Gender and Public Health Officer



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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :18-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :11 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :11 months

Background

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. 
The work of UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) is guided by its 2017-2020 Strategic Note and other UN joint commitments that support the Government’s five-year Growth and Transformation plan (2010/11-2014/15). The strategic approach and work plan include UN Women ECO's core principles in leading and promoting coherence within UN system work and supporting regional initiatives given the presence of UN ECA and African Union in Ethiopia. The Country Programme Division under the leadership of the Deputy Country Representative manages the Programme support to Ethiopia in partnership with Government of Ethiopia, regional governments, donors, UN agencies and CSOs to enhance gender equality and empowerment of women in Ethiopia. In its work, UN Women ECO is focusing on four main development result areas: 1) Women supported to lead and participate in decision-making at all levels; 2) Women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development; 3) Women and girls live a life free from violence; and 4) Governance and national planning fully reflect accountability for gender equality commitments and priorities. 
Anticipating an increased focus on gender and protection in humanitarian settings, UN Women ECO in 2018 started intensifying its engagement with the humanitarian community present in Ethiopia to ensure that initiatives implemented in the country are gender responsive. UN Women ECO in its health and gender programme works with the UN H6 partnership and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) where Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV are addressed through joint programmes. 
Health is one of the priority protections needs of women and girls, especially during humanitarian crises. Addressing the barriers that prevent women and girls from demanding the realization of their health rights, including to information and services, is critical. Efforts to strengthen the ‘demand’ side of health needs, along with the ‘supply’ side of health services, UN Women has already positioned itself to work with other UN agencies and stakeholders to ensure addressing the ‘demand’ side by focusing on women’s access and rights to health services and leverage the added value to UN Women. 
To implement its programmes, UN Women is seeking to hire a Gender and Public Health Officer to strengthen delivery of its Health and Gender programme and contribute, among other, to the overall joint H6 partnership. While the position is based in Addis Ababa, the role encompasses travel requirements to the intervention regions of Ethiopia. Under the direct supervision of the EVAWG progamme specialist, the Gender and Health Officer works closely with the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) team members and all UN Women Ethiopia colleagues.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the EVAWG progamme specialist, the Gender and Public Health officer will undertake the following tasks:

Overall technical support to UN Women ECO’s health programme

 

  • Provide technical assistance in development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate and cost-effective activities in public health, reproductive health and HIV prevention programmes and to other UN Women ongoing programmes
  • Actively engage in the H6 country coordination mechanism to leverage UN women’s comparative advantage in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) service to ensure demand creation and improve access of SRH services for women and girls
  • Work closely with other UN agencies  to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health on gender and health-related issues through enhancing the capacity of  health care providers and health institutions  for them to provide quality  psycho-social support and management of GBV survivors, including provision of integrated and quality HIV services and MNCH services to mother and children
  • Develop concept notes, budgeting, logical frameworks and project design
  • Work on budget preparation, create activity and requisition in Atlas, manage the health programme budget
  • Promote an HIV Do No Harm approach prioritizing education and prevention activities
  • Update and disseminate standard practices and guidelines in public health, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health among all partners
  • Support the development of a training plan, organize and act as a resource person in workshops and training
  • Assist with dialogue and action at the community level in reducing and addressing barriers women face to optimal health related services and gender discriminatory practice and violence
  • Build the capacity of IPs and provide technical backstopping.

 

Monitoring, evaluation, reporting

  • Closely monitor the health programme implementation including implementing partners, develop mission reports and action points to enhance programme execution
  • Develop TORs for midterm and end term evaluations and other health related studies, closely follow up and input findings.
  • Regularly collect and compile reports and submit to UN Women and donors
  • Research and draft reports, minutes and other documents related to HIV/AIDS, SRHR, GBV and other health-related issues in relations to UN Women Ethiopia programme
  • Work closely with UN Women programme staff to identify priority health issues and key data requirements for programme planning and monitoring. 

 

 

Partnership, coordination and networking

 

  • Actively participate in the UNAIDS Co-sponsor working group, MOH prepared platforms and other health related plate forms and ensure that decisions are implemented as agreed upon.
  • Actively engage in technical working groups and task groups established, intending to provide technical support to the Ministry of Health.
  • Share with local and international partners on the ground relevant guidelines and information materials on refugee HIV, reproductive health, general health and nutrition.
  • Promote information sharing on all aspects related to HIV and the UN Women role in the UNAIDS division of labour. 
  • Ensure regular update and share information within Un Women as well as with relevant government, UN and NGO counterparts and donor communities in Ethiopia on the health status and needs of women and girls. 
  • Any other duty as may be required.

    Under the direct supervision of the EVAWG progamme specialist, the Gender and Public Health officer will undertake the following tasks:

    Overall technical support to UN Women ECO’s health programme

     

  • Provide technical assistance in development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate and cost-effective activities in public health, reproductive health and HIV prevention programmes and to other UN Women ongoing programmes
  • Actively engage in the H6 country coordination mechanism to leverage UN women’s comparative advantage in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) service to ensure demand creation and improve access of SRH services for women and girls
  • Work closely with other UN agencies  to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health on gender and health-related issues through enhancing the capacity of  health care providers and health institutions  for them to provide quality  psycho-social support and management of GBV survivors, including provision of integrated and quality HIV services and MNCH services to mother and children
  • Develop concept notes, budgeting, logical frameworks and project design
  • Work on budget preparation, create activity and requisition in Atlas, manage the health programme budget
  • Promote an HIV Do No Harm approach prioritizing education and prevention activities
  • Update and disseminate standard practices and guidelines in public health, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health among all partners
  • Support the development of a training plan, organize and act as a resource person in workshops and training
  • Assist with dialogue and action at the community level in reducing and addressing barriers women face to optimal health related services and gender discriminatory practice and violence
  • Build the capacity of IPs and provide technical backstopping.
  •  

    Monitoring, evaluation, reporting

  • Closely monitor the health programme implementation including implementing partners, develop mission reports and action points to enhance programme execution
  • Develop TORs for midterm and end term evaluations and other health related studies, closely follow up and input findings.
  • Regularly collect and compile reports and submit to UN Women and donors
  • Research and draft reports, minutes and other documents related to HIV/AIDS, SRHR, GBV and other health-related issues in relations to UN Women Ethiopia programme
  • Work closely with UN Women programme staff to identify priority health issues and key data requirements for programme planning and monitoring. 
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    Partnership, coordination and networking

     

  • Actively participate in the UNAIDS Co-sponsor working group, MOH prepared platforms and other health related plate forms and ensure that decisions are implemented as agreed upon.
  • Actively engage in technical working groups and task groups established, intending to provide technical support to the Ministry of Health.
  • Share with local and international partners on the ground relevant guidelines and information materials on refugee HIV, reproductive health, general health and nutrition.
  • Promote information sharing on all aspects related to HIV and the UN Women role in the UNAIDS division of labour. 
  • Ensure regular update and share information within Un Women as well as with relevant government, UN and NGO counterparts and donor communities in Ethiopia on the health status and needs of women and girls. 
  • Any other duty as may be required.


Competencies

Core Values / Guiding Principles

  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity

 

Core Competencies:

  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
  • Organisational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgement
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative
  • Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.
  • Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge


Required Skills and Experience

Education

Advanced university degree (master’s degree) in public health, sociology, gender studies other related fields. Medical degree is an asset.

Experience

  • At least five years of relevant professional experience. Working with refugees or displaced persons experience is an advantage. Experience in managing public health programme in development and/or humanitarian settings.
  • Training and/or experience in HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health and rights, Maternal, Neonatal and Child health, Nutrition and/or Community health
  • Previous experiences of working in coordination with other UN Agencies like UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS etc. as well as CDC and Ministry of Health
  • Proven ability on health project management
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.  


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.

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