Manager Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Response NGO Jobs – Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)

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Organisation: Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading humanitarian organization in Uganda. Since its inception in 1939 as a small women’s emergency organization, URCS has developed over the years into a formidable well-respected humanitarian agency. In 1941, it became a branch of the British Red Cross. The URCS was recognised by an “Act of Parliament in 1964” and admitted as a member of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1965.

Job Summary:  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.
  • Performance management for all the project staff to ensure performance according to set targets and timelines.

Key Duties and 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;
  • Develop appropriate contingency plans for building the capacity of communities to conduct surveillance, alert and respond to health emergencies in accordance with URCS response protocols;
  • Contribute to the management of the health department through participation in strategy development, research and learning initiatives, concept note development and developing abstracts on health issues;
  • Contribute to the development of the National Society Risk Communication Strategy;
  • Compile periodic reports and other ad-hoc reports;
  • Carry out broad consultations on policies, strategies, smart practices and approaches to national health security and related issues to support program development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results, and lead NS policy development in the area;
  • Participant in resource mobilization efforts as guided by URCS fundraising strategy;
  • Perform any other incident-specific duties assigned to you, as may be required by the supervisor;
  • Actively collaborate with all other URCS departments and colleagues;
  • Conduct frequent visits to the areas of implementation of CP3 project.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Uganda Red Cross Society Manager Epidemic and Pandemic preparedness and Response career opportunity must hold a 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.
  • At least three years of 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;
  • Working experience at field level with recognized Humanitarian Organization or with an Organization with expertise in health emergencies response   
  • Essential Knowledge and Sound knowledge and skills in database management and statistical analysis, monitoring and evaluation or public health information management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control, epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response with particular attention to application of an all-hazard approach in the context of the International Health Regulations (IHR), Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the use of event based and indicator based surveillance.
  • Knowledge of districts health infrastructure and systems. 
  • 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.

How to Apply:

All candidates should send their filled application forms, Download Here, and attach your academic transcripts and certificates. The filled application forms and academic transcripts and certificates can be e-mailed to; vacancies@redcrossug.org or hand delivered, and or by post to:

The Secretary General,

Uganda Red Cross Society,

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road,

P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.

Email to: vacancies@redcrossug.org

Deadline: 2nd September 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

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