National Emergency Health Assistant (COVID-19 Response) – UNV
|Organization||UN OCHA Sudan’s|
|Description of the assignment title||National Emergency Health Assistant (COVID-19 Response)|
|Host entity||IOM Sudan|
|Expected start date||13/09/2022|
|Sustainable Development Goal||3. Good health and well-being|
|Number of assignments||1|
|DoA reserved for persons with disabilities||No|
|Advertisement end date||31/08/2022|
Mission and objectives
Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM is part of the United Nations system, as a related organization. IOM supports migrants across the world, developing effective responses to the shifting dynamics of migration and, as such, is a key source of advice on migration policy and practice. The organization works in emergency situations, developing the resilience of all people on the move, and particularly those in situations of vulnerability, as well as building capacity within governments to manage all forms and impacts of mobility. The Organization is guided by the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, including upholding human rights for all. Respect for the rights, dignity and well-being of migrants remains paramount.
Sudan remains one of the world’s largest protracted humanitarian crises with needs increasingly more complex, due to inflation, the economic crisis, poor investment in infrastructure, localised conflicts, on-going protracted displacement and a potential new refugee influx. The increase in fragility , insecurity and vulnerabilities are exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. High mortality figures due to COVID-19 has been reported, with a chronic lack of health care management. Low rates of COVID-19 vaccination amongst the population is still hindering effective coverage to lessen the resulting morbidity and mortality, and the elderly and vulnerable groups. In addition to COVID-19, Sudan faced with multiple disease outbreaks in 2021, 1.6 million malaria cases had been reported by the mid-October 2021, as well as Hepatitis E, thus, all-hazards emergency risk management was required in 2022. IOM Sudan has been working on the prevention of COVID-19 among migrants in coordination with relevant government authorities and other stakeholders. In coordination with other sectors/ department, the successful candidate will assist the health response for COVID-19 as well as other hazards, such as other epidemic-prone diseases. The effort will include the strengthening of infection prevention and control (IPC), and inclusion of the migrants for COVID-19 vaccine.
Under the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Humanitarian and Transition), and the direct supervision of Migration Health Officer (Emergencies), the successful candi-date will support the implementation of IOM Sudan health program activities related to COVID-19 response and other outbreak preparedness and response. The UNV will undertake the following tasks:
1. Assist in the planning, management, supervision, and timely implementation of health activities in support of:
• Ensuring the continuity of quality primary healthcare during the COVID-19 out-break, through mobile teams and/or fixed clinic services for Internally Displaced Person (IDPs), returnees, migrants and other vulnerable groups.
• Ensuring the COVID-19 prevention measures and other infection prevention and control (IPC) aspect is integrated to the existing/ new health programmes.
• Following up of the procurement, storage and distribution of medicines, PPEs, cleaning materials and medical supplies; maintain an inventory of partners and goods distributed.
• Follow up health referrals, facilitate emergency transport to/from nearest health facilities.
2. Participate in/assist mission level multi sectoral assessments providing health technical inputs especially on COVID-19 prevention/management and outbreak preparedness and response.
3. Assist in providing technical inputs and compile information for the elaboration and implementation of migration health risk surveillance strategies and mecha-nisms to strengthen preparedness and response in avoiding and mitigating these risks, including COVID-19.
4. Assist in ensuring strong and regular liaison with relevant counterparts, including the Sudan Ministry of Health (MoH), World Health Organization (WHO), health cluster, UN agencies, and international and national non-governmental organisa-tions working in the health and other relevant sectors.
5. Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of quality of health care provided to IOM beneficiaries and bring to the attention of supervisor the issues with compliance to national and IOM global standards. This will include the monitoring field mission.
6. Provide documentation of health activities implemented including collection of age/sex disaggregated data in line with IOM data protection guidelines, as re-quested.
7. Prepare and submit activity (narrative) reports on project achievements, chal-lenges encountered, pertinent development and strategic needs as needed.
8. In coordination with other IOM Sudan teams, recommend new programme and project possibilities and support the formulation/development of health specif-ic as well as multi-sector proposals and collection of requested documentation for submission to donors according to IOM project development guidelines and pro-cedures.
9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by read-ing relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
• Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
• Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publica-tions/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
• Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
• Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
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Additional eligibility criteria
This assignment is funded by the government of Japan. The incumbent is expected to work in tandem with an international UN Volunteer.
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
5 years of experience in
• Previous experiences working for COVID-19 preparedness and response, especially in the area of infection prevention and control are considered as a strong asset.
Area(s) of expertise
English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Master degree or equivalent in Public Health
Competencies and values
☒ Adaptability and Flexibility
☒ Building Trust
☒ Client Orientation
☒ Commitment and Motivation
☒ Commitment to Continuous Learning
☒ Empowering Other
☒ Ethics and Values
☒ Judgement and Decision-making
☒ Knowledge Sharing
☒ Managing Performance
☒ Planning and Organizing
☒ Respect for Diversity
☒ Technological Awareness
☒ Working in Teams
Living conditions and remarks
Khartoum is considered, relatively, a safe city; the UN staff can move freely within the city and are able to drive and take taxis. Although Sudan is suffering from an economic crisis, most of the daily needs are available in the market and a number of supermarkets have imported goods. Internet provision is good, but there are often power cuts, thus accommodation should come with a back-up generator. UN staff are living in rented houses / apartments in Khartoum and not in UN compounds.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy