Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
HUMANITARIAN SITUATION AND NEEDS
After an armed and civil uprising ended Muammar al Gadhafi’s regime in late 2011, the authorities have had difficulties to address pressing security issues, reshape the country's public finances, or create a viable framework for post-conflict justice and reconciliation. Thus, since 2014, non-state armed groups have disrupted Libya's political transition. In 2017, continued political instability, ongoing armed conflict in Libya, particularly internal struggles between local militias, and the collapse of economy, have led to deteriorating living conditions and reduced access to essential services in most of the country. Civilians continue to suffer from unsafe living conditions, with little or no access to health care services, essential medicines, safe drinking water, shelter and education.
By today, the whole population is affected by the armed conflict and the lack of a functioning government, and 1.1 million people in Libya will still need humanitarian assistance in 2018. The complex humanitarian crisis is primarily driven by the absence of the rule of law, lack of access to basic services, displacement of population, the collapse of the economic system and the financial crisis.
In late 2017, suffering from armed combats for several years, Benghazi area was hosting about 45.000 internally displaced people (IDP) coming from different areas in Libya, and 147.000 returnees. Benghazi appears to be, with Tripoli, one of the two main cities to host the more IDPs. Otherwise, while the political situation in Libya remains tumultuous, new patterns of displacement are occurring, with a growing trend of returns reported in the East, and especially in Benghazi. Benghazi and its surroundings appear to be particularly vulnerable locations due to the high damage inflicted by three years of heavy clashes.
The violation of human rights and humanitarian law, including violations of the right to life, and of children and women’s rights, are widespread, including of Gender-based Violence. There are alarming levels of gender-based violence and grave violations of child and women's rights in the current context.
In the Southeast of the country, the tensions between the Tebu and the Zway tribes seriously affects the health system and the access to basic services. Tribe communities, when they are a minority in the area, are suffering from segregation in most of Al kufra’s institutions, including health care facilities. This occurs in a context of underdevelopment and poverty that exacerbates the impact of the conflict on the population in the region. Indeed, this area has been suffering, even before the conflict, from a poor investment from the central government. However, few information are available on this area and its humanitarian needs due to a poor, if not almost inexistent, presence of NGOs.
OUR ACTIONS ON THE FIELD
PUI Libya mission started implementing operations in East of Libya in 2017 while official registration and work permit have been obtained via respectively the Committee of Civil Society (CCS) and Benghazi International Communication Committee (BICC). The organization has developed a lifesaving response that provides primary health care services to the most vulnerable population (internal displaced populations and their host communities, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers) combined with an integrated basic needs response to address the overall health situation of the PoC in detention centres and in urban settings. As a result, after three years of experience, PUI is now positioning as a significant actor targeting all groups of population in various settings in all eastern Libya. Its constant and solid field presence enables the organization to develop strong relationships with key stakeholders (relevant authorities, local community leaders and local and international NGO) and to get full access to the intervention’s sites, as well as acceptance in reference to the activities implementation. In 2019 PUI has rehabilitated and equipped 2 Primary Health facilities, and 3 Mobile Health Teams were deployed in Benghazi and Derna plus a Flying Sexual Reproductive Health Doctor. Additionally, PUI is working on the reinforcement of the local emergency response capacity through the participation in the development and the implementation of a Health Rapid Response Capacities in Benghazi city, including passive monitoring (EWARS) and deployment of PUI teams for rapid assessments and to support the national emergency response in case of confirmed alert. To date, the mission is implementing three projects funding by EU, ECHO and UNHCR.
As part of our actions in Libya, we are looking for a Logistics Coordinator based in Tunis.
The logistics coordinator is responsible for the smooth functioning of logistics on the mission. He/She makes sure the resources which are necessary for carrying out the programmes are available and actively participates in the mission’s safety management.
TASKS AND RESPONSABILITIES
Focus on 3 priority activities relating to the context of the mission
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCES
Knowledge and skills