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UNOCHA Humanitarian Affairs officer: COVID-19
|Location :||Khartoum, SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||04-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||HIV, Health and Development|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||127 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||127 working days|
The COVID-19 pandemic, and its secondary effects, are exacerbating and will continue to exacerbate humanitarian need while limiting the ability of humanitarian workers to move.
In Sudan, 9.3 million people needed humanitarian assistance this year - due to conflict and an economic crisis that predates COVID-19 – and this will likely increase. Recurrent disasters – seasonal flooding, disease – as well as slow moving climate driven processes continue to drive need. In the meantime, the possibility of a major outbreak remains. The World Health Organization (WHO) rated Sudan as at risk for COVID-19 spread based on risk profile and capacity of the country to respond to a potential outbreak.
Sudan’s health system is marked by decades of limited to no investment, underfunding, and lack of qualified staff, infrastructure, equipment medicines and supplies. The surveillance system doesn’t cover the entire country and is structurally weak with long delays between alert and confirmation of an outbreak.
The points of entry (PoE) in the country are only rudimentarily equipped and insufficiently staffed. Widely spreading outbreaks of infectious diseases occur across the country each year. There is a lack of isolation units, intensive care units, infection control material, medicines and medical supplies and adequately trained staff to address quickly spreading outbreaks including the corona virus (covid-19) in all states across the country.
To enhance the evidence base and improve humanitarian coordination and targeted, data-driven response, a National Needs Assessment Exercise will be conducted in 2020 to inform the 2021 Humanitarian Needs Overview and Strategic Response Plan. An exercise of this magnitude has not been conducted for several years, and the containment measures implemented globally and in Sudan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will no doubt necessitate additional resources to conduct it.
Currently, staff are unable to enter the country and many teams are working remotely.
The Field Coordination Unit within OCHA is responsible for both strategic and operational coordination; in the context of the COVID-19 response the FCU is supporting the COVID-19 working group that is leading technical and operational response to COVID-19 across the country. In addition, FCS together with CIS teams will be working with REACH to implement the national wide multi-sector needs assessment. The consultant will report to the Head of Field Coordination.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective and scope of work
The objective of this consultancy is to support implementation of the below two areas:
Scope of Work and Outputs"
With technical assistance from the FCU team, the Humanitarian Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:
The incumbent will have a direct contact with the Head of Coordination, and Humanitarian Affairs Officers at OCHA, and shall provide regular reports of all the work progress with detailed facts and figures to the head of Coordination on a weekly basis.
Duration of the Work
The consultancy service duration will be 127 working days effective 15 June 2020 up to 14 December 2020 and the duty station will be Khartoum, Sudan. The final submission of all deliverables will be 14 December 2020.
This assignment shall full time based at FCS in OCHA
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Evaluation Criteria and selection of the consultant
The offers received from the candidates will be evaluated using combined scoring method. The combined scoring method assesses the capacity of candidates – where the qualifications, experience and skills will be weighted a maximum of 70%, and later combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.
Bachelor’s degree (or higher in public health, sociology, or development related field); Masters in Public Health, Social Science, International relations, economics or related field a requirement.
Technical Evaluation Gird:
The candidates obtaining 49 points and above (or 70% and above) will only be technically qualified; then their price proposals will be reviewed and compared for the assessment of overall ranking. Those obtaining lower than 49 points (or lesser than 70%) will be technically non-responsive candidates and will not be compared.
Assessment of the Price Proposals (30 Points) or 30%
The lowest priced bid from among the technically qualified Offerors will obtain the full marks of 30 points in the price proposal. Price proposals of remaining qualified candidate will be prorated against the lowest priced bid using the following formula to derive the marks in their price proposal:
Marks obtained by a candidate = Lowest Priced Bid (amount) / Bid of the Offeror (amount) X 30 (Full Marks)
Award of the Contract/Award Criteria:
The contract will be awarded to the candidate (bidder) whose proposal obtains the highest cumulative marks (points) when the marks obtained in technical and price proposals are aggregated together.
Required Skills and Experience
The incumbent shall possess
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.