Emergency Medical Logistician

Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Full-time position

Emergency Medical Logistician

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Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education and power. Given the disparity faced by women and girls, we specifically seek to narrow inequalities in the outcomes we seek, and to ensure that women and girls achieve equally to men and boys.

Health programs represent the largest single sector within which IRC currently operates, constituting approximately 45% of the international budget and with activities in 25 countries. IRC health programs worldwide are implemented in partnership with Ministry of Health and/or non-governmental organizations. IRC is also engages in direct provision of health care, safe drinking water and sanitation support to beneficiaries where needed. Currently, IRC supports or manages 75 hospitals, 1,256 health centers, and 788 health posts through a network of over eight hundred public health and clinical staff employed by IRC country programs. The facility-based care is complemented by community-level primary health care work implemented by about 9,000 community health workers.

Job Overview/Summary:

Emergency Health is a program area at the IRC that sits jointly within the Health Unit and the Emergency Unit, and encompasses public health, WASH and nutrition programming. With few predictable and effective health service providers in emergencies, there are major gaps in scale and scope to provide effective survival health interventions in emergencies to affected populations. With health and WASH comprising 2 of 3 IRC first priority interventions in emergencies, IRC plans to fill a niche in this field, branding itself as a fast, predictable and effective provider of critical health and WASH services in emergencies, aligned with IRC’s emergency and 2015-2020 global strategies.

To implement effective medical logistics during IRC emergency health responses, in accordance with organizational, international, and donor standards; timely procurement and appropriate management of the medical supplies required to deliver essential emergency health services, as defined by the IRC’s Emergency Health Package, as well as the setup of IRC drug management tools/systems to ensure continuous and accurate oversight of health commodities.

Major Responsibilities:

    • Be prepared to be deployed within 72 hours
    • Liaise with host government, UN/INGO partners, and any other relevant stakeholders to ensure smooth reception of international medical supply orders, with particular attention to efficient customs clearance
    • Contribute to (drafting and review) donor proposals and budgets that include pharmaceutical/medical supply components, in close collaboration with Health Coordinator, IRC grants and finance staff
    •  Adapt, set up, and implement the IRC’s approved drug management tools/system, including training any relevant staff for support and/or handover
    • Ensure quality of field pharmaceutical supply chain, including storage, export/import, distribution, medicines management within healthcare facilities; healthcare waste management, controlled drug management, etc.
    • Coordinate with in-country health staff, and the Drug Management Technical Advisor as needed, to guarantee that IRC’s medicine selection, treatment protocols, and administration/dispensary guidance conform to national, international, and donor rules and regulations
    • Identify medical logistics staff (both national and international), in coordination with Emergency Unit and HR, to support emergency health programming in order to ensure timely recruitment and training of staff and guarantee pharmaceutical compliance
    • Support the IRC’s Health, Reproductive Health, Environmental Health & Nutrition Coordinators (emergency or country program) on any issues surrounding pharmaceuticals/medical commodities, as needed
    • Prepare timely and detailed drug management reports for donors and IRC compliance
    • Support set-up/construction of medical infrastructure (clinics, mobile teams, isolation facilities, maternity, etc.) in compliance with infection control standards in collaboration with IRC Health, Reproductive Health Environmental Health & Nutrition coordinators

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Health Coordinator/Field Director Position directly supervises: national staff hired to support pharmaceutical/medical supply management (depends on response structure)

Frequent Collaborators: Emergency Health core team; Drug Management Technical Advisor; Global Supply Chain Managers Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Global Supply Chain Unit, Emergency Unit, Health Unit, Regional Directors, and Country Directors

External:  UN agencies, NGOs, Interagency meds/supplies consortia, IASC Global Logistics, Health, WASH, Nutrition Clusters, Ministries of Health

Job Requirements:


Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in Logistics/Supply Chain with Health background, or Master’s degree in Pharmacy or equivalent professional experience with background in medical logistics

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ management experience, including significant field operations experience supporting  emergency activities
  • Experience in medical procurement and in pharmaceutical supply chain management (procurement, import/export, warehousing, stock control, transport, distribution)
  • Experience working in the NGO sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and in emergency response/humanitarian environments
  • Experience in conducting pharmacy, supply chain or health assessments, particularly in an emergency context.
  • Experience working with key institutional donors including ECHO, DFID, USAID/OFDA
  • Experience working with a variety of agencies and coordination groups in a humanitarian setting
  •  Experience in capacity-building and supervision of logistic staff
  • Experience in Public Health relating to Essential Medicines, National Drug Policies, Quality Assurance or clinical pharmacy, outbreak control, a plus
  • Experience in set-up and construction of medical infrastructure, including during outbreaks, a plus 

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong planning, management and decision making experience, with the ability to organize a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities.
  • Strong practical knowledge of essential drugs, consumables and equipment
  • Flexible work attitude: Be flexible and yet focused & reliable in an environment of changing demands
  • Effective people and program management skills in acute emergency contexts: the ability to train, lead and manage staff productively under stressful circumstances

Language Skills: 

English, French and/or Spanish would be an asset 

Working Environment: 

Global position, with deployment depending on emergencies and country-level preparedness work

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