IFRC recruits 01 Safe And Dignified Burials (Sdb) Ecumr Delegate
SAFE AND DIGNIFIED BURIALS (SDB) ECUMR Delegate
Strong candidate identified
Closing date (Geneva time zone):05-07-2019
Duty station:North Kivu – DRC
Country:CONGO, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE
Duty station status: Non Family Duty Station
Accompanied status: Non-Accompanied
Category of Staff: Delegate
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 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 or “the Federation”) is the World’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 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.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. Ebola is endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In May 2018, the DRC Ministry of Health (MoH) officially declared the 9th epidemic of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Equateur province. This was the ninth Ebola outbreak in the country, and the first in the province. The humanitarian community, including the Red Cross and Red Cross Crescent partners, quickly mobilized resources to face this new EVD outbreak and on 25 July the outbreak was officially declared over. This epidemic caused a total of 33 deaths for 54 cases reported (38 confirmed and 16 probable) in three affected health zones of Wangata (Mbandaka), Bikoro and Itipo. One of the key Red Cross response during the active outbreak phase was SDBs. Over 100 RC volunteers were trained in SDB and teams responded to over 80 SDB alerts. On the 1st August the MoH officially declared a new EVD outbreak in Mabalako Health Zone, Beni territory. Following an alert from the North Kivu Provincial Health authority about a cluster of cases in Mangina end of July 2018, four samples out of six tested positive for EVD. On 6 August 2018, the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) confirmed by genetic sequencing that this latest outbreak is caused by the Zaire ebolavirus species and is not connected to the recent outbreak in Equateur Province. As of 26 April 2019, a total of 1,396 EVD cases have been reported in the region, 1,330 of which have been confirmed and 66 which are probable. Confirmed or probable cases are localized to five health zones in North Kivu, and one neighboring health zone in Ituri Province.
The SDB ECUMR delegate is expected to support the Red Cross Ebola operation in planning, coordinating and supporting the implementation of the SDB activities during the response phase of the current 10th epidemic as well as transition phase post-epidemic. The role has a strong focus on quality control and building further SDB capacities at national and provincial levels to be able expand the response in case of further spread and in future outbreaks.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Build capacity for DRC RC to deploy trained SDB teams – Train SBD teams and prepare them for mobilisation if required by DRC RC.
Ensure planning, quality and safe implementation and reporting of the RC SDB activities related to 10th EVD outbreak.
Ensure SOP protocols are in place, updated and followed.
Logistic planning for SDB teams – Ensure adequate materials, equipment and vehicles are in place for SDB teams.
Monitor the quality and effectiveness of the SDB activities – Ensure any challenges or obstacles to the implementation of safe, quality SDB activities are reported immediately to operation management according to protocols.
Provide technical advise to DRC RC and partners in issues related to SDB.
Support DRC RC in preparedness planning to be able to rapidly start SDB implementation in potential new outbreak areas
Support DRC RC in operationalising the preparedness plan (clear processes, training of SDB teams, ensuring contingency stocs of SDB materials etc.)
Knowledge management and organisational learning
Identify and document good practices and lessons learnt.
Contribute to community engagement and documenting community feedback – collaborate with risk communications department at times when this intersects with SDB activities.
Promote the collaboration between DRC RC, the Ministry of Health and other pertinent government sector partners.
Represent the RC/IFRC in technical meetings, conferences, seminars and forums to well position RC in SDB.
Strengthen the communication, cooperation and coordination with other movement partners including ICRC
NS capacity building
Support DRC RC in emergency health preparedness and response specifically related to SDB capacity consistent with their mandate and roles agreed with national authorities related to epidemics.
Provide technical support to development of core capacities in the provinces in terms of preparedness and response to the epidemics.
Degree level in health or Social Sciences
Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or other relevant Public health subject(Preferred)
IFRC Training Course on PHE, CBHFA, ECV, CEA or equivalent knowledge and experience(Preferred)
Management of organizing and implementing SDB operations
Experience in training of staff, volunteers and capacity building by mentoring and coaching individuals and groups, as appropriate
Experience in social mobilization issues (Preferred)
Experience in working with other cultures (Preferred)
Knowledge, skills and languages
Knowledge of good practices in participatory methodology, program planning and design, monitoring and evaluation, learning, and accountability
Good organizational skills
Good analytic and computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) Preferred
Capable of influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control, as a member of multinational team, and managing remote relationships to achieve results
Highly motivated, self-starter able to lead a process, engage others and create ownership
Flexible and willing to deal with ambiguity, changes and challenges
Able to prioritize work, multi-task and meet deadlines
Willing to travel and operate in a demanding working environment
Fluent spoken and written English (Preferred)
Fluent spoken and written French (Required)
Competencies and values
National Society relations
Strategic orientation – Communication – Teamwork
Professionalism – Integrity – Diversity
Results focus and accountability
Duration: 1,5 months (with extension possibility)
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.