CANADEM in Haiti is hiring a UNFPA-GBV IM Specialist-P2/P3-Multiple Duty Stations, Haiti on Caribjob today.
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CONTEXT AND JUSTIFICATION:
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti at 8:30am local time at a depth of around 10km. The epicenter was recorded around 12km northeast of Saint Louis-du-Sud, about 125km west of the capital Port-au-Prince.
Haiti’s Civil Protection reported at least 1,941 deaths and 9,900 injured so far, figures which are expected to rise. Initial reports indicate more than 700 collapsed buildings, including hospitals and schools, at least 37,300 homes have been destroyed, nearly 46,000 sustained damages leaving thousands homeless and significant damages to infrastructure and roads.
Severe humanitarian access constraints and fragile security situation greatly complicate the humanitarian response in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricane season.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a one-month national state of emergency. Government has requested specific international assistance for urban search and rescue, stating that additional support will not be requested until the extent of damages is known.
While preliminary assessments are still in their very early stages, the Haitian Civil Protection General Directorate (DGPC) reported the urgent needs include shelter/Non Food Items, Health, Protection and Wash as a priority. Despite its strength and depth, the quake is likely less catastrophic than that of 2010, the worst disaster in the country’s history, which left more than 300,000 people dead and 1.5 million others injured.
The quake could not have come at worst time for Haiti, which is still reeling from the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on 7 July and escalating gang violence which has resulted in the internal displacement of around 19,000 people in the country’s southern peninsula, greatly worsening an already precarious humanitarian situation, with some 4.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance prior to the quake.
While a recent surge in COVID-19 cases has tapered off, the possible displacement of thousands of people has created ripe conditions for a spike in COVID-19 infections, potentially overwhelming an already weak and overstretched health system that will also have to provide assistance to those injured by the earthquake. Early reports indicated that local hospitals near the epicenter are already overwhelmed with wounded people, especially in Les Cayes and Jeremie, with the Red Cross and hospitals in unaffected areas providing surge assistance, while Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) prepares to receive patients at Tabarre Hospital in Port-au-Prince.
Significant humanitarian access constraints, a fragile security situation and the tropical storm Grace add an extra layer of complexity to humanitarian response efforts in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The southern peninsula, due to the hotspot of gang-related violence in the West, has been virtually unreachable for the past two months due to road blockages and security concerns, while humanitarian personnel have been the targets of repeated attacks, including a targeted attack on an MSF Belgium emergency health centre in late June.
Preliminary assessments are being carried out under the leadership of national authorities, but it will likely take days, if not weeks, to fully assess the scale of damages and humanitarian needs.
Overall COVID-19 Situation in country:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Haiti, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.
In Haiti, from 3 January 2020 to 16 August 2021, there have been 20,556 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 576 deaths, reported by the Ministry of Health and WHO.
As of 13 August 2021, a total of 19,182 vaccine doses have been administered. PAHO is working with Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population to scale up care for infected people and increase supplies of protective equipment for health workers. PAHO is collaborating to reduce transmission through increased testing, which allows for identification and isolation of infected people. PAHO will also facilitate the upcoming delivery of the first doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to Haiti. The vaccines were procured through COVAX, the global alliance to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)
SECURITY LEVEL IS 2
The main threats to the safety and security of UN personnel and the local population stems from criminality and civil unrest. Traffic accidents are the most common safety hazard to UN personnel in Haiti. The country is also prone to natural hazards such as tropical storms, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
Since November 2019, there has been a resurgence of violent crimes in Haiti, particularly on armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom, and car-jacking incidents, especially in the metropolitan areas of Port-au-Prince where majority of UN personnel live and work. Criminal incidents affecting individuals on their way out of banking facilities and other business establishments, including travelers arriving from international flights continue to pose a serious security concern. Protests, demonstrations, tire burning, and roadblocks are frequent, unpredictable, and can turn violent.
Missions to the field are required to be SRM measures compliant and should be conducted only during daylight hours. UN personnel should liaise with the UNFPA Local Security Advisor and contact UNDSS SOC for latest security updates/ road status, prior to any travel movements in the country. The use of local public transportation is forbidden for international personnel.
Security Clearance Procedure: All travel to and inside Haiti will be cleared through a TRIP request via the UNDSS website.
Note: For all international travel to Haiti, security clearance must be requested a minimum of 7 days prior to travel but due to the emergency situation, the staff should liaise with the UNFPA LSA to expedite the process with UNDSS.
Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request
According to the 2021 UNFPA Humanitarian Action Overview, Haiti is one of the top ten countries in need of funding for emergency response, as UNFPA looks to mobilize $4.5 million (of the total ask of $25.5 million) to continue providing immediate sexual, reproductive and maternal health support and assistance to gender-based violence survivors.
After the Earthquake, sexual and reproductive health needs and all forms of violence increased during the emergency. The government declared a state of emergency in the departments affected by the earthquake (South, Nippes and Grand Anse). It is estimated that more than 486,000 women of reproductive age would be affected by the Earthquake, among them 343,000 adolescents aged 10 to 19 years. Currently, there would be more than 72,000 pregnant women affected and 2,250 would suffer obstetric complications in the next three months and 15,000 pregnant women will give birth in the same period and it is expected that between 750 and 2,250 women will require e-section in 3 months. Also, approximately 56,000 adults currently could be living with an STI, and more than 131,000 women of reproductive age would have unmet needs in family planning. Also, recent projections regarding maternal mortality shows MM ratio 529/100.000 being more significant in the affected areas of the Earthquake.
According to information provided by national and local authorities, there are no shelters set up at the moment, but the needs are increasing as the assessments are ongoing. Most of the people affected are homeless or near to the health facilities.
The capacity of the healthcare delivery system has been critically impacted by the Earthquake while 24 health facilities have been impacted. Access to essential SRH services and supplies has been significantly affected, mainly due to the blocking of routes and access roads. In terms of damage assessments, a team of engineers from PAHO are going to the affected areas to verify structural damage of the health services. Essential health equipment and supplies was requested by the government to support the emergency care and response, including human resources.
In addition, the COVID19 pandemic has had a negative impact on access to essential SRH services, showing an increase of maternal deaths and unintended pregnancies. According to the latest surveillance report on maternal mortality, we estimate that the number of maternal deaths would be increased in the departments most affected by the Earthquake, as a consequence of lack of access to services and supplies and unsafe births at the community level. Unmet needs in family planning are even higher, increasing from 23% to 37 % by 2020. Covid vaccination coverage among the population in the country is still very low (< 1.5%).
Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator, this GBV Information Management Surge Specialist is responsible for maintaining, strengthening, leading and managing the GBV Sub-Cluster Information Management function. The GBV Sub-Cluster is an “area of responsibility” under the Global Protection Cluster and the mechanism through which gender-based violence in emergencies is coordinated within the inter-agency humanitarian system. The GBV Sub-Cluster Coordination’s objective is to ensure more predictable, accountable and effective GBV prevention and response in emergencies. The incumbent will represent UNFPA in an inter-agency capacity to support information management within pre-existing GBV coordination bodies to promote the highest standards of GBV prevention and response, in line with global guidance. Improved information management is necessary to feed into elaboration of programming strategies, humanitarian funding processes, mainstreaming GBV into other sectors, engaging in advocacy and preparing situation reports (“sitreps”). Information management is therefore an integral part of a coordinated approach to GBV.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Data Collection and Management
- In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies:
- Engage in robust analyses of secondary data to ensure readily available information on known trends and patterns on GBV for inclusion at relevant points along the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, including the MIRA.
- Consolidate existing assessments on the GBV situation and/or work with relevant Governmental authorities, international and national organizations, UN agencies, the displaced populations to conduct relevant participatory analyses of GBV.
- Carry out the required analysis and calculations to produce the GBV sub-cluster key humanitarian figures for the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and the subsequent Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), including needs severity analysis, GBV People in Need (PiN), response targets and the financial requirements.
- Contribute to developing the response monitoring framework for the GBV sub-cluster and develop information management tools to collect relevant response data from GBV actors (e.g., service mapping and developing and 3/4/5Ws matrix); Coordinate information management with other Protection and OCHA IMOs in the development and implementation of Sub-cluster information management systems and tools.
- Conduct regular analysis on GBV response progress and gaps and formulate priorities based on analysis findings (such as geographic targeting and types of services required) to inform resource mobilization, funding appeals and/or advocacy.
- Develop regular information management products to visualize and report analysis findings on GBV needs and response (e.g., dashboards & service mappings etc.)
- Ensure the quality of information submitted by GBV actors meets effective analysis requirements, and provide regular capacity building support for GBV actors on IM and reporting tools (training, one-to-one support, learning sessions during GBV sub-cluster meetings, refresher sessions, etc.)
- Represent the GBV sub-cluster and ensure inclusion of GBV inputs into inter-sectoral information management activities. Work with the GBV working group to adopt a standardized GBV incident report/intake form and other relevant forms as necessary. Train partner organizations and other sectors in the use of this form with particular emphasis to the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors and in line with the GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS).
- Provide accurate, complete and up-to-date information for effective budget preparation, programme and project design, implementation, management and evaluation purposes.
- Ensure project efficiency and effectiveness is enhanced through effective implementation follow-up, with implementing partners.
- Ensure that progress reports and project work plans are prepared in a timely manner, and that effective technical assistance is provided, particularly when sharing the relevant information with concerned partners.
Knowledge Sharing and Communications
- Ensure appropriate knowledge sharing with donors, media and with all strategic partners is effectively promoted.
- Ensure gender, sex and handicap aggregated data and inputs relevant to the GBV Working group are provided.
- Ensure effective communication and networking through partnership and collaboration; as well as help strengthen coordination amongst GBV partners and among the sectors.
Qualifications and Skills Required:
- Advanced technical degree in social sciences, (e.g. in public health, humanitarian affairs, political science, development studies, demography or a related field) or IT/Data management or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.
- Professional experience in IM for the humanitarian sector, including secondary data reviews, 3/4/5W reporting, gap analysis, etc. Experience working in IM for the protection or GBV sector a valuable asset.
- Experience working in humanitarian situation, complex crisis, natural disasters, conflicts.
- Familiarity with Excel, desktop publishing software, and basic website management.
- Professional experience with GBV or any other aspect of protection in emergencies, including demonstrated understanding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
- Demonstrated understanding of the survivor-centered approach to GBV programming, particularly in the context of information management (i.e. GBVIMS training).
- Knowledge of the Cluster Approach and the Transformative Agenda systems and procedures.
- Knowledge of humanitarian architecture.
- Ability to synthesize large amounts of information into concise, effective resources for decision-making and advocacy purposes.
- Strong interest and motivation for inter-agency coordination.
- Flexibility, diplomacy, leadership, cultural sensitivity and the ability to work well both alone and in teams.
- Experience in developing and facilitating workshops.
- Experience in information management, database development, usage and management.
- Demonstrated capacity to analyse data/statistics for humanitarian operations.
- Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Access, database and Power BI software, including in depth knowledge of pivot table/chart analysis.