Individual Contractor, Health and Nutrition, Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil

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Since March 2018, UNICEF have been developing health activities aimed at assisting Venezuelan migrants, refugees and indigenous people. In Brazil, health activities are mainly focused on the North of the country, through the implementation of primary health care (PHC) and nutrition services in shelters in Boa Vista and Pacaraima (RR), Manaus (AM), Belém and Santarém (PA).

Considered the main gateway for Venezuelan migrants and refugees into the country, the state of Roraima has been the target of the largest number of activities developed by UNICEF in the context of the Venezuelan migration crisis. UNICEF response to the needs of children and families in the context of the migration crisis focuses on ensuring access to essential services and programmes to ensure that all the basic needs of migrant children are fully covered. Considering the programmatic guideline of the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Situations (CCC), UNICEF has been working closely with federal, state and municipalities government, other UN agencies and civil society organizations in building comprehensive multisectoral programme for migrant children, adolescents and pregnant women. UNICEF advocates for the rights and voices of children and pregnant women as an integral component of the response.

Currently in Roraima, UNICEF develops, through its implementing partner, primary health care and nutrition activities in 12 official shelters (11 in Boa Vista and 1 in Pacaraima). There are 15 health monitors (who perform the same duties as community health workers), 5 nurses and 4 nutritionists who work to assist the population of the shelters. In addition, UNICEF has contributed to the strengthening of the local health network by supporting the Municipal and State Health Secretariats in planning strategies and organizing Primary Care services, promoting activities that facilitate the access and inclusion of refugees and migrants to primary health care services, hiring of health and nutrition monitors, nurses and nutritionists to work in Primary Health Care Facilities and support the provision of PHC services for Venezuelan migrants and refugees living in the streets, unofficial shelters and spontaneous housing in the municipality.

After the declaration of the pandemic caused by the new Coronavirus (SarsCov2) a large number of cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the state of Roraima. In this context, UNICEF has supported by carrying out several actions for the prevention and control of the disease among Venezuelan migrants.

The pandemic context has created a overcharge on primary health care services, generating a process of disruption of the strategies agreed locally that demand a complex analysis for their reorganization in the short, medium and long term. In such an analysis, the capacities and demands for the service, availability of physical structure and human resources, as well as processes and workflows that guarantee the ideal functioning of the system should be reviewed, according to the guidelines and quality standards established by the Sistema Único de Saúde of Brazilian Ministry of Health. In the first half of 2021, UNICEF, working together with the Secretaria Municipal de Saúde de Boa Vista, developed a situational diagnosis of the primary health care services in the municipality of Boa Vista in such context, proposed a plan for restructuring and reorganizing the health care services, including an action plan for the access of the population of Venezuelan migrants and refugees to the local health system. Therefore, the attributions provided for in this term of reference are directly related to the implementation of such previously agreed and validated strategies.

For information of the work of our organization in Brazil, please visit our website: UNICEF Brazil

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Purpose of the Job

Under the supervision of the Chief Field Office in UNICEF Boa Vista Office. The consultant will provide technical and operational support throughout the programming process for services delivery related to Health and Nutrition in the context of the humanitarian response working closely with the Health and Nutrition Officer, other team members, local authorities, and partners. In particular, the consultant will provide technical support to the Municipalities’ Health Departments to define strategies for the organization of primary health care and nutrition services, support trainings, the revision of workflows and work processes according to the guidelines and standards established by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and UNICEF. It is also expected the development of strategies focused on the increase of access of Venezuelan migrants and refugees to the local health care.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • UNICEF health and nutrition activities provided to Venezuelan migrants and refugees monitored, along with the Health and nutrition officer, through field visits, meetings with implementing partners and health authorities and under the supervision of the Chief Field Office and the guidance of the UNICEF Chief of Health and HIV.
  • Technical monitoring of the UNICEF project to strengthen primary health care in Boa Vista and Pacaraima provided considering the evaluation of health impact indicators and the inclusion of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in local health services.
  • Situation reports on UNICEF health and nutrition activities elaborated based on reliable data and evidences according the supervisor’s requirements.
  • Technical support to the Health Directors and their managers aiming the increase of quality of primary health care provided in local health services, building capacities on primary health care package, immunization, nutrition, and other relevant public health subjects.
  • Plan for the restructuring of primary health care services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic implemented based on a situational analysis, to identify and address critical points in the services delivery previously done by UNICEF.
  • The development of strategies to the better inclusion of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the primary health care local services and in the national health system.
  • Plan of the sustainability of primary health care activities elaborated considering the increase of the population, due to the Venezuelan migration crisis, and the need to increase the primary health care coverage in medium and long term.
  • Health and nutrition technical support provided to the municipalities regarding the impact caused by the pandemic of covid-19 in the health services specifically in immunization coverage, sexual and reproductive services provision, malnutrition treatment and chronic diseases follow up.
  • Technical and managerial support on Covid-19 pandemic control inside and outside shelters provided.
  • UNICEF implementing partners monitored through control meetings, field visits and other UNICEF official measures.
  • Participation in official meetings with implementing partners, municipalities, other UN agencies and partners of Operação Acolhida guaranteed.
  • Health and nutrition information collected and analyzed according Ministry of Health and UNICEF standards and guidelines.
  • Technical support to the Health Secretariat of Boa Vista and Pacaraima provided aiming the: Promotion of active leadership for health professionals in Basic Health Units; Strengthening performance in public policies and intersectionality between the technical references of the Primary healthcare and epidemiological surveillance ; Qualification of Community Health workers in Primary Health care pillars/axes and look at the Venezuelan migrant population; Development of new workflows with a view to integrating Primary healthcare and epidemiological surveillance;
  • Municipalities and State Mental Health and Psychosocial support services and strategies strengthened.
  • Strategies for safe and healthy schools and for the development of health promotion in schools strengthened.
  • Immunization services, such as vaccine management, registration system and welcoming inside primary care facilities strengthened aiming the increase of vaccination coverage and access of Venezuelan population.

Monthly deliverables:

Report containing the situational analysis of UNICEF health and nutrition activities in the humanitarian response, including relevant health information and evidences on the access of Venezuelan migrants and refugees to health services inside and outside shelters.

Estimated monthly payment: R$13.150,00

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

A. Timely delivery of reports

B. Accuracy of documents

C. Quality of products in accordance with UN and UNICEF standards;

D. Good communication and articulation skills at different levels;

E. Proactive behavior;

F. Organizational capacity in during activities carried out;

G. Ability to manage projects and people efficiently.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

KEY COMPETENCES, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED DEADLINE

  • University degree in one of the following fields is required: Nursing, Medicine, Public health/nutrition, Health policy and/or management or other health related sciences, with specialization or Masters degree in Public health and/or Primary health Care;
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience (mid and/or senior level) in public Health/Primary Health Care planning and management and in relevant areas of public health;
  • Experience with emergencies is an asset;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Package: Excel, Word, Power Point, Web navigation and among computer software;
  • Good knowledge of Project Management;
  • Solid inter-personal skills;
  • Written and verbal communication skills in Portuguese, knowledge in English is an asset.
  • Previous work experience within the UN/UNICEF is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and the following core competencies Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness, Works Collaboratively with others, Builds and Maintains Partnerships, Innovates and Embraces Change, Thinks and Acts Strategically, Drive to achieve impactful results, and Manages ambiguity and complexity.

To view our values and competency framework please visit the following links: Our Values and Our Competencies.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: PROCEDURES AND LOGISTICS

  • UNICEF will provide the individual contractor all required core equipment and material for fulfilling his duty, including computer
  • Expenses related to travels, if any, will be covered by UNICEF and paid to the Individual contractor as per UNICEF travel rules and regulations.
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both, UNICEF and the Individual Contractor
  • Individual Contractors will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.

INSURANCE AND HEALTH COVERAGE

  • The Individual Contractor is fully responsible for arranging, at his or her own expenses, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the term of the contract as he or she considers appropriate.
  • The Individual Contractor is not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to UNICEF and United Nations staff members.

PAYMENT OF FEE

The payment will be based on submission of agreed deliverables.

  • UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

RESTRICTIONS

  • Individual Contractor may not receive training at the expense of UNICEF. Notwithstanding, Individual Contractors must complete the applicable mandatory trainings.
  • In case of government officials, the contract cannot be issued without prior written clearance by the Government, or unless on leave without pay.
  • UNICEF 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.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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