Position: Health Sector Working Group Coordinator – North East Syria
Duration: 3 months, extendable (contingent to donor approval and funding)
Reports to: Hub Team Leader
Technical reporting to the Whole of Syria Health Specialist
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The Health Sector Working Group Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all cross-border health activities, interacting and engaging with Health actors, INGO, SNGO, UN actors, Donor representatives. This position sits within the Whole of Syria (WoS) health coordination architecture and informed by the Global Health Cluster Guide: https://www.who.int/health-cluster/resources/publications/hc-guide/en/
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Coordination and Representation
- Chair regular coordination meetings with the Health Working Group for Syria; building when possible on existing health sector coordination fora, including a diversity of locations within Syria.
- Actively identify new and existing actors to add to the working group, inclusive of those that may be registered in other hubs but working in North East Syria.
- Support the Information Management Officer (IMO) in collecting information from all partners on “Who is Where, since When, doing What”, then feed into the Whole of Syria Health sector reporting for the OCHA 4W database.
- Work with the health sector IMO team to provide consolidated feedback to health actors and other clusters, in line with data sharing and anonymization guidelines.
- Mobilize Health Cluster Partners to contribute to establishing and maintaining an appropriate Early Warning and Response System, and regularly report on health services delivered to the affected population and the situation in the areas where they work.
- Ensure that humanitarian health needs are identified by planning and coordinating joint, inter-cluster, rapid assessment as well as follow-on, more in-depth health sub-sector assessments as needed. All assessments should be captured in the Whole of Syria assessment registry to ensure inter-hub coordination and harmonized data collection techniques. Support the Forum/ISWG in area-based needs analysis and contribute to developing practical action plans.
- Work with WHO and Health Working Group members to ensure that key health concerns are reflected and addressed, including coordinated efforts towards advocacy and awareness-raising.
- Work with the IMO and WoS team to a) ensure accurate and consistent reporting and mapping of health activities and b) provide analysis back to working group and other interagency fora. This exercise will assist in steering the strategic and operational planning for the WOS response, including but not limited to contributions to the HNO and HRP process
- Represent the cross-border health response and raise health concerns and liaise with coordination Fora (needed INGO Forum/OCHA Focal Point/ Sub Office and needed Inter-Sector Group ISG) on local and technical level to ensure and facilitate contextual analysis, needs assessments and access to beneficiaries and sites/structures.
- Collaborate with other sectors, including, in particular, the WASH Working Group, the Nutrition Working Group, the Protection Working Group, the Food Security and FSL Working Group and other working groups in coordination with WoS Health sector to ensure integration of health concerns and responsive programming.
- Coordinate regularly with IMO and WoS health cluster coordinators and engage in Whole of Syria health initiatives – including inter-hub coordination meetings – as required.
- Identifying resource needs and track funding to support WoS resource and funds tracking and coordinate with the WoS coordinators to advocate with donors to ensure appropriate support for inter-agency health activities in line with HNO/HRP.
- Ensure that the heath sector plan activities are duly monitored in coordination and collaboration with the health partners and the Whole of Syria Health cluster.
Health Technical Support
- Provide technical lead on health sector emergencies, in coordination and collaboration with other sectors and NGO Forum
- With support from IMO and WoS team, assist in developing/updating information management tools and products.
- Ensure health sector preparedness and contingency plans are updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in context and integration with other response hubs and made available to health sector partners.
- Identify gaps and areas of overlap in the health sector in Syria
- Provide support to the MHPSS and RH Sub-Working Groups, to ensure that interventions are duly integrated with the health sector strategic objectives and implementation plans.
- Arrange/conduct direct training in health for key national and local stakeholders as feasible, in line with agreed sectoral priorities in the work plan.
- Work with partners to promote understanding of and adherence to humanitarian and health principles and standards according to international standards.
- Ensuring consideration and inclusion of cross-cutting issues (Protection, Age, Gender, Disability, Disaster Risk Reduction and Environment) in the sector’s response; with particular attention to guidance contained in the 2019 WoS Health Sector Protection Risk Analysis document.
Qualifications & requirements:
This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
Compulsory qualifications :
- Post graduate degree in public health, medicine or a related health field;
- Minimum of five years proven experience working on health issues in humanitarian environments;
- Excellent understanding of health issues in emergency situations and detailed knowledge of humanitarian principles, guidelines and laws and the cluster system.
- Excellent advocacy and representation skills including the development of strong interpersonal relationships to facilitate communication within the cluster and fostering positive coordination environment;
- Excellent leadership, coordination, capacity building, planning and analytical skills;
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and strategic planning skills required;
- Strong English language skills (writing and speaking) required;
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, tasks efficiently;
- Excellent time management skills and resourcefulness with strong attention to detail;
- Ability to travel frequently within Syria covering different governorates.
Desirable qualifications :
- Arabic and/or Kurdish, both written and spoken;
- Previous operational experience of working within the cluster system and managing/implementing humanitarian response programs in an emergency setting.
- Strong experience with information management as related to the health sector, including maintaining standards of impartiality and confidentiality with data of a sensitive nature.
- Able to work successfully under pressure and ability to make timely decisions.
- Ability to travel throughout the region.
- Experience in Syria and/or in the Middle East region.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:
- Transparency and Accountability
- Agility and Innovation