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 lives . Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities . At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education and power. Given the disparity faced by women and girls, we specifically seek to narrow inequalities in the outcomes we seek, and to ensure that women and girls achieve equally to men and boys.
Health programs represent the largest single sector within which IRC currently operates, constituting approximately 45% of the international budget and with activities in 25 countries. IRC health programs worldwide are implemented in partnership with Ministry of Health and/or non-governmental organizations. IRC is also engages in direct provision of health care, safe drinking water and sanitation support to beneficiaries where needed. Currently, IRC supports or manages 75 hospitals, 1,256 health centers, and 788 health posts through a network of over eight hundred public health and clinical staff employed by IRC country programs. The facility-based care is complemented by community-level primary health care work implemented by about 9,000 community health workers.
Emergency Health is a program area at the IRC that sits jointly within the Health Unit and the Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit. With few predictable and effective health service providers in emergencies, there are major gaps in scale and scope to provide effective survival health interventions in emergencies to affected populations. With health and WASH comprising 2 of 3 IRC first priority interventions in emergencies, IRC plans to fill a niche in this field, branding itself as a fast, predictable and effective provider of critical health and WASH services in emergencies, aligned with IRC’s emergency and 2015-2020 global strategies.
To elaborate, coordinate and implement effective medical logistics of the Emergency Health Unit (EHU), from strategic design to implementation of a timely and appropriate medical supplies’ management, in line with organizational and international standards.
Development of EHU medical logistics Standards Operating Procedures and tools
- Define in coordination with the EHU stakeholders the list of emergency essential medicines, medical devices and equipment, prepositioned stocks list and maintain the emergency catalogue.
- Create and maintain robust, practical and comprehensive documentation (SOPs, assessments, protocols and tools) relating to medicines’ management and pharmaceutical care in emergencies.
- Define in coordination with the Senior Pharmaceutical Procurement Manager (Global Supply Chain) the pharmaceutical emergency procurement, preparedness and contingency planning in negotiating vendors and partners’ agreements; including preliminary local market assessments; potential supply chains and an appraisal of their resilience, contingency stock management; customs clearance; pharmaceutical regulations assessment; GIK or donation assessments/management, partner/Ministries of Health/WHO coordination, prioritization of stock.
Deployment and set up the delivery of EHU programs
- Set up a functional drug management system, planning, implementation of and exit from humanitarian health operations.
- Manage field pharmaceutical supply chain management; including storage, export/import, distribution, medicines management within healthcare facilities, healthcare waste management, controlled drug management, software systems for commodity management.
- Coordinate with the Senior Pharmaceutical Procurement Manager on all pharmaceutical procurement components; including supplier assessments, selection and contract; quantification for pre-positioned stocks.
- Coordinate with the Drug Management Technical Advisor the clinical pharmacy management; including treatment protocol development, medicines selection, formulary management, administration and prescribing guidance, dispensing protocols, patient information
- Support initiatives in improving access to quality medicines during emergencies.
- Develop training materials and support the training of EHU clinicians, operations staff in medical logistics and pharmaceutical care of the patient to enhance IRC’s humanitarian surge capacity.
Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in Logistics/Supply Chain with Health background, or Master’s degree in Pharmacy or equivalent professional experience with background in medical logistics
- Minimum of 5 years’ management experience, including significant field operations experience supporting emergency activities
- Experience in medical procurement and in pharmaceutical supply chain management (warehousing, stock control, transport, distribution)
- Experience working in the NGO sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and in emergency response/humanitarian environments.
- Experience in conducting pharmacy, supply chain or health assessments, particularly in an emergency context.
- Experience working with key institutional donors including ECHO, DFID, USAID/OFDA.
- Experience with policy development and preparing technical documents.
- Experience of working with agencies and coordination groups in a humanitarian setting.
- Experience in capacity building and supervising clinical and logistic staff.
- Experience in Public Health relating to Essential Medicines, National Drug Policies, Quality Assurance or clinical pharmacy is a plus.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
- Strong planning, management and decision making experience, with the ability to organize a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities.
- Good knowledge of essential drugs, consumables and equipment. A secondary care expertise would be a plus .
Language Skills: English, French would be an asset
Working Environment: NYC based, with up to 50% travel depending on emergencies and country level preparedness work. _________________________________________________________________________________________________
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, 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.
IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.