Public Health Specialist
Type of contract: Casual
The Canadian Red Cross, part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, is hiring a Public Health Specialist
We help people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and support them in strengthening their resilience. We are committed to having an accessible, diverse, and inclusive work environment where people with all abilities, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations can reach their full potential. We encourage all qualified persons particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, women, veterans, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace to apply.
Do you have a passion for helping others and want to work with other dedicated individuals? Find out if this role is for you now.
As a Public Health Specialist (National) you will work in collaboration with the Team Leader or a designated management position, other CRC Partners, ERT responders, staff and volunteers, local health authorities and affected communities within the domestic operations team. You will provide technical advice on Epidemic Prevention Control (EPC) through Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures to support institutions in the safe adaption and implementation of IPC protocols and enhance the development and organization of a safe healthcare environment in an epidemic/ pandemic context, given the nature of epidemic/ pandemic context, the intensity and types of activities may vary by rotation
Note: A wide range of Public Health Specialists will be considered for the Public Health roster including but not limited to: Health and Safety, Public Health, IPC, Contact Tracing, Vaccination and Community Mobilization Specialists etc
As a Public Health Specialist you will:
Conduct (on-site or virtual) EPC rapid assessment of facilities based on partner’s EPC needs. Present written report and recommendations to management, as requested.
Analyze information and processes and develop efficient EPC strategies for the site(s) or with the team(s) under your purview, while respecting CRC protocols
Support the implementation of agreed EPC recommendations, which can include but are not limited to:
Support the overall strategy for the design of zones (red, yellow, green) and donning and doffing stations, among other design support, from planning through implementation
Conduct EPC Trainings-of-trainers and/ or prevention workshops to build local capacity
Monitor/ reinforcement and compliance of IPC measures/ protocols and PPE.
Other EPC / public health activities as agreed with internal and/or external partners
Share evidence-based epidemic/ pandemic resources to operations team and support operations to ensure overall health and safety of clients and staff, partners and community members as required.
Support and carry out timely, quality reporting as required by operations and technical teams
Represent the Public Health Team, coordinate with internal and external stakeholders at various levels as needed and establish and maintain effective working relationships with the following entities:
HiE(Health in Emergencies)- Provincial and National Team
Health and Safety Committee
Field Operations Team
Facility IPC technical team, facility management team
Local, provincial, regional, or other health authorities and partners as required
Provide support to new Public Health team members and support operation in EPC workforce plan
Ensure monitoring and reporting of Public Health staff technical needs and provide solutions, as requested, including increasing knowledge and skills or compliance of established policies and practices through reminders, online trainings, updates or sharing of policies or guidance documents, etc.
Support technical training of Public Health team in their activities
Report writing and/ or review; ensure reports are sent to relevant stakeholders, as needed
Escalate technical issues to CRC Health technical line manager or health authorities for decision or follow-up
What we are looking for:
Bachelor's degree or a Post Graduate Degree in one of the following areas: medicine, nursing, public health, paramedic, or IPC is required (the region or country of license not required as this is not a clinical role)
Minimum 3 years experience in clinical health, public health and/or epidemic pandemic management is required
Experience in IPC / PPE training is an asset
Fluency in English is required; knowledge of French and other languages is considered an asset. For Quebec applicants, fluency in French is required.
Training, facilitation, and coaching skills.
Ability to liaise and foster effective working relationships with stakeholders at various levels
Commitment to gender, diversity, and social inclusion
Ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment
Strong teamwork, analytical, organizational and time management skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Zoom, etc.)
Resilience in a continuously evolving environment
Valid Driver’s License is considered an asset
For field-based positions, difficult, physically and psychologically demanding working conditions are expected including the following:
Due to dynamic nature of an emergency and proximity to epidemic/ pandemic affected area, issues with access and mobility and strict protocols and procedures
Very basic living conditions, long work hours in a demanding context, with limited resources
Stressful, rapidly changing environment
The ability to work in a high risk, continuously evolving situation may be required, as is the ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions
While CRC will accommodate individuals that are unable to be fully-vaccinated, full vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for this position due to government/partner requirements.
The Canadian Red Cross is an organization guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please notify us as soon as possible. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.
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