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21-136: Response Head - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Country:Palestinian Territories
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare 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. By offering training and healthcare 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 healthcare systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

BACKGROUND

After a period of relative calm following the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, the security and political situation in Gaza deteriorated significantly in May 2021. Since mid-May, OHCHR has reported that 232 Palestinians, including 65 children and 39 women (of which 3 were pregnant), and 121 men have been killed in Gaza. Around 1,760 Palestinians have been injured, including 540 children, 361 women. The ongoing conflict situation has brought widespread devastation to an already impoverished territory and placed an additional burden on Gaza’s health infrastructure, which is already overwhelmed due to COVID-19. Utilizing internal and private donor funds, International Medical Corps has been working with local partners in Gaza to provide health, mental health, and nutrition services to vulnerable communities.

International Medical Corps is anticipating an award for a proposed 3-month emergency project to be funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). This project is anticipated to begin in early June 2021, with recruitments conditional on securing funding. Under this project, International Medical Corps intends to support a multi-sectoral package of interventions including:

  • healthcare services, including medicines and medical supplies;
  • mental health services, including psychological first aid, for victims of trauma;
  • emergency nutrition programming;
  • support for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV);
  • child protection and response activities; and
  • services to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

JOB SUMMARY
The Response Head, Emergency Response Team (ERT) will work closely with the Country Director to devise response strategy based on the available information and assessments reports. He/she, hereafter referred to as “he”, will provide strategic leadership to the emergency team to implement contextualized emergency response plan based on the assessment reports and the available resources. He will direct an initial assessment, outline needs and provide overall strategic leadership to the International Medical Corps team including fiduciary planning, human resource management, and develop project proposals and program designs with the support of various functions within the organization.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy and Business Development

  • Lead the exploratory team in conducting rapid assessment in areas of concern and presenting the findings and recommendations to the senior management team in Sudan and HQ. 
  • Prioritize programmatic needs and develop quality proposal by working closely with the country team in Sudan.
  • Map key areas of intervention and develop close coordination with local and international actors working in the region.
  • Closely follow the context and include necessary adaptations to the strategy as and when needed.

Leadership

  • Provide strategic guidance to the implementation of International Medical Corps program
  • Lead work plan development and coordinate input from staff and counterparts
  • Oversee the implementation of the activities in the region and ensure compliance with the regulations of the government bodies
  •  Ensure high-quality performance and integrity standards in compliance with International Medical Corps policies and regulations
  •  Report to International Medical Corps senior management project and donors the achievements and results of the response
  •  Establish systems for maintaining an overview of all staff activity

Representation

  •  Represent International Medical Corps to Local & National Authorities, international donors, international and national NGOs
  •  Develop good working relationships with all stakeholders including MOH, UN and as well as local authorities and federal agencies
  •  Liaise with appropriate departments within International Medical Corps as needed, and ensuring required reporting are submitted on time

Administration

  •  Ensure that appropriate logistic, administrative and financial structures and procedures appropriate for program are established and / or maintained in accordance with International Medical Corps
  •  Develop and submit program reporting on timely manners according to International Medical Corps and Donor requirement

Security

  •  Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies
  •  Serve as the focal point for Health and Safety and will be responsible for any Risk or Security Assessments

Safeguarding

  •  Serve as the Safeguarding focal point

Policy Adherence

  •  Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps
  •  Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct

As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.

It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.

Equal Opportunities

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.

Qualifications:
  • Typically, a Master’s degree in Disaster management or Public Health, Medical Doctor preferred. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
  •  10+ years of relevant and progressive experience in development or humanitarian emergency response field, with increasing responsibilities including at least 5 years in similar management position in an INGO environment
  • Project management experience in a developing country or similar context including responsibility for budget control, strategy, human resources and planning
  • Pedagogical Skills are an asset
  • Experience in effectively dealing with hospital management and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, and government officials
  • Proven capabilities in leadership
  • People management
  • Commitment to Humanitarian Principles
  • Behavioral Flexibility
  • Result and quality orientation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Excellent self-motivation skills
  • Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and make medical decisions affecting the standard of care independently
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  • Excellent decision-making skills
  • Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building, public-private partnerships and project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret, technical and non-technical information in the English language
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in Arabic is desirable
  • Ability to travel, and live in remote area and insecure location

Other

International Medical Corps is a first responder to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations. The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and is committed to doing everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff members who have a high degree of resilience, extremely decisive qualities and the ability to move fast.