Emergency Response Colombia Team Lead

Americares
Bogota, Colombia
Apply by 4 August 2018
Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 5 July 2018

Job Description

Venezuela Political Crisis

Emergency Response Colombia Team Lead

TITLE: Emergency Response Colombia Team Lead

DEPARTMENT: Emergency Programs

LOCATION: Colombia

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Emergency Programs

DURATION: Three months, with possibility of extension

START DATE: July 16, 2018

ABOUT AMERICARES

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states with over $600 million in innovative health programs and quality medical aid.

Our programs help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; increase access to critical medicine and medical supplies; improve and expand clinical services; and prevent disease and promote good health in vulnerable communities.

Americares Emergency Programs leverage our logistics capabilities, health and medical expertise, global partner network and supply of donated medicine to respond to emergencies, help communities recover from disasters, reduce disaster risk and improve health outcomes. Americares responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year. Our Emergency Programs interventions include, but are not limited to: medications and medical supplies, mobile medical units, rehabilitations and restoration of health facilities, mental health and psychosocial support services.

POSITION SUMMARY

The current situation in Venezuelan continues to deteriorate. Due to multiple factors – loss of income, insecurity and violence, lack of access to food, healthcare and other essential services – Venezuelans are departing Venezuela for neighboring countries throughout the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. According to UNHCR’s May 2018 report, more than 1.5 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014. Colombia is one of the main host countries with an estimated 600,000 Venezuelans, and the number is increasing: As of March 2018, the net migration of Venezuelans into Colombia had reached 4,000 per day, with 50% expected to remain in Colombia long-term. Venezuelans are arriving with substantial needs and limited resources. Host countries face significant challenges as they work to provide an appropriate response to the population influx and are increasingly overstretched. In Colombia, the departments bordering Venezuela – La Guajira, Norte de Santander, and Arauca – are particularly strained and the coastal department of Atlántico is increasingly strained as Venezuelans continue to filter in from border areas. Health – along with food and nutrition, protection, shelter and WASH – is a priority humanitarian need.

Americares is seeking a Team Lead to: 1) play a key role in overall project management; 2) coordinate and communicate with HQ; 3) support the advancement of additional Americares priorities/programming inside and outside of La Guajira Department, as necessary. The Emergency Response Team Lead will be based in Riohacha, La Guajira with frequent travel throughout the department and additional travel to other regions of Colombia, as necessary/based on program development. The Emergency Response Team Lead will report to the Associate Director, Emergency Programs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the general team management in La Guajira Department, supervising a total staff of seven, with the potential to grow.
  • Ensure that Americares programming in Colombia is advancing in accordance with plans, in a timely manner and accomplishing pre-established goals.
  • Pursue the most efficient and reliable ways to deliver assistance to partners and affected communities, including shipment of medicines and supplies, local procurement of medicines and supplies, grants to program partners, technical assistance to program partners, or direct implementation of activities.
  • Conduct assessments and lead/support expansion of Americares programming in other departments, as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with national and local organizations to more effectively deliver humanitarian assistance.
  • Represent Americares in coordination meetings and in meetings with other response organizations.
  • Provide content for internal and external communications, and support Americares communications strategy as requested by HQ.
  • Provide regular program updates to HQ.
  • Take steps to promote safety of self and Americares staff on the ground, including communicating and monitoring adherence to safety procedures, implementing check-in procedures, and elevating safety and security issues to Americares HQ.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience in public health, emergency response, and/or humanitarian assistance.
  • Experience implementing health programs in difficult settings.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Public Health or related discipline preferred.
  • Willingness and availability to live and work in Colombia for the duration of the contract, specifically the city of Riohacha, La Guajira.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, comfortable multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced, changing work environment.
  • Experience balancing multiple projects across varying disciplines (e.g., health and mental health, logistics, program development, communications, etc.)
  • Willingness to travel throughout Colombia, potentially on short notice.
  • Ability and willingness to operate independently on a regular basis but also be in close communication with HQ.

About the Organization

ABOUT AMERICARES

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states with over $600 million in innovative health programs and quality medical aid.

Our programs help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; increase access to critical medicine and medical supplies; improve and expand clinical services; and prevent disease and promote good health in vulnerable communities.

Americares Emergency Programs leverage our logistics capabilities, health and medical expertise, global partner network and supply of donated medicine to respond to emergencies, help communities recover from disasters, reduce disaster risk and improve health outcomes. Americares responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year. Our Emergency Programs interventions include, but are not limited to: medications and medical supplies, mobile medical units, rehabilitations and restoration of health facilities, mental health and psychosocial support services.

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