Emergency Health Manager (Nurse)

Employer: GOAL
Location: London/Africa
Closing date: 30 Jun 2016

General Description of the Programme
GOAL’s Emergency Medical Team, is part of an expanding Health Department. A new initiative to strengthen GOAL’s Health response in emergencies, building on recent work in the West Africa Ebola response and recognising more widely that there is a significant gap in global health service provision for the most vulnerable, GOAL is developing a dedicated emergency response capability.

The Emergency Medical Team (EMT) will consist of a team of technical and operations staff capable of rapid deployments to health crises, supporting on-going health programming, undertaking needs assessments and providing remote support to GOAL Country Programmes. The EMT will work in both sudden onset and chronic emergencies, respond to infectious disease outbreaks and stand ready to deploy at short notice to health crises globally.

Overview of the role

• Support planning, preparation and systems development for the health component of the EMT
• To provide medical leadership and service delivery in EMT responses, assessments and programme development
• To ensure GOAL health responses meet international standards of quality, are evidence based and adhere to best practice

The Emergency Health Manager provides primary healthcare, establish and manage health projects including set up and run health posts, operate feeding centres and in/outpatient clinics and hospitals, plan and implement vaccination campaigns, and organise mother-child health programmes.

Train, supervising and managing local nursing staff or community health providers is a key responsibility.

Main responsibilities

• Provide direct curative and clinical treatment in emergency responses including through mobile clinics, outbreak response e.g. cholera response, vaccination programmes

• Design, plan, implement and monitor health programming

• Assist in the recruitment and management of GOAL health staff

• Establish good working relationships with MOH and peer agencies

• Produce/adapt, monitor technical protocols, manuals, guidelines/policies and forms in line with national and international standards

• Represent GOAL in health coordination forum and partner meetings at field levels

• Support development of programme donor proposals, activity reports, strategy respecting technical formats and timelines

• Programme implementation, monitoring, supervision, reporting and documentation

• Work closely with support teams (Finance, logistics, HR, programmes etc)

• Work closely with communities and local authorities

• Responsible for ensuring effective and continuously updated health data, health facility data

• Input and ensure effective delivery of IEC/BCC/health education activities and materials

• Provide technical support to health staff in GOAL run and MOH supported facilities

• Work closely with MEAL to design, implement and document best practice

• Input into medical procurement (drugs, medical supplies and equipment technical specifications and quantities, tenders etc)

• Assist in the design and implementation drug management guidelines.

• Conduct and set up mobile medical clinics, cholera treatment centres and other health facilities as necessary.


• Support activities on global health risk mapping and analysis of emerging health issues

• External liaison with partner agencies, peer INGOs, donors, UN agencies, Cluster system and others as necessary

• Support development of robust MEAL systems in place for EMT responses

• Support in the design and development of necessary policies, guidelines, standards, operating procedures and subsequent reviews

• Support in the documentation of lessons learned from responses and the adaptation of tools and guidelines as appropriate

• Provide relevant support and input to HR, logistics and finance to ensure rapid and smooth running responses


• Provide out of country technical support to Country Programmes as required

• Active engagement and compliance with GOAL systems and procedures

• To support media and communications teams with material development for external audiences

• Undertake external presentations and act as a media spokesperson as necessary

• To support the RTR / evaluation process as necessary

• Support operational research, innovation and policy development

• Input into Health Team strategy, planning and annual work plan

• Undertake other tasks as necessary

Requirements (Person Specification)

Significant post-qualification nursing experience, preferably in one of the following areas: infectious diseases, A&E, obstetrics, paediatrics, surgery or nutrition
Valid Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Irish Nursing Board Registration
Diploma in tropical nursing or relevant nursing experience in a tropical environment
5 years health programming experience in insecure environments (ideally primary health care, and or trauma, reproductive health)
Experience of supervision and managing teams
Willing and able to undertake clinical practice as necessary
Familiar with humanitarian aid systems e.g. Clusters, Sphere, CHS
Experience working with institutional donors e.g. DFID, OFDA and ECHO
Excellent spoken and written English
Experience working with partners especially Ministry of Health
Strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills
Strong documentation, proposal and report writing skills
Experience of conducting needs assessment including use of community participation methodologies
Willingness to undertake frequent travel and work in insecure areas
Adaptable and able to work in a team
Flexible and able to manage stress
Able to provide training to others

Second language, French or Arabic useful

General terms and conditions

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.