15 June 2016

Emergency Health Coordinator , Middle East

Employer: International Rescue Committee
Location: Jordan
Closing date: 14 Aug 2016

The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.

The IRC Jordan is launching an emergency response at the northeastern border between Jordan and Syria, where an estimated 60,000 asylum seekers are trapped in a 'no-man's land' in harsh, desert conditions with little access to services. This is a complex response as the population is not accessible except through designated service points, and there are major security and access issues due to the proximity to Syria and various militias, as well as limited access due to military and border concerns. Risks of outbreak are high as summer temperatures skyrocket and sanitation continues to be virtually non-existent.

Job Overview/Summary: 
The Emergency Health Coordinator will be responsible to help set up the emergency health program, including the start up of a satellite office and two mobile health units, for asylum seekers on the berm at the Jordanian-Syrian border. A key focus will be ensuring the proper set up for the two mobile health teams, including recruitment, initial training, clinical quality control, ensuring the proper medicines, medical and non medical supplies are procured, and all is in line with UNHCR/donor requirements.

Key Responsibilities:
Program set-up
Recruit the required staff for the emergency health program, and manage and supervise the Ruwaished-based health team
Train the Ruwaished-based health team and develop tools for program implementation

Work with supply chain to rapidly procure medications, medical and non medical supplies, all required equipment, furniture, and generally equip the two mobile health units, including communication methods (satellite phones).

As needed, o versee and conduct needs assessments of the affected population in accordance with the Emergency Accountability Framework protocols (EAF) and provide support and direction to assessment teams.

Program Management
Create daily movement plans, ensure complete staffing of each team, create clear rules for mobile clinic set up and break down (nothing stays on site in Rukban overnight), create contingency plans for clinic operations and services.
Work with Health Coordinator, Emergency Deputy Field Director and finance to ensure the budget is being spent correctly
Coordinate with M&E to identify proper ways of conducting M&E activities for the implemented programs; once programs have set up and taken shape.
C ollaborate and coordinate with relevant stakeholders and actors
Participate in coordination forums such as the health sector working group and other coordination meetings
Represent the IRC in berm coordination meetings in Ruwaished and Amman.
Coordinate closely with DDP, Jordan Health Coordinator, Health Manager, Berm Health Manager, WPE Coordinator, WPE Manager, Grants Coordinator, M+E Coordinator, and others as needed
Coordinate with external actors, particularly other UN and NGO implementers on the berm.

Response and Transition Planning
Assess and report on the operational and program management requirements needed to sustain emergency programming - this should be achieved in conjunction with the country operations team.
Provide leadership and guidance to ensure the full integration of all emergency programming into country program operations within a two to three month timeframe.

Job Requirements: 
MSc in Reproductive Health and/or Public Health.
At least 2 to 3 years relevant experience in public health plus management of health programs is required. Emergency response experience preferred.
Ability to analyse data and write situation/donor reports.
Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and manage human resources.
Experience with budget management.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
Strong program/technical and budget management skills.
Solid experience with planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills.
Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties.
Must be capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct implementation, advisory functions, training and the transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others.

Language Skills:
Fluency in English required, Arabic an asset.

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.

Working Environment: The position is based in Amman and Ruwaished, with approximately 75% of time expected spent in field locations. Living standards are good in Amman but difficult in Ruwaished, with harsh desert conditions and few options for supplies, restaurants, etc. Security situation is calm in Amman and Ruwaished but level orange at the field site of Rukban, which is volatile and subject to change at any moment. This position is unaccompanied.