Career Opportunity with International Rescue Committee

Emergency Health Coordination Specialist

Work Location

IRC-Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar Office

Job Title
Emergency Health Coordination Specialist
Reporting To

Deputy Director of Program (DDP)

Expected Start Date
At Earliest
Contract length

January 31, 2020 (with possibility of extension subject to funding, program needs and performance of incumbent)

Remuneration Package
Competitive Base Pay With Fringe Benefits (Health and Group Life Insurance + Bonus+ Leaves Entitlements + Housing Allowance + Gratuity) As per IRC National Pay Scale in Bangladesh

Program Brief

Founded in 1933, International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading agencies working in post-conflict and development contexts, supporting communities in over 40 fragile, failed and developing states. In this capacity, we work to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted, struggling to endure and wishing to advance on a path of development.

IRC has been present in Bangladesh since 2017 and obtained registration with the NGOAB in March 2018. Since IRC obtained registration, it has moved quickly to expand its integrated emergency health and protection response through both direct and partner-based programming focused on primary healthcare, women’s protection and empowerment (WPE), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), gender-based violence (GBV) and child protection (CP). Recently IRC has also introduced two new programs: protection rule of law (PRoL) and education. Throughout 2018, IRC’s response strategy primarily began with targeting Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, while meeting the significant needs in both refugee and host populations, as already existing vulnerabilities were compounded with cyclical monsoon and cyclone seasons that imposed additional threats to the lives and protection of those refugees as well as vulnerable host populations. IRC is growing over time its geographic coverage within Cox’s bazar, thus expand its’ networks and partnerships around emergency preparedness and response work, reach beyond the Rohingya refugees, and target the vulnerable host groups in all over Bangladesh.


The position is responsible for emergency health coordination. The Emergency Health Coordination Specialist co leads the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Taskforce and leads the Medical Mobile Teams TWG for health actors and provides technical support to the Disaster Response Unit (DRU). (S)He assists in identifying and building relationships with key humanitarian partners for the emergency health response, such as national and district authorities or technical experts. (S)He will provide technical leadership during health emergencies working under close guidance of the Health Coordinator and Emergency Response Coordinator. External to the Health Sector, (s)he will liaise with other technical coordinators from various sectors or clusters to ensure there is a complimentary and cross-sectorial approach to technical issues, such as Mobile Medical Teams (MMTs), Referral Systems, and logistical support for health actors. Emergency Health Specialist Coordination will support the lead health sector coordinator in relations with appropriate government representatives, donors, and/or national academic institutions such as those in the field of flood or cyclone response.

Highlights of Key Responsibilities

Emergency health Coordination:

  • Co-chair the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Taskforce to coordinate emergency health related interagency working groups, forums, networks and initiatives
  • Lead on country specific emergency preparedness in relation to primary and reproductive health across all health partners
  • Facilitate or support in the facilitation of TWGs such as the MMT, Field Hospital TWG, Emergency Referrals, while promoting the involvement and leadership of all stakeholders
  • He/she will also lead on capacity need assessments followed by capacity development plans and coordinate / facilitate relevant training to partners, national authorities, civil society or other humanitarian partners involved in the emergency health response, in order to strengthen their capacity

Technical Oversight:

  • Provides technical advice and support for the Dispatch and Referral Unit (DRU), maintaining an overview on health facility capacity, minimum standards for emergency referrals, Mobile Medical Team quantity and quality. He/she assists the Health Sector in maintaining consistent benchmarks and data to track progress and performance regarding the emergency health response
  • Ensure partnerships are built with local organization and build capacity of the partners
  • Coordinate the emergency medical response expertise of various partners including the national and district government, health agencies, and other sectors such as the Water and Sanitation (WASH) or Logistics Sector, among other while maintains a global overview between all parties, encouraging a consistent and coordinated response
  • Define quality standards and ensure the standards are met and monitored frequently
  • Ensure the provision of an effective and high quality integrated emergency medical response in relation to mass casualty, individual emergencies, level one incidents, etc.
  • Work with the Sr. Health Manager to build capacity, mentor and coach emergency referral hub and DRU staff in emergency medical response, field trauma management, mass casualty incident management, emergency response, and other trainings as required
  • Provide guidance to Emergency Health Response by promoting appropriate technical standards, relevant policy guidelines, and government regulations with regards to emergency medical response

Strategy, Program Development and Fundraising:

  • Under the leadership of the Health Coordinator, participate in the development of the strategy for the Health Sector
  • Prepare emergency health preparedness and response plan
  • Participate in country level Emergency preparedness process under guidance from the Emergency Preparedness and response Coordinator
  • Participate in proposal development and fundraising for emergency health, ensuring that activities are adequately funded
  • Coordinate with other IRC sectors (i.e. Women protection and empowerment, child protection, protection and rule of law, education) to provide relevant input and support enhancing IRC health program in Bangladesh
  • Advance partnership model and ensure increased delivery of IRC work through partners
  • Keep abreast of new funding opportunities and raise funding to meet IRC ambition for the emergency health sector

Coordination, Representation and Advocacy:

  • In coordination with the health Coordinator, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors
  • Ensure IRC is profiled as a leader in emergency health coordination and response
  • Enthusiastically build strong working alliances with other international and national actors/organizations working health sector programming and advocacy
  • Working with the Policy Advisor, develop policy papers based on evidence generated from emergency health data analysis
  • Active representation in and coordination with health sector and sub sectors and government forums


  • Health professional with experience working in humanitarian settings
  • At least 6 years’ relevant experience with the development and implementation of health programs in complex humanitarian and development settings including in Bangladesh
  • 2-3 years’ experience in coordination roles in health related TWG/sector/cluster
  • Excellent organizational and program management experience, including with staff work plans, budget management and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience with situation analysis and health assessments
  • Experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff
  • Good understanding and experience of working / dealing with GoB’s health sector architecture in Bangladesh preferably in Rohingya crises
  • Previous experience in supporting emergency operations centers or incident management systems in a public health emergency response
  • Highly developed influencing, communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate technical issues effectively and persuasively
  • Excellent leadership, facilitation, coordination and networking skills
  • Excellent database, data management and data analysis skills
  • Excellent analytical skills, and demonstrated ability to handle pressure and improve
  • Strong communication skills in English and Bengali both written and verbal



Concentration / Major

Master’s Degree

Medicine ,Public Health


Specialized training in emergency management and disaster response



How to apply:

Application Deadline: August 16, 2019

About Us:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education, protection and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Founded in 1933. David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, is a former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom.

Standard of Professional Conduct:
IRC and IRC employees are required to abide by the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct which are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity General Statement:
We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Are you ready to join the most dynamic team?