Afghanistan - A Health Coordinator Coach and Mentor Consultant

  • Added Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 22 January 2021

Country / Region: Afghanistan/Kabul

Start date: ASAP

Duration: 6 months

Source of funding: ECHO/OFDA

CONTEXT

The Afghan Mission is PUIโ€™s oldest mission with the first medical intervention launched in 1980 just after the Soviet invasion. Since then, Afghanistan has mostly been in conflict, with the presence of national armed groups and international forces causing mass casualties and massive movements of population within or out of the country. According to IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), the total number of displaced population for the period 2012-2019 that currently live in host communities reached 4,350,900 individuals. The same time, the country has witnessed a strong wave of returnees from abroad at 3,451,510 people. This latter figure is expected to grow further in 2020 as large numbers of Afghans have fled the COVID-19 outbreak from neighbouring countries (mainly from Iran). The high number of returns put additional pressure on host communities, fragile livelihoods and public services that are already strained by conflict and economic underperformance.

The achievements realized in the years following 2001 invasion are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase in the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from a protracted to an active one. Armed groups are threatening the Government of Afghanistan that struggles to impose its vision of development despite the continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.

As Afghanistan continues to face an extremely complex set of humanitarian challenges, the country remains one of the worldโ€™s largest refugee crisis. According to the World Bank, by the end of 2018, the number of Afghans refugees stood at close to 2.7million, following only the Syrian crisis in terms of magnitude.

In the current context, with elevated pressure on aid organizations by different actors, fragmentized conflict that happens to a large extent away from urban centres, the capacity to deliver aid to those in need is particularly challenging. Access to remote areas is volatile, with military offensive and/or threats, expulsion by armed groups that cause agencies to suspend their operations at times. Health actors are particularly at risk as attacks on health facilities and staff continue to happen across the country with a visible intensity in areas where PUI operates.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic advanced the crisis even further. The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) estimated that there are now 14 million Afghans, or 37% of the countryโ€™s population, in need of assistance. This figure was revised upward from the 9.4 million estimated earlier in 2020 and from 6.3 million in 2019.

In this context, PUI is looking for a Health Coordinator Coach and Mentor Consultant.

OVERALL OBJECTIVE

The Health Coordinator Coach & Mentor Consultant is responsible for contributing to the improvement of the quality of care, as well as program implementation and coaching/mentoring to Health technical staff in PUIโ€™s Afghanistan Mission. The aim is to provide capacity building to current Deputy Health Coordinator on the general management and oversight of health programmes, developing health strategies and requisite technical skills.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE

  • To technically mentor the identified member of staff with the aim of him ultimately assuming the position of Health Coordinator during the gap
  • To coach the identified member of staff in order to acquire improved managerial and technical skills

For more information, please refer to the terms of reference.

This vacancy is archived.

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