Public Health - Epidemics Technical Specialist

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Jordan
Organization: Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Closing date: 14 Dec 2020

Public Health - Epidemics Technical Specialist / Amman


Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Humanity & Inclusion is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.

For more details on the association:


The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 13.5 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6.5 million IDPs, while over 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries or in Europe. The current humanitarian response only provides a patchy and partial coverage of the growing humanitarian needs. Five years after the beginning of the crisis, the number of injured persons in Syria keeps rising, with a severe lack of rehabilitative care and psychosocial support. In hard-to-reach areas and/or areas of new displacement, local populations and IDPs are in need of emergency assistance in terms of food, household essential items, and other basic needs. The inclusion of the most vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, in the humanitarian response remains a major concern.

HI is managing a remote humanitarian program from three hubs in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, along four main pillars:

  1. Support to health partners (hospitals, care houses, rehabilitation centers, local NGOs) for the provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services (physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) through training, technical supervisions and donations of rehabilitation material and/or equipment;

  2. Provision of basic needs kits – Food baskets, Household Essential Items and Hygiene kits – in one-shot distributions to people who experience a sudden degradation of their living conditions due to renewed conflict, displacement and/or exclusion from humanitarian assistance;

  3. Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, Explosive Remnants of War and Small Arms Light Weapons) and urgent marking of hazardous areas;

  4. Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response.

The current intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams and remote partnerships with local structures and organisations. HI has implemented some direct management programs in the past and is looking for ways to launch more in the coming months.


NOTE: in the current global Covid-19 crisis, this position is expected to work remotely from their current location. If/when movement restrictions are eased and travel from their location to Jordan-Amman becomes possible, the candidate and HI will decide consensually whether to transfer the duty station to Amman (with HI’s standard expat package) or maintain it in the current location of the candidate until the contract’s end, with visits to Amman if relevant and feasible.

Hierarchical & Functional links:

Line manager+1: Technical Unit Coordinator

Team managed: NA


1 Responsibility


1.1 Contributes to the country strategies, in line with the global strategies

Provides sectorial technical inputs to the STRATOPs of the Programme under his

scope and in his sectorial scope, in line with the global STRATECH and ensure relevant follow up

1.2 Ensure technical support to projects in line with the global technical frameworks and standards on his sectorial scope

a. Provide adequate technical guidance and support to Project Managers when relevant (adapt standards to PM’s tools, contribute to proposal writing and reporting) in line with strategies, standards and mandatory transversal approaches

b. Ensure adequate support to multi-sector responses within projects, in line with the other Specialists

c. Ensure a local sectorial watch, best practice capture on his sectorial scope

d. Contribute to recruitment and briefing when relevant

1.3 Ensure technical learning from projects

Contribute to projects’ capitalization and ensure technical learning from projects in his sectorial scope

1.4 Ensure the control & monitoring of the technical quality and the relevance of HI’s activities in the Programmes under his scope

a. Ensure regular technical quality control of projects and programmes and issue warnings and recommendations

b. Monitor the implementation of audit recommendations, if applicable, in his sectorial scope

1.5 Ensure compliance of the technical proposition with nexus stakes

1.6 Contributes to the development of research and innovation projects in the region when relevant, in his sectorial scope

a. Suggest and steer technical innovation projects

b. Identify the priorities of Research and Studies and steer Research and Studies

1.7 Contribute to the Technical Divisions professional channel animation

a. Contribute to the global animation of the professional channels under his sectorial scope coming from the Technical Divisions (community of practice…)

b. Animate a local talent pool in his sectorial scope (carry out technical interviews of candidates and produce recommendations, identify the needs regarding trainings)

Responsibility 2:

2. Influence

a. Contribute to the local external prestige and influence of HI’s expertise in his sectorial scope

b. Represent the technical expertise of HI throughout the local relevant networks

c. Contribute to advocacy on specific themes in line with the global advocacy priorities

d. Contribute to communication messages locally in line with the global communication priorities

Responsibility 3

3. Business development

a. Ensure the development of major opportunities or new projects in the country under his sectorial scope

b. Contributes to the context analysis in his sectorial scope

c. Contributes to the design and writing of new projects in the country and when asked in other countries within the Geographic Division

d. Identify & transform major opportunities in the country under his scope

e. Contributes to the conception of major projects (multiple areas, one theme) or of new projects in the country

f. Identify & develop local partnerships and/or consortium with NGOs, Institutions, Companies on technical priorities or important topics in the country under his sectorial scope.**


Note that this job description must remain flexible, to respond to additional tasks or changes as identified by line manager.


Education and experience:

Education:/ Essential

· Formal degree in Medicine, or

· Formal Bachelor degree in a Health discipline and Master in Public Health

Education /Preferable

Master / Specialization in Epidemiology and/or Infectology

Experience: /Essential

· At least 5 years of work experience in public health programs and/or health humanitarian programs, either for public or INGO sector

· At least 2 years of direct field experience in response to epidemics, either in humanitarian agencies and/or national health systems

Experience: / Preferable

· Previous experience with HI

· Previous experience working in humanitarian programs in the Middle East

· Previous experience in remote control programs

· Arabic language skills are a strong asset

Professional & Personal skills:


· Fluent in Arabic and English, French is a plus

· The different schools of thought and explanatory models of disability and the application of certain tools

· International human rights frameworks

· Frameworks and mechanisms of international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance

· Strategies for fighting exclusion and discrimination

· The technical issues concerning his/her service sector, and the stakeholders and professionals in his/her service sector

· Full knowledge of at least one profession in his/her sector


· Producing written and oral institutional communication in French and English

· Producing clear, concise and responsible communication suited to the interlocutor (adult or child); adapting communication and messages to an intercultural environment, and remotely

· Negotiating and managing problems and conflicts

· Establishing clear frameworks, rules and limits

· Supporting and motivating a person or group

· Adapting leadership to the group to lead it towards a shared objective;

· Planning the activities by setting clear, specific and measurable objectives

· Developing new resources or adapting existing resources in order to improve them and/or adapt them to the context, if necessary (able to identify and respond to Nexus Emergency/Development issues)

· Assessing the impact/effects of the activities implemented in his/her service sector

· Promoting participation and cooperation in the activities in his/her service sector and in multi-disciplinary/sector-based work

· Using capacity-building techniques with adults (training of adults)

· Using different pedagogical models

· • Some knowledge of training engineering

· • Experience of project management

• At least 5 years of experience in his/her professional field, including work in low-to middle-income countries


  • Basic salary range for the position :Starts From 2,443 JOD based on experience

  • Duration/ Type of contract: Six months renewable - based on a timeline project

  • Mobility : this Job requires to travel into the area of operations about 50%”.

Closing date: 14/12/2020**

How to apply:

All Applicants must send their CV & Cover letter to

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications should include CV and Cover letter. Applications incomplete or received after the deadline will be disregarded.

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