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Background information- ECR
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations. With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices in the region, providing management and financial/programmatic oversight of Global and Country specific Portfolios, Clusters and Operations Centers including hosting services, fund management, management advisory services, implementing projects, procuring goods and services and managing human resources.
ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.
Background Information – Job-specific
RBM Partnership to End MalariaThe past fifteen years have seen tremendous gains in reducing the burden of disease and progressing towards malaria elimination. Since 2000, global malaria deaths have been cut by more than half, saving 7 million lives, primarily among children less than five years of age. Expansions in financing, strong political commitments, novel diagnostic and preventative measures, and multi-sectoral co-ordination have facilitated this progress. Since 1998, RBM Partnership to End Malaria has been central to the global fight against malaria. It has been essential to mobilizing resources and scaling up innovative interventions, putting the world onto a path towards eliminating malaria. The Partnership comprises more than 500 partners committed to end malaria, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.
The RBM Partnership’s Vision is of a world free from the burden of malaria. The RBM Partnership is based in Geneva and hosted by UNOPS
Although malaria is entirely preventable, the disease continues to be an obstacle to both human and economic development. The devastating effect of malaria on development can be traced from national to household and family level. Malaria is associated with poor socio-economic development, marginalization and exploitation. Malaria morbidity and mortality is associated with industrial and agricultural losses due to loss of person-hours and decreased worker productivity.
Even with concerted efforts to increase effective coverage of vector control interventions – especially with insecticide treated long lasting mosquito nets (LLINs), the disease burden remains significant and points to the fact that these interventions (and other conventional ones) are not enough to sustain gains achieved in the control and subsequently to malaria elimination. The effects of malaria extend well beyond the health sector, calling for a multi-sectoral response. For example, sustained gains in malaria control and elimination in developing countries has been seen in countries where action is being taken to address the broader socio-economic determinants like improving living conditions, promoting smarter agricultural and industrial practices, and addressing barriers to accessing health services.
The Multisectoral approach to malaria, based on social and environmental determinants will remain a dream unless the relevant communities are empowered, engaged and effectively play their role. Community participation is not about giving them tasks to do, but involves communities taking active part in the analysis, decision-making about priorities and resources, doing and monitoring, as well as holding authorities and others accountable. A multisectoral approach to malaria control means that a wide range of stakeholders is engaged, and the aims of malaria control are met by joint efforts. Resourcing such efforts is not simply a matter of securing cash donations; major advances can be made at little or no cost to health or malaria programmes. Being ‘malaria smart’ means making actions and operations in all relevant sectors contribute to reducing, rather than producing, malaria, while achieving their sector-specific outcomes as well as the malaria-specific outcomes. The latter will in turn benefit all stakeholders.
The East Africa Community (EAC) is a Regional Economic Community established under Article 2 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community as amended in 2010, amongst its objectives in the EAC Protocol on Health, to coordinate regional efforts on epidemic preparedness, mapping, prevention, control and where possible the eradication of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The 9th Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers on Health Directed the EAC Secretariat to finalize the development of the Malaria Action Framework for the East African region and develop a funding proposal to Global Fund on HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis and to other Partners to support implementation of the Malaria Framework.
Reporting to and under the leadership and guidance of the Country/Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC) Manager, in collaboration with the Head of Health Department at WAHO secretariat as part of the execution of this assignment,, EAC Regional Malaria Coordinator will undertake, among others, the following specific tasks;
Implementation of the Great Lakes Malaria Initiative
Monitoring and Progress Controls
By design, the assignment will require broad stakeholder engagement and consultations. The consultation will propose the approach and methods for ensuring extensive engagement at different stages of the development process. Key informant interviews, consultation, consensus and validation meetings should be considered for wider buy-in and involvement. The RBM will support the Regional Coordinator to mobilize stakeholders for consultations. The framework and plan will be presented to different multi-sectoral platforms and input and buy-in including EAC.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: ICA
Contract level: I-ICA 3 / ICS-11
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
The deadline for submitting the application is 16 March 2021
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