The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services. The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat. The global impact of COVID-19 has already been significant, and it represents the most serious global health threat resulting from a respiratory virus, since the 1918 influenza pandemic. IFRC has been actively responding to the outbreak by focusing on both preparedness and response. The IFRC has launched a global appeal that focuses on preparedness and response across all regions. Regular medical services were not immunized as well and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected provision, access and quality of medical services at various levels and degrees in MENA region. The health delegate-medical services position will be part of the health and care unit working with other colleagues in the IFRC-MENA regional office to provide tailored and quality technical support to various aspects of the medical services that NSs, PNSs, and IFRC are engaged in.
The health delegate - Medical Services will be responsible to support medical services of all national societies who own and operate medical services in the MENA region and assure quality of these services are guided by the international and national standardizations, the IFRC health global framework 2030, MENA Plan and Budget 2021. The medical services delegate will work closely with national societies and PNSs on strengthening the medical services provided at different levels including mobile clinics and teams, primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare and other relevant services.
The Unit is working on the improvement of quality and effectiveness of the RC/RC health and care activities for the in the region by developing and setting up standardized medical and public health protocols, policies, minimum standards and guidelines adapted to the MENA and RC/RC context, with quality assurance mechanisms. Areas of concern include reproductive health, child health and integrated management of childhood illnesses, trauma care, nutrition, prevention and control of communicable disease, management of non-communicable diseases, infection prevention control (IPC), preventive and community health, mental health, and psychosocial support (MHPSS).
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Under the leadership of the MENA health and care team unit the health delegate, Medical Service will be leading the following:
1- Technical support to National Societies (40%):
2- Regional program monitoring, quality assurance, and delivery of results:(40%)
Ensure NSs emergency health programming aligns with and considers the needs, capacities, strengths, and limitations of the host National Society while meeting humanitarian needs.
Coordinate health technical support and development of the potential medical intervention (including mobile health unit) adapted to the context of MENA to implement clinical response. This could include assessment, deployment, and installation support for health and medical mobile response mechanisms, supervision, training, and evaluation
Ensure health interventions are complementary to and/or feed into the broader health system, including NSs COVID-19 public health intervention (e.g., referral pathways) in line with the NSs country plans and EA priorities and health pillars.
Lead medical interventions, including clinical service provision, and disease prevention interventions addressing direct and secondary impact of COVID-19 pandemic in line with the COVID-19 EA priorities and health pillars.
Work closely with Program Quality Unit to ensuring monitoring and evaluation of Federation-wide health activities, by directly engaging and/or by promoting and overseeing the monitoring activities of the National Societies in the operational field in close collaboration with the PMER staff and country and cluster representatives
Work closely with Program Quality Unit to Support the development/piloting of Red Cross Red Crescent Health Information System (RCHIS) or equivalent health data in MENA NSs
Work closely with NSs in MENA region to enhance their reporting system (Templates, frequency, lines of reporting) for all medical services and how to synthesize, utilize, translate this data into evidence-based proven informative decisions.
Support NS to present their work and operations at national, regional, and international scientific platforms and encourage peer to peer learning between NSs in the region.
3- Coordination and health advocacy (20%)
Duties applicable to all staff
Knowledge, skills and languages
Fluently spoken and written English - Required
Highly Desirable: working knowledge of French and/or Arabic - Preferred
Competencies and values
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