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Emergency programme manager (disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness)

Medical Emergency Relief International

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Merlin international profile:

Merlin specialises in health, saving lives in times of crisis and helping to rebuild shattered health services. Each year, Merlin helps more than 15 million people in up to 20 countries.

Context and Background Merlin has been working in Kenya since 1998. Merlin is currently operational in three geographic regions: Lake Victoria, the Western Highlands and the Arid and Semi Arid regions of northern Kenya. In addition to the country office in Nairobi, Merlin maintains offices in Kisii and Kisumu towns in Nyanza province, Lodwar in Turkana district and Wajir town in Wajir province. Since January 2008, Merlin has also been implementing an emergency response project in Nakuru North district in Rift Valley province.

The overall objective of Merlin’s work in Kenya is to contribute to a reduction of health inequalities and to a reversal in the current downward trend in health related indicators. Merlin does this by responding to emergency needs as well as continuing to build on lasting working relationships with communities and local partners; supporting the strengthening of the Kenyan health system; approaching health problems with innovative interventions; developing answers to key practical questions through operational research; and using the lessons learned at local levels to feed into national-level programming and planning.

Main purpose of the role

The Programme Manager will be responsible for Merlin’s emergency response the Turkana district. This may include leading emergency response, conducting rapid needs assessments, participating in the relevant clusters, developing project concept notes and proposals, coordinating with other health actors at local and national levels, starting up and continuation of emergency activities and facilitating the eventual handover to more permanent incoming project staff.

This role will also assist in providing additional leadership and programme development to existing Merlin programmes. This will include programme strengthening, as well as training (concentrating on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness), strengthening the capacity of existing international and national staff and contributing to the further development of Merlin's humanitarian policy and positioning.

Overall Objectives:

- Management of Merlin emergency responses.
- Base management.
- Project Management and Development.
- Administration and Finance.
- Human Resources.
- Security.
- Representation Emergency response.
- To respond to humanitarian emergencies under the management of the Deputy County Director (DCD) and Country Director (CD).
- To coordinate with the relevant clusters, donors, other sector actors and national/local authorities as necessary.
- To provide leadership in developing an appropriate and timely intervention in close coordination with Merlin Nairobi Office, to include: rapid needs assessment, concept note, proposal and budget writing, analysis of health / humanitarian contexts, programme development and management, security management, establishment of new Merlin country programmes, donor negotiations, programme administration, recruitment of staff for new programmes.

Project management and development:

- Ensure that projects remain within the remit of their initial design, budget and propose and prepare any amendments when necessary.
- Budget holding of the Merlin emergency projects implemented in the Turkana district.
- Plan and monitor emergency project activities and outputs against project Logframes and budgets. This includes grant opening, grant closing and monthly grant monitoring meetings with all departments, as well as activity, procurement and financial planning.
- Ensure the delivery of the project according to objectives and time-frames and support field sites in the fulfillment of their duties according to programme design.
- Reporting (internal and external) for daily and weekly site communications.
- Ongoing evaluation and development of proposals.
- Preparation of interim and final reports for donors.
- Ensure that appropriate systems and plans are in place for dealing with emergencies, and provide leadership for staff and volunteers in emergencies.
- Ensure there is a regular, documented forum / meeting for all key staff to discuss and plan programme objectives.

Logistics (in collaboration with Turkana Project Coordinator):

- Assure planning and procurement of goods in line with project and base needs.
- Collaborate with Merlin Nairobi Logistics to assure planning, procurement and timely delivery of drugs and medical consumables to Merlin-supported Health Facilities.
- Assure Merlin procurement and logistics procedures are followed.
- Manage and document warehouse and transport of Merlin goods according to Merlin procedures.

Admin and finance:

Manage the program budget and ensure regular communication with the Finance Department on all budget matters.
- Manage cash on site, ensuring compliance with Merlin procedures in relation to cash security (on site and cash transfer). 
- Ensure project activities comply with legal requirements of Kenya.
- Prepare timely cash requests and transfers.
- Filing systems and record keeping.
- Prevent, and if necessary report and investigate fraud and misconduct.

Human Resources

- Manage staff effectively, including appropriate and systematic delegation.
- Line manage senior staff, including regular performance management and appraisals.
- Ensure that Merlin recruitment and appraisal procedures are followed.
- Ensure that all staff management is carried out according to the Merlin internal regulations and Kenyan labour law.
- Provide the HR department in Nairobi with monthly staff information updates and keep them informed on all disciplinary matters.
- Organise and supervise capacity building and development of national staff.
- Ensure that personnel are funded within the frame of programme budgets.

Person specification

- Strong experience in a similar project management capacity.
- Strong field level experience in a humanitarian and/or emergency context preferably in a coordination/management/operations role, including the following experience: program management cycle, budget preparation, proposal and report writing, logistics, financial and administrative management, monitoring and evaluation.
- Excellent relationship building and diplomacy skills.
- Experience of conducting needs assessments, project development and new project start-up.
- Knowledge and understanding of project management tools (Logical Framework analysis, project cycle management, indicators etc.).
- Proven experience in financial and budget management.
- Good security management experience in an unstable or insecure environment. 
- Supportive human resources and team management experience and skills.
- Representation and networking experience and skills.
- Good understanding of humanitarian and development issues.
- Good experience with remote project management.
- Good organisational skills with a flexible approach to managing and prioritising a heavy workload and multiple tasks in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines.
- Strong problem solving skills and experience of proactively identifying and addressing issues.
- Good leadership skills with a supportive, consultative management style.
- Excellent team worker with experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures.
- Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English.
- Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office.
- An understanding of, and commitment to, Merlin’s mission and values.


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