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Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 14 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

The Role

GOAL seeks a dynamic and highly experienced candidate for the Resilience Health Lead position for the USAID MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience (MIHR) Program, focused on MNCH/FP/RH service delivery in fragile settings. USAID MIHR will focus on: 1) providing targeted technical and capacity development assistance to USAID Missions, local organizations, and host country institutions to improve equitable delivery of evidence-based, quality MNCH/FP/RH services in fragile settings; and 2) contributing to global learning on strengthening MNCH/FP/RH service-delivery and resilience in fragile settings. As part of a consortium implementing MIHR, GOAL is specifically supporting preparedness and response for health emergencies and providing technical assistance and leadership on resilience.

Job Purpose

As a Senior Staff position, the Resilience Lead sits on the technical team and report to the MIHR Senior Technical Director and work closely with the MERL team as well as the technical teams at the home office and in-country. The Resilience Lead will support the Senior Technical Director to ensure the technical quality of the program and will closely monitor the progress towards meeting the goals and objectives of the project. The Resilience Lead will oversee Resilience advisors and other related technical advisors contracted by GOAL.

The position is full-time with the preferred location for this post to be Washington DC, where the consortium is based, however excellent candidates based in GOAL countries of operations will be considered.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Manage GOAL’s input to the MIHR program and coordinate with GOAL USA Vice President and GOAL’s Director for Programme Design and Innovation and other GOAL staff such as GOAL Desk officer, GOAL USA Operations Manager, GOAL Finance/Administration officers etc in relation to the delivery of GOAL’s scope of works. This will include resource planning, invoicing, any reporting that GOAL needs to make in relation to the project, escalate any relevant issues in relation to GOAL’s performance on the project to senior GOAL staff, provide regular updating on progress against GOAL’s scope of works, etc.

  • Support the Senior Technical Director to manage the strategic direction of the project activities in support of the goals and objectives, including determination of project priorities and technical assistance.
  • Provide technical support and continuous training to project technical team members on health resilience strategies and approaches.
  • Provide technical support to project technical team ensuring that health resilience is integrated within the overall project technical approaches and that appropriate implementation and measurement tools are applied.
  • Support disaster preparedness activities as needed, including community resilience and needs assessment, immediate mobilization of staff as well as rapid coordination with local humanitarian and emergency response actors, draw on the assessment to design a mobilization plan.
  • Provide technical support and/or leadership contributing to the Results and Intermediate Results (IRs) for complementary humanitarian coordination efforts.
  • Lead on the application of the project’s Resilient Health approach, including the application of Resilience for Systems (R4S) and Analysis of Resilience for Communities in Disaster-Health (ARC-D Health) tools, to measure health resilience at community and health systems level.
  • Design training curricula and conduct or support training and capacity building of local stakeholders (district officials, national MOH, local NGOs and communities) in emergency preparedness and response planning, continuity planning and to analyze risk scenarios (i.e. combinations of shocks and stresses) together with the health system stakeholders.
  • In coordination with MERL team, establish monitoring of resilient health indicators in selected countries and health resilience measurement guidance for the project.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships with USAID, team members, donors, private sector entities, government ministries, and other stakeholders relating to advancing the resilient health approach of the Momentum programme.
  • Collaborate closely and develop strong working relationships with other related U.S. Government initiatives and other implementing partners relating to advancing the resilient health approach of the MIHR program.
  • Create and foster a project reputation of quality and performance and promote country ownership of health systems strengthening strategies for delivery of evidence-based, quality MNCH/FP/RH services in fragile settings.
  • Act as a representative of GOAL and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives.

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field
  • At least 10 years of experience in the management or implementation of international development activities in/for low and middle-income countries (LMICs)
    • Of the above ten years, at least five of the years must have been while physically based in the country/region of implementation
  • Demonstrated experience operating within the global Health community on matters related to MNCH/FP/RH service delivery in fragile contexts, emergency health preparedness and response and building health system resilience.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in at least two of the following areas: Improving MNCH/FP/RH practices at the individual, family, and community level; Increasing access to quality MNCH/FP/RH services; service coverage, and/or related areas of health system strengthening
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) communication required.
  • Ability to interact professionally in French is preferred, but not required.

Location:

The preferred location is Washington DC where the consortium is based, however excellent candidates based in GOAL countries of operation will be considered.

Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: 1) Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

Safeguarding

Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

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Equal Employer Statement

Consistent with GOAL’s core values of humanitarianism; integrity; respect; partnership and courage, we place a significant emphasis on equality in our working environment.

GOAL is committed to treating all its employees with dignity and respect and values diversity, which it believes enriches an organisation. To reinforce this commitment, all company activities, policies, practices and procedures are to be carried out in accordance with this global standard.

All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and equal treatment. GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

GOAL believes that our strong commitment to equal opportunity and equal treatment helps to ensure that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, compensation, benefits, retention, and discipline of staff and volunteers.

GOAL aims to provide a work environment that fosters fairness, equity, and respect for social and cultural diversity, and that is free from discrimination, harassment [and vilification] as determined by applicable laws.

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General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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