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NorCross Regional Health Advisor - Africa


Norwegian Red Cross is a member of the world wide Red Cross Movement working in the fields of relief and assistance and the development of sister Red Cross Societies. Norwegian Red Cross has established regional and country representations, to ensure proximity to key partner Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies as well as donors and international partners.
The Regional Health Advisor Africa has an important role in supporting NorCross long term health programs, with quality assurance of reports and field activities of the NorCross. The position holder will also contribute to the NorCross support to our Red Cross Movement partners Emergency response, with advise on NorCross support to the Federations Emergency Appeals.
This implies to identify and analyse public health threats arising in Africa, slow onset emergencies and to develop response strategies and advise Country Managers and Partner National Societies accordingly. This includes communicable diseases and outbreaks associated with naturally or man-made disasters and crises.
The Regional Health Advisor must be available for short notice, short term assessment missions when needed/requested in order to advise on NorCross support to the Federation and partner National Societies Emergency Appeals.
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Main responsibilities: **
-Support and advise Norcross Country Managers and partner Red Cross National Societies; ensure quality of program development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting through frequent field visits to the programs.
-Contribute to technical discussions and coordination vis a vis Health Advisor and Public health in Emergencies Coordinator at HQ, Health Coordinators and delegates in other regions and the wider Africa team
-Maintain in-depth knowledge of Red Cross/Red Crescent health activities within the relevant contexts
-In close coordination with the Africa team, develop and maintain networks and partnerships with relevant national and international partners and organizations.
-Brief and debrief delegates
-Ensure coherence with other relevant NorCross policies such as gender, corruption and fraud, etc.
-Monitor developments in public health in emergencies, in- and outside the RC Movement, in specific monitoring of epidemiological data, health indicators, risks, disaster and disease patterns for analysis and early detection of health concerns, disease outbreaks or epidemics in the Region
-Participate in (inter-)national conferences and working groups related to area of responsibility
Qualifications and Personal Skills we are looking for:
  • A Master’s Degree in Public Health is a minimum requirement.
-Minimum 3 years work experience in international emergency assistance
-Field experience of working for a minimum of 3 years in a development country, preferably with the RC Movement
-Willingness to travel up to 70% of the time
Skills and Knowledge:
-Advanced knowledge of Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement
-Advanced knowledge of humanitarian field work
-Advanced knowledge of project management
-Intermediate knowledge of relevant IT tools and systems
-Knowledge of gender and diversity considerations in humanitarian contexts
-Language: Fluent written and oral skills in English and French is a must
We offer: -A meaningful job in the world's largest humanitarian organization
-Valuable field experience
-Salary/benefits according to the Norwegian Red Cross’ salary system and relevant qualifications
-Contract period: 24 months starting as soon as possible. Preferably 1st June 2016
-Family posting: Yes
-Position involves strong field presence so great mobility required
If you have any questions, please contact Marcos Diaz, Regional Representative Africa, Marcos.diaz@redcross.no

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