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|Overview of position|
The objective of the activities supported by the Health System Advisor is to reduce societal polarization and potential for conflict escalation around COVID-19 and to provide a basis for cooperation on health issues in support of reconciliation and the overall political process.COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and Libya can learn from the treatment, infection control and epidemic restriction measures implemented by other countries which have been more heavily infected. It is commonplace that the virus shows no political or ideological favour, and that “we are only as healthy as our neighbours”. For Libya to manage the COVID-19 crisis collaboration across the political divides will be essential.The UNSMIL/UNDP National Reconciliation Project has been working on an initiative to support a call in Libya for a humanitarian pause to the fighting and the global ceasefire to fight COVID-19. Members of the project-supported Libyan National Network of Local Mediators launched the campaign by recording videos with simple messages in support of peace and unified efforts to fight the virus. (Please note this is not an UN-branded campaign). The Arabic and English hashtags are:#نتحد_ضد_كورونا في #ليبيا#Peacenowstopcorona in #LibyaThe campaign has provoked millions of positive engagements with social media posts by citizens, influencers, celebrities, media channels and civil society. Now, the Project team is seeking to link in with the intra-Libyan dialogue, supported by UNSMIL. The activities are progressing the national dialogue around peace and unity to protect communities in Libya against the impact of COVID-19. The consultant will work the UNSMIL and UNDP analysis to establish and support mechanisms for: (a) active collaboration and planning across Libya in the COVID-19 response; (b) inclusion of key stakeholders in professional-level agreements, in the sense of supporting delivery of the needs identified by health professionals; and (c) delivery of services in a visible and publicly supported manner. As such, any mechanism on cross-divide collaboration should also look to establish a positive loop between the needs and capacity of health professionals, and a more evidence and medical-based approach by political actors. Immediate ActionUrgent Activities under the Political Dialogue and the National Reconciliation projects link practical arrangements between health practitioners East, West and South, for delivery of actions on agreements reached between health practitioners. Dialogue sessions will be based on the urgent response to COVID-19 and its impacts, where there are clear shared interests in collaboration between regions of Libya. If successful, such cooperation could at a later stage help drive discussions aimed to unify national public health policy and service delivery.UNSMIL and UNDP, in close consultation with WHO, will stagger the phases of the dialogue engagement so that: (1) initial conversations focus on enabling urgent activities to respond to the COVID-19 (2) next steps include agreements on medium and long-term sustainable solutions for treatment, testing and contact tracing, including infrastructure and capacity needs; and (3) finally an expansion of the dialogue to other health sector cooperation issues.These activities will be bolstered by conflict-sensitive public communications campaign showing credible state responses to COVID-19 with treatment testing and contact tracing and the dialogue behind it. Building on the UNSMIL/UNDP supported social media campaign #peacenowstopcorona, it should seek to emphasize that cross-divide agreements in the public interest are possible and demanded by Libyans.Proposed Activity Outline for Activities: Activity 1 (A1): Regular facilitated exchanges between Libyan medical professionals East, West and South using virtual systems (Zoom, Skype, Google, etc.,) building up to, during and beyond apex of infections. Activity 2 (A2): Mediated track-two dialogues on health management of COVID-19 and its impacts, with alternating hosting arrangement between East, West and South (every 1-2 weeks). Activity 3 (A3): Crisis-management dialogues on conflict-COVID-19 issues, with an emphasis of combatting hate narratives and protection of Health Care Workers (HCW). These activities are planned to begin after three months in stage 2, although the project team will be flexible to opportunities and needs for crisis management in the first three months. Activity 4 (A4): For maximum impact, a cross-cutting element of the activities outlined above will be Strategic Communications, in partnership with UNSMIL and UNDP Communications teams. (This could include strategic decisions not to publicize activities.) If applicable, the Project will implement a communications campaign to demonstrate credible state responses to COVID-19 and the cross-divide agreements in the public interest.
The main objectives of this initial assignment of the Health System Advisor is to:
In partnership with the Health Diplomacy Senior Advisory Team, the Consultant will maintain relationships with a network of medical experts, technical and administrative stakeholders. Support the Team to continue ongoing assessments of the overall health sector needs. The Health System Advisor will work with the UNSMIL and UNDP project teams and other consultants to progress:Activity 1: Regular facilitated exchanges between Libyan medical professionals East, West and South using virtual systems (Zoom, Skype, Google, etc.,) building up to, during and beyond apex of infections. Activity 2: Mediated track-two dialogues on health management of COVID-19 and its impacts, with alternating hosting arrangement between East, West and South (every 1-2 weeks).Activity 3: Crisis-management dialogues on conflict-COVID-19 issues, with an emphasis of combatting hate narratives and protection of Health Care Workers (HCW). These activities are planned to begin after three months in stage 2, although the project team will be flexible to opportunities and needs for crisis management in the first three months. The Consultant will need to leverage a good reputation among Libyan and international medical professionals in his/her specialized field of medicine, and a well-established network of medical colleagues in all regions of Libya. (S)he must have experience working closely with key technical and administrative bodies in the health sector in Libya. It is not essential that her/his expertise be in virology or epidemiology, since that specialized expertise should be available through other team members. Institutional ArrangementThe Health System Advisor will work with the Political Dialogue and National Reconciliation project teams and report to the UNSMIL Political Affairs Service National Reconciliation Project Focal Point and the UNDP National Reconciliation/Political Dialogue Project Manager for all substantive matters related to the assignment. For all administrative purposes, the Consultant will report to the UNDP National Reconciliation and Political Dialogue Project Manager.
- Liaise with key partners, notably national healthcare professionals in the West and health sector stakeholders across Libya to facilitate discussions and facilitated exchanges and dialogues for national collaboration on treatment and management of COVID-19.
- Support the Health Diplomacy Health System Advisor (West) to advise UNSMIL, UNDP project teams, WHO, and dialogue participants on planning and delivery of COVID-19 management and treatment strategies, including technical discussions, equipment needs and capacity development.
- Provide or assist with the provision of advice with the Health System Advisor (West) for UNSMIL, UNDP project teams, WHO, and dialogue participants on all other relevant public health matters related to the substance of the health dialogue discussions.
- Manage all technical/administrative relationships in the Western Region.
- Organize participation in dialogues and medical exchanges for the Western Region.
- Lead input into all assessments for the Western Region.
- Lead input into all reports for UNSMIL and UNDP.
Report to the Project Manager
|Key competencies||Qualifications and Experience
• Master’s Degree or higher in public health or medicine.
• At least 15 years of experience in medical practice, teaching or advisory roles in medicine, including significant work in the areas of public health.
• At least 10 years of experience working directly or indirectly with national health institutions in Libya.
This field does not require management field
|Technical competences ||Total: 100|
|Master’s Degree or higher in public health or medicine. ||20 Points Maximum|
|At least 15 years of experience in medical practice, teaching or advisory roles in medicine, including significant work in the areas of public health. ||20 Points Maximum|
|At least 10 years of experience working directly or indirectly with national health institutions in Libya.||
- points Maximum
|Excellent writing and presentation in Arabic. Knowledge of English is required. ||10 Points Maximum|