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Job no: 570536

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Duty Station:
Panama City



Health, Health and Nutrition

UNICEF works in some of the world's toughest places, to reach the world's most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.

For every child, _health_**Over the past five years, UNICEF has been strengthening its response responding to increasing migration flows in LAC region. The flow of migrants to the north from South America and Caribbean countries through Central America has increased significantly during the last two years, and increasingly with more children and adolescents included. In 2023, Panama registered over 113,000 children and over 1,000 pregnant women who transited through the country from the Darien jungle on their... way north, out of a total of more than 520,000 people on the move during the year. This is almost a threefold increase in the number of children compared to ,438 children).

The migration situation in the region is increasingly complex and comprises migrants in transit, returnees, pendular migrants and the groups include families, pregnant and lactating women with their infants, unaccompanied adolescents, and other minors.
The migration flows create humanitarian situations in each of the transit countries. Irregular migration through these corridors may increase the exposure to health risks.

The health status of the migrant population depends largely on interactions with the various factors that determine their health, before, during and after the migratory journey.

These factors include availability of health services at the various transit points, capacity of health service providers to provide quality services in humanitarian context, affordability of services and linkages and coordination of service providers with other stakeholders (humanitarian organisations, surveillance authorities and other regulatory departments).

Even though several organizations are providing support to the host countries to address some of the migrants' basic needs, the situation is often overwhelming at the border and reception sites and for the existing capacities in these areas.

Several assessments including one supported by UNICEF, have documented challenges in the provision and access and quality of health services by migrants, including for maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition, and challenges with the recording and reporting of these services and with linkages between service provision and health surveillance.

The situation described above requires a concerted efforts by governments, humanitarian agencies and implementing partners to strengthen the capacity of government agencies and frontlines health service providers to provide quality health services particularly for women, children, and adolescent migrants along the migration route.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the UNICEF LACRO Health Specialist MNCH/EMTCT plus, and in coordination with LACRO Nutrition Specialists, and in close collaboration with the three UNICEF Country Offices, the consultant will develop training content and conduct capacity building sessions for frontline health service providers in selected points in Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala to provide quality Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) services for migrants and facilitate at least one collaborative meeting between health service provider partners and the surveillance agencies of each of the three countries.

Key Activities/Tasks
• Conduct literature review and identify different capacity building materials and models on MNCAHN for humanitarian contexts.
• Conduct desk review on the access to health services by migrants and delivery approaches in Latin America and the Caribbean and liaise with the three UNICEF COs for their suggestions for the training content.
• Develop content for capacity building for frontline health workers including training guide and Power Point presentations.
• Conduct capacity building sessions for frontline service providers in the three countries using the training materials that were developed.
• Participate and provide technical support for at least one collaborative meeting on data capture and data sharing between health service provider agencies or partners and the authorities in charge of health surveillance.
• Utilize feedback and experiences from the training sessions to finalize the training content and same with training report.
• Facilitate a joint meeting involving the three countries to share experience for cross boarder collaboration.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
• An Advance university degree in Medicine, public health, or rela
Panama City Panama


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