Danish Red Cross (DRC) has been present in Lebanon since 2013 initially in response to the regional crisis caused by the war in Syria but more recently also in response to the dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation caused by the economic collapse, in the country, affecting all population groups. The DRC Lebanon team supports the host National Societies (NSs) through which all programs are implemented. In Lebanon, the Host National Society is the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC), while the Palestine Red Crescent Society has a branch in Lebanon (PRCS-L) which the DRC Lebanon team is also supporting with both health and Psychosocial (PSS) interventions.
LRC has recently revised its Strategy which has a strong emphasis on Health in response to the collapsing health sector throughout the country. LRC has launched an ambitious ‘Primary Health Scale-up Program’ aiming at significantly improving the scope and quality of health services provided, through its network for Primary Health Care Centers and Mobile Health Teams.
DRC has supported the development of the Scale-up program from the beginning and the continued improvements and roll out of the program will be a key priority for both the Health Delegate and the Country Team. DRC is also supporting LRC with the development of an ambitious Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) program funded by Novo Nordic Foundation. Adjusting the program to the changing context, ensuring timely implementation, and maintaining strong relationships with the Novo Nordic Foundation, will also be a key priority for the Health Delegate and the Country Team.
The current DRC team in Lebanon consists of a Country Manager (CM), a Program Manager, a Health Program Delegate and a Finance Officer. The Health Delegate reports to the Country Manager. The Health Delegate will also be part of the global DRC Health matrix coordinated from DRC HQs. The DRC health matrix consists of a team of health practitioners from HQ and the field responsible for strategic development within the DRC health sector – as well as provision of technical support to the operations and sharing of information/materials with a broader community of interest.
The Health Delegate will be a key member of the Country Team with the possibility to influence the overall partnership approach, strategic direction and portfolio development. The Health Delegate will be responsible for further developing and implementing the health programme portfolio in cooperation with both LRC and PRCS-L.
The overall objective for the Health Delegate will be to develop a strong working relationship with the National Societies’ health departments, enabling the timely implementation of existing programs, ensuring the quality of the projects, while new program areas and funding opportunities are explored. In addition to:
Develop a strong partnership with key partners in both LRC and PRCS-L.
Develop strong cooperation with the other DRC team members and contribute to the team’s Country wide objectives.
Manage the current DRC-supported health programs in relation to Primary Health Care, Mobile Medical Units, NCDs and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) while ensuring the overall technical quality of these programs.
Support LRC with the further development of the ambitious and innovative PHC Scale-up program.
Engage with other partners supporting the PHC Scale-up Program promoting open and genuine cooperation in support of LRC.
Proactively support the capacity development of the health departments of both LRC and PRCS-L.
Ensure capacity building efforts are well coordinated in the country with IFRC and other partners.
Contribute towards the development of new partnerships and new funding opportunities with both institutional, corporate, and private donors – in cooperation with the Country Team.
Support the Country Team with the development of new health interventions and programs – including writing of proposals.
Contribute to developing strong relationships with existing donors specifically, Danish MoFA, The Danish Embassy in Lebanon and Novo Nordic Foundation – based on good reporting, frequent meetings and understanding of the donor’s requirements.
Prepare for and support emergency health interventions should they be needed.
Further develop DRCs ability to support NCD programming both with LRC and PRCS-L.
Facilitate partnerships and consortia with private sector, research institutions, movement partners and other humanitarian actors in Lebanon especially in the area of NCD and in relation to a research component included in ongoing projects.
Actively engage with DRC health advisors at Head Quarter – and elsewhere in the Health Matrix – to promote institutional learning.
Actively engage with the Global Health delegate based in the region, who preserves overview and support to the DRC global P4C (a corporation between academic institutions, private sector and the Red Cross Movement) programme, and NCD more generally
Work closely with other DRC program delegates to promote that Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and Protection Gender and Inclusion (PGI) is adequately mainstreamed within existing health interventions, with a focus on the relation between MHPSS and NCD.
Experience and qualifications:
An academic degree at master level in public health, medicine, nursing, global health or similar.
A minimum of 5 years relevant experience with community and primary health
Documented experience with project management including programme development, financial management, reporting, donor reporting and partnership management.
High proficiency in the areas of programme proposal development, programme assessments, reviews and evaluations.
Experience working in fragile and humanitarian contexts.
Experience with implementing programs through Local Partners
Excellent written and spoken English,
Self-management and ability to work with / support a distance management setup.
Previous experience with NCD programming and with development of NCD funding proposals will be considered a strong asset.
Previous experience of working with health in Lebanon will be considered an asset.
Knowledge of Arabic.
Cultural sensitivity and respectful
Good interpersonal skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement experience is an advantage, as is experience in the MENA context.
Full proficiency in Microsoft Office.
A valid international driving license.
This is a 24-months position, with possibility for extension. The duty station is Beirut in Lebanon with frequent field travels. Lebanon is currently a family duty station. The ideal starting date is 1 June 2022 or soonest thereafter.
The contract will be administered in accordance with the Danish Red Cross Terms and Conditions for Delegates. The salary including all allowances and pension payment will be between DKK 42,500.00 – 45,000.00 per month, depending on qualifications and experience. The position is a family duty station.
How to apply:
Please submit a CV and a motivational letter via our website. The deadline for applications is 8 May 2022. Interviews are expected to take place soon after this date.
If you wish to know more, please contact Country Manager Niels Juel on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or read more in the job description.