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Health Delegate


                           Job description
Position title:     Health Delegate
Project Title:     Relief & Recovery Operation
Status: starting up/ ongoing/ finalization  Ongoing
\Organisation:     Netherlands Red Cross
Location/ Country of assignment: 3/4 in Jacmel and Leogane and; 1/4 in Port  au Prince /HAITI
Time period:     6 months with possibility of extension

The Netherlands Red Cross is currently looking for two health delegates to strengthen its operation in Haiti.
Staring date: as soon as possible.

The overview of the operation
As a consequence of that unprecedented Haiti earthquake of 12th January 2010, over 222.570 people have died, 300.572 injured and a staggering 2.3 million (approx. one quarter of the population) displaced.
The first response of the Netherlands Red Cross to the January 2010 Earthquake was done through the federation of the red cross red crescent movement and managed by the ERU (Emergency Response Unit). It has consisted of assistance in cash pledged to the federation, delegates’ deployment and distribution of food and non-food items.
 
The second response has been a six months shelters program which was implemented in one of the epicentre of the earthquake regions called Petit Goave. The programme was funded by ECHO and executed in collaboration with the French Red Cross).
 
Three months ago, a bilateral programme has started. It mainly consists of providing water and sanitation initiatives to reduce the spread of water-borne disease in two departments of Jacmel, in the southeast and Leogane just a few kilometres from Port au Prince.
Currently the emergency situation is increasing and being aggravated by the October 2010 cholera outbreak. Nowadays, officials report a death toll of 1.344 and an estimation number of 57.000 sickened people while international health officials predicted that the scale of Haiti's cholera epidemic will exceed initial estimates of 200,000 over the coming months. Confronted with this sad reality, the programme in being extended to a cholera response which might take a period of around six months.
In addition, a long-term HIV/Aids programme will be running parallel to these emergency-early recovery operations.
 
Summary Statement of Responsibilities
 
Reporting to the NLRC Country Manager in Port au Prince, the Public Health delegate will be responsible for supporting the implementation and monitoring the Integrated Health, Water and Sanitation health component closely with the Haitian Red Cross Branch. For the Watsan part the delegate works in team with the NLRC watsan delegate in Leogane and Jacmel. This programme includes a primary health care and watsan programme health component.
 
Overall Duties
 
• Work towards the achievement of National Red Cross Society goals in the country of operation through effective managerial and lateral relations and teamwork.
• Ensure understanding of roles, responsibilities, lateral relationships and accountabilities.
• Perform other work related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor.
• To uphold the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross / Red Crescent movement and comply with the Code of Conduct and policies.

Key Responsibilities
 
• Support the implementation and monitoring of the projects according to NLRC project and donor guidelines. All aspects and activities of the program are owned by the HRC and therefore must be planned and implemented through and in consultation with them;
• Coordinate and support activities related to the primary health care through a capacity building programme for two health centres; and the software of watsan programme.
• Support and advise the functioning of the HRC health programme team.
• Support the HRC in the coaching of community structures including volunteers and hygiene promoters in the application of Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) and other participatory techniques respectful of local culture;
• Communicate and report on progress of designed activities
• Ensure good integration at branch level the implementation of health, watsan, and any other related activities taking place in the communities;
• Ensure good coordination with other organisations, where possible seek a holistic manner of planning and management at branch level;
• Maintain an effective working relationship with Movement partners, local authorities, MoH, and NGO’s at field level concerning the health project/components;
• Support the development of a NLRC strategy for Haiti Jacmel branch.
 
Qualifications
 
Required Qualifications:

• Minimum 5 years experience and adequate professional qualification in public health with strong expertise in community based approaches; and with HIV/Aids programmes.
• Good communication skills: fluent in French and English compulsory (Creole is an important asset).
• Good mental and physical health, able to work in an isolated environment
• Experience in working in rural areas ideally in a post-natural disasters environment;
• Good programme management skills, including planning, monitoring and reporting;
• Good reporting skills, narrative and financial;
• Experience in managing, motivating, training and development of staff;
• Able to coordinate with authorities/other NGO partners;
• Self-supporting in computers (good knowledge of Windows, spreadsheets, word processing);
• Culturally sensitive.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in working for the Movement;
• Basic Training Course (BTC) and/or WORC.

Key Working Relationships
Internal: Canadian Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross, Haitian Red Cross, cooperation with the federation in general
External:   Ministry of Health, UN Agencies representatives (UNICEF, WFP), other NGO.
Applications
Please send your English CV + short letter of motivation before 20 March 2011 to the following address: sollicitaties@redcross.nl  Competition number 15
For more information about the position you can contact Ms Marie Louise Fillekes + 31 70 44 55 761.