Job Overview / Summary
The IRC is seeking a Regional Emergency Disease Response Mechanism Specialist for the 44 months, 18 million GBP DFID-funded Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP). This program will strengthen African countries' ability to prevent, prepare and respond to disease outbreaks, and work towards Global Health Security. Working with key international stakeholders, the program responds to learning from recent epidemics, and aims to reduce the impact of disease outbreaks on African populations, and enhance compliance with International Health Regulations.
Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Uganda, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Niger, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Mauritania and Mali.
Key program objectives will be to:
(i) strong countries' ability to comply with International Health Regulations (IHRs) based on assessment and prioritization
(ii) improve governance and accountability of public health systems
(iii) support for improvements to build data, evidence and accountability at national and sub-national levels
(iv) support countries' health systems and institutions to develop contingency mechanisms should a pre-crisis arise.
The Regional Emergency Disease Response Mechanism Specialist will be based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and will have dual reporting lines to the TDDAP Program Director, also based in Abidjan, and the IRC's Director of Emergency Health, based in Geneva. The Regional Emergency Disease Response Mechanism Specialist will lead the TDDAP Emergency Response Mechanism, working in close collaboration with the Government, WHO, UN agencies, and NGO partners. S / he will have the following responsibilities:
- Provide operational and technical leadership to the TDDAP Emergency Response Mechanism
- Establish Standard Operating Procedures for the TDDAP Emergency Response Mechanism
- Establish data management systems for the TDDAP Emergency Response Mechanism, including a system for recording and classifying emergency requests.
- Establishing global and regional emergency response Mechanisms and their implementers / donors
- Provide training on SOPs for the TDDAP Emergency Response Mechanism for all relevant partners
- Escalating incidents in the field of emergency response mechanisms.
- Actively developing and maintaining effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
This position is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in July or August 2018.
Experience / Qualifications:
- An advanced university degree in health-related field, management, emergency, humanitarian, disaster management or related field from an accredited / recognized institute.
- Specialized training in emergency management; specific training in humanitarian response.
- Minimum of 5-8 years' experience in emergency management and operations, with proven experience in emergency response.
- Previous experience in supporting emergency operations centers or incident management systems.
- Relevant work experience for nongovernmental / humanitarian organizations or UN agencies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of rapid response operations and their implementation in public health.
- Ability to maintain professional composure and calm under pressure.
- Ability to deal with competing demands and requests.
- Planning, organizing, and leadership skills
- Excellent skills in Microsoft Office software applications; Excellent presentation skills
- Ability and flexibility to understand the cultural and political environment and to work with local health representatives.
- Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a stressful environment, displaying patience, compassion and diplomacy.
- Ability to be innovative, flexible, and adaptive.
- Ability to travel to difficult conditions and ability to work under hard, high pressure situations.
- Proficiency in English and French
- Sub-Saharan African countries Ability to travel to 60%
DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANIZATION
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to serious humanitarian crises around the world and helps affected populations survive and rebuild their lives. Health programs represent the largest sector of intervention at IRC, constituting approximately 45% of the international budget and comprising 22 countries of activity. The field health staff is supported by the HQ Health Unit, a team of experts who bring years of humanitarian experience in their various health areas. The Emergency Unit leads and coordinates responses to acute humanitarian crises as well as emergency preparedness activities at the international level.
IRC is looking for a Regional Accountability Specialist to support the DFID-funded Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP) at GBP 18 million for a duration of 44 months. This program serves to strengthen the capacity of African countries to prevent, prepare for, and respond to epidemics to advance global health security. In collaboration with key stakeholders, the program incorporates lessons learned from recent outbreak responses and aims to reduce the impact of future outbreaks on African populations while improving compliance with the WHO International Health Regulations.
Using an approach that supports health systems / institutions and builds national capacities to respond to communicable diseases that present a high risk of major epidemics, the program will work in six main countries considered to have high vulnerability to epidemics, a list that may include Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Niger, Central African Republic, Chad, Mauritania, and Mali.
Key objectives of the program will be:
(i) Strengthen the ability of these countries to comply with the International Health Regulations (IHR), based on evaluation and prioritization.
(ii) Improve governance and accountability of public health systems.
(iii) Support improvement of data, knowledge base, and accountability at the national and sub-national levels.
(iv) Support health systems / institutions in each of these countries to develop contingency mechanisms in the event of a crisis.
NATURE OF POSITION
Regional Specialist mechanism for quick response to emergency epidemic will lower ed in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and will report to the Director of TDDAP program, which will also lower ed in Abidjan, and Coordinator of the project, low ed in New York (dual reporting structure).
This person will be responsible for the following duties and functions:
- Lead the mechanism for rapid response to epidemic disease emergencies for the TDDAP program, working in close collaboration with the government, WHO, UN agencies, and NGO partners
- Provide strong operational and technical leadership for this TDDAP emergency response mechanism
- Establish Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Emergency Response Mechanism
- Establish data management systems for the emergency response mechanism , including a system to record and classify response requests
- Establish relevant networks and connections with other emergency response mechanisms at the international, regional, and national levels (implementers and funders)
- Provide training for all relevant partners on the SOPs of the Emergency Response Mechanism
- Forward incidents to relevant regional mechanisms or trigger the TDDAP emergency response mechanism and activate associated emergency funds
- Develop and maintain functional relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, national and international organizations, among others
- Other tasks assigned by the supervisor, if applicable
This position is subject to the award of the TDDAP contract to IRC; if this is the case, the start date of this position is scheduled for the month of August / September 2018.
- Master's degree from an accredited university / institute in a field related to health, management, humanitarian aid, community engagement / management or a related field
- Trained in humanitarian action, specifically in response management
- Minimum of 5-8 years experience in operations and / or emergency management, with proven experience in acute crises
- Experience in supporting centers of emergency and / or incident management systems as part of an emergency response li ed to health public
- Relevant work experience with an international / humanitarian NGO and / or UN agency
- Demonstrated knowledge of the operational side of rapid humanitarian responses and experience in its operations as part of emergency response li ed to health public
- Ability to remain calm and professional under pressure; ability to handle competing demands
- Skills in planning, organization, and leadership
- IT skills, including Microsoft Office
- Excellent oral expression in conferences and / or training
- Ability to analyze and understand the cultural and political environment and the flexibility to work effectively with local representatives of the Ministry of Health
- Imperative team spirit, with excellent interpersonal skills, including in a stressful environment, demonstrating patience, compassion, and diplomacy at all times
- Great flexibility, ability to adapt, and innovate in the face of challenges
- Comfortable with difficult living conditions and ability to work in high pressure situations
- Proficiency in English and French
- Willingness and willingness to travel to sub-Saharan Africa, up to 60% of the time
Minimum Education Required