Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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After decades of conflict, massive displacement of the population, widespread insecurity, and lack of public funding, the health care system as well as the health status of the people of South Sudan has suffered enormously. In relation to health service delivery, the former states of Jonglei and Upper Nile remain extremely challenging due to widespread insecurity and looting of health supplies and assets, including the closure of health facilities. Access to primary health care has been difficult for a large proportion of the vulnerable populations situated there, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host community populations and health indicators in the former states of Jonglei and Upper Nile are among the worst in the country. In this context, with support from donors, UNICEF aims at delivering low cost, high impact essential health services to about 1.8 million of the total population living in the former states of Upper Nile and Jonglei. The package of services and scope of activities to be supported includes: (a) Child health services: Health education; routine immunization; integrated management of neonatal and childhood illnesses (IMNCI) and rapid response and referral for complicated cases; long lasting insecticide trained nets (LLITNs) distribution; vitamin A supplementation; promotion of adequate infant and young child feeding behaviors; and nutrition screening and referral to nutrition therapeutic programmes.(b) Maternal and neonatal health services: Health education; antenatal care, skilled delivery, postnatal care of mothers and newborns; family planning; and referral to secondary health services.(c) Basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care: To be delivered at the Primary Health Care Center (PHCC) and hospital levels.(d) Sexual and GBV services: Identification, counselling, management and proper referral for victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), including rape victims. (e) Distribution of essential medicines and supplies procured by UNICEF(f) Emergency preparedness and response: Building the capacity of partners to detect, assess and respond to health needs in the event of emergencies and disease outbreaks. (g) Disease surveillance and outbreak response: In line with the nationwide Integrated Disease Surveillance Response (IDSR) and Early Warning Alert and Response (EWARS) systems.(h) Quality improvement and supervision: In-service training; continuous quality improvement activities; infection prevention activities; supportive supervision; and promotion of procedures for proper waste management and disposal of sharps and other waste.The main strategy is to support an agile mix of static essential health services that are complemented by regular outreach to increase and expand equitable coverage and access, especially for mobile or hard to reach populations with intermittent periods of stability and weather-constrained access. These front-line interventions will be supported in specific areas with the roll-out of community-based health services (BHI) to bolster community resilience and basic services provision, even while communities are exposed to shocks and cannot be accessed. This combined with emergency preparedness and response will ensure service continuity.
PURPOSEThe Health Officer reports to the Health Specialist - Malakal for supervision under the oversight of the Chiefs of Field Office, whilst receiving technical support from the health section in Juba. The Health Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the Health Programme within the Country Programme, from development planning to delivery of results, by preparing, executing, managing, and implementing a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, and evaluating and reporting of results. The health officer, whilst supporting the overall health programme in the former states of Malakal, will have a particular focus on community health and will provide technical and programmatic support for the roll out of the Boma Health Initiative (BHI) whilst ensuring effective integration with the primary health care focused programme as whole.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES1.
DUTY STATION AND TRAVELMalakal with frequent travel for programme monitoring purposes
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
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