Public Health Associate, LICA-6, Semera

Organization: UNHCR

Location: Semera

Deadline: July 24, 2022

Job Description

This position is advertised open to Group 1, Group 2, if applicable,  and external applicants. Public Health Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Public Health Associate supports UNHCR effort to minimise avoidable mortality and morbidity among population of concern (PoC). The incumbent establishes appropriate consultative and monitoring framework and provides technical guidance to Partners and coordinates health activities within the Area of Responsibility (AoR). The incumbent usually reports to a more senior Public Health colleague.   S/he will be a member of the public health team and will also be the focal point for the health information system (HIS) within the AoR. The Public Health Associate will follow up with health agencies to ensure timely submission of weekly or monthly HIS reports, assess the quality of the reports as well as provide on-site supervision of the health information system.  This will include training of providers both formal and on the job, assessment of the quality of camp clinic registers and other components of camp HIS.  The Public Health Associate will also liaise with WHO and the Ministry of Heath on the health information system.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties

– Assist the supervisor in implementing UNHCR Public Health programme based on updated needs assessments and through Partners.
– Regularly monitor the performance of Partner(s) providing quality health services within the AoR in accordance with (inter)national guidelines and protocols.
– Regularly monitor the quality and effectiveness of health services within the AoR, report findings and address issues to the supervisor for follow up.
– Assist in proper coordination with officials of relevant institutions involved in planning and implementation of assistance to PoC.
– Conduct frequent analysis of cases submitted for public health activities and provide statistics when requested.
– Conduct frequent follow up on the monitoring and evaluation sheets provided by Partners, conduct needed analysis and provide data when requested.
– Assist in effective communication with other units within UNHCR and Partners, including orientation on health projects/activities.
– Conduct regular monitoring for any changes in the policy of the Ministry of Health on health services provision to PoC within the AoR.
– Provide project control with the estimated budget of any health project within the AoR on a regular basis.
– Conduct regular refresher training for all relevant staff and Partners.
– Ensure effective tracking of the inpatients from partner clinics to the out contracted hospitals.
– Assist in effective communication with Health Unit, implementing partners and out contracted hospital¿s focal person and selected PH facilities.
– Provide support to Partner(s) to ensure correct use of the Health Information System (HIS) and address problems with HIS data collection and submission in a timely manner.
– Attend and follow up activities of the health committee where decisions on tertiary care treatment are taken.
– Prepare and provide collated health data for submission in donor reports and health unit fact sheets as well as other documents.
– Assist in telephone counselling and face to face counselling of PoC if required.
– Review medical bills against standard payment lists.
– Take action and initiate measures to mitigate risks to the Organization from inappropriate charges relating to medical bills.
– Take action to ensure quality health information system reports that contribute to the quality of primary, secondary and tertiary health care services for refugees.
– Perform other related duties as required.Minimum QualificationsEducation & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education
Not applicable;

Certificates and/or Licenses
*Health related clinical qualification;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Essential:
Not specified.

Desirable:

Health data collection e.g. patient information management systems, heath information systems and related technology.

Functional Skills

*IT-Computer Literacy
PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
MD-Assessment of quality standards of health facilities
PH-Community Health-Health Data Collection/Analysis/Interpretation
MD-Health Information Systems (HIS)
MD-UN-wide health care policies and protocols (e.g. medical evacuation procedures, etc.)
CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)Core Competencies
Accountability
Communication
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result OrientationManagerial Competencies
Empowering and Building TrustCross-Functional Competencies
Analytical Thinking
Technological Awareness
Planning and Organizing

Language Requirements

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. Competencies as defined in Job Profile Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
All applicants must be Nationals of the country and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.
An eliminatory or complementary written test for shortlisted candidates may be conducted which will be followed by competency-based interview.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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See below for this position’s Operational Context
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The Health and Nutrition Associate works under the supervision of the Assistant Programme Officer in Samara with additional oversight from senior health colleges and head of the field office. The Office in Samara, plays a crucial coordination role in supporting IDPs and PoCs across the region, namely refugees and IDPs.
Since July 2021, UNHCR has scaled up its interventions in Afar Region following the conflict in Tigray Region and subsequent internal displacements. With its partners, UNHCR is responding to the emergency caused by internal displacement by distributing core relief items, and emergency shelter kits; enhancing its protection activities and actively participating to the coordination of the response together with the UN Sister Agencies, (I)NGOs as to support the regional authorities of Afar to respond to the multiple and urgent needs. As of January 2022, the estimated displacement in Afar Region according to governmental sources amounts to 413,000 IDPs. UNHCR is therefore increasing its staffing resources to respond to the additional needs, including the provision of relief assistance, protection, and coordination.

The Health and Nutrition Associate supports the Field Office Samara to minimise avoidable mortality and morbidity among the population of concern (PoC). The incumbent establishes the appropriate consultative and monitoring framework and provides technical guidance to partners and coordinates health activities within the Area of Responsibility (AoR). The incumbent usually reports to a more senior Public Health colleague with additional oversight from the Assistant Programme Officer and Head of Field Office.

S/he will be a member of the public health team and will also be the focal point for the health information system (HIS) within the AoR. The Health and Nutrition Associate will follow up with health agencies to ensure timely submission of weekly or monthly HIS reports, assess the quality of the reports as well as provide on-site supervision of the health information system.  This will include training of providers both formal and on the job, assessment of the quality of camp clinic registers and other components of camp HIS.  The Public Health Associate will also liaise with WHO and the Ministry of Health on the health information system.

Living and Working Conditions

Staff members should be prepared to operate under challenging conditions with limited resources in the Semera  UNHCR Field Office and camps, Asaita and Berhale.

The Field Office deals primarily with several local camp environments with inherent risks to staff safety and health. Regardless of information campaigns, there are realistically few, or no COVID-19 protocols adhered to by the camp(s) population. Staff wear masks but will often work within large groups of refugees who do not. There are several clinics and pharmacies within a 5 km radius of Samara that offer basic services. The nearest hospital, run by the government, is located 10km away. It is recommended that staff with prescriptions should come with at least 3 months of prescription medication. There are, however, daily one -hour flights to the capital city, Addis Ababa, which could facilitate the replenishment of medical and other supplies. The region is extremely hot, especially from May to September. Consequently, the region is open for business from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm with most commercial and government entities closing between 12:00 noon to 03:00 pm.

Presently, being a newly opened office, the Samara Field Office does not offer guest house services. Staff will have to rent in nearby hotels or subject to availability, seek accommodation in the WFP guest house.
Banking services including ATM, Visa and Mastercard services are available in this town.

The Closing Date for Submission of Application is Sunday 24 July 2022 (Mid Night Ethiopia Time).