ERT Environmental Health Coordinator (WASH)
|Employee Category:||Full Time|
The IRCs EPRU and Emergency Response Team (ERT): The IRCs Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) leads or oversees IRCs global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EPRU is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency. The EPRU also works in protracted emergencies, where the risk to life may be reduced but the population is still subjected to rights abuses and a lack of basic services. The EPRU is also charged with enhancing the IRCs global and country level emergency preparedness capacity. The Emergency Response Team serves as the standing team of specialized professionals ready to deploy to an emergency within 72 hours.
Environmental Health at the IRC: Environmental Health (EH) activities are a core component of IRC emergency responses and are supported by the Environmental Health Team of the Health Unit, which is responsible for ensuring the quality of IRC’s global Environmental Health programs. In the acute phase of emergencies IRC responds by providing EH facilities and services that are essential for life, personal safety and dignity, such as clean water, safe, easily accessible defecation areas and toilets and key hygiene products. In protracted emergencies IRC builds the capacity of affected communities to manage key EH services to increase self-reliance, make operation more efficient and provide opportunities for communities to learn and practice new skills.
SCOPE OF WORK
The IRC ERT staff is expected to be deployed in the field, either in an emergency or roving capacity, for up to 75% of the time (9 months a year) and must be able to deploy to the site of an emergency within 72 hours of notification.
Members of the Emergency Response Team are deployed to either support existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new program in the crisis zone. The overall responsibility of the team is to rapidly and effectively design, develop and manage the IRC’s on-site humanitarian response to meet the immediate needs of the affected population. The ERT is also responsible for supporting the transfer of responsibilities and knowledge to the long-term staff to ensure the continuity of IRC programming and operations.
S/he is a member of the Environmental Health Team within the Health Unit and the Emergency Response and Preparedness Unit (EPRU). During emergency deployments ERT staff will work under the direction of IRC’s Emergency Field Director or designated country emergency lead. The Emergency Environmental Health Coordinator will report to the Technical Advisor for Environmental Health.
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