Emergency Health Coordinator

Employer:International Rescue Committee
Location: Global
Closing date: 21 Oct 2016

Background/IRC Summary:

The IRCs Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) leads or oversees IRCs global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EPRU is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency. The EPRU also works in protracted emergencies, where the risk to life may be reduced but the population is still subjected to rights abuses and a lack of basic services.

The IRCs fulltime Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a standing team of specialized professionals ready to deploy to an emergency within 72 hours. The ERT is supplemented by personnel drawn from the IRCs Emergency Internal and External Rosters.

Job Overview/Summary:

External Emergency Roster Staff are deployed to support either existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new program in the crisis zone. The overall responsibility of the team is to rapidly and effectively design, develop and manage the IRC's on-site humanitarian response to meet the immediate needs of the affected population. Response personnel are also responsible for supporting the transfer of responsibilities and knowledge to the long-term staff to ensure the continuity of IRC programming and operations.

The Emergency Health Coordinator will work under the direction of IRC's Emergency Field Director or designated country emergency lead and is expected to provide leadership and direction in strengthening an effective, high quality and timely emergency health response. The Emergency Health Coordinator will also coordinate different components of the emergency health response including primary health, reproductive health and nutrition.

Major Responsibilities:
Be prepared to be deployed within 72 hours
Provide leadership in strengthening an effective, coordinated, integrated high quality and timely emergency health response (which could include primary and secondary health, reproductive health, nutrition, and outbreak responses)
In coordination with EPRU and HR, identify health-staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programs, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
Ensure high quality and timely integrated health assessments of the humanitarian needs and provide prioritized recommendations for program interventions to the ERT Field Director/emergency lead
Design program responses and strategy, including geographic areas of intervention, in coordination with internal and external actors
Draft technical proposals and budgets for international donors, work in close collaboration with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information
Manage Coordinators in managing grant/program implementation including staff recruitment and training, workplan development, procurement and inventory planning, and budget management;
Prepare high quality and timely donor and management reports on grants and sector activities.
Select and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems; ensure consistent reporting and analysis of results to enhance program effectiveness and quality
Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures throughout the program team and activities
Represent and coordinate with other agencies, local government, donors and other stakeholders to promote deliver of best practice humanitarian assistance;
Support media and communications activities as requested by the ERT Field Director/CD/in-county emergency lead.
Assess and provide input on post emergency strategies and transition plans for IRC programming.
Provide a comprehensive handover to successor, including ensuring transfer of all related documentation, program monitoring data and staff performance information

Job Requirements:
Minimum 3-5 years work experience in their field at the Coordinator level or above required
Ability to commit to deployment within 72 hours of notification of assignment for a minimum of 6 and up to 12 weeks
Demonstrated ability in resource mobilization for health emergencies.
Demonstrated skills in effectively managing and building programs and/or operations in high-pressure, fluid environments. Leadership and team management skills are essential.
Prior success managing in an emergency environment and/or start-up environment as part of a multinational team
Excellent capability to represent the IRC in forums in emergency settings and excellent communication skills including the ability to deliver presentations to professional, lay and donor audiences;
Proven writing and editing skills, including the ability to effectively write and edit grant proposals and reports;
Effective people and program management skills in acute emergency contexts: the ability to train, lead and manage staff productively under stressful circumstances;
Flexible work attitude: Be flexible and yet focused & reliable in an environment of changing demands;
Good computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.
Multi-lingual skills advantageous - with priority placed on French and Arabic.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l'Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l'exploitation et les abus, la protection de l'enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l'intégrité financière, et les représailles.