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  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: congo, democratic republic of the
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Ebola
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Managerial positions
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
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Deputy Director, Ebola Response

congo, democratic republic of the

Requisition ID: req3223

Job Title: Deputy Director, Ebola Response

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is among the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organizations. For 80 years, the IRC has been at the forefront of every major humanitarian initiative to assist people uprooted by war, persecution, or civil conflict. The IRC provides lifesaving support to help people survive and re-build their lives, assisting people from harm to home. The IRCs Emergency Unit (EU) leads the IRC’s Global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EU is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency.

Context:
The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease – EVD) in North Kivu Province, eastern DRC on August 1st, 2018. As of October 31st, there have been 285 cases (probable & confirmed) resulting in 180 deaths. The IRC is supporting the containment of the EVD outbreak in the North Kivu region of DRC. The IRC’s primary focus is to provide support to existing primary health care (PHC) facilities to ensure the safe continuity of services with the strengthening of infection prevention and control (IPC) practices and the establishment of EVD screening and isolation points at the facilities. The IRC is also working with its teams in North Kivu province to help raise community awareness of behaviors that will help to limit further spread of the outbreak.

Scope of Work:

The Deputy Director, Ebola Response, Ebola Response for the ERT-led Ebola Response in DRC will be based in Beni and will act as the overall lead in-country for the ERT-led Ebola Response.The Deputy Director, Ebola Response will work collaboratively with the country program, while being IRC’s external face on the Ebola response with government officials, donors, coordination bodies and other actors. The Deputy Director, Ebola Response will directly supervise all operational (Supply Chain, Human Resources, Safety and Security), financial and programmatic aspects of the ERT Ebola response. All scale-up and new response actions will fall under the portfolio of the Deputy Director, Ebola Response. The Deputy Director, Ebola Response reports into the Country Director, DRC, with a technical support reporting line to the Emergency Unit’s, Emergency Response.

Length of Assignment: 7 months, potential to extend

  Responsibilities:

  • Serve as key representative for IRC’s Ebola response in North Kivu, based in Beni.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other actors, donors, and key stakeholders and raise visibility around IRC’s response.
  • Establish and maintain networks with UN, INGOs, MOH, and local partners to promote effective collaboration.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Country Program, particularly CD, DDP, DDO, Finance Controller and North Kivu Field Coordinator.
  • Contribute to the IRC’s strategic response plan for Ebola.
  • Oversee emergency program implementation in response to the Ebola outbreak within DRC.
  • Directly supervise ERT Program Director, ERT Butembo & Beni Team Leaders, ERT Finance Controller, ERT Ebola Response Grants/Program Coordinator, ERT EH Coordinator, ERT Supply Chain Coordinator(s) and any other first tier positions.
  • Assist with proposal development for new funding opportunities, grant modification and reporting.
  • Ensure compliance with IRC and donor policies.
  • Ensure the well-being of team members by overseeing adherence to safety and security protocols as well as ensuring knowledge, and adherence to, IRC Way.
  • Oversee all security aspects to the response and immediately report any security risks, incidents, or concerns to CD and Great Lakes RSSA
  • Work closely with DRC CP at time of transition and/or close out to ensure full handover to CP to manage any final close out and/or ensure integration of the response into overall DRC CP Portfolio

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:DRC Country Director

Position directly supervises:ERT Program Director, ERT Butembo & Beni Team Leaders, ERT Finance Controller, ERT Ebola Response Grants/Program Coordinator, ERT EH Coordinator, ERT Supply Chain Coordinator(s) and any other first tier positions.

Works closely with: Emergency Unit Deputy Director, Emergency Response

Job Requirements:

  • University degree in related field or equivalent experience.
  • 8 years experience leading complex on site emergency health response projects and/or programs requiring extensive judgment and interpretation. Diverse geographical professional experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence peer agencies, local government and community leaders to work effectively towards a common and agreed upon result.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and implement best practices and processes affecting multiple technical specialties to achieve rapid, consistent and high quality outcomes.
  • Experience developing, resourcing and leading large budget, complex projects spanning multiple technical specialties.
  • Fluency in English & French verbal and written skills required.

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