Health Service Continuity UN Volunteer

Dakar, Senegal
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International Public Sector
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Health Service Continuity UN Volunteer

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Health Service Continuity UN Volunteer

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Health Service Continuity Team Leader or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer in charge of continuation of essential health services will work with the HSC Team Lead and the HSC M&E expert at the Regional Office, ISTs and Nairobi and Dakar Hubs, to support Member States to maintain essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies.Main tasks:

  • Support the adaptation of the global guidance of continuity of essential health services to African context and disseminate it through IMST and WCO Health Systems Focal points in all 47 Countries;
  • Support countries in monitoring the disruption of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic response and other emergencies;
  • Support the development, implementation and monitoring of plans to overcome the disruption of essential health service at the country level;
  • Work with relevant bodies and agencies to ensure alignment of existing plans and strategies at country level with health services managers at sub-national and district health systems on routine essential healthcare service continuity (facilities, personnel, medicines, supplies, medical devices);
  • Support assessment of the impact of Covid19 on health system performance in delivering essential health services
  • Support the leadership of the Health Service Continuity SWG in planning and implementing all the activities of the SWG.
  • Elaborate a periodic report on the disruption of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic response and other emergencies
  • Ensure any task related to her/his competencies requested by the supervisor

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take an active part in UNV activities (for instance, in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Provide annual and end-of-assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
 Bachelor degree or equivalent

  • Post-graduate degree in Public Health or International/global health.
  • Degree in medicine or other health professions
 36 Months

  • At least 3 years of proven experience in the development, implementation and assessment of health service delivery programmes at sub-national, national and international levels,
  • Experience working as district health manager or similar position, and/or experience in an international organization/WHO preferably in resource-limited countries, as well as experience in facilitating consultations.
  • Other relevant programmes; experience with WHO is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;

  • French(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level – Working Knowledge

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The United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV)

UNV is based in Bonn, Germany. UNV has a staff of around 150 at headquarters, and almost 7,000 volunteers deployed in the field. Four Regional Offices in Bangkok, Dakar, Nairobi and Panama City develop regional interventions to advance peace and development, and around 80 Field Units represent the organization at the country level. Olivier Adam (France) is our Executive Coordinator.

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