Health Assistant

Health Assistant

Sovagasmoz - Logistics Officer

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Health Assistant
Date of issue:08-10-2020
Closing date (Geneva time zone):15-10-2020

Duty station:Beira
Duty station status: N/A
Accompanied status: N/A

Duration:7 MONTHS
Category of Staff: National Staff

Grade: Not applicable
Vacancy No:IFRC04484


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services. The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat. Cyclone Idai made landfall on the evening of 15 March 2019 in the port city of Beira located in Sofala Province of Central Mozambique. The cyclone wreaked havoc on Beira and surrounding areas resulting in loss of communication, important damage and destruction to shelter and settlements, health and WASH facilities and thousands of hectares of standing crops, communication infrastructures and as well as loss of life and injury. In response, the IFRC launched a CHF 31 million-dollar, 24 month appeal seeking to support over 200,000 people in the areas of health, shelter, WASH, Protection Gender and Inclusion and National Society Development.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Public Health Delegate, the Health assistant:

  • Supports the National Society in developing regular and quality technical health support
  • Assists the Health sector in managing the administration of the operation in five provinces
  • Contribute to increasing quality of the Community-based Health activities

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The Health Assistant is responsible for:

  • Support the monitoring of the Health operation developments and coordination of all the health activities closely with the CVM, field staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders
  • Assure transparency of implementation of activities by organizing documentation accordingly
  • Support Health staff in organization of field trips including administration, finance, and logistics
  • Contribute to increasing quality of activities of the Health sector through data management and monitoring
  • Translation of documents
  • Represent IFRC in meeting´s with stakeholders if the health delegate and senior health officer are not available
  • Projects within the Health sector based on the needs (for example Malnutrition)


Bachelor’s Degree in Health


  • At least 3 years post qualification experience
  • IFRC/ICRC experience
  • Knowledge, skills and languages
  • Self-supporting in computers
  • Knowledge in Program and financial management
  • Knowledge of humanitarian Community based Health and First Aid
  • Ability to build and develop Branch capacity (with Strong facilitation and training skills)
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure
  • Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with partners, counterparts Self-management skills within a distance management setup
  • Good analytical skills with good communication and report writing skills
  • Good knowledge of the operational context
  • Flexibility and ability to travel in the operation’s areas


  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Portuguese
  • Local languages Ndau, Sena, Matewe, Manungue
  • Competencies and values
  • National Society relations
  • Communication - Teamwork
  • rofessionalism – Integrity - Diversity
  • Judgement-Decision-making
  • Results focus and accountability