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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/TA91
Title: Coordinator (Health Cluster) - Position no. 360394
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 20 July 2014
Application Deadline: 10 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kabul, Afghanistan
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_AFG WHO Representative's Office, Afghanistan (EM_AFG)
Emergency & Humanitarian Action (EHA)/Director, Programme Management (DPM)
The lead agencies of country clusters are designated by the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) in consultation with the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), and submitted to the Emergency Relief Coordinator for final endorsement in consultation with the lead agencies of the 11 Global Clusters. The Country Representative of the designated health cluster's lead agency, while maintaining the reporting lines of her/his own organization, reports and is accountable to the HC for what pertains the responsibilities and functions outlined by the document: "Generic Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the Cluster Lead Agencies at country level". This includes ensuring that views and plans of the health cluster partners reach and are considered by the HC and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) country team. The Health Cluster Coordinator reports, and is responsible to, the Country Representative of the health cluster's lead agency in all cases, even if s/he is a staff member of a partner agency on secondment or loan.

Depending on the nature and extent of the crisis, the country's context, the structure of the overall international humanitarian response, and the operational capacities of the health cluster's members, peripheral health hubs with designated zonal health cluster focal point agencies may need to be set up to better respond to the needs of the affected populations.

Purpose of the Post:
The Health Cluster Coordinator (HCC) will provide technical advice to local health authorities and lead a coordinated and effective health sector response together with the national and international community, with specific attention to vulnerable and marginalized population.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Emergency Coordinator, EHA/AFG, and the general guidance of the WHO Country Office Representative, the incumbent will ensure the good performance of the Country Health Cluster by 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.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
1. Identify and make contact with health sector stakeholders and utilize existing coordination mechanism, including national health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society.

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 (UN-OCHA) (4W). Provide consolidated feedback to all partners and the other clusters.

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

5. Ensure that humanitarian health needs 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 affected population and the situation in the areas where they work.

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. Inform the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) Representative of priority gaps that cannot be covered by any health cluster partner and require CLA action as provider of last resort.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Lead joint Health Cluster contingency planning for potential new events or set-backs, when required.

12. Provide leadership and strategic direction to Health Cluster Members in the development of the health sector components of Flash Appeal, Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP), Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) and Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) proposals and other interagency planning and funding documents.

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

14. 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.

15. In a protracted crisis or health sector recovery context, to 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 a health related area and a Master's degree in Public Health or other health related field.

Desirable: Postgraduate studies in emergency management, international aid, humanitarian principles, health system recovery, and health cluster coordinator training.

1) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way
3) Fostering integration and teamwork
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 at international level, including experience in managing and coordinating health humanitarian programmes in conflict or post-conflict countries.

Desirable: Experience working in UN organizations or NGOs, experience in working with donors in humanitarian context.
Essential: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Desirable: Working knowledge of a second international/UN and/or local 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 entitlements will be determined based on the length of assignment.

- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

- 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: 56.2 % 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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