Closing date (Geneva time zone):16-06-2019
Duty station status: Non Family Duty Station
Accompanied status: Non-Accompanied
Category of Staff: Delegate
Grade: To be determined
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the World’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The overall aim of the IFRC is” to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. Mozambique Context Cyclone Idai made landfall on the evening of 15 March 2019 in the port city of Beira located in Sofala Province of Central Mozambique. The cyclone wreaked havoc on Beira and surrounding areas resulting damage and destruction to shelter and settlements, health and WASH facilities as well as loss of life and injury. On 19 March 2019, the Mozambican government declared a national emergency and has formally requested international assistance. The cyclone’s path resulted in massive destruction in Chinde district located in Zambézia province and Manica and Inhambane provinces.
The position holder will be providing technical public health leadership to the Health component of the IFRC Emergency Appeal which seeks to address the immediate risks to the health of affected populations through the delivery of services in the following areas; First Aid, Psychosocial support and mental health, Health promotion and Epidemic prevention and control.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Epidemic prevention, Preparedness and control
Monitor epidemiological data, health indicators, disaster and disease patterns for analysis and early detection of diseases of epidemic potentials. Facilitate the identification of necessary readiness and response actions to be taken, where necessary.
Contribute to the development as well as reviews of Federation response mechanisms, operating procedures and protocols affecting different levels of the organisation.
Support in the planning, implementation and management of the health component of National Society emergency response and recovery programmes supported and coordinated by the Federation.
Provide technical support to Mozambique RC to implement the operations outlined in the Emergency Plan of Action. These include community engagement activities (risk communication, social mobilization and health promotion), disease surveillance, and vector control and water, environmental sanitation activities.
Provide technical support to strengthen the capacity to monitor progress and impact of public health interventions; prepare and implement operational plans.
Knowledge management and organisational learning
Identify and document good practices on emergency health preparedness and response.
Compile essential technical guidelines, references, reports and case studies on (Cholera, malaria and other diseases of epidemic potential) emergency health preparedness and response and made them available through Federation platforms to support Mozambique response to ongoing epidemic outbreaks in that Country.
Analyze, systematize, and disseminate evidence-based technical information and knowledge and good practices on cholera, Malaria and other disease outbreak response to the Mozambique RC staff and volunteers.
Coordination and collaboration
Participate in and work with relevant emergency health networks and coordination mechanisms with a view of improving health interventions in the operation, as well as strengthening effective and coordinated health response.
Coordinate with Mozambique RC Health Program Coordinator, RDRT, and technical teams to support the ongoing operation.
Support coordination of Mozambique RC with IFRC health regional technical teams and local partners to ensure alignment with the overall objectives of the response.
Promote the collaboration between Mozambique RC, the Ministry of Health and other pertinent government sector partners.
Represent the IFRC in technical meetings, conferences, seminars and forums.
Strengthen the communication, cooperation and coordination with other partners including ICRC.
NS capacity building
Support National Societies’ emergency health preparedness and response capacity strengthening consistent with their mandates and roles agreed with national authorities related to epidemics.
Promote, and where possible facilitate, the integration and mainstreaming of emergency health programmes and initiatives into relevant National Society programmes, as well as the co-ordination and co-operation between National Society emergency health programmes and initiatives.
Provide technical support to development of core capacities in the provinces in terms of preparedness and response to the epidemics.
Degree level in health or Social Sciences
Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or other relevant Public health subject
Not less than 5 years of progressive experience in the management of health systems and health programs
Thorough knowledge of infectious and tropical diseases
Experience in the management of outbreaks of vector-borne diseases and vaccine-preventable diseases
Experience in training of health personal and capacity building
Experience in social mobilization issues
Knowledge, skills and languages
Knowledge of good practices in participatory methodology, program planning and design, monitoring and evaluation, learning, and accountability
Good organizational skills
Strong workshop facilitation skills
Skilled in training, mentoring and coaching individuals and groups, as appropriate
Capable of influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control, as a member of multinational team, and managing remote relationships to achieve results
Highly motivated, self-starter able to lead a process, engage others and create ownership
Fluent spoken and written English and Portuguese
Competencies and values