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International Rescue Committee ERT Environmental Health Coordinator in Global, New York

Requisition ID:req11927

Job Title: ERT Environmental Health Coordinator

Sector: Environmental Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Global Roving

Job Description

The IRC’s Emergencies & Humanitarian Action Unit (EHAU) oversees IRC’s global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of EHAU is to expand and improve IRC’s ability to help affected communities survive in acute emergencies and hard to reach contexts by investing in people, systems, and solutions to complex humanitarian challenges. The EHAU team achieves this mission through ongoing rigorous risk analysis, investing in capacity strengthening of frontline humanitarians, partnership with local actors, offering collaborative support and technical assistance to teams working in emergencies and hard to reach places, and deploying and supporting world class emergency response staff as they help people affected by acute crisis situations.

Job Overview:

The IRC Emergency Response Team (ERT) Environmental Health Coordinator is an integral part of a global, multi-sector surge team that deploys to the field, either in an emergency or roving capacity, for up to 65% of the time. In order to deliver on the IRC’s commitment to timely, lifesaving emergency intervention, s/he must be able to deploy within 72 hours of notification.

The ERT’s deployment Terms of Reference are diverse, and dynamic to meet the relevant needs on the ground. Members of the ERT may deploy to start up new programming in a crisis zone, or to support existing IRC country programs in their emergency response. The ERT takes on the challenging but critical task of rapidly assessing, designing, starting, and managing the IRC’s humanitarian response to meet the immediate needs of the affected population. Once the crisis has stabilized, the ERT then supports the transition of knowledge and programmatic responsibility to longer-term staff to ensure the continuity of IRC programming and operations. The ERT EH Coordinator will provide technical leadership and direction for an effective, high quality, lifesaving EH response. S/he works closely with other ERT technical coordinators, enabling the IRC to provide integrated and client-focused services.

S/he will report to the Senior Technical Advisor for Emergency Health. During emergency deployments ERT staff will work under the direction of IRC’s Emergency Country Director or designated country emergency lead. S/he will also work closely with the Environmental Health Technical Advisors in the Health Unit.

Length of Assignment:2 years


Languages:Fluency in written & spoken English


Emergency Response Deployments

· Deliver high quality and timely emergency EH/WASH responses;

· Support needs assessments and provide prioritized recommendations for EH/WASH activities;

· Design EH/WASH program responses and strategy, in coordination with internal and external actors;

· Develop technical proposals and budgets for donors, and prepare timely reports and updates;

· Lead EH/WASH program implementation including staff recruitment and training, workplan development, procurement and inventory planning, and budget management;

· Establish program monitoring systems; ensure consistent reporting and analysis of results to improve program quality;

· Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures throughout the program team and activities;

· Represent the IRC, coordinating with other agencies, local government , donors and other partners;

· Provide a comprehensive handover to successor at the end of deployments;

· Create an inclusive environment where different work styles, personalities and approaches are valued, and prioritize capacity building of team;

· Model inclusive behaviors to team members (ensuring all members’ voices are heard); acknowledges own biases and learning on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


· Provide technical support to existing country programs remotely and through in-country visits or short-term deployments as required;

· Develop technical tools and resources as required;

· Contribute to Emergency Health initiatives and broader response and preparedness initiatives within EHAU;

· Provide support to the initiatives of the Health Unit Environmental Health team as required;


· University degree in engineering, hydrology, environmental health or a related subject; Master’s level education strongly preferred.

· Demonstrated ability delivering WASH/Environmental Health projects, including proven experience in emergency/conflict areas.

· Excellent communication and coordination capabilities, including experience leading teams.

· Ability to communicate technical expertise and standards and implement best practice approaches to achieve rapid, consistent, high quality emergency projects.

· Able to work effectively with international institutions and agencies, local governments and community leaders and develop multi-stakeholder support for humanitarian priorities and advocacy initiatives.

· Experience managing programs including staff management, budget oversight, monitoring and evaluation systems, and technical input to proposal-budget development and donor reports.

· Fluency in English; additional language highly desirable.


The International Rescue Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. International Rescue Committee considers all candidates on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.