Health Officer - Surge

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

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Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 190 members of National Societies. The organization acts before, during and after disasters, crises and health emergences in order to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. IFRC’s work is guided by seven Fundamental Principles (humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality) and by Strategy 2020, which voices the organization’s collective vision and determination to move forward in tackling the major challenges that presently confront humanity.

As one of the five decentralized parts of the IFRC Secretariat, the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) leads the support to National Societies of 38 countries – including Bangladesh – through eight Country Offices and five Country Cluster Support Teams.

The assigned person will be base in TO BE CONFIRM depending of location of operation.

Job Purpose

  • The Health Officer will work with Emergency Health Delegate to support PMI in implementing activities in the areas of Health as outlined in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA)
  • The Health officer will support Emergency Health delegate to build capacity of the PMI staffs and volunteers, in accordance with EPoA and other technical tools, documents and guidelines. The Health Officer will also work with the PMI branches and Poskos to develop and strengthen its health in emergency services to identify potential health risks, alert and respond to threats and outbreaks that may affect vulnerable populations
  • The Health Officer will coordinate with Movement partners, government agencies and UN agencies in the country for sharing information and technical support for effective and efficient health program implementation

The Emergency Health components of the EPOA include:

  • Emergency Medical assistance, including deployment of PMI emergency clinic and medical mobile teams
  • Community based disease prevention, epidemic preparedness and health promotion
  • Disease outbreak prevention, early detection and control activities
  • Nutrition screening and early detection and referral.
  • Staff and volunteer health and wellbeing
  • Psychosocial support activities
  • Coordination with Ministry of Health, Health Sector partners, RCRC movement partners
  • Monsoon preparedness and response
  • Health facilities reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of Health, nutrition and PSS activities spaces for the communities
  • The Health Officer will also work closely with the WASH and other relevant sectors to ensure appropriate contingency planning and response for the upcoming monsoon season and potential disease outbreaks such as Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), Measles, Malaria, Dengue, etc.

The Health Officer will also work closely with the WASH and other relevant sectors to ensure appropriate contingency planning and response for the upcoming monsoon season and potential disease outbreaks such as Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), Measles, Malaria, Dengue, etc.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Together with Emergency Health Delegate, understand the public health risks and plan activities against the changing phase of disaster response ensuring integration of health activities (clinical health and public health) with other sectors (WASH, shelter, PGI, PSS, CEA)
  • Support in strengthening the capacity of PMI volunteers and staffs in disease prevention and control.
  • Ensure appropriate representation and coordination with the relevant Sectors/Clusters including Health, Nutrition, MHPSS, CEA and PGI and RC movement partners
  • Monitor epidemiological data, health indicators, disaster and disease patterns for analysis and early detection of public health concerns, disease outbreaks or epidemics. Facilitate the identification of necessary readiness and response actions to be taken, where necessary.
  • Work with the Health, Nutrition and WASH sectors and colleagues to ensure appropriate contingency plans in place for AWD/cholera and other potential disease outbreaks and preparedness for cyclone, monsoon season
  • Any other duties required by the Emergency Health delegate.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health or equivalent
  • Professional experience in public Health
  • 3-years of experience in emergency health programmes and interventions
  • At least two years’ programme management experience in an international humanitarian organisation are preferred
  • Experience in counterpart support and mentoring.
  • Programme management experience within the Red Cross/Red Crescent system, preferably in an emergency response setting are preferred
  • Experience in coordination with humanitarian health partners
  • Extensive knowledge of the Federation’s health and disaster management objectives, mandate and programme orientation, as well as emergency health and disaster management system, tools and mechanisms are preferred
  • Experience in financial management including budgeting are preferred
  • Experience in writing project proposals and project reporting are preferred
  • Good training and facilitation skills
  • Self-supporting in computers: word processing, spreadsheets and presentations
  • Fluently spoken and written English

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