Project Coordinator - Improving health response system to contain Hepatitis E Virus
|Location :||Windhoek, NAMIBIA|
|Application Deadline :||25-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||10d 7h 5m|
|Additional Category :||HIV, Health and Development|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SC-8|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 Months|
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The project aims to address the current outbreak of the Hepatitis E virus (HEV) in several in-formal settlements across different regions of Namibia. HEV is a liver disease with sudden, severe and life-threatening symptoms closely associated with poor sanitation. Previously rare in Namibia, an HEV outbreak that began in two informal settlements in the capital city Windhoek in April 2018, has persisted and spread to several parts of the country, causing over 4,000 reported cases and 34 reported fatalities.
The project aims to build on the work of various stakeholders, including the Government of Namibia, and various development partners to address identified gaps and needs in the response. This will be achieved through the following objective: Increasing the capacity of the Namibia HEV response in terms of response coordination and risk communication.
The project approach will provide capacity strengthening in coordination and risk communication in 6 regions, as to be identified in conjunction with the government of Namibia. Innovative sanitation solutions in informal settlements will be scaled up to benefit the most vulnerable, especially pregnant and post-partum women and children. The project intends to reach ap-proximately 120,000 people through risk communication and improved innovative sanitation solutions and facilities. Community led processes will provide locally owned and sustainable solutions.
The project will work through existing systems and build on inputs of government and other donors by integrating with the strategy and coordination of the National Health Emergency Management Committee (NHEMC) at the Ministry of Health.
The project will be coordinated by UNDP as an integrated component of the national HEV response under the Hepatitis E Task Force of the National Health Emergency Management Committee of Namibia (NHEMC).
Duties and Responsibilities
Main duties and responsibilitiesWithin the delegated authority and under overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Specialist (Environment and Energy), the Project Coordinator provides support to the unit to ensure effective delivery of the Improving health response system to contain Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) outbreak in endangered health districts in Namibia project.
The Project Coordinator will undertake the following tasks:
Coordinate the day to day running of the project, represent UNDP at the NHEMC, and liaise with partners, including the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), particularly at the Directorate of Primary Health Care (PHC).
The Project Coordinator will be supported by existing logistics and technical staff within UNDP CO.
Conduct regional activities including meetings and site work, which will be con-ducted through the various governance structures of the MoHSS and in collabo-ration with various donors and civil society, and existing partners involved in co-ordination, surveillance, and risk communication.
Results / expected outputsAs an active UNDP team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
Required Skills and Experience
Required Degree Level: Bachelor's degree
Required Experience: 2 - 3 years
Education, qualifications, skills, experience, areas of expertise: University Degree in Health Sciences, International Development, or any other relevant qualification.
1-2 years of relevant working experience, including experience in the health and/or environmental development. Experience in project management and stakeholder’s facilitation is an asset.
Submission of an updated detailed Personal CV or Signed and Updated P11 form which can be downloaded from http://sas.undp.org/documents/p11_personal_history_form.doc
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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