Ebola Preparedness Manager

Job
from International Medical Corps
Closing date: 16 Oct 2019

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Background

International Medical Corps is currently implementing approximately 10 programs across nine sites in South Sudan. Through nearly 16 health facilities in urban and rural areas, International Medical Corps provides basic health care and integrated service provision, from preventative care to emergency surgery. To address South Sudan’s acute health worker shortage, and foster self-reliance, International Medical Corps trains health professionals and community volunteers. Also, IMC is implementing nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, and GBV and public health interventions in South Sudan.

IMC South Sudan is implementing an Integrated Health and Nutrition Services in Aburoch County Upper Nile State. The project is funded by DFID. The grant supports interventions of compressive and integrated primary health care services (PHC) including sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and TB, nutrition, non-communicable diseases, mental health and psychosocial support services and robust community-based disease prevention and health promotion activities targeting mainly refugees and adjacent host community residing around the three camps. The project end date will be June 2019 with possibilities of receiving new funding.

Job Purpose

The EVD preparedness Manager is primarily responsible for implementation and management of the Ebola preparedness project in jubek – Juba south Sudan. He/she will work in collaboration with the senior management team and Ebola technical coordinator. The Ebola preparedness Manger will be based in Juba , he /she will be responsible for the technical case management activities at the IDU run by International Medical Corps’ ,to ensure the highest standards of IPC WASH & surveillance , ensure programs are in line with internationally (WHO) ,national SOP to response to EVD outbreak.

The EVD preparedness manager will work alongside the IMC health team as a support in complete preparedness and subsequent response if need be of an eventual Ebola outbreak.

A team player with a proven track record of initiative, he/she will ensure the constant running of the IDU, supervision of supported health facility and assess the level of implementation of IPC measures, ensure facilitate capacity building of health workers, coaching and mentoring.

He/she will contribute in developing and implementing health management information system (HMIS) and to monitor the progress and incorporate lessons within the Ebola preparedness program. He/she will help organize regular Visit to IDU , supportive supervision and review meetings to assess progress, issues and undertake steps for further improvement .

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

  • Develop a standard supervision and monitoring document based on the WHO Ebola curriculum that will be approved and used by International Medical Corps
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation of progress (performance) of the health facilities and work with the Ebola Technical Coordinator to develop a follow-up and supportive supervision plan to ensure trainees adhere to and utilize knowledge and skills gained;
  • Produce a supervision report with strong recommendation for each facility visited and shared ?with IMC and other partner organizations (e.g. WHO, Health Cluster, Ministry of Health)
  • Actively promote prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned are not necessarily all inclusive.
  • Ensure that EVD preparedness and response activities on case management and IPC are well implemented in the isolation facilities and all health facilities supported.
  • Provide technical support to the EVD preparedness and response program at both state and national level.
  • Conduct regular monitoring to the sites where the activities are implemented to ensure quality in the service provision.
  • Acting for EVD technical coordinator during his absence (RnR or leave) and take up any outstanding responsibility.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Qualification

  • Medical Degree (MD) or Master’s in Public Health or Bachelor’s degree in health
  • Familiarity with South Sudan and broader East African humanitarian and political dynamics.

Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience preferably in emergency response, and post-disaster and post conflict work experience, or an equivalent combination with 5 + years of relevant work / public health experience (minimum 3 years in developing country preferably in emergency settings) of education and experience
  • Ability to write clear and concise proposals and reports and to meet required reporting deadlines; Extremely flexible, the ability to work in basic living conditions and under administrative and programmatic pressures, and the ability to cope with stressful situations;
  • Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
  • Ability to work in hardship conditions and in conflict-prone areas; ability to be flexible
  • Excellent oral and written communication; good computer skills, strong writing skills (in English) with satisfactory organizational skills.
  • Flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations.
  • Satisfactory decision-making skills.
  • Ability to assume non-medical responsibilities from time to time to cover for other team members; Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building as well as project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods

Competency

  • Job knowledge: Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the responsibilities specific to the job, as well as the ongoing capacity to stay abreast of changes in job function
  • Interpersonal/Communication Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other employees. Maintains good work relationships both internally and externally and has the ability to work productively as a team.
  • Situational Judgment: Demonstrates the ability to make good decisions about what should be done given a specific situation. Thinks carefully before taking action and behaves appropriately for the circumstances.
  • Problem Solving Skills: Demonstrates the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, information and available resources to resolve issues.
  • Compliance & Ethics: Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these standards to partners and requires them to adhere to these values. Leadership: Takes responsibility for actions, decisions, and outcomes. Can confidently take the lead role on a team, if and when necessary.

Other

  • Very good skills in communication and negotiation,
  • Organization, flexibility, versatility, and meticulousness,
  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary and multicultural people,
  • Good decision making
  • Open mind, curiosity, openness to novelty, creativity, good presentation

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.