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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/TA85
Title: Coordinator (Health Cluster) - Position no. 350439
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  18 months
Date: 13 July 2014
Application Deadline: 3 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Arbil, Iraq
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_IRQ WHO Representative's Office, Iraq (EM_IRQ)
Director, Programme Management (DPM)/Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA)
The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by:
1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services;
2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency;
3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled;
4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.

Purpose of the Post:
To improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability, strengthening partnerships health actors and government. To strengthen the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) System and ensure a more coherent and effective humanitarian response.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative and the overall guidance of EHA Coordinator, the incumbent will ensure the good performance of the Country Health Cluster promoting and upholding the humanitarian principles and the principles of partnership. The Country Health Cluster performance will be monitored and evaluated according to the extent by which the activities and programmes of cluster partners meet the health needs of the crisis-affected populations. S/He will be also coordinating the efforts of the Government and partners to ensure that Syrian refugees and Iraqi returnees have access to health services both inside and outside the camp.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office and technical guidance of EHA Coordinator, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Identify and make contact with health sector stakeholders and existing coordination mechanism, including national health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society for an effective response to Syrian refugee crisis.

2. Hold regular coordination meetings with country health cluster partners, building when possible on existing health sector coordination forum.

3. Collect information from all partners on Who's Where, since and until When, doing What, and regularly feed the database managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (4W). Provide consolidated feedback to all partners and the other clusters.

4. Assess and monitor the availability of health services in the refugee dominated areas as provided by all health actors using GHC tool: Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS).

5. Ensure that humanitarian health needs of the Syrian refugees and Iraqi returnees are identified by planning and coordinating joint, inter-cluster, initial rapid assessments adapting to the local context the IRA tool, as well as follow-on more in-depth health sub-sector assessments, as needed.

6. Mobilize Health Cluster Partners to contribute to establishing and maintaining an appropriate Early Warning and Response System, and regularly report on health services delivered to the Syrian refugees and host population.

7. Lead and contribute to the joint health cluster analysis of health-sector information and data (see points 3, 4, 5 and 6) leading to joint identification of gaps in the health sector response and agreement on priorities to inform the development (or adaptation) of a health crisis response strategy.

8. Ensure partners' active contribution to and involvement in joint monitoring of individual and common plans of action for health interventions; collate and disseminate this and other information related to the health sector in Cluster sit-reps and/or regular Health Bulletins.

9. Represent the Health Cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms at country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multisectoral responses, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions with the other clusters concerned.

10. Provide leadership and strategic direction to Health Cluster Members in the development of the health sector components of FLASH Appeal, CHAP, CAP and CERF proposals and other interagency planning and funding documents for responding to Syrian refugees health needs.

11. Advocate for adherence to standards and best practices by all health cluster partners taking into account the need for local adaptation. Advocate for the use of the Health Cluster Guide to ensure the application of common approaches, tools and standards.

12. Identify urgent training needs in relation to technical standards and protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all Health Cluster partners. Coordinate the dissemination of key technical materials and the organization of essential workshops or in-service training.

13. In a protracted crisis or health sector recovery context, ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of 'building back better' and specific risk reduction measures.
Essential: University degree in Medicine and Master's degree in Public Health or related field.

Desirable: Post graduate studies in emergency management, international aid, humanitarian principles, health system recovery, and health cluster coordinator training.
WHO global Competencies model at

1) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way
3) Fostering integration and team work
4) Producing results

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN specialized agencies, donor agencies, national and international NGOs.
- Sound knowledge of national disaster prevention and preparedness programmes.

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office.
Essential: At least 7 years' of relevant experience combined at the national and international levels, in managing and coordinating health humanitarian programmes in conflict or post-conflict countries.

Desirable: Working experience with UN organizations, donors or NGOs in a humanitarian context.
Excellent knowledge of English with working knowledge of another UN official language.
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

- Interviews will include competency-based questions.

- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).

Note: In view of the current security situation, country has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,611 at single rate
USD 72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 46.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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