Project Officer – Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

at Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted August 21, 2019
Category Social Services & Nonprofit
Job Type FULL_TIME
Currency UGX

Description

Title: Project Officer – Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (3 positions)

Deadline: 03rd Sept 2019

Grade UR 4
Project Report Director Health Services
Location Headquarter
Duration TBC
Date August 2019
BACKGROUND

With support from IFRC, URCS is implementing a USAID-funded program called Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program (CP3) in Kabale, Kamwenge and Bundibugyo. This program aims to build capacity of the communities and civil societies to be able to prevent, detect, respond and recover from epidemics/pandemics if they occur. The program will ensure that communities are at the center of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and play a significant role using the all-hazard, whole-of-society approach. This program will complement government health emergencies preparedness strategies and initiatives aimed at meeting obligations under Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the International Health Regulation (IHR).

Job Purpose:

The Manager Epidemic and Pandemic preparedness and response will be responsible for:

Developing work plans, financial plans and monitoring plans for the implementation of CP3;
Ensuring complementarity of CP3 actions with other URCS interventions;
Leading URCS’s policy development of an all-of-society, all-hazard approach to epidemic and pandemic risk mitigation;
Contributing to the development of a URCS strategy for epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response.
Leading the development of the National Society multi-sectoral framework for health risk management that will that will enhance capacity of URCS branches to prevent, detect early and mitigate impact of health emergencies.
Collaborating with disaster risk management, organizational and volunteer development teams in support of improved management of health emergencies.
Coordinate and serve as secretary of the multi-sectorial project steering committee.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Ensure timely and effective implementation of the CP3 project;
Ensure appropriate allocation and reporting of funds;
Lead in the design and roll out of surveillance guidelines, protocols, surveys and monitoring surveillance systems for detection, verification and local response to public health incidents across branches ensuring efficient data collection, correlation, analysis, interpretation, timely reporting and dissemination of information/alerts to all stakeholders;
Work with branches and volunteers to institute mechanism for disease outbreak surveillance guided by accurate data collection in collaboration with the districts, civil society, the media and health facilities;
Supervise and facilitate/co-facilitate the realization of risk mapping trainings at community levels for the subsequent development of risk management plans;
Coordinate the establishment of: functional health emergency response teams in branches; early warning systems for epidemic and pandemic; early detection and response to potential health risks including Zoonotic diseases;

Skills

Analytical Skills
Data analysis and reporting skills
Public speaking and presentation
Budgeting and budgetary control
Networking, alliance building and stakeholder management.
Negotiation skills.
Project Planning and Management
Team building and management.

Experience Requirements

Experience Minimum 3 years related experience, at the national and international levels implementation of public health program or surveillance, outbreak investigation and response;
Previous experience in implementation of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR).
Prior humanitarian working experience with recognized Humanitarian Organization or with an international Non-Governmental Organization with expertise in health emergencies response will be an added advantage;

Education Requirements

Post Graduate qualification in public Health, Community Health, International Health, Epidemiology, Health Information Management or Public Management of Communicable Diseases or a related field from a reputable institution;
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Medicine and Surgery or Veterinary Medicine/Science or a related field from a reputable institution.
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