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19-048: Technical Coordinator - Ebola
Country:South Sudan
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. 

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide and response to emergencies. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. 


BACKGROUND

International Medical Corps is currently implementing approximately 10 programs across nine sites in South Sudan. Through nearly 16 health facilities in urban and rural areas, International Medical Corps provides basic health care and integrated service provision, from preventative care to emergency surgery. To address South Sudan’s acute health worker shortage, and foster self-reliance, International Medical Corps trains health professionals and community volunteers. Also, IMC is implementing nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, and GBV and public health interventions in South Sudan.

On 1 August 2018, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola in the northeast, the second outbreak of the disease in the country last year. The Ebola epidemic continues to spread through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s North Kivu province.

The current outbreak poses a significant risk to countries bordering with DRC as a result of cross-border trade, movements and inter-family relations.  

Considering the intensity of the current outbreak, WHO has prioritized nine countries as at high risk on the Ebola transmission scale, and South Sudan is ranked in the second tier due to the level of inter-border activities between the DRC and South Sudan. 

With this second outbreak in DRC, the government of South Sudan alerted all partners and stakeholders intervening in the health sector to support the MOH in preparedness of a robust Ebola response to address and contain the virus in the event any cases occur in the country.  

An Ebola task force was activated by the MOH, in collaboration with WHO, which continues to monitor the current outbreak in DRC on a day-to-day basis.

IMC is considered to be one of the leading health/nutrition NGOs in South Sudan and is highly active in the provision of emergency health and nutrition response capabilities at a global level.  This includes a rich experience in Ebola response in both the West African outbreak and the current outbreak in DRC. In South Sudan, IMC is providing its expertise and support to the MOH for both Ebola prevention and response and is the second partner in Ebola response in case management, nominated by the South Sudan Ebola task force.


JOB PURPOSE

As part of South Sudan’s national Ebola preparedness and response plan, IMC will establish or erect, with WHO and MOH support, an isolation facility at identified areas in Juba and ensure its running 24/7 by trained staff. In addition, IMC and Samaritan Purse will train approximately 500 health care workers across Juba in the five pillars of Ebola preparedness and response.

The Ebola Technical Coordinator will lead IMC’s Ebola preparedness and response efforts including the roll out of large scale trainings to health care workers in Juba and overseeing the setup of the Juba isolation unit. S/he will work in collaboration with key national level partners including the Health Cluster and Ministry of Health.


MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential functions below with minimal supervision.

  • Technically lead the International Medical Corps health program strategic planning, design and implementation for Ebola preparedness and response in close coordination with The South Sudan Ebola Task force and the National Rapid response team and other implementing partners in South Sudan.
  • Technically support the Ebola expert trainer.
  • Participate in the Ebola technical coordination meetings and task force meetings to represent IMC at national level.
  • Foster trainings for IMC staffs on clinical trial and research for future strategic planning.
  • Lead the development of the strategic planning for the IMC ERT to ensure the capitalization of lessons learnt.
  • Periodic technical supervision of field sites, including the Ebola isolation unit and 20 supported health facilities, to ensure the quality deliverables.
  • Work closely with the WASH and communications implementing partners to ensure the preparedness is holistic.
  • Work with the Medical Director and other program coordinators and senior management team to draft concepts for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor
  • Actively promote prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).

The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

 

Qualifications:


ESSENTIAL:

Qualifications

  • Medical Doctor with MPH /strong public health experience
  • Experience of implementing Ebola response program (case management, screening and referral units, Infection prevention and control, community engagement, patient transport, specimen transport).
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan and implement program activities creatively, as well as possess the ability to analyze data and utilize lessons learned for the continuous improvement of program implementation and to promote a culture of learning.

Experience

  • 5 years of working experience preferably with International Organization.
  • Experience training staff and supervising staffs.
  • Familiarity and experience with sectors including health, community engagement, and mental health and psychosocial support.
  • Knowledge of and experience in program design, implementation and documentation.

Competency

  • Program coordination, Supervisory and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with: Excel, PowerPoint skills in budget management
  • Skills in proposal development
  • Managerial and leadership skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required, with demonstrated experience in writing reports
  • Fluent in the English, both written and oral. Arabic is a plus.


Situational Judgment / Job Knowledge: Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the responsibilities specific to the job, as well as the ongoing capacity to stay abreast of changes in job function

Interpersonal/Communication Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other employees. Maintains good work relationships both internally and externally and has the ability to work productively as a team. Demonstrates the ability to make good decisions about what should be done given a specific situation. Thinks carefully before taking action and behaves appropriately for the circumstances.

Problem Solving Skills: Demonstrates the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, information and available resources to resolve issues.

Compliance & Ethics: Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these standards to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

Leadership: Takes responsibility for actions, decisions, and outcomes. Can confidently take the lead role on a team, if and when necessary. Able to travel and to survive in a stressful and harsh environment with limited resources.  Able to manage stress and conflicts situations.

This job description is subject to review to ensure that it reflects the requirements of International Medical Corps.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:
It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Equal Opportunity:
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.












































Leadership
: Takes responsibility for actions, decisions, and outcomes. Can confidently take the lead role on a team, if and when necessary.?

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