14 July 2016

Emergency Response Health Project Manager

Employer:  Medair
Location: Dohuk Iraq
Closing date: 19 Sep 2016

Role & Responsibilities

Develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the assigned health project in emergency response locations. Health emergency response teams (ERT) aim to respond by providing quality, essential medical and referral services to individuals and groups, displaced due to the ongoing conflict across parts of northern Iraq. The teams also aim to carry out rapid needs assessments, and to develop and retain the capacity to plan for, prepare and respond to other large scale displacements in the country. Coordination with local authorities and other emergency response actors in the area to ensure a coherent response, guiding negotiations for humanitarian access with key stakeholders in the project areas and oversight of security protocols and procedures for teams and staff in the field.

Take a look at Medair’s Health & Nutrition work.

Project Overview

Emergency response health teams focused on developing access, conducting rapid needs assessments and providing essential primary healthcare services and referral through mobile medical units particularly focusing on newly displaced and newly accessible conflict affected populations.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired and motivated by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure. Internationally recruited field and headquarters staff lead the organisation, supported by nationally recruited staff to implement programmes locally.


Based in Dohuk, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with frequent travel to field locations in Ninewa, Iraq. Take a look at Medair’s work in Iraq.

Starting Date

As soon as possible

Initial Contract Details

Full time, minimum 18 months

Key Activity Areas

Health Project Management

· Manage the emergency response health project in order to meet the project objectives within budget and allotted time frame, and report promptly any operational concerns to the Project Coordinator (PC) and country Health Advisor (HA) (e.g. projected failure to meet objectives; increased beneficiary needs; projected over or under spending on project budget).

· Provide strong leadership of the assigned health project, including coordination with health actors at local and provincial (Governorate) levels, as well as with other non-government and humanitarian health actors in the project areas.

· Contribute to development and implementation of an appropriate and effective health strategy including proactive planning for responsible exit in consultation with country HA, PC, other health staff.

· Set clear objectives and indicators for health activities in collaboration with country HA, PC, health staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.

· Develop new proposals, wherever requested, linked to the assessed needs and gaps and the Medair country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant field managers and the country HA.

Staff Management

· Line-manage the Emergency Response Health Manager and other members of the ERT, including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc. It may also be necessary to line manage other health project staff.

· Make decisions on staff planning and movement in and out field, based on emergency needs. In the case of insecurity in field sites, work with the PC and the security focal point on appropriate response.

· Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff.

· Provide coaching and technical supervision to staff.

Financial Management

· Manage the health budget for the project area ensuring all expenses are according to budget and meet Medair standards regarding financial management, including accountability and good governance.

· Create health budgets for upcoming projects in conjunction with the PC, country HA and other staff.

Communication & Coordination

· Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the Medair in-country and HQ health managers and advisors and other relevant stakeholders.

· Participate and represent Medair in health coordination and cluster meetings.

Security Management

· Ensure field team compliance with security procedures.


· Support the logistics activities of health staff.

Quality Management

· Set assessment and intervention objectives for the health emergency response team and be responsible for the quality of implementation in liaison with the PC and HA.

· Ensure health projects are implemented in line with donor proposals.

· Ensure project data is accurately collected and disseminated to the relevant parties in a timely manner.

Field - Team Spiritual Life

· Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.

· Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.

· Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.

· Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.

· Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.


· Clinical degree or diploma (nurse, midwife or doctor), or Public Health degree.


· Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Experience / Competencies

· 2 years post-qualification nursing/medical professional experience.

· At least 1 year management experience in a health context.

· At least 1-2 years’ work experience in health in developing country.

· Good numerical, report writing and administration skills; problem solving ability.

· Clinical skills within a Primary Health Care setting.

· Knowledge and experience of primary health care principles and management.

· Able to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate.

· Aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building.

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience

· Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers).

· Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers).


· Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise.

· Overseas intercultural experience.


· Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts.


· Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written.

· Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes.

Personal qualities

· Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions.

· Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit.


· Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection.

· All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.

Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)

· Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing.

· Security training for those going to insecure environments.

· Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country.

· Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service).

· Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food).

· Annual leave.

· Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing.

· Disability insurance.

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)

· A salary based upon the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder, starting from USD 1,700 per month.

· Contribution matching programme for retirement savings.

· Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts.

· Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs.

Specific benefits for New Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience)

· USD 300 per month.

As soon as 12 months relief work or its equivalent has been completed, a salary based upon the grade of the position, starting from USD 1,700 per month, and other experienced relief worker benefits.

Working Conditions

· This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.


Application Process

Before you apply, please ensure you are fully aware of the:

a) Medair organisational values.

b) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).

Then to apply, go to the "Current Vacancies" page then:

a) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or

b) apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs).

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled