Technical Adviser(s) – Health and Climate At Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre



We are looking for a variety of profiles to support the growing health portfolio. The specific profiles we are seeking are:

  • Profile 1: Latin America disease and climate change researcher, with experience of anticipatory action and early warning systems.
  • Profile 2: Researcher with expertise in mental health and/or health impacts of heat and air pollution.
  • Profile 3: Data Scientist with strong analytic and coding skills.

You are part of the health team and responsible for the technical support to humanitarian and development cooperation projects worldwide with components of health. The role(s) will focus on mental health, non-communicable diseases, heat and air pollution risks, conflict and health, but will engage in all activities of the health team. Employment for these positions can be full-time or part-time, subject to discussion (our preference is full-time). Institutional partnerships, such as part-time secondments may be possible.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical advice and support to health projects, based on requests and needs of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.
  • Further develop health approaches and methodologies, with a particular focus on air pollution, heat risks, and challenges to mental health and wellbeing.
  • With health as a sectoral topic of relevance in all phases of the disaster continuum (incl. DRR/preparedness, anticipatory action and response), ensure good coordination and proactively collaborate with different teams/units/functions across the Climate Centre.
  • Document best practices in humanitarian health interventions and approaches and contribute to scientific work on relevant topics.
  • Support the design and delivery of trainings, workshops and other capacity building initiatives with regards to health.
  • In all these efforts, ensure a bottom-up, collaborative and integrated approach to knowledge transfer and innovation.
  • Organize and/or participate in relevant events, webinars, expert meetings, trainings, and workshops on health topics.
  • Contribute to networking and coordination with relevant stakeholders in and outside the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  • Assist with communication as well as contribute to policy and advocacy activities on health in and outside of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  • Contribute to all relevant monitoring and reporting activities and requirements of the health team.

Competence, experience and skills

The health team is a small team with an ambitious work plan and works in a fast-paced, results-driven environment. The ideal candidate is highly-motivated, a fast learner, resourceful, flexible, independent, energetic, with excellent communications skills, cultural sensitivity and experience working with community-based groups, academics, as well as national and international NGOs.

We strongly encourage candidates from and based in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America to apply.

Candidates should demonstrate the experience and competencies outlined below:

Education

  • Minimum Masters (MPH or MSc) in health related field (public health, environmental health, environmental epidemiology, global health) with a strong focus on climate change.
  • Medical background is a strong asset.

Experience

  • At least 5 years’ research experience in the humanitarian or development sector, or in a think tank focusing on humanitarian issues. Equivalent academic experience will also be considered.
  • Demonstrable climate change and health research, which has been published in reports or articles.

Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of climate change risks and impacts on health, with a specific focus as highlighted in the profiles above.
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills. Experience in the development, contextualization or roll-out of methodologies or guidelines for humanitarian health programming is a strong asset.
  • Excellent analytical skills, as well as the ability to express facts and ideas in a clear, convincing and organized manner.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English. Additional languages are an asset.
  • GIS skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills working with cross cultural and multi diverse teams. Strong ability to work in a remote team and a strong will to cooperate.
  • Ability to set priorities and handle multiple competing time and resource demands, highly organized.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products at intermediate level.

Desirable

  • Spanish, Arabic, or a second language.
  • Experience of working within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a strong asset.

Travel and location

The Climate Centre team works entirely remotely (home-based) with limited international travel. This position would be virtual and home-based.

How to apply

We would like to receive your application which consists of CV and cover letter (in English) addressed to Olette Manhoudt, HR officer at the Climate Centre sent to [email protected] with “Technical Adviser – Health and Climate” in the subject please. Please specify which profile you are applying for.

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