Jun 20, 2017

Afghanistan: Afghanistan – A Health “Emergency Response Mechanism” Advisor

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: Première Urgence Internationale
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 190 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 5 million people in 20 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Situation and humanitarian needs :

Afghan mission is the oldest PUI mission, with first medical intervention launched in 1980 just after the Soviet Invasion. Since then, the country has mostly been in conflict, with both national armed groups and international forces, causing mass casualties and massive movements of population, within or out of the countries: out of the 30 millions in country population, 805.000 are registered as IDPs 272 000 since January 2015, 3.703.000 Afghan refugees are registered in foreign countries (UNHCR, 2015).

The achievements realized by the international community following the post-2001 intervention are now endangered by the expansion of conflict and violence and fragile governance. With the armed opposition slowly expanding its area of influence the number of civilian casualties reaches new high every year. Despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, the still fragile Government of Afghanistan struggle to impose its vision of development.

Economical stagnation, unemployment and increased pressure on the delivery of services due to high rates of internal displacement and return are pushing many Afghans to risk their lives fleeing to Europe, as they see no future in Afghanistan; In this scenario, with elevated pressure on aid actors, attacks have not spared the humanitarian community: only earlier in 2017 workers from humanitarian organizations had been killed and kidnapped in several parties of the country, jeopardizing the capacity to deliver to the most in need in remote areas. There is then an humanitarian crises looming as actors are overstretched and resources oriented to other crises and access on field is jeopardized by conflict and presence of armed opposition groups. The humanitarian caseload is increasing on a yearly basis and this requires high organizational capacity to deliver aid in such a complex environment.

Our action on the field :

PUI strategy is to address the fundamental needs of the Afghan population in respect with all humanitarian principles. Indeed, Neutrality and impartiality are key principles to respect in order to enable humanitarian access to the affected populations.

PUI has a strong health expertise in the country that can be used as an entry point to implement an integrated approach to support the population to regain their most basic needs and also to their self-sufficiency. Indeed, such problems as malnutrition and undernutrition request a multi sectoral and comprehensive response in order to decrease the prevalence of the phenomenon.

In parallel to a long effort in the reconstruction and consolidation of the health system with BPHS/EPHS systems, in recent years PUI initiated a more tailored emergency response to the different needs of the civilian population.

Since the beginning of 2013, interventions started on emergency preparedness and medical interventions for conflict-affected populations. With constant increasing of civilian casualties during from January 2014 to June 2015 (4.900 registered during the first 2015 semester), it is indeed crucial to have health staff prepared and equipped for mass casualties, and also to implement responses to population displacements.

From end of 2016 a larger multi-sector emergency response approach has been put in place, following a surge in return from Pakistan. Interventions in WASH and NFI have been initiated in the Eastern Region specifically, with the aim to develop such capacity at national level as well and expand similar activities to other areas where needs are present.

Following years of development efforts, and the strengthening of the health system; there is now the need to return to more sustained humanitarian emergency interventions following the recent IDP and returnees crises, with the need to deliver integrated multi-sector interventions.

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As part of our activities in Afghanistan, we are looking for a Health “Emergency Response Mechanism” Advisor.

The Health ERM Advisor is responsible to prepare and set up actions within PUI intervention in order to increase humanitarian access and to anticipate rapid humanitarian assistance to the immediate needs of communities affected by natural disaster and conflict causing displacements and acute vulnerabilities to the displaced households.

The health ERM advisor will work closely with the Emergency Coordinator and the Deputy Medical Head of Mission in assessing, implementing and following-up all health ERM preparation and interventions in the mission.

  • Data Collection
  • Monitoring of crisis
  • Coordination

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Training and Experience :

Training :

  • Medical degree + Master in Public Health

Experience :

  • International experience required
  • Technical experience required
  • Humanitarian experience desirable

Knowledge and aptitudes :

  • Good written communication skills
  • Knowledge of project management

Computer skills :

  • Pack Office

Qualities of candidate :

  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility
  • Resilience to stress
  • Diplomacy and open-mindedness
  • Good analytical skills
  • Organisation and ability to manage priorities
  • Proactive approach to making proposals and identifying solutions
  • Ability to work and manage professionally and maturely
  • Ability to integrate into the local environment, taking account of its political, economic and historical characteristics

Languages :

  • English required

  • French desirable

Proposed Terms :

  • Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 4 months

  • Start date : 01 July 2017

  • Monthly gross income: from 1 815 up to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

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

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

  • Housingin collective accommodation

  • Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)

  • 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

To know more about our job offer, look at the complete job description on our website !


How to apply:

Please send your application (CV et Lettre de Motivation) to Emmanuelle Gracia, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates at recrutement@premiere-urgence.org with the subject : “HERM – Afgha”.