Epidemic Preparedness Delegate

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The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world,

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Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking an Epidemic Preparedness Delegate for secondment to the Belgian Red Cross – Flanders for a regional project on disaster preparedness (including Epidemic preparedness) in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Reporting to the Belgian Red Cross – Flanders (BRC-FL), with a technical reporting line to the Global Health Unit of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC), the Epidemic Preparedness Delegate will be responsible for overseeing the planning, start up and implementation of the community epidemic preparedness component of the BRC-FL’s “Enhancing community resilience to epidemics and hydro-meteorological hazards in the African Great Lakes region” project. This project will use a three-pronged approach to build communities’ capacities for prevention/mitigation, early warning, and early response to disease outbreaks and human made hazards in Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Different tools will be used for the Epidemic Preparedness components of the project, like community-based health and first aid (CBHFA), Epidemic Control for volunteers (ECV), Community-based Surveillance (CBS) and other tools to ensure epidemic prevention & preparedness at the community level. The Delegate will be responsible for guiding and overseeing the start-up of the epidemic preparedness components of the project including developing project documentation, preparing work plans, supporting BRC-FL and the Ugandan, Rwandan and Tanzanian Red Cross Societies to implement planned activities, overseeing regular monitoring of project outcomes, provide training, and ensuring adequate reporting according to agreed deadlines. The Delegate will also be responsible for budget oversight and monitoring of spending against the agreed budget. On technical issues, the Delegate will confer regularly with members of CRC’s Global Health Unit in Ottawa to ensure quality of program technical interventions. The Delegate will maintain a positive working relationship with all Host National Societies, and facilitate coordination and collaboration between with the HNS’s, as well as other members of the Red Cross Movement (IFRC, ICRC, PNS’s), humanitarian organizations and governmental bodies as required.


Program Planning and Design

  • Together with partners develop project documentation for community epidemic preparedness interventions in the project area based on the preliminary assessments and available documents.

  • Fine tune the activity plan for the community epidemic preparedness component of the project, and prepare detailed work plans for each of the three countries.

  • Develop, review and adjust the monitoring tools for the community epidemic preparedness component accordingly.

  • Actively ensure integrations and links between Epidemic and DRR components of the project

  • Liaise and work collaboratively with CRC’s Global Health Unit on the technical components of the project’s design including work planning.

Project Implementation

  • Support BRC-FL and the HNS’s in the timely implementation of the planned activities, including but not limited to technical review and advice, course corrections as necessary, coaching and mentoring of HNS staff and volunteers.

  • Ensure that project activities are implemented in accordance with the agreed project documents and that donor requirements are fulfilled.

  • Provide technical support to different project activities related to community Epidemic Preparedness including Community-Based Health and Frist Aid (CBHFA), Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV), Community-based Surveillance (CBS) and other related activities.

  • Provide regular updates on progress to the Focal Point, DRR, BRC-FL and Global Health Unit CRC, and provide early alerts related to issues that may impact delivery of results.

  • Oversee procurement for the epidemic preparedness project component in close cooperation with respective departments of HNS and BRC-FL; enforce procurement procedures and document the procurements accordingly.

  • Ensure that all activities and procurements in the assigned project area are in line with HNS standards and regulations as well as according to the national law. Supervise the application of such guidelines and laws in all tendering and procurement activities.

  • Ensure the project is coordinated with and complementary to the work of other RCM partners and where possible, other external stakeholders including respective governments.

Budget and Financial Oversight

  • Fine tune the budgets of the epidemic preparedness components of the project.

  • Assume budget responsibility for the epidemic preparedness component and formulate suggestions for budget adaptations according to arising needs.

  • Submit cash requests to the BRC-FL as required by the project and in accordance with BRC-FL guidelines.

  • Carry out budget oversight for the epidemic preparedness components and manage and plan the financial expenditures of the project according to the agreed budget; ensure that all financial resources are used cost-effectively and in a transparent way, and that donor requirements are fulfilled.

  • Ensure appropriate financial monitoring procedures are in place, and immediately notify BRC-FL in case of any irregularities.

Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Safeguard the regular collection and analysis of field data for statistical and project control purposes and oversee regular monitoring of project outcomes, results and activities through a proper M&E system according to the requirements of HNS and BRC-FL.

  • Ensure adequate reporting, meeting implementation and reporting deadlines; ensuring in particular timely narrative reporting to BRC-FL (progress reports) and back-donors in the respective formats.

  • Conduct continuous assessments and identify needs and possibilities for new approaches and or interventions where necessary.

  • Conduct regular field monitoring visits to assess and verify quality and progress of activities towards goals, provide technical/managerial backstopping, and assist in troubleshooting of impediments to implementation.

  • Facilitate the elaboration of PR material (project description, photos, beneficiary stories etc.) to be used by consortium members’ press and marketing departments.


Education and Experience

  • Medical, clinical or health university degree or equivalent education

  • Master or post-graduate degree in public health / global health or related field is an asset

  • Minimum 5 years working experience in the humanitarian or development sector with a focus on epidemic preparedness, community health and/or health promotion

  • At least 3 years’ experience in addressing epidemic control and/or community health in developing countries

  • Demonstrated experience in technical support and monitoring of epidemic control and community-based health programs

  • Experience in applying gender and diversity mainstreaming in health programming

  • Experience with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and its tools in Community-Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA), Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV) and Community-based surveillance (CBS) is an asset

  • Experience in emergency health is an asset

Skills and Attributes

  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English are essential. Capacity in other Red Cross official languages (French, Arabic and Spanish) is an asset

  • Resilience and adaptability to changing circumstances and an evolving environment

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex information and communicate it to a variety of audiences

  • Strong coaching, facilitation and training skills are assets

  • Computer literacy

  • Committed to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion guidelines

Working conditions

This is an unaccompanied position based in Kampala, Uganda, with frequent travel to other regions in Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Uganda suffers from a lack of basic infrastructure and social services and a significant percentage of the population lives in poverty. The security situation is considered volatile and unpredictable. Security rules and regulations are outlined by IFRC whom the CRC comes under for security and must be adhered to.

This is a field-based position. Working in countries of operation is very demanding, both physically and psychologically. Difficult working conditions are expected, including the following:

  • Issues of access and mobility due to the dynamic nature of an emergency situation and proximity to conflict-affected area.

  • Long hours of work in a demanding context with limited resources.

  • The ability to work in a high risk, fluid and evolving situation may be required, as is the ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions.

  • Basic living conditions that may include intermittent electricity, Internet and other basic services

  • CRC supports a safe working environment and comfortable accommodation, however, as in all contexts, delegates must be aware and responsible for their personal safety and that of employees under their supervision.

  • In some contexts, legal frameworks and institutions to enforce the rule of law are largely undeveloped.

  • In some remote areas access to healthcare could be limited or non-existent.

  • All CRC delegates must be cleared by the Travel Health Team with full medical and vaccination clearance.

How to apply

If you have what we are looking for and looking to make a difference, apply HERE. We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We welcome applications from all applicants particularly Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values.

Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.


If you have what we are looking for and looking to make a difference, apply HERE. We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.