Health Digital Challenge Manager

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Switzerland
Organization: International Committee of the Red Cross
Closing date: 7 Feb 2021

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Purpose of the position

The ICRC Digital Health Challenge 2021-2022 will map the opportunities, risks and threats in the digital health space; build on existing good practices/projects; and, integrat into ICRC’s operations new health digital tools that are evidence-based, scalable by design and relevant for the low-resource settings where the ICRC operates. Furthermore, the Challenge provides guidance towards supply, demand and sustainability goals to improve ICRC operational impact.

The orientations and work streams outlined reflect ICRC Institutional strategy 2019-22, and more specifically by embedding its people-centric, sustainable humanitarian impact and partnering ambitions, and those embracing its digitalization ones.

In the Health domain, the Health Strategy 2020-2023 outlines ICRC’s commitment to maintaining essential services in situations of armed conflict and other violence (SO1). Where physical access is restricted to and for patients and communities confronting health threats, the use of digital tools and new technologies might be life-saving. Moreover, they enable the transfer or knowledge and the building of local capacity in a range of fields -including a priority area for the ICRC and the humanitarian sector: hospital and surgical care- which ultimately contributes to sustainable health outcomes (SO2).

Main duties & responsibilities

Within its global remit, the Digital Health Manager, in close collaboration with all ICRC stakeholders concerned -and in particular with the Health, Innovation and Data Protection teams- will:

  • Maintain a strategic and global view of the Challenge including finances, escalating relevant cross-cutting decisions to the Challenge Steering Committee (co-chaired by the Deputy Head of Health and the Head of Innovation). Ensures that any changes in project scope are studied and validated by the Innovation Board after their impact has been weighed against the constraints on scheduling and costs.
  • Maps stakeholders and needs.
  • Through consultations presents a Digital Health definition for the ICRC - including setting the cursor in the right place (somewhere between sending an SMS to robotic surgery!).
  • Defines a multi-year plan of action with the necessary requirements (public targets, milestones, resources, possible partners, etc) explicitly framing ICRC’s ambitions, added value and implementation options (direct implementation, partnership, influencing, etc).
  • Develops and nurtures a network of specialized contacts, including those from the corporate and academic sector, and sets up a Digital Health Network with relevant partnerships arrangements in place.
  • In collaboration with HQ & field teams, organizes and oversees the testing of solutions and identification of contexts for a wider roll-out. Ensures the integration of validated solutions into the PfR planning processes.
  • Ensures that the program’s progress is effectively monitored, controlled and reported on and the realization of benefits tracked according to the Innovation Board requirements and institutional financial procedures.
  • Promotes communication initiatives and change management plans to support effective adoption of targets and benchmarks.
  • Facilitates regular communication with multiple audiences and represents the Challenge in various internal and external capacities -including with potential funding donors.
  • Proactively support and contributes to the ICRC’s Health Partnership Network to identify and build upon best practices.

Education and experience required

  • University degree in medicine, nursing or other health clinical field areas with a demonstrated interest in digital health or digital health specialist with sound humanitarian experience.
  • Typically, 12-15 years' professional experience with a minimum 5 years of experience in complex humanitarian settings. ICRC experience is an asset.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in successfully managing large projects or programs with a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience in leading organizational change.
  • Financial management experience, budgeting and resource management.
  • Languages: Excellent command of spoken and written English. Fluent French is a strong asset.
  • Computer proficiency.

Desired profile and skills

  • Strong leadership, with highly-developed internal and external networking and negotiation skills.
  • Solid representational and communication skills.
  • Consolidated ability to work transversally with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Able to work independently but within a team structure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel on short missions.
  • Additional language skills are an asset.

Additional information

  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Maximum-term contract
  • Length of assignment: 22 months
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Estimated start date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, the 7th of February 2021

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

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