Emergency Health Manager

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 March 2020
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Job Description

Position: Emergency Health Manager

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Duration: 6 months (with possible consideration for shorter consultancy)

Reports: Program Director with dotted line to Deputy Country Director – Health

Position Summary: The Emergency Health Program Manager will oversee RI’s anticipated new COVID-19 Health Response Programs, working closely with the existing health team to mobilize new project activities, and activate a timely, efficient, emergency response.


Project Mobilization

  • Help with project start-up including procurement of PPE for health workers; mobilization of in-kind health supplies from UN agencies; recruitment and training of key staff on infection prevention control (IPC) and COVID-19 case management.
  • Work with newly hired staff to plan for deployment to targeted provincial hospitals, screening areas, and provide targeted surge support/capacity based on health facility gaps
  • Ensure mobilization of key activities and engagement with departments to ensure proper procurement planning and recruitment
  • Develop M&E and reporting plan for indicator & donor reporting requirements: Ensure field teams have adequate tools for reporting and are trained on data collection/reporting procedures.
  • Conduct health facility gap analysis and/or criteria for health team deployment for COVID-19 surge based on qualitative consultations with key health actors, and data verification


  • Represent RI together with Deputy Country Director – Health at relevant forums, coordination meetings, and donors/partners
  • In collaboration with RI’s Program Director and Deputy Country Director – Health, help cultivate and strengthen new and existing relations with health actors and donors.

Program Quality & Reporting

  • Manage donor reporting requirements
  • Lead the development of biweekly donor updates to ensure active communication on response activities
  • Conduct program quality exercises and establish beneficiary feedback mechanisms, e.g. rapid health facility assessments, patient exit interviews, and/or focus group discussions with community members on service quality
  • Manage budget reviews with relevant stakeholders to monitor spending/implementation rates and proactively take grant revision procedures

Emergency Response

  • Identify gaps / needs in the current health response (in addition to COVID-19 specific health gaps) and tailor needs assessments accordingly
  • Actively communicate newly identified needs with leadership


This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • University or Masters degree, with 5-7 years of experience working with an international NGO.
  • Strong emergency response experience in health; clinical background preferred but not required.
  • Ability to prioritize and deal with competing demands.
  • Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding.
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions
  • Able and willing to network with external stakeholders and represent RI with partners and donors
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Team leadership abilities
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

About the Organization

About RI:

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 17 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

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