American Red Cross
Field Representative – Measles & Rubella Initiative
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering
in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the
generosity of donors.
The American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD)
helps vulnerable people and communities around the world prepare for, respond
to, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises through mobilizing the
power of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
With programs and partners across the globe, and as part of the
International Federation of Red Cross and the Measles & Rubella Initiative,
the American Red Cross is working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red
Crescent Network to deliver critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable
communities in the world.
The American Red Cross in partnership with U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),
United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) leads
the Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI).
The American Red Cross activities within the M&RI program have
recently moved towards supporting routine immunization. Because routine
immunization coverage has stagnated over the past 10 years, the American Red
Cross has developed a new innovative program called the 5-Point Plan which, if
successful, will help break the stagnation barrier and increase routine
The Field Representative for Measles & Rubella Initiative is
a new and exciting position to both lead the M&RI team in the American Red
Cross Kenya Office and provide direct technical assistance to Red Cross/Red
Crescent National Societies globally to plan and implement successful
activities to strengthen immunization programs focusing on the newly developed
5-Point Plan (
The position reports to the M&R Initiative Director who may
assign additional specific program and/or management oversight responsibilities
as needs dictate.
Lead and manage the American Red Cross M&RI team in the
Kenya Office by developing a strong united team focusing on the elimination of
measles and rubella globally.
Provide guidance and support to American Red Cross M&RI team
members as well as other Red Cross societies globally working in immunization
Stimulate a solid working relationship between the Red Cross
National Society and relevant national government bodies, especially with
health-related/education ministries, and other implementing partners. Ensure
National Society knowledge of and participation in relevant partner
coordination mechanisms at national, provincial, and district levels, as
Focusing on the 5-Point Plan, develop strong relationships with
National Societies including leadership and technical levels to guide the
planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities.
Promote the best possible coordination and cooperation among
national and international partners implementing the 5-Point Plan seeking to
engage other civil society organizations
Provide support to implement the 5-Point Plan that may include
evaluation of existing data, microplanning, logistics, mobile data collection,
GIS mapping, volunteer recruitment/management/supervision, training, behavior
change communication, advocacy and monitoring and evaluation.
Work at the subnational level with Red Cross, community leaders,
and partners to plan and implement activities that will include effective
volunteer recruitment and management.
Produce regular situation reports to the M&RI Director for
circulation within AmRC, IFRC and the M&RI to ensure that stakeholders are
As the American Red Cross Field Representative for Measles &
Rubella Initiative, participate in relevant meetings, conferences and events
globally to liaise with partners and develop and promote the profile of the
American Red Cross in immunization and, as directed by the AmRC M&RI
Director, in other areas.
Assist AmRC with funding proposals and donor reports.
Develop schedules and ensure proper staff support to in-country
visitors and teams.
Responsible for human resources related to the Kenya Office
M&RI team including job descriptions, staff hiring, training, mentoring,
assigning and delegating duties and performance reviews.
Perform other duties as assigned by AmRC M&RI Director.
4-year University degree is required with preference given to a
Master’s degree in public health, international development or related field.
Minimum of 3 years managerial experience and 7 years’ experience
with international or national humanitarian aid organizations is required with
a preference to working in Africa and or Asia, with proven leadership skills in
an ever-changing environment.
Experience working at the community level and working with
immunization programs strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience working with Non-Governmental
Organizations, such as the Red Cross Movement, and familiarity with the UN
system, including UNICEF, WHO, and knowledge of key global immunization
initiatives such as Global Polio Eradication and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is
A proven track record of competence in planning, project design
and program management including monitoring and evaluation is essential.
Overall, a strong knowledge of, or experience with, information
technology is required to include but not limited to, the use of satellite
imagery for mapping purposes.
Experience in business development activities, funding proposal
development, logistics and financial management an asset.
Ability to establish and maintain strong working partnerships
with international organizations, government bodies and local Non-Governmental
Solid communication and writing skills with computer literacy in
Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Fluency in French and/or Portuguese is an advantage but not a
Must display flexibility, adaptability, initiative and a high
degree of competence in team building, teamwork and a commitment to the Red
Excellent inter-personal and cross-cultural skills are required,
and the successful candidate must possess strong personal integrity
How to Apply
13 Aug 2020