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31 Oct 2018

Terms of Reference SGBV Consultant (Improving healthcare for S&GBV victim mothers)

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Terms of Reference

I. General Information

 

Position: SGBV Consultant (Improving healthcare for S&GBV victim mothers)
Beneficiary Institution: Hargeisa Group Hospital
Duty Station: Hargeisa (Somaliland)
Stream/Band: Stipend commensurate with degree and experience
Duration of Assignment: 6 months
Deadline for applications: November 15th 2018

 

II. Background Information

About MIDA FINNSOM Health Phase III Project

The past decades have seen continued migration from various African countries, causing “brain drain” that has debilitated various public sector systems across the continent. Implemented by IOM, Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) projects seek to utilize the skills and knowledge of Africans living in the diaspora to rehabilitate public sector systems in their countries of origin. Through Phase III of the Institutionalizing Health Care Improvement through Temporary Returns of Somali Diaspora Health Professionals program (publicly known as MIDA FINNSOM Health), IOM and Somali diaspora health and support professionals will continue to support the rehabilitation and development of the public health sector in Puntland and Somaliland. MIDA FINNSOM Health is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

About Somaliland

After the collapse of the central government of Somalia in 1991, Somaliland has declared to have reclaimed independence from Somalia. However, to this day, Somaliland’s self-proclaimed independence remains unrecognized by any other country or international organization. As such, the Government of Somaliland have limited direct access to entities like the World Bank or IMF, forcing it to independently develop its own infrastructure without the support of the major international and regional financial institutions. Somaliland is bordered by Ethiopia, Djibouti, the autonomous Puntland region of Somalia, and the Gulf of Aden. The capital is Hargeisa.

About Hargeisa Group Hospital

Hargeisa Group Hospital (HGH; 300 bed capacity) is the Government of Somaliland’s “national” referral hospital and serves as the teaching hospital for Hargeisa University’s Faculty of Medicine. HGH’s performance in healthcare delivery has recently improved due to new commitments from and initiatives by various partners, government, international organizations, and the local community. In the past three years, HGH has established the following new units: imaging/diagnostics; laboratory; hemodialysis; dentistry; and, intensive care. In March 2014, HGH installed a new CT scan machine as part of the diagnostics unit

III. Duties & Responsibilities

Somaliland is one of the many countries in the world where there is high levels of violence against women and girls, manifest in sexual violations, physical abuse and widespread discrimination. Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) has been associated with harmful cultural practices for many centuries such as FGM and early forced marriages.

SGBV predominantly affects women and girls and includes physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence. When a woman is experiencing SGBV, she is also encountering controlling behavior, reduced access to financial resources and limited mobility outside of the home. That means women experiencing SGBV are less likely to access health facilities, and that can have a range of impacts. When women don’t have access to family planning, they can’t space their pregnancies over a period of time to support the health of the mother and baby. Lack of access to prenatal care, for example, may lead to premature birth. Direct health impacts from SGBV range from miscarriage and stillbirth to depression and disability to suicide and death, and the list goes on.

 

Physical abuse can have a severe impact on the health of a pregnant woman and ultimately the health of her baby. It may lead to pregnancy complications including miscarriage, placental abruption and premature delivery as well as low birth weight.

 

The SGBV consultant will be responsible for the following duties an

·         Train health workers to identify, treat and respond effectively to GBV is essential for the health sector and the communities that health workers serve

·         Develop and implement strategies/approaches for increasing access to quality health services by women, girls and children, while also addressing the low uptake of health services by men, either for themselves or on behalf of their families and partners.

·         Provide technical and program support to HGH in order to strengthen its capacity to identify, manage and refer/link SGBV cases.

·         Develop strong supportive relationships and mentorship systems for service providers on gender responsive services and provide regular program and technical advice, information, support, and assistance.

·         Support community and district level dialogues in partnership with community level community-based organizations and CSOs to advocate for the elimination of harmful practices such as early marriage and SGBV and inequitable social norms that undermine women’s health.

·         Strengthening referral and linkage of SGBV between and within communities and health facilities for enhanced gender and SGBV service utilization.

 

·         Train health workers to identify, treat and respond effectively to GBV is essential for the health sector and the communities that health workers serve

·         Develop and implement strategies/approaches for increasing access to quality health services by women, girls and children, while also addressing the low uptake of health services by men, either for themselves or on behalf of their families and partners.

·         Provide technical and program support to HGH in order to strengthen its capacity to identify, manage and refer/link SGBV cases.

·         Develop strong supportive relationships and mentorship systems for service providers on gender responsive services and provide regular program and technical advice, information, support, and assistance.

·         Support community and district level dialogues in partnership with community level community-based organizations and CSOs to advocate for the elimination of harmful practices such as early marriage and SGBV and inequitable social norms that undermine women’s health.

·         Strengthening referral and linkage of SGBV between and within communities and health facilities for enhanced gender and SGBV service utilization.

The IOM Hargeisa International Program officer and the National Program Officer (M&E) will technically support this assignment from Hargeisa through interaction with the qualified Somali expatriate and beneficiary institution.

IV. Expected Results)

1.       To be identified later.

V. MIDA FINNSOM Health Requirements

Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section IV, MIDA FINNSOM Health is requiring the following steps/actions to be undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments under this project:

1.    Transfer of skills: The main responsibility of the qualified Somali expatriate—which he/she will be measured against—will be to ensure continuous and systematic transfer of knowledge and skills as related to the assignment. It will have to be agreed with the beneficiary institution which civil servants will have to benefit from this knowledge.

2.    Work plan: A work plan must be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of assignment to provide clear and time-bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment. This work plan will be shared with the IOM Hargeisa National Program Officer. This work plan can be revised during the midterm review to reflect new developments or changes in strategy.

3.    Midterm Review: There will be a midterm review of the assignment between the incumbent and the beneficiary institution to discuss progress of the assignment and feedback on performance.

4.    Quarterly and Final Reports: Quarterly progress reports will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to the IOM Hargeisa National Program Officer. At the end of the assignment, the Participant must also provide a final report covering the duration of his/her assignment.

VI. Qualifications

 

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Gender studies or other related field
Years of work experience in what area(s): ·         Minimum 5 years’ experience implementing and developing protection or GBV programs and working to address forms of GBV.

  • Experience in providing technical assistance and capacity building to local stakeholders, including CSOs, social service providers, and/or justice actors.
  • Experience in developing anti-GBV strategies and providing technical assistance to diverse stakeholders, such as health workers, CSOs, Government departments etc.
  • Demonstrate the team and organization’s ability to address gender gaps and to empower women and girls.

·           Awareness and knowledge of GBV issues, knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods for community education and mobilization.

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Languages needed: English and Somali
General Skills / Other Requirements: 1.       Must be a Somali Diaspora

2.       Good communication skills.

3.       Ability to operate as part of a team, but also independently, depending on the situation.

4.       Ability to use Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and web-based management systems.

5.       Ability to find innovative solutions to complex problems.

 

VII. Monthly Stipend

The monthly stipend amount will be determined by MIDA FINNSOM Health based on degree and years of relevant experience.

VIII. Security and Insurance Modalities

Health insurance—including evacuation due to medical emergency—will be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically fit and able to work in a hardship area in Africa.

 

Please note that IOM, according to the contract, will not be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.

Before leaving the country of residence or upon arrival in Nairobi or in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-service briefing including security advice and cultural background.

IX. How to Apply

All applications must be sent to midahargeisa@iom.int , with the following reference as subject in your e-mail: “APPLICATION – SGBV consultant”

To be considered, applicants must provide a cover letter, CV, and the contact information (email and phone number) of two professional references by the closing date of this vacancy. Please save your documents in PDF format. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

While this project is geared toward the Somali-Finnish diaspora, we also welcome members of other Somali diaspora communities to apply. Note that preference may be given to applicants who were successful participants in the Phase II project. Lastly, we highly encourage the participation of women in MIDA FINNSOM Health Phase IV.

 


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