Emergency Operation Centre Specialist

Type of role
Location Various Countries
Salary Competitive
Contract type Fixed Term
Full Time 35 hours per week
Application Closing Date
Interview date As soon as possible
Start date As soon as possible

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. In 2018/19, VSO supported over one million of the poorest and most excluded people in 23 countries across Africa and Asia.

Role overview

We're looking for an Emergency Operation Centre Specialist to join our newly launched Polio eradication programme running in 8 different countries in Africa.

In this role, you'll be assisting and working closely with the Emergency Operation Centre Management Lead as well as the priority country government and Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners to deliver on the core project team's activities and goals at a specific location.

You'll be supporting the Emergency Operation Centre Management Lead on programme delivery and specialist technical input to develop management processes and practices.

As our Polio programme is active in countries where French and English are official languages, we are looking for bilingual candidates that are fluent in both English and French languages.

Skills, qualifications and experience

•A Graduate degree in a relevant course of study including but not limited to public health/epidemiology, biomedical sciences, business public administration, and international development
•Experience and knowledge of working to improve health programme effectiveness and efficiency in Africa, Asia or Latin America
•Previous experience working with programme teams in a challenging country and multicultural environment
•Strong interpersonal skills and leadership skills
•Good political and cultural awareness and sensitivity to the local context
•Knowledge and understanding of the role of volunteerism in development, including previous volunteering experience
•Fluency in written and spoken English and French (we welcome additional language abilities, particularly African languages).

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

Please note that this advert is for a role we are expecting to become available in the near future once we have secured funding for the project. If you are interested in this, or similar positions, please express your interest by clicking on the ‘make an application’ button below.

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