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Environmental Health Officer

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

The EH Officer-Hygiene Promotion and IPC will be responsible for day-to-day implementation of EH Hygiene Promotion activities and staff involved in direct implementation of IRC’s COVID 19 IPC interventions and other communicable disease outbreak preparedness Response Project Strategy. The Environmental Health Officer will hold the overall responsibility for all Environmental Health (EH) and IPC activities of the assigned Health Facilities in Bidi Bidi Settlement camp, Yumbe District, the development and implementation of IPC/WASH improvement plans, supervise adaptation of existing structures and protocols to include COVID-19 related IPC, training of health care workers on IPC/ Hygiene Promotion. S/he will work under the supervision of the Health Manager and the Environmental Health Manager to ensure that COVID-19 triage and isolation facility and all program services meet IRC IPC protocols. The Technical Coordinator Environmental Health and Deputy Health Coordinator will be available to provide any technical guidance and support remotely when needed. This position will enter the red zone of the COVID-19 isolation facilities to ensure that all standard protocols are adhered to including HCWM.

Responsibilities

Technical
• Take full responsibility for ensuring that all hygiene promotion and IPC activities meet stated objectives within the timeframe.
• Implement rapid IPC infrastructural and operational analysis of designated health facilities in line with IRCs Standard Operating Procedures for Health facilities,
• Propose and support implementation of necessary adaptations leading to compliance in line with the national standards.
• Build capacity of front-line health care workers jointly with the IPC mentor in IPC and WASH through scheduled mentorships.
• Strengthen overall IPC competencies at health facilities through training of practitioners and support staff in IPC and Health Care Waste Management and assessing isolation units’ readiness.
• In consultation with the Community Health Officers, IPC mentor and Protection teams, develop timely messages on EH/IPC to be disseminated to the community.
• Work closely with the Community Health Officer, IPC Mentor and Protection teams to ensure IPC messages are provided to the community.
• Lead on EH/IPC COVID-19 IPC materials and supply procurement plan.
• Contribute to revision of SOPs, guidelines, and standards on IPC for COVID-19 response.
• Ensure all program health facilities in the Triage and Isolation facilities meet standards; making recommendations on upgrading facilities and procedures as needed
• Submission of weekly activity plans and end of week update reports.
Monitoring
• Take the lead on ensuring that monitoring and data collection of all IPC and hygiene promotion indicators are in line with the approved monitoring framework, using all the correct monitoring tools and at the frequency prescribed.
• Lead on and participate in monitoring data analysis and trends in the field site.
Other duties
• Support the Health Manager with assessing staffing requirements against the size and scale of the project.
• Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
• Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures
• Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to the Health Manager and EH Manager and when liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs
• Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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