Health Cluster Coordinator

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 18 August 2022
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Qualifications

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The mission of WHOโ€™s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinateย international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

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PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

To promote and uphold the humanitarian and public health principles by leading a coordinated and effective health sector response together with the national and international community, with specific attention to vulnerable and marginalized populations, through effectuating WHO's commitment to work within the framework of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) and the cluster approach. The incumbent will be responsible for performing a dedicated coordination, health needs assessment, strategy development and resource mobilization, supporting the implementation and , monitoring the joint incident management system and advocacy function.

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DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Needs assessment and gap analysis:

1. Manage, coordinate and be the overall lead within the health cluster or at inter-cluster level for rapid health needs assessments, as well as participatory assessments (multi cluster/sector initial rapid assessments and humanitarian needs overviews, post-event risk assessment post disaster/post conflict needs assessment); be familiar with and ready to choose from existing tools to confirm that the health cluster covers all identified humanitarian health needs of the affected population.

2. Collect information from all health partners on Whoโ€™s Where, since and until When, doing What (4Ws), and regularly feed the database managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). Provide consolidated feedback to all partners and the other clusters.

Strategic planning:

3. Lead the development, in cooperation with the health cluster members, of the health sector components of the humanitarian needs overview (HNO) and humanitarian response plan (HRP) as well as contingency planning for potential new events and other interagency planning, ensure proper linkages with the incident management system, disaster risk reduction, relief and recovery to complement national health sector preparedness/response plans.

4. Ensure full compliance with national and international norms and standards, oversee that cross-cutting issues are mainstreamed in the health cluster response and implementation plans, taking into account the need for local adaptation.

5. Facilitate health partner coordination and involvement in health and other related sector assessments (e.g. nutrition, WASH), planning, information, interventions, monitoring and quality assurance, and regularly report on health services delivered to the affected population.

6. Identify urgent technical gaps and 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; identify opportunities for capacity building in collaboration with partners.

7. Ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of โ€œbuilding back betterโ€ and specific risk reduction measures.

8.ย  Convene and facilitate consultative and results-oriented meetings in line with the principles of partnership. Organize and conduct joint support missions to field operations.

9. Oversee the development of a functional Information Management strategy and mechanism for the health cluster to facilitate information sharing as well as monitoring and reporting; ensure that the health cluster produces and disseminates to partners, donors, government and other stakeholders regular updates, technical reports, bulletins and briefings on the health status of the affected people, response activities, resources mobilization, achievements, challenges and the remedial actions when necessary.

10. Support national (health system) capacity building in emergency preparedness and response in accordance with the IASC emergency response preparedness (EPR) approach and other related guidance.

Resources mobilization and funds allocation:

11. Liaise and manage the development of resource mobilization efforts, oversee the initiation of Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and other pooled fund proposals and other funding documents, as required, in close collaboration with the Head of the WHO Country Office, and in consultation with the health cluster partners and the humanitarian country team.

12. Establish clear and transparent prioritization criteria for vetting partnersโ€™ projects for inclusion in consolidated appeals and pooled funds processes

Monitoring and evaluation:

13. Coordinate the development, adaptation and implementation of an indicatorsโ€™ monitoring framework to ensure adequate implementation of the health cluster plans; empower partnersโ€™ active involvement in joint monitoring of individual and common plans of action for health interventions. Promote peer exchange of experiences and lessons learned within the cluster partnership.

Advocacy:

14. Identify core advocacy concerns for the Health Cluster through a consultative process: develop joint cluster/ inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy is conveyed to the RC/HC and humanitarian country team. Advocate for collective action, collective results, and collective accountability.

15.ย  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.

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This vacancy is archived.

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