INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. 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.
Terms of reference
Job Title: Reproductive Health Referent
Duty station: Kandahar
Starting date: 10/04/2022
Contract duration: 22 months
Reporting to: Head of Mission; Medical Coordinator
Supervision of: Midwives Activity Manager
Dependents: Non-family duty station
General context of the project
Over 40 years of conflicts and political turmoil have taken a massive cumulative toll on the people of Afghanistan. A total of 18.4 million people, almost half of the total population, have been estimated by the UN to need humanitarian assistance prior to recent events.
Severe droughts are recurring in Afghanistan, currently resulting in nearly 14 million people in acute food insecurity, with over 3 million children facing severe malnourishment. The recent displacement of 550,000 people is adding to an estimated 2.9 million people who remain internally displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance, while winter months are around the corner.
INTERSOS has been working in Afghanistan since 2001, with a country office in Kabul, and field bases in Kandahar and Zabul provinces. In recent years INTERSOS has been focusing its assistance based on integrated community-based approach that includes primary health care (including sexual and reproductive health care), nutrition and protection programmes serving conflict-affected populations, particularly in hard-to-reach areas, with a special focus on socially excluded individuals, including women, children and persons living with disabilities.
With its operational approach and active engagement with the communities, INTERSOS has been enjoying strong community acceptance and operational access.
All INTERSOS activities continue to be implemented in Afghanistan at present time, with no operational restrictions and with full inclusion of female staff. It is widely anticipated that Afghanistan’s humanitarian situation may deteriorate further, given that the international support to key essential and social services – food aid, health, education, and other essential services, is currently frozen. Although humanitarian aid can not replace this gap, the international assistance that prioritises urgent humanitarian needs will be essential.
At the same time, unless the operational environment with all its impediments (including in relation to banking/cash transfers and counter-terrorism measures) does not improve, the response will continue to be a challenge.
Recognising that the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan will require a more intensified international humanitarian assistance, INTERSOS remains in Afghanistan to deliver its ongoing activities, and potentially scale up its response.
General purpose of the position
Work in close collaboration with the Afghanistan mission providing technical support to the mission and to ensure that reproductive health package, including basic emergency obstetric and newborn care (BEmONC), respect international standards and are in synergy with primary health activities.
Main responsibilities and tasks
Ensures capacity building for technical staff (medco, deputy medco and midwife activity manager) appointed to the reproductive health activities in line with the policies, procedures and guidelines designed
Collaborates closely with the mission staff (Medco, programme Co and PMs) in the planning, supervision, evaluation, and readaptation of the technical activities in line with the policies, procedures and guidelines designed
Ensures field visit and supervision in the areas of implementation of technical activities, Kandahar and Zabul province
Ensures data management and analysis in line with the standard designed (DHIS2, google studio)
Actively represents INTERSOS with sectorial cluster or working group
Required profile and experience
University degree in midwifery. Desirable clinical background and focus on Reproductive Health.
Minimum 4 years’ experience managing reproductive health programs in low resource/emergency settings
Practical experience in BEmONC (basic emergency obstetric and new-born care)
Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)
Analytical and creative thinking
Initiative and innovation
Teamwork and cooperation
Commitment to INTERSOS principles
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to apply following the link below: https://www.intersos.org/posizioni-aperte/missioni/#intersosorg-vacancies/vacancy-details/6220cccce8d660001e4ed745/
Please note that our application process is made of 3 quick steps: register (including your name, email, password, citizenship and Skype address), sign-up and apply attaching your CV and motivation letter in PDF format. Through the platform, candidates will be able to track their applications’ history with INTERSOS. In case you encounter severe difficulties applying through the platform, you can send an email attaching your CV and motivation letter (both in PDF version) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line: “Platform issue – SR-28-2392-Position”.
Please also mention the name, position and contact details of at least two references, including the line manager during your last job. Family members are to be excluded.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.