Lead Advisor for Outbreak Readiness - Humanitarian Emergencies of Infectious Diseases

New York City, New York, United States
Apply by 1 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 2 June 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req2078

Job Title: Lead Advisor for Outbreak Readiness - Humanitarian Emergencies of Infectious Diseases

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description
NOTE: position is contingent on successful bid; if funding awarded, position to start Fall 2018 for the full program period of performance, 3 years.

Background/IRC Summary:
The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Health programs represent the largest single sector within which IRC currently operates, constituting approximately 45% of the international budget and with activities in 22 countries. Field-based health staff are supported by a headquarters Health Unit comprised of health professionals with many years of experience in humanitarian work. The IRC’s Emergency Unit leads and oversees IRC’s global emergency preparedness and response activities. The Lead Advisor for Outbreak Readiness for the OFDA-funded program, Augmenting Capacity for Humanitarian Emergencies of Infectious Diseases with Epidemic or Pandemic Potential, will be responsible for working with the IRC’s Health Unit, Emergency Unit, and key Operations teams, as well as several strategic subprime partners, to support increased global preparedness for L3 outbreak emergencies, both at the IRC specifically and within the humanitarian response community more broadly.

Job Overview/Summary:
The Outbreak Readiness Advisor will advise on general outbreak readiness measures needed within the humanitarian response community and work directly with the IRC and its partner organizations to implement the specific action points for the organization(s) to be prepared to contribute significantly to a global L3 outbreak response. This will involve interfacing with a broad spectrum of stakeholders from both technical and operational teams, within IRC and across partner organizations. The Outbreak Readiness Advisor will be responsible facilitating processes that identify and document critical gaps in IRC’s organizational systems, devising and communicating recommendations for follow-up action, and collaborating with relevant units/departments/partners to implement the necessary improvements. This position reports to the Chief of Party for this program.

Major Responsibilities:
* Spearhead the analysis of critical operational gaps for large-scale outbreak response at the IRC in order to elaborate a tailored work plan for the 3-year program period
* Collaborate with IRC’s Emergency Unit and Human Resources department to address recruitment and deployment gaps, including linking with subprime partner(s) to establish processes to access external surge rosters
* Collaborate with IRC’s Emergency Unit and Global Supply Chain department to address logistical gaps, including establishing partnerships/agreements with organizations with complementary procurement capacity, etc.
* Develop protocols and deliver training for IRC leadership - HQ senior management and field directors - to manage and coordinate large-scale multi-sector outbreak responses
* Collaborate with IRC Operations on business continuity planning
* Work with technical teams from the Emergency, Health, and Regional teams to identify programmatic areas that require further operationalization and establish workplan with IRC and consortium partners to address issues identified through development training, guidelines, etc.
* Support the development of other processes for IRC emergency readiness as required.
* Serve as technical focal point for subprime partners’ technical leads

Key Working Relationships:
* Position Reports to: Chief of Party, Augmenting Capacity for Humanitarian Emergencies of Infectious Diseases with Epidemic or Pandemic Potential
* Position directly supervises: N/A

Indirect Reporting: IRC’s Director of Emergency Health
Other Internal and/or external contacts: The Outbreak Readiness Advisor will work extensively with relevant Officers and Advisors across many IRC Units, as well as technical leads from subprime partner agencies to ensure cohesive technical and operational preparedness efforts.

Job Requirements:
* Education: Master’s degree, preferably in the area of public health/communicable disease or humanitarian affairs
* Work Experience: 5-7 years of progressively responsible international work, preferably in emergency settings with experience in both technical and operational elements of response

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
* Strong grasp of outbreak surveillance/early warning systems, risk assessment, and public health response
* Understanding and appreciation of integrated multi-sector outbreak response - livelihoods, protection, etc.
* Training experience, specifically on technical concepts for non-technical (operations/ management) audience
* Demonstrated ability to identify, recommend and implement best practice approaches to ensure rapid, consistent, high quality management and service provision in an emergency environment
* Familiarity with management of supply chain functions in large, complex programs strongly preferred (ideally including NFIs, pharmaceuticals, international procurement, compliance with USG, European, DFID and UN procurement regulations)
* Ability to work effectively with senior management, operations, and program staff, across functions and towards a common, cohesive objective
* Fluency in English (required); French or Arabic (desirable)

Working Environment:Standard office work environment. 25% travel

About the Organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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