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

Organisation: Uganda
Red Cross Society (URCS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Director
Health and Services
About US:
Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)
is the leading national humanitarian organization in Uganda and a member of the
International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The ICRC is an International
humanitarian institution which has a mandate to protect victims of
international and armed conflicts i.e. the wounded, refugees, civilians,
prisoners and other non-combatants.
About USAID Project
With support from IFRC, URCS
has secured funding support from USAID to implements nationwide community
epidemic and pandemic preparedness (CP3) program. This program is to 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 to
build the capacity and skill of communities, civil society organizations (CSO),
to support and complement government health emergencies preparedness strategies
and localizing United Nations’ (UN) initiatives aimed at meeting obligations
under Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the International Health
Job Summary: The Manager
Epidemic and Pandemic preparedness and response will be responsible for developing
work plans, budgets and monitoring plans for the implementation of CP3- epidemic
and pandemic preparedness program;
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Tasked
    with coordinating and supervising the implementation of the epidemic and
    pandemic preparedness program across the organization;
  • Leading
    URC’s policy development of an all-of-society, all-hazard approach to
    epidemic and pandemic risk mitigation;
  • Leading
    the development of a URCS strategy for epidemic and pandemic preparedness
    and response for branches in synergy of integration of other stakeholders’
  • Leading
    the building of an all-around National Society multi-sectoral framework
    for health risk management that will enable health risk analysis that will
    contribute to enhance the capacity of the branches to detect, prevent 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 multisector project steering committee.
  • Ensure
    timely and effective implementation of the CP3 project;
  • 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
    closely with branches and volunteers to institute mechanism for disease
    outbreak surveillance guided by accurate data collection in collaboration
    with civil society, the media and health facilities;
  • Coordinate
    the establishment of functional health emergency response teams in
    branches, early warning systems for epidemic and pandemic- prone branches
    diseases for early detection and response to potential hazards to
    infectious human and Zoonotic diseases;
  • Develop
    appropriate contingency plans for building the capacity of communities to
    conduce surveillance, alert and respond to health emergencies in
    accordance with the NS response protocols;
  • Actively
    contribute to the profiling of the health department through preparation
    departmental strategies, research and learning initiative, develop concept
    notes and abstract on health issues, prepare periodic reports and other ad-hoc
  • 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 functional supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Manager – Epidemic
    and Pandemic Preparedness and Response job opportunity should preferably
    hold a Post graduate training in public health, Epidemiology, Health
    information Management or public management of communicable diseases from
    a reputable institution.
  • Bachelor’s
    Degree in Human Medicine and surgery or Veterinary Medicine/Science from a
    reputable institution.
  • At
    least three years of related experience, at the national and international
    levels, in quantitative epidemiology and the implementation of public
    health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response.
  • Prior
    humanitarian working experience with recognized Humanitarian Organization
    or with an international Non-Governmental Organization with expertise in
    health emergencies response;
  • Previous
    experience in implementation of Integrated Disease Surveillance and
    Response (IDSR).
  • Working
    experience at field level with recognized Humanitarian Organization or
    with an Organization with expertise in health emergencies response
  • 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.
  • Analytical
  • Data
    analysis and reporting skills
  • Public
    speaking and presentation
  • Budgeting
    and budgetary control
  • Networking,
    alliance building and stakeholder management.
  • Negotiation
  • Project
    Planning and Management
  • Team
    building and management.
How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to
join the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement should send their
filled application forms, download
 and E-mail to: or mail via post to: The Secretary General, Uganda Red
Cross Society, Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road, P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline: 22nd January 2018 by 5:00pm

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