Senior Health Project Officer (SHPO)

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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.

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Job description

Job Title

Senior Health Project Officer (SHPO)

Classification Level

Grade 7

Duration

12 months

Organizational Unit/Duty Station (Department/Zone Office/Delegation, etc)

Canadian Red Cross Delegation Nepal – working under IFRC delegation in Nepal

Immediate Supervisor’s Title

Health Programme Manager (HPM)

Technical Manager’s Title (if applicable)

Health Programme Manager

Number of Direct Reports (if applicable)

N/A

Number of Indirect Reports (if applicable)


Organizational context (where the job is located in the Organization)

Reporting to the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) Health Programme Manager (HPM), the Senior Health Project Officer (SHPO) is the CRC staff in Nepal responsible for CRC’s project management and technical support to Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) health programming based on NRCS, Red Cross Movement and CRC strategy and priorities. The SHPO will coordinate directly with the HPM to ensure that CRC programs are implemented efficiently and effectively, framed by CRC IO Strategy 2020 (S2020), and CRC’s commitment to deliver in the Last Mile.

CRC partnerships in Nepal began with the arrival of the CRC health ERU (Field Hospital) in response to the April 2015 EQ. CRC supported NRCS, and the Red Cross Movements (RCM), in the emergency response as well as the integrated recovery programming of NRCS, the Earthquake Response Operation (ERO) and COVID response since 2020. Partnerships and collaborations are at the core of CRC’s program delivery in Nepal. As such, multilateral and bilateral projects in Nepal which include partnerships with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), and Partner National Societies (PNSs).

CRC is also committed to support NRCS’s long-term health programs with a vision to build the institutional capacity of NRCS within Nepal’s national health system. CRC and NRCS also partners with academic institutions in Canada (including Centre for Global Surgery of the McGill University Health Centre), hospitals (including Dhulikhel Hospital and Bir Hospital) and the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) in Nepal to deliver long-term health-related programs.

CRC is working closely with NRCS to support health programming (Comprehensive Community Based Health Program (CCBHP), Rural Emergency and Trauma System Strengthening (RETSS) and COVID response based on NRCS priorities and engagement with Red Cross Movement (RCM) partners (IFRC, ICRC and PNSs). The Senior Health Project Officer is based in CRC Country Office in Kathmandu with regular missions to program areas.

Job purpose

The Senior Health Project Officer will support the Health Programme Manager and the NRCS in implementation, monitoring and reporting of the CRC project such as the Covid-19 response Comprehensive Community based Health Program (CCBHP), Rural Emergency and Trauma Systems Strengthening (RETSS) Project as per project documents; log frame; budget, action plans; NRCS policies; national guidelines and donor requirements. The Senior Health Project Officer will provide technical support and actively work jointly with NRCS to achieve the projects goals to improve the health and well-being  by increasing the quality of health services in communities and health facilities.

The Senior Health Project Officer will work with the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Office and reports to Health Programme Manager of the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Office. The Senior Health Project Officer will work with the Senior Finance Officer to prepare, review, and finalize project budgets and reports as per the requirement.

Job duties and responsibilities

Project Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and provide technical support to the NRCS team to implement CRC supported health projects (RETSS project, CCBHP and COVID response)
  • Assist the Programme Manager to ensure the project implementation is in line with the programme/project documents, agreements, log frame, budget, and monthly, quarterly, and annual plans.
  • Ensure that programme activities operate within the policies and procedures of NRCS, donor and comply with all relevant legislative and professional standards.
  • Support NRCS to develop strategies and implementation plans ensuring consistent application of Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA), Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI), PGI (Protection, Gender, and
  • Inclusion) and Child Protection policies
  • Strengthen accountability to beneficiaries and ensure each stage of activities considers gender, diversity, and vulnerable group as per NRCS guidelines.
  • Facilitate the review of training curriculum, methodologies, implementation of training courses as required specific to the RETSS project.
  • Support the NRCS project focal person to coordinate and work closely with relevant stakeholders and consultants in the designing of a Basic Live Support (BLS) curriculum including development of training materials and ro lling out the training at provincial level.
  • Provide technical support to NRCS team in implementation of Primary Trauma Care (PTC), Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) and other relevant trainings as outlined in the project documents.
  • Assist the NRCS focal person in procuring medical supplies, upgrading the ambulances, and linking them to the ambulance dispatch centre and liaise with ambulance management committees to ensure sustainability.
  • Provide technical support to NRCS team in development of NRCS Health Strategy plan, health operation plan and emergency health preparedness and response framework. Provide technical support to NRCS to conduct projects baseline, end line survey.
  • Provide technical support to NRCS/IFRC and PNSs to manage COVID response through designing, planning budgets, activities and deployment whenever required.
  • Carry out monitoring visits to project sites together with NRCS team, communicate technical programme performance and advise NRCS and CRC on technical issues that could adversely impact programming.
  • Support NRCS on budget forecast.
  • Provide advice and follow-up to NRCS regarding the development and timely submission of narrative and projects reports, updates and communication materials as required in the project.
  • Monitor progress and quality of activities by undertaking regular field visits to project areas jointly with NRCS and provide structured feedback in a way that can improve activity progress and impact.
  • Work with the PMEAL team to develop the baseline, end line, mid-term review and reporting tools and templates as per project workplan.
  • Coordinate with NRCS team to ensure timely and quality and quantitative data collection in coordination with the
  • PMEAL team, data analysis and submission of project reports in standard format.
  • Support the identification and formulation of project proposals, including preparation of concept papers, project applications, budgets, and support assessment missions.
  • Contributes technically to the review of programme reports with NRCS and programme team.
  • Support Health Programme Manager to liaise with NRCS Health Service Department in the implementation of the projects supported by CRC.
  • Facilitate visits, internal/external missions/reviews, evaluations from partners, donors and consultants in coordination with the Health Programme Manager
  • Support in developing plans for a successful exit strategy and/or handover of sector-specific activities.
  • Assist the Health Programme Manager in compiling institutional donor proposals and reports as and when required.
  • Document good practices, knowledge management, institutional learning, and technical innovations
  • Work with colleagues to ensure coherence and communication across all consortium programmes.
  • Provide support to the Health Programme Manager to increase the capacity of NRCS team in new health programming.
  • Provide support to NRCS and other relevant stakeholders in research initiatives.
  • Review the financial reports obtained from NRCS and seek clarification for any anomaly in coordination with SFO.

COVID Preparedness and Response

  • Support HPM to ensure that the design and implementation of CRC COVID Response Operation is based on frameworks and approaches that are consistent with MOHP guidelines, as well as IFRC/CRC policies, procedures, and tools.
  • Provide technical support to Nepal Red Cross Society Health Service Department for Covid preparedness and response not limited to activities planning, budgeting, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Support NRCS project team in execution of Community Based Surveillance (CBS), Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), Case Investigation and Contract Tracing (CICT), Red Cross Emergency Clinic (RCEC) mobilization, Isolation Center establishment etc.
  • Support NRCS project team to ensure smooth implementation of Covid response activities in specific districts and municipalities.
  • Support for identification, documentation, and dissemination of good practices/case stories related to CRC COVID response support in collaboration with the NRCS.
  • Support Health Programme Manager in liaison with Ministry of Health and Population, National Health  Emergency Operation Center, Department of Health Service, United Nations agencies and other I/NGOs working in health sector.
  • Support Health Programme Manager to plan and develop webinar sessions, guidelines, survey, proposals related to COVID 19.
  • Participate on different COVID task force meetings to share information and address emerging issues.
  • Support to manage COVID-19 safe workplace.

Partnership and Coordination

  • Ensure synergies in projects and coordinate and share learning across projects.
  • Support to develop and maintain partnerships with the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) National Health Emergency Operation Center (NHEOC), National Health Training Center (NHTC), Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), Family Welfare Division (FWD), provincial Health Emergency Operation Center (PHEOC, Health Offices, Municipalities as required to support implementation of the CRC supported projects.
  • Provide technical guidance to NRCS on practices, quality standards and policies, government, humanitarian, and RC/RC Movement.
  • Support NRCS in ensuring proper representation in formal and informal government/cluster/RCRC Network/sector coordination meetings, to ensure proper coordination and information sharing.
  • Support Health Programme Manager in effective coordination and liaison with key stakeholders including authorities, local and international organisation, and UN-agencies as relevant.
  • Coordinate and liaise with relevant government agencies and partners in Nepal as assigned by the Health Programme Manager.
  • Participate in meetings, seminars, workshop, and other relevant events as requested by the Health Programme Manager.
  • Liaises and work in close collaboration with CRC National office project team and advisors and with national and international academic partners as agreed with the Health Programme Manager.

Capacity Building

  • Support strengthening of capacities of NRCS staff and volunteers through regular interaction, mentoring, formal and informal (on-the-job) training and monitoring.
  • Contribute to the development of NRCS monitoring and evaluation and data systems management capacity, procedures, tools, associated methodologies and key documents to ensure standardization in evaluation and reporting practices.
  • Provide support to NRCS with respect to planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of activities.
  • Provide advice and follow-up to NRCS regarding the preparation and submission of programme/project reports.
  • Provide technical and capacity building support including supervision, training, and mentoring of staff in planning, management, and implementation of projects/programmes.
  • Work directly with NRCS counterpart to enhance adherence to and implementation of the Core Humanitarian Standard, Red Cross Principles, gender equity and social inclusion best practice in disaster contexts.
  • Provide technical support to NRCS counterpart in development of the necessary technical documents.
  • Support NRCS with facilitation of events/workshops as per project needs.

Other Tasks

  • Provide support to NRCS in the event of any disaster and subsequent response operations.
  • Any other tasks specific to this position to be identified and agreed upon by the job holder and line-manager.
  • Represent the CRC with partners, especially on the topic of health as asked by HPM

Duties applicable to all staff

1.

Work towards the achievement of the IFRC goals through effective managerial and lateral relationship and teamwork.

2. 

Produce timely reports based on defined templates and indicators.

3.

Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross/Red Crescent fundamental principles and code of conduct.

4. 

Perform other work-related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the line manager.

Position Requirements

Education 

Required

Preferred

Master’s degree in public health, Nursing, or a relevant subject 

X


Master’s degree in Public Health with clinical background


X

Experience

Required

Preferred

Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in fields related to public health, health care delivery, health system strengthening, disease outbreak management, pre-hospital care initiatives etc. 

X


Demonstrated experience in coordination of health projects with the Ministry of Health and population, typically the Department of Health Services (EDCD, NHTC, FWD etc)

X


Substantial experience in working in partnership with local government and stakeholders

X


Demonstrated experience in working with clinical health teams


X

Experience of working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement


X

Experience in international NGO, development organizations and/or humanitarian aid in emergency response setting

X


Demonstrated experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation of health care delivery/services

X


Experience in project cycle management including proposal development, budgeting, and reporting, monitoring and evaluation

X


Demonstrated experience in working with Results-Based Management and PMEAL framework

X


Demonstrated experience in using community-based and participatory approaches

X


Previous experience in capacity-building initiatives and project start-ups


X

Demonstrated ability to adapt and work effectively in dynamic and demanding operational environment

X


Demonstrated ability to adapt and work effectively in dynamic and demanding operational environment

X


Experience working with vulnerable and marginalised groups


X

Demonstrated experience with local partner capacity building/mentoring preferred.


X

Experience working on PGIE and CEA

X


Knowledge and Skills

Required

Preferred

Strong knowledge related to Government health system, health plan, policies, guidelines, and ongoing health sector reform process

X


Good understanding of humanitarian context and ability to deploy in disaster and emergencies to provide health services

X


Good knowledge and skills on Community based surveillance (CBS) system, Infection prevention and control, Case investigation and contract tracing

X


Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and achieve results through collaboration

X


Knowledge on Core Humanitarian Standards


X

Demonstrate an awareness and commitment to GESI, CEA, PSI, Child Protection, and other key policies

X


Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

X


Demonstrated ability to adapt and work effectively in dynamic and demanding operational environments and sometimes under pressure

X


Excellent analytical, team working and communication skills

X


Able to communicate and negotiate clearly, effectively, and appropriately with internal and external stakeholders

X


Ability to work independently and with minimum guidance

X


Excellent written/verbal communication skills

X


Flexibility, motivation, honest, reliable, and cultural awareness

X


Excellent facilitation skills

X


Excellent computer skills, particularly in MS Office

X


Flexible in approach and have a cultural sensitivity

X


Languages

Required

Preferred

Excellent oral and written English and Nepali

X


Other relevant language


X

Competencies (to be filled in by HR)



Integrity, team building, credibility, motivation, honest, reliable, and cultural awareness



Job Overview

Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Contract
Position Level Senior Level
Experience 5+ years
Education M.P.H. (Masters in Public Health)
Posted Date 04 Jun, 2021
Apply Before 20 Jun, 2021
City Kathmandu