Some of the most important steps in humanitarian action don’t involve distributions, construction, or even medical care. With Medair’s approach, we begin all of our projects by building relationships and engaging with communities. On my recent trip to Iraq, I met with the leaders of a village outside of Mosul and heard how the Medair team involved them in designing a response suitable for their needs.
The fire started around nine in the evening. It was a dark and cold night in November. Ali and his family were in their tent in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley when a mass of electric wires behind an old television set surged and burst into flames. “It all happened very fast,” said Ali.
“I was so lucky to get my family out of the tent before anyone got hurt,” said Ali. “Thank God for that.”
Tens of thousands of women, children, and men have fled the northern Syrian city of Afrin amidst the ongoing and escalating crisis. With nowhere else to go, they have fled to villages and towns two hours northwest of Aleppo and are not being allowed to travel farther. They are in desperate need of food, shelter, safe drinking water, and health care.
Leen, 12, was at her school when it was hit by a mortar blast. Shrapnel ripped into Leen’s back, injuring her spinal cord.
The emergency squad of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) responded to the blast and found Leen, rescuing her from the rubble. Yet she was paralysed from the ribcage down.
For three years, aid workers had been providing relief to families as they fled from armed groups in Hawiga, Iraq. Medair knew that many families were still suffering inside the city, but we were unable to reach them.
In 2017, Medair and the humanitarian community were advised that fighting was anticipated in Hawiga, and mass displacement to the surrounding area was likely. We didn’t know when it would happen, but we knew thousands of families would be fleeing the conflict in urgent need of health care, safe water, and critical supplies.
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Lead the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team in Renk, designing and implementing WASH services for beneficiaries in Renk County with a major focus on Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) primarily through the Care Group Model. Major responsibilities include: assessing WASH needs; designing projects; contributing to proposal preparation; managing project implementation; reporting on objectives, timeframe and budget; providing technical support and line-management to staff; ensuring quality standards are met; and liaising with local authorities and other stakeholders.
Ensure that monitoring, evaluation and learning systems are consistently integrated and implemented throughout Medair’s programme activities. This involves: supporting programme teams to use M&E systems and making use of innovative technology, to collect, aggregate and analyse data; integrating beneficiary accountability plans and activities into Medair’s programmes; and playing a key role in ensuring that the reporting needs of key stakeholders are met.
Available for immediate deployment for rapid response operations to provide team leadership in the field with county level coordination, donors and partner organisations, design of strategy, and ensure overall quality of the rapid response. The Emergency Response Team Leader also serves as the main focal point to ensure effective communication with headquarters during the response.
New rapid operational responses comprise around 7% of the annual Medair portfolio budget and could involve up to three responses per year.
Coordinate logistics, hospitality, security, finance and staff supervision. This provides valuable support to the programme staff, enabling them to focus on their core activities.
Currently Medair has a large nutrition programme in Aweil Centre County providing Nutritional services through ten clinics. Medair will extend complementary health programming and will work to improve the facilities in which both nutrition and health services are provided.
Ensure that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems are consistently integrated and implemented throughout Medair’s programme activities. This involves: creating, developing, and supporting programme teams to use M&E systems to collect, aggregate and analyse data; integrating beneficiary accountability plans and activities into Medair’s programmes; and playing a key role in ensuring that the reporting needs of key stakeholders (both internal and external) are met.