Environmental Health Coordinator

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Buea, Cameroon
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and French


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Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

IRC has been present in Cameroon since January 2016 when the organization launched an assessment in response to increasing concerns for people affected by violence linked to Boko Haram.  In March 2016, IRC opened a field office in Mora in the Far North, delivering lifesaving programming to increase access to water and improving hygiene practices in vulnerable displaced and host communities.  Soon after the IRC launched unconditional cash programming to enable poor families to meet basic needs and improve food security, further expanding programming into GBV prevention, service provision and case management.  With funds from USAID, ECHO, SIDA, SV and Irish Aid, the IRC has an ambitious expansion plan to rapidly meet the needs of a growing number of increasingly vulnerable displaced and host families.

JOB OVERVIEW: The Environmental Health (EH) Coordinator will provide regular technical support, overall program guidance and monitoring visits to EH team activities to ensure that interventions are technically sound, take into account international best practices, and are appropriately meeting the needs of the country program's clients in target communities.  Other key objectives of the role include building the capacity of national staff and partners involved in the implementation, design, development, and management of EH projects of IRC Cameroon through ongoing contextual analysis. In line with IRC's emphasis on integrated programming, the EH Coordinator will work with coordinators from other sectors to actively pursue integrated programming opportunities and ensure timely, effective, and efficient implementation of the program as well as high quality of all components of the sector. The EH Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director of Programs with a dotted line relationship to the Buea Field Coordinator.


Program Quality

  • Ensure that all EH interventions within the Cameroon Country Program are in accordance with the Country Program strategy and other IRC specific frameworks, and meet or exceed international standards
  • Ensure that new programming follows the IRC Cameroon program design guidelines; is informed by input from the clients and includes field staff participation
  • In coordination with the grants department, actively seek new funding for continued EH programming in the region, as per the EH sector strategy developed.  Lead EH program staff in the development of new projects including budgets
  • As applicable, supervise emergency responses including designing and conducting assessments, analyzing data in a timely fashion and producing reports and implementing and coordinating the EH response
  • Conduct and/or support trainings for the EH sector to ensure quality and appropriateness
  • Take the lead in designing tools and conducting baselines and project evaluations. Ensure that M&E plans are developed and monitored for all EH program activities.
  • Liaise with relevant Technical Coordinators to support the design, provide training and ensure cross-sectoral integration
  • Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate EH analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy
  • Ensure regular communication with the EH Technical Unit to integrate appropriate technical unit priorities in program design
  • Work closely with the Feedback Mechanism Officer to ensure the respect of client responsiveness SOPs in all EH intervention areas
  • Provide technical support to the Feedback Mechanism Officer and the M&E Manager for the development and implementation of the CP's M&E and feedback mechanism systems
  • Collaborate closely with the CP's Protection Mainstreaming Officer to ensure EH programming meet humanitarian standards, mainstream protection, align with IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework, and respond to community and monitoring feedback

Staff Supervision & Development

  • Coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing professional development guidance
  • Supervise and mentor staff, including communicating clear expectations, and in partnership with the direct line supervisor, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and contribute to the annual and mid-year performance reviews
  • Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being; approve and manage all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage
  • Offer leadership support for successful adherence by staff to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures
  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations

Grant Management

  • Responsible for the overall achievement of current grants
  • Support implementation and ensure adherence to grant work plans, spending plans and monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Work closely and coordinate with ERD, PRoL, WPE, and other program coordinators to ensure program synergy, and where possible integration of risk reduction activities
  • Work closely with IRC Operations, Finance and Grant departments to ensure compliance with grant requirements
  • Support development and maintenance of effective and efficient oversight, support, quality control and reporting systems and processes
  • Ensure high-quality IRC and donor reports on activities, indicators and achievements
  • Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications
  • Ensure that proper M&E systems are in place
  • Ensure that all internal and external reporting requirements are met, that reports are of a high quality and are submitted on time

Coordination & Representation

  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors
  • Regularly attend EH sub-cluster meetings at appropriate levels to feed in IRC priorities
  • Interact with the media and respond to media requests involving EH programming, when relevant and necessary
  • Ensure field concerns and challenges are brought to relevant stakeholders to push for standards and procedures systematizing EH field implementation and coordination
  • Identify advocacy opportunities together with the Deputy Director for Programs and based on information coming from the field
  • Together with the DDP, work closely with IRC’s advocacy and media teams, and the EH Technical Unit for the launch and dissemination of research reports and findings
  • Together with the DDP, contribute to the advocacy efforts of IRC Cameroon and the West Africa Region through analysis of the policy environment and trends
  • Support the greater sharing and use of research and learning within IRC’s program sectors, including by contributing to program development and design, to ensure interventions are responsive to needs and informed by a sound understanding of Cameroon’s environment

Program Development

  • Lead the development of the strategy for the EH program
  • Contribute to the development of the overall country program strategic direction as well as the associated implementation plan
  • Collaborate closely with WPE, PRoL, ERD, and other technical sectors to assure program integration as well as risk reduction activities
  • Lead development of narrative and budgets for proposals through planning and program design with relevant field-based staff, ensuring technical standards are taken into considering before submission
  • Coordinate with other IRC technical sectors to provide relevant input and support enhancing the protection and empowerment of women, girls, persons with specific needs, or other vulnerable groups


  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs


Internal and/or external contacts

Internal: Sector Coordinators and Program Managers, Finance and Supply Chain Departments; Award Management Units in NY and UK; Communications Team in UK and NY.


  • Provide technical support for the country program's SW voucher approach as well as for setting up emergency programming;
  • Proposal development for OFDA, GFFO, BPRM, ECHO, and other potential opportunities;
  • Coordinate the drafting of final, interim, and informal reports to donors;
  • Organize the visit of the EH TA as well as staff trainings;
  • Review/revise EH fact sheets, success stories, reports, and other EH communications materials;
  • Update country program’s data in the OPS in partnership with the grants and communications officer;
  • Participation in GRMs, GCMs, and GOMs and ensure follow-up with relevant stakeholders to resolve any potential issues that come up at these meetings;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the DDP.


  • Master's degree (or equivalent experience) in engineering, environmental science or public health (MPH) or related discipline; specialization in Water, sanitation and hygiene preferred
  • A minimum of five to 10 years of professional experience in the management of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion projects in emergency and development contexts
  • Previous experience working in emergencies or precarious environments
  • Excellent understanding of EH issues in emergencies and knowledge of SPHERE
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required internal reporting deadlines
  • Experience working in multi-cultural settings and unstable security environments
  • Previous experience working with international partners, such as USAID, Sida, and ECHO
  • Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English to ensure effective representation and liaison with external parties.  In addition, applicants must be able to speak, read and write in Frenchat a proficient level as they will also provide coverage for projects in Cameroon’s Francophone Far North region
  • Previous experience supervising, managing, coaching, and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural and insecure setting
  • Proven abilities in multi-sectoral programming including the ability to design and coordinate interventions and build capacity across teams
  • Capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct implementation, advisory functions, training and the transfer of technical knowledge, and management skills tonational and international staff
  • Excellent computer skills in programs such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint
  • Personal qualities: Team player, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well


  • Knowledge of issues relating to youth and women programming
  • Experience leading multi-agency coordination forums
  • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response 

Working Environment

Security in the Far North and the South West regions of Cameroon is level III (orange) and the IRC has a curfew in place.  Lodging is in a shared IRC guesthouse. 

Professional Standards

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.