Health care in Danger Adviser
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
Nigeria
1d ago

Background

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence.

We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence.

We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Health Care in Danger is a Movement-wide initiative led by the ICRC aimed at reducing the incidence of violence and attacks against healthcare, as well as at mitigating the impact of such violence and attacks in countries affected by conflict and other emergencies.

While the initiative has a distinctly practical focus oriented towards making a tangible impact on the ground, it also makes use of the entire palette of approaches available to the ICRC and includes humanitarian diplomacy, community mobilization and research.

  • Its main objectives in the field are improving the behavior of weapon bearers by changing their doctrines and practice; improving the ways in which domestic legislation contributes to protecting healthcare by analyzing the laws and lobbying for amendments;
  • building resilience and preparedness of health systems to face violence; and, increasing the respect of the general population towards healthcare through behavioral change campaigns.

    While the work of the Health Unit, especially through its field programming, contributes to the achievement of all these objectives, the focus is primarily on the building resilience and preparedness of health systems component.

    Purpose of the post

    As a highly multidisciplinary theme, HCiD is managed by a hybrid team part of which is based in the Directorate of Operations and part of which is dispersed across various specialized units in the ICRC HQ.

    The HCiD Health Advisor is part of the HCiD team and works 100% on HCiD, but is located within the ICRC Health Unit. As such this position ensures that ICRC’s efforts to protect healthcare workers worldwide benefit from the expert knowledge and operational expertise vested in the Health Unit while contributing to the practical implementation of HCiD objectives in ICRC field operations.

    It also contributes to ensuring that the security of ICRC Health staff in the field is enhanced by learnings from the HCiD initiative.

    The primary responsibilities of this post are two-fold :

  • Walking the talk on HCiD 50% - the ICRC has invested significantly in the design of policies and practical tools to improve the security of delivery and access to healthcare in countries affected by armed conflict and violence.
  • It has also invested in the promotion of these policies and tools towards the global healthcare community. To support responses related to security challenges facing ICRC’s own Health operations, as well as to remain credible in its advocacy, it is necessary for the ICRC to fully integrate HCiD tools within its health approach.

    The HCiD Health Adviser is responsible for determining a minimum package of tools, in collaboration with specialists from the Health Unit, Security and Crisis Management team and key delegations, and for ensuring its integration into internal guidelines working modalities.

  • Management and mobilization of the HCiD Community of Concern (CoC) 50% - since 2013 the ICRC has been convening a global community of professional healthcare associations, operational agencies and academics around the issue of protection of healthcare.
  • The earlier global efforts were focused on multilateral diplomacy and global awareness. With the focus shifting towards practical implementation on the ground, the role of the HCiD Health Advisor is to work with members of the global HCiD Community of Concern, delegations and regional teams to grow regional and national Communities of Concern in order to foster joint action as determined by the HCiD Theory of Change.

    Main duties and responsibilities

  • Serves as the Health Unit’s referent point for HCiD vis-à-vis ICRC’s health workforce and as such provides advise, guidance and mentoring;
  • Maps and measures security challenges to health programming in the field and promotes HCiD tools adequate to address them;
  • Monitors implementation of HCiD measures by Health programming in the field -in coordination with Health Heads of Sector;
  • Liaises with SCMS to assure complementarity between HCiD and Security and Crisis Management team approaches to security of ICRC Health programming in the field;
  • Mobilizes and accompanies Health colleagues in delegations to contribute to the overall HCiD approach and advises Health Coordinators on the integration of HCiD into the Planning for Results;
  • Reviews and revises programmatic guidance to assure integration of HCiD in alignment with existing health data collection tools;
  • Supports reporting by delegations on HCiD-related indicators in relevant MADs;
  • Serves as the main liaison to the members of the global HCiD Community of Concern;
  • Represents the ICRC on HCiD in global and regional health-related forums;
  • Works with global CoC members to promote HCiD tools towards and through their constituents;
  • Maps and networks with relevant health organizations as per the needs of the HCiD initiative and in support of field operational planning;
  • Supports the HCiD team in organizing HCiD regional meetings by mobilizing adequate CoC constituents and other relevant (health) organizations;
  • Maps delegation efforts to mobilize local actors in national / local HCiD CoCs and draws lessons to improve practice;
  • Supports delegations in building national / local CoCs by providing contacts and guidance.
  • Reporting lines

    Management : Deputy Head of Health

    The position is embedded in the Health Unit and reports directly to the Deputy Head of Health, who is ultimately responsible for objective setting and performance appraisal.

    S / he is also responsible for the approval and guidance regarding the integration of HCiD in Health documentation and programming.

    S / he provides advice on coordination between Health programming in the field and national Communities of Concern.

    Technical : Head of HCiD

    The Head of HCiD is responsible for the technical content of HCiD tools promoted within Health and provides guidance and assures accountability on coordination of Community of Concern.

    S / he assures transparency and coordination between the HCiD Health Advisor and all other members of the HCiD team.

    While this structure requires alignment and coordination between the Deputy Head of Health and the Head of HCiD, it is the HCiD Health Advisor that is responsible for maintaining the flow of information on day-

    to-day business between the HCiD team and the Health Unit.

    Education and experience required

  • Proven profesionnla experience and strong background in public health, global health, health systems, health management or humanitarian health with proven work with / or alongside clinical teams;
  • Clinical background, a strong asset;
  • Work experience with the ICRC is a must. Both at field and HQ level a strong asset;
  • Fluent English (both written and oral). French, Russian, Arabic or Spanish an asset;
  • Desired profile and skills

  • Strong communication skills engaging public speaker and accomplished writer;
  • Excellent inter-personnal skills and proven ability to motivate and mobilize peers and external partners;
  • Capacity to be analytical, creative, innovative, and able to convert concepts into practical action;
  • Proven ability to strategize and provide long-term vision on complex issues;
  • Ability to work on multidisciplinary issues and experience in negotiating across interests while coordinating with numerous internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to work under pressure and subject to tight deadlines;
  • Availability to travel. Nationality restrictions may apply.
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