Roving Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness (CP3) Delegate
Closing date (Geneva time zone):03-01-2020
Duty station status: N/A
Accompanied status: N/A
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 organisation 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 Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program (CP3) is a global initiative that currently covers 8 countries with possible further expansion. The program focuses on building epidemic and pandemic preparedness at the community level to ensure early detection and early action to public health threats. The project also builds capacity within the National Societies of the Red Cross/Red Crescent to ensure local action and collaboration with government, ministries of health, United Nations and other civil society partners. The IFRC is seeking a dynamic program manager to support country level implementation in Uganda and Kenya, and possibly Sierra Leone. The position will play a key role in operational support and coordination at country level ensuring timely and effective implementation. The role will be required to collaborate with a large network of internal and external partners that are working and innovating in this field. The role requires experience and knowledge of participatory community engagement methods, community health programs, capacity building, epidemic preparedness and/or response, and an understanding of surveillance systems. The position will require about 75% of the delegate time on Uganda, with support provided to other anglophone countries in Africa as needed. The Africa Regional Office has five Clusters and six country offices and a Head of Delegation and International Office. The program manager will provide oversight and support of CP3 implementation to the National Society and other partners to ensure quality implementation and sound financial management. The program manager will regularly represent IFRC and CP3 at national level meetings, as well as with the donor. The role requires experience and knowledge of participatory community engagement methods, capacity building, experience in epidemic preparedness and/or response, as well as experience with community-based surveillance systems.
To support the implementation of the IFRC Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program by providing high quality guidance, due diligence and coordination while contributing to the program’s overall goals.
To ensure development, roll out, monitoring and reporting of program activities in support of the National Society and contribute to learning and development.
To ensure the effective coordination and collaboration between relevant stakeholders that contribute to improve epidemic and pandemic preparedness at country level.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Ensure the implementation of the Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program in Uganda, Kenya and possibly Sierra Leone.
Coordination and Partnership Development
Participate and/or represent IFRC in appropriate inter-agency and internal coordination meetings related to relevant technical areas.
Collaborate with all partners of the Red Cross Movement, key government officials, NGO partners, donors. Align on policies, strategies and best practices and approaches on global health security and related issues to support program development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.
Collaborate with ‘One Health’ initiative to ensure engagement with environmental and animal sectors in epidemic and pandemics preparedness.
Represent IFRC and engage the donor at the country level with regards to program development and activity roll out.
Provide technical support to National Society (NS) CP3 Program staff to build capacity of communities and the National Society in the key areas of early detection, early action, social behaviour change and organisational preparedness.
Plan and supervise the ongoing development of health literacy and community-based surveillance by the NS and support integration and expansion of the activity in conjunction with relevant stakeholders.
Support implementation of the NS Preparedness for an Effective Response (PER) process and NS contingency planning. Respond to emergencies in country as relevant.
Collaborate with key partners such as Ministry departments, WHO, FAO and CDC on further developing harmonisation of community-based surveillance and epidemic response within the country context.
Actively monitor programs/projects to support quality implementation.
Work closely with global CP3 team and advisors to carry forward recommendations on implementation.
Prepare key project reports for IFRC, donors and other partners to keep them informed on program progress.
Ensure program accountability, financial due diligence, integrity
Contribute to monitoring and evaluation, report on indicator status with timely and quality data.
Contribute to an effective, high quality IFRC team:
Be accountable to the regional team by providing progress reports on results against objectives and risk analysis.
Be flexible in your work definition according to needs and targets and improve team efficiencies and effectiveness within available resources.
Be a pro-active team member fostering a customer service-oriented culture that values proactivity, continuous improvement, innovation, high performance and cost effectiveness.
Support the NS CP3 Program staff in strengthening financial standards in the team and ensure budget needs are met and reported upon in a timely and efficient manner.
Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals.
Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles.
Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager
An Advanced University Degree in public health, global/international health, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required.
At least 5 years working experience in the humanitarian or development sector, with a focus on global health, epidemiology, surveillance and community-based health programs
Experience in responding to epidemics
Coordination and representation experience in a cross-cultural environment
Experience in Health Information Systems and Surveillance
3 years management and supervisory experience including financial management.
Experience working in a RC/RC National Society and/or Federation/ICRC.
Knowledge, skills and languages
Knowledge of public health and experience in practically applying this knowledge into policy, programmes and positioning.
Programme and financial management
Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including the ability to lead within a matrix management structure and utilise talent and experience of team members in a productive way.
Outstanding networking, representation, communication and negotiation skills. An ability to be proactive and persuasive.
Effective communication skills and able to develop positive professional relationships with teams. Openness to the inputs of team members and colleagues for a dynamic program implementation.
Experience collaborating with colleagues by-distance and proactive at working in partnerships
Proven good judgment and ability to work with complete integrity and confidentiality.
High degree of discretion, tact and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients and stakeholders at all levels.
Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment.
Fluently spoken and written English.
Competencies and values
Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust.
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.