Job Description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 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. Organizational Context The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (“the Federation”) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network with 192 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 Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (“the IFRC”) works to a Business Model and has a Business Delivery Plan with key commitments that sharpen its focus, clarity, and efficiency and accountability results. The Secretariat, headquartered in Geneva, has five decentralized regional offices: one of which is the Americas, guided by the Secretariat strategies for implementation and areas of focus that builds on the vision of Strategy 2030 and the Buenos Aires Commitment. The Americas’ region is organized in two main hemispheres: a group of service-based Units and geographical configurations of (i) Country Cluster Support Teams and (ii) Country Office(s), as well as the Deputy Regional Director, each of them led by the Regional Director; and another hemisphere: six building blocks composed by (i) Partnerships and Resource Development, (ii) Policy, Strategy and Knowledge; (iii) Communication, (iv) Disaster and Crisis: Prevention, Response, and Recovery, (v) Health and Care, (vi) Operational Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, each of them led by the Deputy Regional DirectorThe Policy, Strategy and Knowledge Department in the Americas covers the following areas: National Society Development, Volunteering and Youth Development,Policy, Strategy development, Innovation, as well as Learning, Education and Research championed through Reference Centres. The Institutional Disaster Preparedness Reference Centre/Centro de Referencia en Preparación para DesastresCREPD, as part of the Policy, Strategy and Knowledge Department of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, is at the service of the National Societies of the Americas. Since its establishment in 2005, the Reference Centre it has focused on: developing and sharing best practices and tools in preparedness, response and vulnerability reduction, promoting the development of methodologies, tools and processes of harmonization, applying the technical knowledge and best practices of the different Red Cross societies of the continent. Job Purpose The post holder will be responsible for support the delivery of health-related activities to be implemented by the CREPD, in Coordination with the PSK and Health Departments of the Americas Regional Office. The CREPD Health Officer is expected to: • Support health actions in the region based on regional guidelines and the Center's work axes. • Lead CREPD technical training activities related to the Covid 19 pandemic and other related public health issues; • Strengthen the health thematic portfolio of the Reference Center, through a process of designing, revisioning and updating of new tools, incorporating new approaches, good practices and experiences from our National Societies, • Support the coordination, implementation and Analysis of Knowledge-Attitude-Practice (KAP) surveys and other types of surveys related to COVID 19 • Support the development of reports on lessons learned good community and institutional practices ; • Support scientific research initiatives related to COVID 19 interventions , • Support scientific research initiatives related to COVID 19 interventions, under the coordination of the regional health team; • Implement innovative initiatives related to COVID 19 (e.g. RC2 Health), implemented in conjunction with the PSK and Health teams. Learning and Knowledge Management: • Support the development, implementation, and evaluation of health training strategies. • Contribute to the review and validation of learning tools related to the health area (on-site, virtual), including the implementation of internships for the Design of learning modules • Coordinate processes of creation, validation and evaluation of tools with technical experts in health from NS, the Federation and external partners (universities, humanitarian agencies, health authorities, etc.). • Support in strengthening the regional network of facilitators of the Center to improve capacity in the health area Job Duties and Responsibilities • Plan, coordinate, lead, and evaluate CREPD online training activities, and support training activities of National Societies on health-related issues • Contribute to the exchange on health issues and the harmonization of tools with global Reference Centres or in other regions • To support the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative tools, technologies and methods related to health issues, in collaboration with Innovation • Elaborate terms of reference for internships, technical advice, or health consultancy • Elaborate concept notes, explanatory notes of activities related to their portfolio • Provide technical advice on health issues for the development, response and contingency plans, as well as the implementation of simulation and drill exercises. • Support the identification of opportunities and partners for research, contribute to the elaboration of proposals and respective designs, provide technical assistance in research • Regularly update the Reference Centre website with relevant learning information and training opportunities for National Societies. • Maintain a database of training and activities organized by the Centre, as well as participants. Public Health:
  • Provide advice and support to National Societies.

  • Provide technical monitoring of EpoA Covid-19 results

  • Provide advice on the design of technical tools, learning tools in National Societies

  • Provide support to and monitoring of regional health networks

  • Support the incorporation of innovative technologies in thematic lines of health

  • Develop new thematic lines of health

Accountability:
  • Prepare and review of reports on the activities carried out

  • Provide timely and quality information required for each of the activities managed according to the guidelines of the Centre, the IFRC and the client.

  • Present to the person in charge of Administration and finance the liquidations of operational advances related to the activities under its responsibility.

  • Comply with Movement and International Federation policies and Secretariat management policies, procedures, processes, in the activities under their responsibility. • Comply with the quality management process and support the implementation process of the CREPD's ISO 9001 2015

Lateral Relations: • Establish and ensure effective working relationships with all staff of the IFRC and the host National Society. • Communicate with other global or regional Reference Centres. • Support the leadership of the Center from the health profile increasing its visibility. • Represent the Reference Centre in working meetings, training activities, and other forums. • Provide and review technical advice with institutions/organisations outside the Movement. Administration: • The Centre's Coordinator in defining the annual plan, including (if necessary) the narrative, work plan, budget, logical framework for action, and the matrix with monitoring indicators; according to Federation guidelines and procedures • Ensure that staff at the Centre respect the administrative and internal regulations of the Host National Society, which are applicable to staff working within its premise in the activities under its responsibility. • Prepare monthly, half-yearly and final narrative reports of his/her activities. Other activities Perform other duties and responsibilities related to the work assigned by the Coordinator. Education
  • University degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Medicine

Experience
  • 3 years’ experience working for a humanitarian or development organization

  • Experience in community health projects

  • Experience in the development of pedagogical tools for health contexts

  • Experience in adult education

Knowledge, skills and languages
  • Management of public health and emergency health theories, approaches and tools

  • Ability to work in a team, excellent communication and management skills

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

  • Handling of computer systems and technological tools

  • Knowledge and skills for Data Collection and analysis

  • Skills in personnel training and development

  • Use of training techniques

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 Comments Applicants will need to send their applications together with a letter of motivation no later than the closing date in order for us to assure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies. Important Note: • Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract under the applicable national labour law of the country (based in Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica or Nicaragua) • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and local labour laws; • The closing date is midnight GVA time. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered; • Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified. The position will based in Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica or Nicaragua; thus, national as well as foreign applicants with valid and current residence and work permits in based country are encouraged to apply.
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