UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Job Identification : 8033
Locations : Kyiv, Ukraine
Posting Date : 01/20/2023, 10:32 AM
Apply Before : 02/02/2023, 11:31 AM
Job Schedule : Full time
Grade : SB4
Vacancy Type : Service Contract Holders
Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension
Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience
Job Category : Sexual & Reproductive Health
Context of the Emergency
The ongoing war in Ukraine continues to take a toll on the lives of an estimated 14.5 million people in need of health assistance and an estimated 17.7 million people requiring protection assistance and services inside Ukraine. The estimated number of internally displaced people is 6.9 million, and more than 7.5 million refugees are recorded in European countries. As of 17 October, WHO had verified 541 attacks on health facilities; access to health care remains extremely challenging due to severe service disruptions, security concerns, restricted mobility, broken supply chains and mass displacement.
The security situation in Ukraine deteriorated rapidly following the onset of war with the Russian Federation on the 24th February, 2022. The intense military escalation has resulted in loss of life, injuries, and mass movement of civilian population throughout the country and to neighboring countries, as well as severe destruction and damage to civilian infrastructure and residential housing. Public service provision – water, electricity, heating and emergency health and social services – is under severe pressure, and people’s access to health care is limited by insecurity. The situation of the estimated 9.4 million women of reproductive age is of particular concern, as their access to life-saving reproductive health including family planning, obstetric and neonatal, and gynecologic services has been severely limited.
In 2022, humanitarian partners targeted 11.7 million people for support out of the estimated 17.7 million people in need, with a total funding requirement of $4.3 billion. Under the 2022 Ukraine Flash Appeal, the humanitarian response has been spanning seven sectoral areas – camp coordination, education, food security and livelihoods, health, protection, shelter/non-food items, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. Under the Health Cluster, there are 11 functioning working groups, including the Sexual and Reproductive Health Technical Working Group (SRH TWG).
Under the guidance and supervision of the SRH Coordinator, the incumbent works in close collaboration with other UNFPA staff members and Health Cluster partners. The incumbent will have the overall responsibility to setup and lead the SRH TWG both at national and sub-national levels covering several provinces, enabling an effective and efficient implementation of the humanitarian health response in area of SRH (family planning, maternal and neonatal health, sexual and reproductive health, clinical management of rape, and women’s health including breast and cervical health) in close collaboration with local authorities, partners and other relevant stakeholders.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
The SRH TWG is chaired by UNFPA and co-chaired by local NGO Women’s Health and Family Planning (WHFP), under the direction of the Government of Ukraine. The purpose of this position is to support the Co-Chair in coordinating the work of response partners in the areas of SRH through regular capacity-building activities and in-job mentorship. The position will be WHFP-embedded (80%). Coordinator and Co-Chair should work together per the ‘Principles of Partnership’, endorsed by the Global Humanitarian Platform. Individuals in the SRH TWG Partnership Coordinator position should act, and be perceived, as impartial and fair representatives of the group, not as representatives of their organization or institution. When a Coordinator is attending a meeting in more than one capacity, it must be made clear when they are acting as a representative of that agency, rather than as a Coordinator.
Objectives of the SRH TWG
- To coordinate response actors and strengthen partnership for an effective and efficient SRH response in Ukraine, for those remaining in their homes in high-risk locations, displaced persons, and affected hosting communities
- To support efforts to increase access to MISP at all stages of the emergency
- To provide quality SRH services and standardize approaches by all partners responding to the emergency
- To share knowledge, tools, lessons learned, and good practices among partners
- To ensure timely reporting and analysis of SRH data to facilitate programmatic decision making
- To integrate SRH into joint emergency assessment tools and to establish SRH interventions in national emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, and early recovery and resilience planning
- Support the efforts towards joint response planning and resource mobilization efforts for the SRH
- Coordinate and strengthen linkage and cooperation with other 11 working groups of the Health Cluster and other sectoral clusters, including the GBV sub cluster
Major duties and responsibilities
- Under the guidance and supervision of SRH Coordinator, support the Co-Chair (WHFP) to support coordination of the TWG at the national level and sub-national levels through regular capacity-building activities and in-job mentorship.
- Develop and implement the Co-Chair capacity building plan, including training needs assessment, skills development, training plans etc.
- Provide technical support to the Co-Chair regarding specific issues/events within the responsibilities of the TWG.
- In close collaboration with the Co-Chair develop and implement the advocacy matrix for inclusion of SRH interventions (including comprehensive SRH programming for adolescent and young people) in national preparedness planning, humanitarian response planning, and throughout the nexus; and for inclusion of essential and lifesaving SRH into the response with donors, government, and with partners
- Support Co-Chair in establishing a knowledge repository on SRH in humanitarian settings through documenting gaps, accomplishments, and lessons learned, useful for the Ukraine context
- Support Co-Chair in sharing regular and reliable data to inform a minimum set of SRH indicators in the humanitarian context, through the Health Management Information System (HMIS), HeRAMS, or by other means; support partners with data management / collection modalities as needed
- Support Co-Chair in establishing links with the HIV / TB / Viral Hepatitis / ORT TWG to confirm the availability of surveillance capacity, testing and treatment for STIs including HIV
- Support Co-Chair in establishing links with Nutrition TWG for joint implementation of IYCMF-e.
- Support Co-Chair in establishing links with GBV partners.
- Provide technical support to Co-Chair with translation, adaptation and dissemination of the core set of training materials / packages to support the training of management and frontline service providers, with the aim of initial SRH response and (re)establishing comprehensive SRH services.
- Support Co-Chair in organization and coordination of training, ensure standardized training packages where possible, map training locations, numbers trained, and trainers
- Support the design, planning, implementation, and reporting of joint SRH initial and ongoing needs assessments and surveys, as well as follow-on more in-depth health sector assessments, in line with the HC standard assessment tools, HRP and its revisions. Supporting and encouraging partners to perform joint assessments
- Serve as a back-up for the Field SRH TWG Coordinator position
- Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor
Qualifications and Experience:
- Minimum 5 years of relevant progressively responsible experience at the national and/or international level (e.g. in project/programme formulation, management, local governance, private sector development.)
- Previous work experience in Health Sector;
- Experience working on similar positions with international organizations/projects will be considered an advantage;
- Familiarity with UN procedures and working methods, particularly with UNFPA agenda, policies and procedures is a plus;
- Solid experience in writing functional specifications would be an asset;
- Working experience in projects funded by international donors is desirable;
- Broad partnership networks in the designated regions will be an advantage;
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors.
- Proficiency in MS Office package, Google applications and teleconferencing tools;
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to multitask and be detail-oriented;
- Understanding of the main processes and methods of work regarding the position.
- MA degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, Public administration, Health sciences, Public health, or equivalent qualifications.
- Fluency in English and Ukrainian.
- Exemplifying integrity,
- Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
- Embracing cultural diversity,
- Embracing change
- Achieving results,
- Being accountable,
- Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
- Thinking analytically and strategically,
- Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
- Advocacy/Advancing a policy oriented agenda
- Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
- Delivering results-based programmes
- Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation
Managerial Competencies (if applicable):
- Providing strategic focus
- Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders
- Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance
- Making decisions and exercising judgment
Compensation and Benefits:
This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.
UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline (link)
In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.