Health Logistics Officer - NO-A - SSA - Roster

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Assignment title: Health Logistics Officer - Roster Grade: NOA Contractual Arrangement: Special Service Agreement (SSA) Duration: To be determined as per IMTs needs Place of assignment: To be determined as per IMTs needs Assignment family status: Nonfamily assignment Host entity: World Health Organization (WHO) UGANDA

1. Organizational context and brief project description:

Karamoja region and surrounding districts is facing acute public health crisis arising from deteriorating drought situation over the last 3 years. The regions 1.2 million people face severe risk of public health consequences precipitated by this event. Recent International Phase Classification estimates that at least 42% (520,000 individuals) in the nine districts of Karamoja were experiencing high levels of food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above) in 2022 compared to 361, 000 individuals last year. Food insecurity is projected to improve in the harvest/post-harvest period if normal crop production is realized and the confounding factor primarily insecurity does not drive communities away from the farming areas.

As in March/April 2022, the Global Acute Malnutrition levels were estimated at 21.9% (Moroto), 19.6% (Kaabong), 14.3% (Amudat), 13.8% (Napak), 13,8% (Kotido), 12.0% (Nabilatuk), Karenga (7.3%) and Abim (5.7%). In concrete terms, this translates to an estimated 91,610 children (6 -59 months) affected by acute malnutrition and for which treatment is required. This is broken down as 68,870 compared to 46,300 children in 2021 were moderately malnourished, while 22,740 children in 2022 compared to 10,200 children in 2021 are severely malnourished. Below is an illustration of the trends in MAM and SAM over the last 3 years.

In the context of the Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), at the country level, the incumbent will provide technical expertise to the team members, national authorities, related health and non-health partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health logistics for the project and activities throughout the full cycle of the incident, in line with WHO’s related policies and strategies.

2. Description of tasks:

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the OSL Team Lead, and under the overall guidance of the Incident Manager and Head, the WHO Country Office (WCO), and working closely with counterparts at the respective WHO Regional Office and WHO HQ, other WHO staff and partners, the UN Volunteer will:

⦁ Assess health logistics inventory and needs, focusing on health facilities, laboratory facilities, mobile medical activities, patients’ transportation, outbreak response (IPCs, deployment of medical products, etc.) and WASH activities required to support the health emergency response; ⦁ Support the OSL team lead and WHO partners within the operation in the development of health logistics response plan, priority activities, and list of required means to adequately address the WHO and partner health operation needs; ⦁ Provide technical guidance to the district logistics team on the appropriated functioning of the health facilities, mobile medical activities such as vaccination campaigns, laboratory support and other emergency health related activities; ⦁ Under the guidance of the Dy IM, facilitate the set up and the overall management of emergency health facilities through the deployment of emergency units/kits & facilities using the capacity of the WHO/OSL partners or subcontracted actors; ⦁ Ensure that the medical facilities as well as mobile health activities have sustainable access to clean water, energy source, waste management facilities and adequate supply in compliance with WHO health standard; ⦁ Oversee the efficient and safe transportation of supplies to provide WHO and partners with best lead time; ⦁ Provide quality assurance to the set up and sustainable access to adequate, efficient and safe cold chain facilities for a reliable supply of medical items requiring temperature control environment; ⦁ Monitor, evaluate and report country progress on health logistics activities within the project in the context of the incident management system; ⦁ Develop and conduct required training for local staff and WHO partners to build up local competences and ease the implementation of efficient health logistics management for all health activities; ⦁ Draft the required evaluation or situation reports to ensure appropriated communication and reporting mechanisms with the onsite OSL lead, incident manager, all concerned technical experts and OSL regional and HQ entities; ⦁ Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor;

3. Results/expected outputs:

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Program (The Program) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies; The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment; A final statement of achievements towards the assignment, such as reporting on the progress/achievement of project activities, activities participated in and capacities developed.

4. Qualifications, skills, experience / requirements:

a) Qualifications

First level university degree in health (medicine, nursing), pharmacy or other related field, with certified training in health logistics, from an accredited and recognized academic institution, is required;

b) Experience: Essential: ⦁ At least two (2) years of relevant professional work experience, at the national and international level, in the design and implementation of health logistics, assessment and/or the design and management of related projects in emergency situations; ⦁ Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities, is required.

Desirable: Prior relevant work experience in WHO/UN system, health cluster partners, relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.

c) Functional knowledge and skills:

⦁ Demonstrated knowledge of emergency response activities in the field of health logistics management with proven ability to identify and solve technical problems in difficult circumstances; ⦁ Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with proven ability to elaborate and implement projects; ⦁ Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work under pressure; ⦁ Proven ability to promote cohesive action and convince officials with tact and diplomacy; Knowledge of WHO, the UN System or NGO work in the field of response relief and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work.

⦁ Good computer skills in Microsoft Office.

The incumbent must be a dynamic, multifunctional individual, who supports the Host Agency with professionalism, dedication and client orientation, and who must be willing to work on both programmatic/substantive aspects, and to provide operational/logistical services.

d) Competencies and values:

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: demonstrate ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations. Respects differences and ensures that all can contribute. ⦁ Ensuring the effective use of resources: ability to identify priorities in accordance with the organization’s strategic directions. Develops and implement action plans, organize the necessary resources and monitor outcomes. ⦁ Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond: develops and strengthens internal and external partnerships that can provide information, assistance and support to the Organization. Identifies and uses synergies across the Organization and with external partners. ⦁ Communication: expresses oneself clearly in conversation and interaction with others; actively listens. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared. ⦁ Teamwork: develops and promotes effective relationships with colleagues and team members. Deals constructively with conflicts.

f) Language skills:

⦁ Fluency in English language; ⦁ Working knowledge of one of the official UN languages.

5. Technical Supervision

The selected Officer will work under the supervision of WHO Representative (WR) for Uganda Country Office, Dr Yonas TEGEGN ([email protected]), and his team.

6. Medical clearance

According to prevailing staff rule governing contract type issued.

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