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Global Surge Team Roster: Emergency Environmental Health Coordinator


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Global
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Environment
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

The IRC’s Global Surge Team (GST) is a roster of esteemed and highly qualified humanitarian professionals who deploy on short notice to non-emergency and emergency contexts to support the IRC’s mission. Members of the GST provide specialist support where talent is most needed for short-term deployments of up to three months. The GST is a flexible employment opportunity for staff, requiring members to be available for deployments only 50% of the year (with opportunities for additional deployments if incumbent is interested).

Members of the GST who specialize in emergencies are deployed to support either existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new program in a crisis zone. The overall responsibility of the team is to design, develop, and manage the IRC’s on-site humanitarian response, allowing us to meet the immediate needs of the affected population rapidly and effectively.

Job Overview: 
The Emergency Environmental Health Coordinator, Global Surge will provide technical leadership and direction for an effective, high quality, lifesaving environmental health response. The Emergency Environmental Health Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of environmental health programming, including the provision of clean water; safe, easily accessible defecation areas and toilets; and key hygiene products. They will likewise ensure national and international guidelines are adhered to, as well as uphold quality standards and ensure results-based monitoring & evaluation.

Emergency Environmental Health Coordinators are expected to be deployed in the field, either in an emergency or roving capacity, and must be able to deploy to the site of an emergency within 72 hours of notification.

Major Responsibilities:
· Ensure high quality and timely assessments of the humanitarian needs and provide prioritized recommendations for program interventions to country and technical leads.
· Design program responses and strategy, including geographic areas of intervention, in coordination with internal and external actors. 
· Draft technical proposals and budgets for international donors, work in close collaboration with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information.
· Lead environmental health program implementation including staff recruitment and training, workplan development, procurement and inventory planning, and budget management. 
· Prepare high quality and timely donor and management reports on grants and sector activities.
· Select and implement appropriate monitoring systems; ensure consistent reporting and analysis of results to enhance program effectiveness and quality.
· Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures throughout the program team and activities.
· Represent and coordinate with other agencies, local government, donors, and other partners to promote deliver of best practice humanitarian assistance.
· Support media and communications activities as requested.
· Create an inclusive environment where diversity, different work styles, personalities and approaches are valued, and prioritize capacity building of team.
· Model inclusive behaviors to team members (ensuring all members’ voices are heard); acknowledges own biases and learning on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
· Provide a comprehensive handover to successor.

Job Requirements:
Degree in engineering, hydrology, environmental health, or equivalent subject; Master’s level education strongly preferred.
Minimum 3-5 years’ work experience in WASH/Environmental Health projects at the coordinator level or above required.
Effective leading and building programs and/or operations in fast-paced, multifaceted environments. Leadership and team management skills are important.
Solid track record leading in an emergency environment and/or start-up environment as part of a multinational team.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate technical information in a clear manner.
Fluency in English. Working knowledge of French or Arabic strongly preferred.
Digital literacy: MS Word, Excel & email applications required; MS Access, Project & GIS preferred.
Excellent writing and editing skills and can effectively write and edit grant proposals and reports.
Effective people- and program-management skills in acute emergency contexts: can train and lead staff productively under stressful circumstances.
Flexible, focused, and reliable in an environment of changing demands.

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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