Role & Responsibilities
Strategize, lead, monitor and evaluate the assigned emergency health response to Ebola with the support of the Ebola technical coordinator, effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget with a focus on response to new crises requiring assessments and short-term interventions. Manage and oversee health staff to meet international quality standards in delivery of Infection, Prevention, and Control in Primary Health Care Facilities. Encourage beneficiary participation, liaise with other stakeholders, and anticipate, plan, and contribute to the development of new health project proposals and reports. Attend and actively participate in local and regional Ebola Coordination mechanisms and meetings.
On August 1st, 2018, an Ebola outbreak was declared in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. By October 2019, there had been more than 3000 Ebola. Before the outbreak was declared, Medair was working in 47 health facilities in Eastern DRC, with Health, Nutrition, and WASH related interventions. Beginning with areas where the risk is most elevated, Medair is ensuring that supported health centres are equipped to triage patients at the entrance to the health centre before isolating suspected Ebola cases in a temporary isolation area, while arranging for referral. Health centre staff are being trained on how to consistently implement screening, isolation and referral without exposing themselves or other patients to the risk of being infected with Ebola Virus Disease. At each health facility, a package of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support is being provided, both in the health facilities themselves, and in selected communities. Take a look at Medair’s Health & Nutrition work.
Workplace & Conditions
Field based position in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. Take a look at Medair’s work in D.R. Congo.
Interventions may be in remote and difficult to access areas for which the environment is physically challenging accessible on foot. Visits to emergency locations will be expected.
Starting Date / Initial Contract Details
As soon as possible. Full time, minimum 6 months.
Key Activity Areas
Health Project Management
- Manage the project in order to meet the project objectives within budget and allotted time frame.
- React quickly to crisis and organize appropriate assessments and responses.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of an appropriate health strategy.
- Continuously monitor and supervise health activities, evaluating progress through outputs and impact.
- Participate in the development of new proposals, linked to the assessed needs and gaps.
- Line-manage staff, including day-to-day management, development, etc.
- Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure awareness of project objectives and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
- Provide coaching and technical supervision to staff in order to develop ownership and full responsibility.
- Manage budget and ensure that all expenses are according to budget and meet Medair and donor standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.
- Approve all project expenditures and expense coding. Ensure proper financial procedures are followed.
- Track expenses against project budgets. Draft annual budgets for health and emergency projects.
Communication and Coordination
- Develop and maintain appropriate communication with the team and other relevant stakeholders.
- Participate in the Ebola Coordination meetings and Commission meetings.
- Proactively network and coordinate with the health cluster and health agencies to seek out opportunities.
- Ensure stock, purchase requests, cash forecasts and movement requests are submitted appropriately.
- Ensure health teams are adequately supported in the field – food, water, supplies, cash, etc.
- Support the logistics activities of health staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of medicines, supplies, etc. Liaise with the health and logistics staff to ensure that quality items are procured, transported, stored, etc
Quality Management/Project Design
- Responsible for ensuring project implementation is according to Medair, donor, DRC and international guidelines. Responsible for setting objectives of emergency health assessments and interventions, monitoring progress, etc. Decide on new activities and new project sites and provide input regarding future project growth and changes.
- Improve the quality of the health project, to improve the quality of the assessments, monitoring and evaluation, implementation of Core Humanitarian Standards and protection mainstreaming.
- Responsible for completing Rapid Security Risk Assessments for health interventions in insecure areas.
- Monitoring security situation for teams in the field and working with Project Coordinator to ensure open communication regarding security situations.
Team Spiritual Life
- Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
- Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
- Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.
This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.
- Clinical degree or diploma (nurse, midwife or doctor), with Public Health degree preferred.
- Strong working knowledge of English and French (spoken and written). Ability to communicate in French coordination meetings required.
Experience / Competencies
- 2 years’ post-qualification nursing/medical professional experience.
- At least 1 year management experience in health context. At least 1-2 years’ in health in developing country.
- Experience with Ebola, Cholera, or other infection prevention and control focused health interventions.
- Aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building. Experience in training/ mentoring/ coaching staff.
- Good numerical, report writing and administration skills. Ability and willingness to manage project implementation. Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standard.
Before you apply
Please ensure you are fully aware of the:
b) Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staff are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices.
c) Key Profiles & Benefits Package provided for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS).
d) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).
To apply, go to this vacancy on our Medair page.
Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed.