Norwegian Red Cross (Norway)

Global Surge Public Health Profile

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Last update: May 17, 2023 Last update: May 17, 2023


Deadline: Jun 5, 2023 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Norway Norway
Job type:Permanent position
Work experience: <1 year
Date posted:May 17, 2023


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The Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) is part of the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement, the world’s largest humanitarian network with millions of volunteers operating in 190 countries. The RCRC Movement’s mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies. 

NorCross has established a Global Surge Team with focus on leadership, management and technical competencies for emergency response in complex environments, targeting Health Emergencies and Health in Emergencies. And we are now looking for an experienced Public Health professional  to join our Global Surge Team.

The Public Health profile in the Global Surge Team will play an important role and contribute to strengthen the RCRC's emergency response with the aim of enhancing quality of operations, timeliness and accountability in the delivery of effective humanitarian assistance in sudden onset disasters, conflict and protracted crises. 

The Purpose

The Global Surge Public Health in Emergencies (PHiE) profile deploys in response to disasters, including disease outbreaks and crises around the globe as part of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Emergency response. With the broad range of public health interventions that can be required in an emergency, the PHiE duties/responsibilities will thus vary greatly from one deployment to another. The role will be responsible for assessing the public health needs of communities affected by disaster or crisis with strengthening emergency response by setting up health interventions mitigating the identified health risk.

Duties and responsibilities

Contribute to the assessment, design, implementation and monitoring of operational strategies that include appropriate public health in emergency interventions based on health needs assessment
Guides team in the application of minimum standards and good practices in all aspects of the operations
Continuously assesses and plans actions based on evolving public health risk and needs
Highlight major public health concerns emerging from the operations to management to advocate for action
Represent the emergency response as assigned, including media, backdonors and other organizations as required within his/her area of expertise



Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology or equivalent degree

Essential experience:

Experience with Public Health in Emergency response
High level of ICT skills, including data management and analysis
Experience from different complex emergencies contexts
Proven successful management experience
Extensive field experience
Experience of capacity building and coaching

Desired experience:

A wide range of PH specialists will be considered for the Global Surge Public Health role, including but not limited to:

- Generalists

- Field Epidemiologists

- Vaccination/Infection Prevention Control/ Social Behavior Change Specialists etc.

A working knowledge of French, Arabic or Spanish is an asset
Previous experience(s) within the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement (not required, but an advantage)

Other requirments:

The Norwegian Red Cross will not sponsor visas. All applicants must have the automatic right to work in Norway. (i.e. a EU/ EEA/Swiss citizenship). We will check for evidence of your right to work at assessment stage.
Due to the nature of the work, candidates must be in good health and will have to pass a medical clearance before signing the employment contract
English work proficiency (written and spoken) is required
International driving licence (manual gear) is required

We seek a person who can:

Translates strategic direction into individual and team objectives

Provides team with a clear sense of direction, inspires and co-ordinates others and keep them focused on objectives

Quickly understand and analyse complex issues and problems; comes up with sound and rational judgements

Build a useful network of contacts and relationships and utilize it to achieve objectives

Develop people through delegation, empowerment and coaching; promotes career and self development

Co-operate well with others; shares knowledge, experience and information and supports others in the pursuit of team goals

Is committed to RCRC movement principles and values

The Public Health profile should be flexible and have the ability and willingness to travel extensively, be deployed to a physical demanding working environment in different contexts and work with various stakeholders. The Global Surge Team profile must be able to deploy at short notice, for periods of up to 3 months and to spend up to 70% of their time on deployment abroad. Vacation, rest and recovery days and professional development will be accounted for as a part of the remaining period of non-deployment time.

While not deployed, the Public Health profile as part of the Global Surge Team will be home based in Norway. Other contract modalities for EU/ EEA/Switzerland citizens can be explored, but with no guarantee.
Dose this sound interesting to you? We would love to hear from you!

Why should you apply?

Meaningful: You`ll be a part of the world's largest humanitarian organization, reaching the most vulnerable people in their local community.
Impact: You will help National Societies in the region to become strong, self-sustained and accountable humanitarian actors.
Career: You will be connected to an international organization with staff based all over the world
A great place to work: You will work in a multicultural environment with hard-working, dedicated and fun colleagues with a strong culture of collaboration, continual improvement, and celebration of wins.

Norwegian Red Cross striving to build a working culture based on respect, honesty and generosity.  
We do a thorough background check on relevant candidate.

Position is based in:

Roving position, home based in Norway while not deployed.
Other contract modalities for EU/ EEA/Switzerland citizens can be explored, but with no guarantee.
Candidates who do not meet the requirements of EU/EEA/Swiss will not be considered for this position.

Contract length:
Permanent position for Norwegian based staff