to the Country Office as required
Participate in the implementation of emergency health response activities including emergency vaccination and outbreak response.
Liaise with country office in maintaining effective coordination and communication with national level cluster partner and other technical working group within the cluster
Support with any other assigned duties and responsibilities effectively and as appropriate and required.
Qualifications and Competencies
A University Degree in Medicine, public health, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, or other health related sciences is required
A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in public health and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal and neonatal health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness, at the international level and/or in a developing country is required. Experience in health program/project development in UN system agency or organization is an asset
3. Language Proficiency
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
4. Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to UNICEF Professional
i) Core Values (Required)
• Commitment • Diversity and Inclusion • Integrity
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
• Communication [II] • Working with People [I] • Drive for Results [I]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
• Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I] • Analyzing [II]
• Applying Technical Expertise [II] • Learning and Researching [II]
• Planning and Organizing [II]
iv) Technical Knowledge
a) Common Technical Knowledge Required
Knowledge of theories and practices in:
• Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Care practices
• Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
• Emergency preparedness and Response
• Computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate
• Gender equality and diversity awareness
Deliverables & Payment Schedule details
Estimated Duration of the Contract
120 days during the period of January 23rd January – 22 July 2020
Duty Station and Official Travel
Juba with extensive travel to IRRM sites
All UNICEF rules and regulations related to travel of Consultants/ Individual Contractors apply.
All travels shall be undertaken only upon the prior written approval by UNICEF.
The eligible maximum amount for travel is specified in the contract.
The consultant is responsible for his/her for travel arrangements. The most economic and direct route is authorized.
Travel costs will be reimbursed after the completion of mission. UNICEF will pay the applicable DSA rate and other travel related expenses upon submission of the invoice together with the supporting documentation.
Nature of Penalty Clause in Contract
If the final reports and documents are not submitted according to the deliverables stated in this TOR, the payments will be withheld. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines (fees reduced due to late submission: 20 days – 10%; 1 month -20%; 2 months -30%; more 2 months – payment withhold). All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are…
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Thu Jan 23 2020 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)