The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Regional EVD Coordinator
Closing date (Geneva time zone):30-07-2019
Duty station status: N/A
Accompanied status: N/A
Category of Staff: Delegate
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 organization 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 Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. This outbreak of EVD is affecting north-eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which border Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. Potential risk factors for transmission of EVD at the national and regional levels include: the transportation links between the affected areas, the rest of the country, and neighboring countries; the internal displacement of populations; and the displacement of Congolese refugees to neighboring countries. The country is concurrently experiencing other epidemics (e.g. cholera, vaccine derived poliomyelitis), and a long-term humanitarian crisis. On 28 September 2018, based on the worsening security situation, WHO revised its risk assessment for the outbreak, elevating the risk at national and regional levels from high to very high. Given the current context around the outbreak, including the volatile security situation, community resistance, the continued reporting of confirmed cases, and the risk of spread of the outbreak to neighboring countries, the first International Health Regulation (IHR) Emergency Committee on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was convened on 17 October 2018. At the end of the meeting, the Emergency Committee decided that the current EVD outbreak does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern at this time; although the outbreak is still deeply concerning and the risk of spread to neighboring countries remains very high.
The EVD Coordinator is the responsible focal point at the Africa Regional Office for regional coordination and administration of all related Ebola operations. Strong focus of the position will be on monitoring implementation of regional preparedness activities, disease trends and Movement action related to Ebola operations. The EVD Co will be responsible for organizing consistent coordination with Movement and external partners, representing Federation EVD activities at the operational and strategic levels, providing technical support and guidance to the field teams in DRC and surrounding countries, facilitating knowledge management and collating lessons learnt, organizing outreach and fundraising efforts, developing proposals and concept notes for Ebola operations, and establishing information management and reporting systems.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Support the development and implementation of the Multi-Country EVD Preparedness and Response Strategy ensuring adequate monitoring and scenario planning of the crisis to adjust relevant to changes in the epidemiological context.
Represent IFRC with relevant senior internal and key external relationships, country and Region offices, PNS, ICRC, donors, host government, the UN, other INGOs and the media.
Ensure the representation of the Movement’s EVD activities with internal and external stakeholders
Lead the Africa Regional Office EVD Team, ensuring strong coordination with the EVD Operations Management Structure
Administer EA and DREF processes, ensuring strong liaison with the relevant support services at the Africa Regional Office to facilitate operational implementation in all EVD countries.
Provide technical support and guidance to the field teams in DRC and surrounding countries for preparedness and response activities.
Liaise closely with the Public Health in Emergencies technical focal point at the Africa Regional Office
Work closely with Surge at the Africa Regional Office- and GVA-levels to ensure adequate staffing of the operation
Establish and manage knowledge management and collation of the lessons learnt.
Monitor implementation across all EVD operations
Assist reporting and lead proposal development and concept note writing.
Lead planning processes.
Relevant university degree or extensive professional experience in related field or professional qualification in operations management.
Basic Delegates Training Course or IMPACT. FACT, ERU, RDRT training.
At least 5 years of disaster management experience, including managing staff
Field experience in coordinating and managing disaster and crisis management projects and activitiesespecially population movements
Work experience with RC/RC
Experience in project cycle management including proposal development, budgeting and reporting, monitoring and evaluation
Good knowledge and relevant work experience in the regional context
Knowledge, skills and languages
Effective team and project management skills
Ability to manage complex and sensitive relationships with partner organisations
Excellent professional communications skills, both verbal and written in both English
Good analytical skills and solution-oriented
Good mentoring and capacity development skills
Ability to work well in a multicultural team
Excellent stress management skills
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
Functional competencies: Strategic orientation; Building alliances; Leadership; Empowering others