Danish Refugee Council (DRC), one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified and motivated Project Coordinator who will have the responsibility for providing timely and effective response for the benefit of Persons of Concern (PoCs) and relevant health care deliverers in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
DRC’s objectives in the Western Balkans/Bosnia and Herzegovina
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) had been working in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1992 until 2010 assisting refugees and IDPs through a number of relevant sectors, continuing as well with the support in the region. In July 2018, DRC re-opened its mission responding to increasing and priority needs of PoCs in close cooperation with the BiH Authorities. More specifically, DRC BiH focuses on improving the access to primary and secondary health care including psychosocial and mental health services to PoCs (migrants, asylum seekers and refugees), as well as on enhancing the overall protective environment for PoCs, with particular focus on case management in SGBV, and timely outreach response to rights violations at the borders.
In January 2020, the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), recorded the arrival of 882 migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers to the country (of whom 86% expressed the intention to seek asylum). This adds into an overall arrival figure since January 2018 of 52,153 PoCs.
In the Western Balkans (WB), in the begining of March, the governments in the region declared a state of emergency and taken strong measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Access to the region is limited through border closures or entry-bans for foreigners, including mandatory quarantine and self-isolation measures. Non-essential services and businesses were closed, movement restrictions are applied, and curfews imposed. In mid-April, the estimated number of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the region was approximately 21,000, with 95.7 per cent in BiH and Serbia. A significant challenge was the accommodation of these populations in increasingly overcrowded temporary reception centres (TRCs). Difficult conditions for those hosted TRCs, for example linked to poor hygiene and sanitation, access to sufficient food, and isolation from family, might lead to tensions within the groups held there. While governments, civil society and the international community stepped up efforts to prevent and mitigate risks of the spread of COVID-19 in TRCs to the extent possible with a particular focus on those most vulnerable such as the elderly and persons with other health concerns, quarantine, self-isolation and physical distancing remains very difficult to achieve.
About the job
Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) will help to upscale the migration response in light of Covid-19 in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, and be seen as an emergency response that can be implemented immediately. Implemented through a Co-delegation Agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the project aims to alleviate gaps and provide immediate solutions to the most urgent needs of participating countries and territories in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak, filling critical gaps for a timely and effective response to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to mitigate social and economic impacts which may lead to or exacerbate existing tensions within and between mobile and local communities.
Under the proposed action, IOM BiH will cooperate with the Danish Refugee Council in provision of access to health services for migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and other persons of concern, mainstreaming MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) into the overall response.
Position: Project Coordinator
Project implementation period: 12 months
Duty Station of the Project Coordinator:Bihac, USC, with potential travels to other locations in BiH (e.g. Sarajevo, SC);
Period of engagement: June 2020 – May 2021
Basic functions: Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating project activities related to increased preparedness and direct response of health care actors against outbreak and spread of COVID-19 with inclusive measures for migrants and asylum seekers. The staff member will be contribute to capacity building of health respondents and other service providers, ensuring equitable access to health care for migrants and asylum seekers, as well as preservation of public health.
Reference: Project Coordinator refers directly to the ProgrammeManager and works in close cooperation with Medical Team Leader and Medical Team Advisor.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
- Maintaining overall coordination of the project and management of the Acitivity Work Plan;
- Making assessment of needs re. to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical consumables for migrants and asylum seekers, health care workers and other service providers delivering services inside the temporary reception centers, as well as in health care institutions;
- In close connection with the support services, organize procurement and direct delivery of essential medical equipment for rapid diagnostics and life-saving response to health care providers;
- In communication with Medical Team Advisor, making analysis of the public health risks, needs and capacities, advise on priority interventions for relevant actors and partners to ensure health related activities are carried out in line with public health guidelines and in standardized and unified manner;
- Organizing of Webinar for health and other service providers in relation to reducing risks from outbreak and spread of COVID-19;
- Contributin to the production, design and printing of impact and lessons learned analysis documents/reports relevant to COVID-19;
- Monitoring of the budget and expenditures against set performance indicators;
- Reporting on the activities and progress and ensuring that data and information are collected in a systematic manner, and activities realised in accordance with set performance indicators and agreed standards;
- Providing Program Manager with programmatic, institutional and contextual inputs relevant for the project progress and adjustment;
- Liaising and facilitating cooperation with national and international organizations, health actors, as well as national and local authorities to the benefit of PoCs and beneficiary institution;
Qualifications & experience required:
- University or College Degree in Medical, Social Sciences or related fields;
- Familiarity with the UN system and previous experience is considered an asset;
- Fluency in English and the languages of B&H with proper drafting and presentation skills;
- Excellent computer skills (especially Microsoft Office applications);
- Minimum 2 years of relevant job experience, requiring as well cultural, gender, religion, race, disability, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
In this position, the candidate is expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
- Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
- Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
- Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:
- Professionalism, impact & expertise
- Humanitarian approach & the work we do
- Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
- Culture, values & strong leadership
- Fair compensation & continuous development
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.