Consultant/Coordinator to support the implementation of the UNFPA component of the joint project ?Return to (New) Normal: Strengthening resilience through a safe and inclusive return to normality in health and education in Kosovo in the wake of COVID-19? – Kosovo

Hiring Office: UNFPA Kosovo Office 

UNFPA is the leading UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and youth to lead healthy and productive lives. The interest of UNFPA in the area of provision of essential health services is determined by the impact that emergency and humanitarian situations have on their provision, by limiting their availability and/or accessibility.

After the World Health Organization designated the outbreak a global pandemic on 11 March, the first cases in Kosovo were diagnosed on 14 March, followed by the declaration of a state of Public Health Emergency on 15 March and an array of increasing restrictions to curtail the spread of the disease, including the closure of schools and many private businesses, of borders and boundaries, and broad restrictions on movement and the isolation of severely affected municipalities. The phased re-opening of public life as of June could not distract from the continuous threat posed by the virus, evidenced by a concerning spike in numbers since June, nor its long-lasting socio-economic effects.

UNFPA jointly with WHO, UNICEF and UN Women, and with funding from British Embassy in Pristina, are implementing the Project Return to (New) Normal: Strengthening resilience through a safe and inclusive return to normality in health and education in Kosovo in the wake of COVID-19. The project aims to ensure a safe return to normality taking into account the possibility of future waves of COVID-19 and allow for commensurate preparations, and a fair return to normality which is inclusive, ensuring that groups that were already marginalized prior to the pandemic are not left behind even further.  

The aim of this consultancy is to ensure the required professional support for the implementation and coordination of the UNFPA project components:

Support the maintenance of essential health services with a focus on the most vulnerable.

Promote reliable COVID-19 messaging and preventative measures.  

In this context, under the supervision and joint day-to-day coordination with UNFPA SRH and Youth Programme Analyst, the  National consultant/Coordinator will be responsible for implementing and coordinating project activities with stakeholders, monitoring progress and risks, reporting on progress, including measures to address challenges and opportunities, supporting partnerships and advocacy activities at the project level.

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