This post is non-rotational
Contract Type : Fixed Term Appointment (FTA)
Duty Station : Bamako, Mali
Duration: : One year (initially)*
Vacancy Closing Date : 28 December 2021 (5:00 p.m. New York Time)
(*) No expectancy of renewal, in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5.
Mali experienced a multifaceted, complex crisis in 2012 (food insecurity, political turmoil, military coup and war, including terrorism threat) that affected the entire region. Three-quarters of the country is inaccessible due to armed groups, terrorisms (jihadists), inter-communal conflicts, mines, isolation and lack of infrastructures. Civilians have suffered from bloody intercommunal clashes and surges in banditry. The greatest security threat remains terrorism, intercommunal conflicts and attacks by radical movements that did not participate in the peace negotiations.
Chronic food insecurity, coupled with conflicts and multiple displacements, make women and girls more vulnerable. They are forced to take extreme risks in searching for food to help their families. They experienced rape and often mass rape by armed and extremist groups during displacement. Many people remain silent after experiencing sexual violence ignoring the risks they face in contracting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS and unwanted pregnancies. They are also subjected to the psychological abuses linked to rejection and stigmatization in their own communities, especially those with children born as a result of rape. For 2020, 97 women reported with children born as a result of rape are receiving psychosocial support through GBV Sub-Cluster partners.
The country’s vulnerability to epidemics and natural disasters is also known. Mali is regularly subject to natural disasters such as droughts and floods. In 2020, more than 7590 people were affected by the floods, 2728 houses collapsed, and 16 people died.
As of January 15, 2021, the revised humanitarian response plan for 2020 is only 48% funded. Protection cluster/GBV Sub Cluster was only funded at 30%. In addition, in 2021, it is estimated that 11.7M people will be affected by the crisis, of which 5.9M will be in need, including 4.7M to be targeted by humanitarian actors in Mali. The humanitarian response budget for 2021 is being finalized. Added to this is an intensification of internal and cross-border population movements bringing the total number of displaced persons to 311,193 and returnees to 84,473.
The current rapid and serious evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic is considered to have had both a direct and indirect impact on the total population in Mali (7839 cases, deaths 310), in particular women and girls who were already seriously impacted by the conflict are even more vulnerable now during the pandemic. According to UN GBV survey coordinated by UNFPA, these women and girls will not only be at risk for getting the virus themselves, but 50% of them are now affected by domestic violence.
In the year 2020, the country went through a military coup worsening the existing fragile socio-political tensions with an upsurge in demonstrations while the political opposition is more fragmented. Concrete results and cessation of hostilities have not resulted in establishing a humanitarian aid corridor or respect for the humanitarian principles. For example, for over three months, a village of in Ségou region, Farabougou has been stranded by the militia.
How you can make a difference:
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In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in program results.
Main Tasks & Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Representative and working in a programme team led by the Deputy Representative the incumbent will ensure effective and efficient coordination, programmatic and operational support to UNFPA’s humanitarian programming and response in Mali as relevant, supporting CO in implementing the Country Programme. The thematic focus of the humanitarian support will be centered on Reproductive Health with support to GBV as required by the Gender team, but will also coordinate the country office’s response and planning related to youth and data in the Northern and Central regions (Gao, Tombouctou, Kidal, Mopti, Ségou et Menaka).
To ensure its timely implementation, responsibilities and tasks of the Humanitarian Coordinator, may include, but are not limited to the following:
A. Coordination of the CO humanitarian interventions
Support the CO in the implementation of humanitarian interventions as outlined in the Country Programme 2020-2024;Review the country office strategic plan 2017-2019 and support the development of the new humanitarian strategic plan;
Participate in inter-agency/inter-cluster meetings as needed in Afghanistan (primarily Health, Protection, GBV sub-cluster, other clusters as needed), noting that the Gender team is fully engaged in the GBV SC.
Work closely with the Country Office on internal coordination of humanitarian initiatives, especially establishing strong inter-linkages between national CO capacities and related international staff especially for technical and programmatic areas.
Review and facilitate the update of the emergency preparedness plans of the CO (MPAs) and support expediting response in the event of an emergency/post-crisis.
Support CO in preparedness initiatives such as establishing arrangements for supplies, ICT, transportation and security.
Support the Rapid Response Mechanism to integrate SRHR/GBV in their response.
Provide support for strategic planning related to Disaster Risk Preparedness and Reduction.
Regularly liaise with relevant HQ units (humanitarian Geneva and New York team) and WCARO (especially the Programme and Humanitarian Support Team) to provide updates and troubleshoot issues as needed.
Prepare monthly meeting with WCARO Humanitarian strategic committee.
B. Assessment and Planning:
Support CO in preparing different strategies for and responses to the multiple crises in the Mali, especially the new crisis in the southern regions (Ségou, Niono, Koulikoro) crisis.
Responsible for assessment and planning processes, including engagement in Rapid Assessments/MIRA, Flash Appeal/Strategic Response Plan Revision, UNFPA’s Emergency Response Plan, Supply Strategy, Integrated M&E Plan, setting up Humanitarian Monitoring systems etc.
Scan the environment and humanitarian actors for possible partnerships and strengthening collaboration with ongoing humanitarian actors.
C. Programmatic and operational support to emergency response:
Support the CO in the preparation of key deliverables in the first 48 hours of an emergency (ie: internal SitReps, CERF and key bilateral donor proposals, contacting IPs, planning with CO team on response, etc.).
Advice and support the CO on expediting CERF funds implementation – assist with planning for activities, working with partners in various areas.
Support the CO (especially the communications team) in preparation of any external communications materials as needed including external SitReps, UNFPA statement, key advocacy messages and plan of action, fact sheets as well as internal information briefs for HQ units, WCARO and other as needed.
E. Partnership and Resource Mobilization:
Lead/Support Cluster/Sector and UNCT Coordination in the hubs as necessary for UNFPA supported humanitarian initiatives.
Support in resource mobilization efforts for the CO’s humanitarian initiatives.
F. Advice on procedures in place for the response:
Document lessons learned and prepare handover notes.
Undertake field travel to crisis affected areas, as needed and dependent on the security situation.
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree in Humanitarian Assistance, Public Health, Social Sciences, Demography, Gender and/or other related fields.
Knowledge and Experience:
At least 7 years of relevant experience preferably in humanitarian affairs, emergency relief management, public health or other related areas, prior experience in region an asset
Experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects, humanitarian programming and coordination.
Proven management, coordination and of programme development skills,
Analytical and strategic thinking, results oriented, commitment to excellence and able to work efficiently under high pressure,
Track record of building strategic alliances and partnerships, strong communication and networking skills; strong organizational skills,
Appropriate and transparent decision making abilities,
Knowledge and understanding of UN humanitarian relief operations and procedures,
Good level of emotional intelligence, empathy and conflict management as well as negotiating skills,
Experience in the UN system would be an asset.
Fluency in French and working knowledge of English are required.
Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
Embracing diversity in all its forms.
Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
Thinking analytically and Strategically
Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
Communicating for Impact
Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
Delivering results-based programme
Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization.
Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders
Leading, developing, and empowering people, creating a culture of performance
Making decisions and exercising judgment.
UNFPA Work Environment
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Compensation and Benefits
This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post. The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.
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