Saturday, July 23, 2016

UN High Commissioner for Refugees,Public Health Officer Jobs in Rwanda

Closing date: 30 Jul 2016
TERMS OF REFERENCE -Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract/level: International Specialist, ICA (under UNOPS contract at P-3 level).
Duration: one year contract with possible extension.

The Public Health Officer will be based in the Kigali Branch Office, carrying out direct oversight functions for the Health Sector in all ca
mps and transit centers in Rwanda. As such, s/he will develop and ensure proper implementation of policies and procedures, provide technical support to the IP medical staff in each location, and act as UNHCR's liaison with the Ministry of Health. As UNHCR's representative in the health sector, s/he will provide background and technical input for visiting delegations, regional initiatives, and domestic strategic programs impacting the health of refugees.
(1) Ensure, in close collaboration with other humanitarian actors, that public health, reproductive health, HIV and nutritional services provided to refugees are based upon Ministry of Health, UNHCR and/or internationally recognized and most up-to-date standards and policies. This includes:
·         Establish and/or adapting UNHCR internal guidelines and procedures to streamline inputs and improve efficiency of program activities through integrated public health response also taking into account crucial services such as water and sanitation.
·         Promote applied research and program evaluation to enable the identification of gaps in program implementation and standards, and to further promote evidence-based activities and guidance.
·         Identify gaps and overlaps in programming, address unmet needs, and orient existing activities to address priority public health issues.
·         Promote inter-sectoral coordination outside and within UNHCR in all matters related to public health and nutrition programs.
·         Undertake needs and resources assessments with Governments and partners in order to prioritize needs and activities in provision of services to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR.
·         Standardize approaches to disease control related to cross-border population movements between UNHCR country offices and between UNHCR and health partners and other UN bodies. This may involve travel within the region to ensure proper cross-border coordination of disease prevention and control activities.
(2) Monitor and evaluate country-level public health and nutrition programs against standard UNHCR and international indicators to ensure that programs are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner. This includes:
·         Active involvement in all aspects of program monitoring and evaluation with emphasis on checking levels of implementation and impact vis-à-vis resource inputs to measure cost-effectiveness and re-orient the programs as appropriate.
·         Monitor health and nutrition programs with emphasis on organization and use of the HIS system; application of standard guidelines and protocols; and comprehensiveness of health and nutrition programs. This will be accomplished via regular site visits, flow of information (reporting), use of Health Sector Monitoring forms, conventional/non-conventional surveys and evaluation studies, data analysis and interpretation, and the support of periodic nutrition surveys.-- Oversight of medical referrals, ensuring compliance with UNHCR guidelines and local standard of care.**
(3) Support capacity building initiatives so that refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR, UNHCR and its partners acquire the needed knowledge, skills, and sense of responsibility and ownership of programs. This includes: supporting health and nutrition focal points and coordinators to develop training plans, organize and act as resource persons in workshops and training both in-service (formal) and on the job (coaching); sharing with local and international partners relevant guidelines and information materials on refugee health including reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and nutrition; supporting the establishment of Refugee Health, HIV and Nutrition Committees to enable their active participation in process of health, HIV and nutrition planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation; advocating, informing, and communicating amongst stakeholders to ensure that the health and nutritional needs of refugees and other PoCs are addressed and appropriately Documented/disseminated among government, UN agencies, implementing/operational partners, and donor communities.
·         Regularly scheduled Briefing Notes on the Health/Nutrition/Reproductive Health Sector for the Program section and senior management.
·         Periodic evaluations by Regional Senior Public Health Officer
·         Bimonthly reports on Coordination meetings with IP medical and nutrition staff
·         Health/Nutrition/Reproductive Health-related inputs on all UNHCR Rwanda reporting and planning exercises (e.g. Mid-Year Report, Annual Report, COP, etc.)
·         Successful completion of professional development and skill-building programs through UNHCR Global Learning Center as recommended by senior management.
·         Participation in regional and sector-specific workshops within UNHCR, representing the Rwanda operation
·         Development of SOP and policy documents as per the needs of the operation.
A clinical background (nurse or MD) with postgraduate training in Public Health.
Work Experience
At least 7 years of relevant experience in progressively responsible functions, including at least 5 years in an international capacity Experience in emergency settings would be an asset.
Knowledge of public health, nutrition and HIV in humanitarian emergencies;
• Knowledgeable of the latest developments and technology in public health, nutrition, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS;
• Proven technical and managerial competence in public health programing;
• Proven clinical leadership skills for guidance and oversight of complex medical referrals
• Ability to promote good working relationships among colleagues, supervisors, and those persons s/he supervises;
• Ability for analytical and creative thinking for rapid solutions;
• Good communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to deal with S/M of different cultural and educational backgrounds;
• Extremely high ethical and professional standards.
How to apply:
  • Kindly submit your application (CV/P-11 form) at

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