UNVs Undergo Orientation For UNDP Payment Of Ebola Workers Program
At least seventeen (17) National United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) under a UNDP Programme for Payments of Ebola Response Workers (PERWs) have completed a one-day orientation in Monrovia.
The volunteers will be assigned throughout Liberia’s fifteen counties as Verification Officers and will work with the government and partners in helping to support payments of Ebola response workers in the country. The UNDP PERWs programme is supported through the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF).
The UNV Verification Officers will be active across the country to follow up on claims and reports of non-payment of salaries, allowances and/or hazard pay which may mean spending several days in remote field locations where accommodation options are limited, and other everyday conveniences are in scarce supply.
The volunteers will also make recommendations for corrective actions when needed, based on the ‘investigation’ of the non- or late payment claim report, act as contact persons for aid agencies just in case an EVD response worker has not been paid, as well as follow the lifecycle of each payment grievance from inception to conclusion among others.
Jill Morehead, Manager of the UNDP Programme for Payment of Ebola Response Workers (PERWs), told the volunteers to work closely with various partners in the attainment of the project desired results.
Ms. Morehead said the Programme seeks to; among other things, strengthen coordination with partners for delivery of essential services to EVD workers and ensure stronger community engagement in fighting the Ebola virus disease in Liberia.
UNDP has realigned its programmes and budgets in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to better fight the disease and mitigate its impact, focusing on two areas: support efforts to stop the epidemic; and ensure that affected countries, communities and individuals can recover quickly and sustainably.
In partnership with the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and the broader UN System, UNDP’s Ebola Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ECRRP) seeks to strengthen coordination of, and delivery of essential services for, the immediate response to Ebola and stronger community engagement in fighting Ebola.
This includes a specific focus on addressing the gender specific impacts of the Ebola disease and recovery from the socio-economic impacts of Ebola through emergency employment, and solidarity and enterprise start-up packages to most affected people, as well as support to national and community “build back better” plans.
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