UNHCR aims to enable refugees to maximise their health status by supporting them in having equal access to quality primary, emergency and referral health care services as nationals. It is important to improve care for refugees with NCDs as well as host nationals. This is in line with increasing attention to NCDs globally and also the increasing number of refugees and other persons of concern coming from countries with longer life expectancy and higher prevalence of NCDs. UNHCR has been collecting evidence of the disease burden among refugees through its health information system (HIS) and household surveys.
UNHCR’s aim is to reduce morbidity and mortality from the most significant NCDs through improving the quality of care, ensuring the rational use of medicines, and strengthening the clinical and community based management of NCDs amongst refugees. Improved NCD care will lead to improved quality of life, reduce death and disability, reduced complications and costly care, and facilitate the integration of refugee NCD programs into national systems.
In order to implement this NCD project in refugee settings, UNHCR launched a call for proposals from suitably qualified organisations and Primary Care International (PCI) was selected as the partner to roll out the capacity building activities with UNHCR from 2014 to 2016 and again from 2017 to 2019.
The key activities carried out included:
· Roll out of a Training of Trainers (ToT) program (including learning material) in clinical and system level NCD management for UNHCR and partners’ health staff (medical doctors, clinical officers) in 12 countries.
· Development of adapted screening and clinical NCD management protocols based on country protocols.
· Development of a system of continuous professional development for trainers.
· Implementation of a communication strategy to ensure that participants are updated on developments in the UNHCR NCD training program and general NCD clinical updates.
· Development of a monitoring and evaluation framework.
To measure progress and achievements of the project and enhance learning in improving NCD care provision in refugee settings, UNHCR plans to conduct a final evaluation of the project.
The main purpose of this evaluation is to assess the outcomes, relevance and effectiveness of the ‘Caring for Refugees with Non Communicable Disease’ project in the targeted refugee sites. The evaluation will be used both for learning and accountability; findings will be used to guide programme practices to improve NCD care in refugee operations; and to demonstrate what worked well, why and lessons learned from implementation.
i. Inception report
ii. Data collection toolkit
iii. Draft final evaluation report
iv. Final evaluation report including recommendations an Executive summary and presentation
Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required
· Medical Doctor (ideally with family medicine/ GP qualification).
· Advanced university degree in public health or related health field desirable.
2. Work Experience
· At least 10 years’ experience in the area of primary health care including NCD care and public health, preferably in programmes in low resource settings.**
· Demonstrated knowledge and experience of project evaluations.
· Experience in the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of primary health care projects
· Experience working with refugees and/or in emergency settings would be desirable.
· Experience in both qualitative and quantitative research.
3. Key Competencies
· Excellent spoken, writing and reporting skills in English. French desirable.
· Good communication skills
The successful candidate will be working home-based with Field mission travels to 3-4 countries. (countries to be confirmed).