Reproductive Health Expert – Afghanistan – Afghanistan

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INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that helps victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and marginalization. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

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Job Title: Reproductive Health Specialist

Code: SR-28-2626

Duty location: Kandahar

Start date: 01.08.2022

Contract duration: 12 months

Reporting to: Medical Coordinator

Supervision of: 1 technical staff

Relatives: Office outside the family

General context of the project

Over 40 years of conflict and political unrest have taken a massive cumulative toll on the Afghan people. According to UN estimates, a total of 18.4 million people, almost half the total population, were in need of humanitarian assistance prior to the recent events. Afghanistan is recurrently experiencing severe droughts, currently leaving nearly 14 million people in acute food insecurity, with over 3 million children affected by severe malnutrition. The recent displacement of 550,000 people adds to an estimated 2.9 million people who remain internally displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance as the winter months draw near.

INTERSOS has been working in Afghanistan since 2001 with a country office in Kabul and branch offices in the provinces of Kandahar and Zabul. In recent years, INTERSOS has focused its assistance on an integrated community-based approach that includes primary health care (including sexual and reproductive health care), nutrition and shelter programs that support conflict-affected populations, especially in hard-to-reach areas, with a special focus on socially excluded people, including women, children and people with disabilities.

With its operational approach and active community involvement, INTERSOS enjoys strong community acceptance and operational access. All INTERSOS activities are currently carried out without operational restrictions and with the full involvement of female employees in Afghanistan. It is widely expected that Afghanistan’s humanitarian situation could continue to deteriorate as international support for key basic and social services — food aid, health, education and other essential services — is currently frozen. While humanitarian assistance cannot fill this gap, international assistance that prioritizes urgent humanitarian needs will be essential.

At the same time, unless the operational environment improves with all its obstacles (including related to banking/cash transfers and counter-terrorism measures), the response will remain a challenge.

Recognizing that the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan will require increased international humanitarian assistance, INTERSOS remains in Afghanistan to carry out its ongoing activities and potentially expand its response.

General purpose of the position

Work in close collaboration with the medical branch in the Afghanistan mission, which provides technical support to ensure the reproductive health package, including essential obstetric and neonatal emergency care (BEmONC), meets international standards and in synergy with primary health activities in accordance with INTERSOS SOP stands on SRHR.​

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Propose a strategy and an implementation plan to put in place policies, protocols, procedures and guidelines in accordance with the documents validated by INTERSOS.
  • Ensures capacity building for technical staff (medco, assistant medco and midwifery activity manager) appointed for reproductive health activities in accordance with policies, procedures and guidelines developed with support of the developed sexual and sexual health field worker training package reproductive health were developed.
  • Works closely with Mission staff (Medco, Program Co and PMs) in planning, monitoring, evaluating and realigning technical activities in accordance with policies, procedures and guidelines developed at SRHR.
  • Ensures on-site visits and supervision in the areas of implementation of technical activities in Kabul, Kandahar and Zabul provinces.
  • In collaboration with Logistic and Medco, in line with INTERSOS SRHR SOP, supporting supply chain management for reproductive health services, including supporting the procurement and management of reproductive health goods and consumables.
  • Work with MedCo and Human Resources to ensure compliance with standard job descriptions for SRHR employees.
  • Support to MEAL component for SRH including suggestions on specific indicators and use of needs analysis tools according to INTERSOS SOP.
  • Work with the Protection Unit to align SGBV activities with public health programs.
  • Ensures data management and analysis on SRHR according to the standard design.
  • Actively represents INTERSOS with an industry cluster or working group.

Required profile and experience

education

University degree in midwifery. Desirable clinical background and focus on reproductive health

work experience

  • At least 2 years of experience managing reproductive health programs in low resource/emergency settings
  • Practical experience in BEMONC (basic emergency obstetrics and newborn care)

professional requirements

  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel and Internet)
  • Analytical and creative thinking
  • negotiability
  • result orientation
  • service orientation

Languages

English compulsory

personal requirements

  • initiative and innovation
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • Commitment to the INTERSOS principles

How to apply

Interested parties are invited use after this shortcut under: https://www.intersos.org/posizioni-aperte/missioni/#intersosorg-vacancies/vacancy-details/62b9ad70ec580b001f11244c

Please note that our application process consists of 3 quick steps: to register (including your name, email address, password, citizenship and Skype address), Register and use by attaching yours CV and Motivation letter in PDF format. Candidates can use the platform to track the progress of their applications at INTERSOS. If you meet difficult If you have difficulties applying via the platform, you can send an email with your CV and letter of motivation (both in PDF version) to [email protected]with subject line: “Platform issue – SR-28-2626 location“.

Please also include the name, position and contact details of at least two references, including your line manager during your most recent job. Family members are excluded.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the first interview.

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