Regional Civil Society Organization Engagement Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




Ivory Coast


Job Overview / Summary

The IRC is seeking a Regional Civil Society Organization (CSO) Commitment Coordinator 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 CSO Commitment Coordinator will be based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and will report to the Regional Emergency Disease Response Mechanism Specialist also based in Abidjan. S / he will be responsible for the development and establishment of CSOs across the Sub Saharan Africa region. This includes the collection of CSO information, via eg research desk, networking and national cluster response mechanisms. Light level due diligence of CSOs will also be required. The Regional CSO Commitment Coordinator will also be tasked with developing CSO evaluation tools and training for those other TDDAP staff, who will ensure coverage of countries where IRC is not present. CSOs will be represented in the database and will be responsible for regular communication with CSOs included in CSO database.

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, community engagement / management or related field from an accredited / recognized institute.
  • Specific training in humanitarian response
  • Minimum of 3-5 years' experience in community based programming
  • Previous experience in a health care response
  • Relevant work experience for nongovernmental / humanitarian organizations or UN agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of partner identification and contact cultivation over various cultures as related to 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 live in challenging conditions and ability to work under difficult, high pressure situations.
  • Proficiency in English and French
  • Sub-Saharan African countries Ability to travel to 60%



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 Coordinator of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to support DFID-funded Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa (TDDAP) program 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 toreduce 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.



The Regional Coordinator of CSO engagement will lower ed in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and will report to the Regional Specialist mechanism for quick response to emergency epidemic, which will also lower ed in Abidjan.

Main responsibilities

This person will be responsible for the following duties and functions:

  • Develop and maintain a database of CSOs across the region (sub-Saharan Africa) that are able to respond quickly in the event of a disease outbreak, including the collection of information on each CSO via, for example, a documentary research, active networking with national emergency mechanisms as well as those of the UN (Clusters divers)
  • Lead due diligence processes (light level) for CSOs considered
  • Develop tools for the evaluation of CSOs and manage the training of other TDDAP staff on the application / use of these tools to ensure that the mechanism also reaches countries where IRC does not have an organizational presence
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all CSOs in the database and maintain regular communications, and cultivate new relationships within these organizations 

This position is subordinate ed to the award of the contract TDDAP 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 (principles, methods, mechanisms, etc.)
  • Experience in creating and maintaining desirable databases
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in community programs, with proven experience in responding to emergencies  
  • Previous experience in supporting partners and systems in responding to a public health crisis
  • Relevant work experience with an international / humanitarian NGO and / or UN agency
  • Demonstrated knowledge of partner identification methods and cultivation of contacts in different cultural contexts, with respect to public health
  • 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


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement