Venezuelan Crisis – An Exploratory Medical Coordinator (short deployment)

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Job title

Venezuelan Crisis – An Exploratory Medical Coordinator (short deployment)

Employee status

Employee

Type of contract

Fixed Term Contract

Expected start date

As soon as possible

Duration of mission

3 weeks

Position summary

Context

Humanitarian situation and needs:

The serious and deteriorating political, human rights and socio-economic crisis in Venezuela has produced one of the most severe displacement situations in Latin America and in the world. According to official figures, some 4.5 million Venezuelans have left their country and most of them are in Latin American or Caribbean countries. This figure could reach 6.5 million people by end of 2020 worldwide.

The economic crisis in Venezuela has eroded the country’s health-care infrastructure and threatened the public health of its people. Shortages in medications, health supplies, interruptions of basic utilities at health-care facilities, and the emigration of health-care workers have led to a progressive decline in the operational capacity of health care. These limitations have disproportionally affected the most vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant women, elderly, people with chronic diseases and remote communities. The effect of the crisis on public health has been difficult to measure since the Venezuelan Ministry of Health stopped publishing crucial public health statistics in 2016. From 2012 to 2017, maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity increased by 66 % and 51% respectively, requiring the strengthening of sexual and reproductive health services. At the beginning of 2019’s rainy season, malaria and dengue outbreaks were reported in Táchira and Zulia, which remains a significant threat to bordering countries given the migratory movements. In Colombia, for example, by June 2019 133,078 malaria cases were reported in Bolívar, 38,947 cases in Sucre, and 20,401 cases in Amazonas. Between 2017 and 2019, most patients who were infected with HIV interrupted therapy because of a lack of medications. By September 2019 the number of measles and diphtheria cases dropped by 92.2 % due to vaccination campaigns held by international organizations, compared to 2018. For other health conditions data is not current available. For example, 70% of the deaths in Venezuela were due to non-communicable diseases by 2016, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and chronic respiratory diseases. The number of preliminary tuberculosis cases date from 2018, when 10,575 new cases were reported.

Outbreaks and expanding epidemics of infectious diseases associated with declines in basic public health services are threatening the health of the country and the region. In Colombia, many of the 1.4 million Venezuelans have walked along the migration routes with no access to health services, which leads the most common conditions (dehydration, superficial wounds, waterborne diseases, etc.) to worsen and increases the risk of further complications. Furthermore, PWSN (such as pregnant women, people with disabilities, newborns and elderly people) and those with chronic health conditions are also unable to access to the medical treatment that their conditions require.

Recently, some specialized health centers near the Venezuelan border in Colombia, Brazil and Guyana were equipped with pharmaceutical and medical-surgical material and supplies.

Our action in the field:

Following exploratory missions in the region, PUI aims to launch its humanitarian project covering health sector and develop its positioning and operational strategy in the region for 2020.

Team composition

Exploratory mission could be jointly conducted with other NGOs.

Responsabilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission, the Exploratory Medical Coordinator main objectives are the following:

  • To conduct a medical assessment.
  • To draft and support project proposals.
  • To write a mission report

Main activities

Conduct and coordinate health assessments.

Contribute to a health strategy for PUI.

Design and draft proposal.

Represent PUI towards donors and crucial stakeholders, especially health authorities and actors, health coordination mechanisms, health working groups

Coordinate with the local NGO

Do not hesitate to look at the job description here for all the details you need.

Required profile

Training

Required

Medical training

OR Paramedic training + Public health

Medical internship

Desirable

5 years post-secondary education in Pharmacy

Public health

Project management

Mental health background

Professional
experience

Previous experience as Medical Coordinator in an NGO, including with PUI

Previous experience in assessment / exploratory missions

Sound understanding of consortium dynamics and strong will to collaborate with local NGO

Health projects coordination

Nowledge
and skills

Knowledges and skills

Excellent negotiation skills

Excellent writing skills

Required Personal Characteristics

Exploratory mission requires :

Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions

Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism)

Ability to adapt

Organizational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates (especially for ECHO call for proposal)

As the context is very complex and unstable , it requires:

Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility

Discretion & Namelessness

Ability to cope with difficult living condition (power shutdown, limited access to food and water…)

High respect of security measure

Ability to remain calm and level-headed

General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances

Ability to work with minimalistic comfort and limited support resources

Work in partnership involves :

Strong Belief in humanitarian collaboration

Capacity to assess and manage partnership

Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility

Charisma and strong advocacy skills

Strong listening and negotiation skills

Good people and communication skills

Languages

English and Spanish are mandatory. French in an asset

Proposed terms

Compensation

Fixed-Term Contract: 3 weeks

Starting date: December 2019

Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

Benefits

Cost covered:  Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing in hotel or collective accommodation

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)

Housing: in collective guesthouse (shared with Solidarités International expatriate team)

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)

Holidays

Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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Person in charge of this offer

In charge

Romain Gautier, Recruitment & Career Manager


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