- Type de contrat: CDD
Job Title Public Health/Nutrition Off
Job ID 14680
Location Bertoua, Cameroon
Salary Grade P3
Hardship Level C
Family Location Type Family
Procedures and Eligibility
Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.
Duties and Qualifications
Public Health/Nutrition Officer
Direct supervision and guidance is received from the Head of Sub-Office. Close functional linkages and technical guidance are established with the Senior Regional Public Health/HIV Officer.
In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugees and other persons of concern and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of health and nutrition services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally.
The incumbent of the position oversees and supervises the Public Health and Nutrition programmes in the operations under Area of Responsibility (AoR) and provide strong technical guidance to partners, monitor and evaluate the programme and ensure and lead monthly health and nutrition coordination meetings. The incumbent demonstrates strong representational, networking and negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders such as the Government counterparts, UN Agencies and Embassies.
– A viable standard Health Information System in place for data collection, analysis and interpretation to serve as evidence base for planning and interventions.
– The WFP/UNHCR `Memorandum of Understanding¿ and general policies on Food and Nutrition Programme.
– Management are adhered to including provision of complementary foods, micronutrients, feeding programmes etc.
– Joint Assement Mission (JAM), nutritional survey and other assessments are adequately conducted and implemented.
– Monthly health coordination meetings are conducted with all relevant partners.
– Support the prioritization of the Primary Health Care strategy focusing on preventive and basic curative health, including mental health, reproductive health, HIV and nutritional components.
– Provide support in the programming exercise to draw proposals and budgets related to public health, HIV, and nutrition.
– Provide technical assistance to UNHCR sub/field offices and implementing partners in development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate and cost-effective public health programmes.
– Work in a multi-sectoral and co-ordinated approach in co-operation with governments, UN agencies, non- governmental organisations (NGOs) and other humanitarian partners.
– Work closely with UNHCR programme, field and protection staff to identify priority health issues and key data requirements for programme planning and monitoring to ensure that minimum UNHCR and international standards are being met.
– Promote basic health education for populations of concern and train refugee health workers (e.g. community health workers, peer educators, counsellors, etc.).
– Work towards strengthening local structures and capacities; ensure strong linkages among health, nutrition, food security and HIV with protection and human rights.
– Improve coordination among partners and participate in capacity building efforts.
– Use community-based approaches, including clear involvement of refugees in the public health and nutritional programmes.
– Work with others in UNHCR to advocate for access to refugees, returnees and other persons of concern to local health, reproductive health (RH) and HIV/AIDS services and lobby for inclusion of refugees, returnees and other persons of concern as a specific group in government policies related to health, RH and HIV.
– Promote information sharing on all aspects related to refugee health and HIV/AIDS.
– Ensure regular update and share information within UNHCR as well as with relevant government, UN and NGO counterparts and donor communities.
– Provide guidance on the overall strategy and focus of public health and programmes in the operation.
– Enforce UNHCR¿s standards and guidelines in nutrition.
– Make recommendations to Senior Management on nutrition issues concerning refugees.
– Represent UNHCR at the meetings related to the function.
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
– Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Public Health plus minimum 6 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master¿s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
– Previous job experience relevant to the function and in national/multinational organizations.
– Knowledge of public health, nutrition and HIV in humanitarian emergencies.
– Technical expertise in the area of nutrition and food security assessments including surveys, rapid screenings and rapid assessments in the public health & nutrition areas.
– Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of public health and nutrition.
– Very good communication and computer skills.
– Excellent knowledge of French and English.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
– Experience, advanced training, balance and combined knowledge in different subjects: e,g, public health, reproductive health, nutrition.
– Experience in UNHCR Field Operations (Emergencies).
C001L3 – Accountability Level 3
C002L3 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 – Communication Level 3
C004L3 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 – Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 – Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 – Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M003L3 – Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M006L3 – Managing Resources Level 3
X001L3 – Analytical Thinking Level 3
X004L3 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
X008L3 – Stakeholder Management Level 3
For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage colleagues to read the country specific security and welfare profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Staff Resources (Duty of Care). These profiles have been specifically designed to answer some of the key questions (on security conditions, medical provisions, staff welfare, living and working conditions) potential applicants might have before deciding to apply. Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care. This project is still in the pilot phase, and as such some of the information leaflets are being produced as we speak and might not be available yet. They will be soon, so keep checking.
Previous experience in and knowledge of Public Health & Nutrition in the UN or International Organization contexts, dealing with large-scale emergencies or displaced/refugee situations;
Experience in conducting Joint Assessment Missions with other agencies;
Experience in conducting AGDM and participation in multi-functional assessment teams;
Training and capacity building of implementing and governmental partners;
Proven technical expertise in the area of Public Health and Nutrition;
Demonstrated ability to manage a large team and to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of public health and WASH;
Sensitive political context requires ability to work collaboratively with government counterparts;
Consensus teambuilding and cultural sensitivity needed as the team is diverse;
On-the-job coaching and mentoring of national staff;
Multi-agency co-ordination and dealing with the local authorities;
Experience in dealing with multiple crises;
Ability to come up with innovative and creative solutions to operational challenges;
Change management (e.g. when an office is restructuring);
Demonstrated drafting skills both in English and French;
The refugee population which is hosted in the geographical area that this position caters to totals 105,906 refugees according to results of the biometric verification and registration dated 31 May 2017. Sixty-five percent of that population lives in villages amongst the host communities, and thirty-five percent in four administered refugee camps. While the country is working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in general, including that of ensuring good health and well-being for all people living in the country, the gap is gigantic between the current situation and the intended standard. UNHCR complements the government¿s endeavors through two implementing partners whose interventions alongside the government¿s health institutions target the refugees who are hosted in camps, and both refugees and host communities who live outside of camps. Food insecurity and malnutrition remain a worrying situation. On the one hand, it is due to insufficient and decreasing humanitarian assistance especially in food items, in a context of continuous streams of refugees from the Central African Republic. On the other hand, the situation is due to the refugees being hosted in some of the least developed regions of Cameroon, where the most basic services and infrastructures are lacking. Refugees, especially women and children, are some of the most affected people.
WORKING AND LIVING CONDITIONS
Bertoua is located at 320 km (of asphalted road) from Yaoundé (the administrative capital where BO is established). The distance between Bertoua and Batouri (location of the Field Office) is 90 km (bad road condition). Staff member must undertake missions in the field using roads in very bad condition.
There are limited basic infrastructures as well as health facilities and leisure and recreational facilities; Power and water cuts are regular in this city. Four commercial banks are installed in the city with the possibility of rapid transfer with specialized companies. The climate condition in the Eastern Region is as followed two dry seasons and two rainy seasons (subtropical climate).
The accommodation possibilities are available with prices affordable although an upward trend is observed.
Cameroon is a generally stable country landlocked in a generally unstable region. The persistence of the conflict with Boko Haram in Nigeria and that of the Central African conflict may create security concerns for refugees, including those installed in border areas. Yet the level of this threat is considered medium. The presence of gangs is a second safety aspect that deserves to be considered. Cameroon has strengthened the security of its eastern regions since the BIR (Rapid Intervention Battalion) in 2001. Thus, since the resurgence of conflict in Central African end of 2013 the army and the gendarmerie have significantly increased their presence on the border Eastern country
Bertoua city, capital of the Eastern Region, is in a relatively quiet security situation. The system put in place by the administrative authorities maintains at the moderate stage the general level of security which allows a serene pursuit of the activities of the local populations. However, crime within the urban center can be seen as the most palpable threat to private property. Even though United Nations personnel and capabilities are not specific targets, they are not entirely spared.
In the neighboring areas of the CAR, the activism of the armed elements is hampered by the regular operations of the Security Forces.
Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in the Add.1 to the September 2017 Compendium is Tuesday 9 January 2018 (midnight Geneva time).
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