Deputy Health Coordinator Career Opportunity – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Title:      Deputy Health Coordinator
Organization: International
Rescue Committee (IRC)
Kampala, Uganda
Health Coordinator
International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are
shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their
future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been
working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones
where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million
displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and
looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children
from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging
education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping
communities promote peace and long-term development.
 The Deputy Health Coordinator
will support the Health Coordinator in managing all aspects of IRC’s health
programs in Uganda in close collaboration with the Health Coordinator (HC) and
field based Health Managers. Particular responsibility of the Deputy Health
Coordinator (DHC) will be to manage IRC’s health interventions on immunization
and family planning funded through the Pfizer Foundation as well as the operations
research that goes with that, immunization research funded by 3ie and other
areas as needed. The DHC will work with the Health Coordinator and Health
Technical Unit to roll out and follow up on submission of solicited/
unsolicited proposals as well as donor and government reports. In addition, the
DHC will undertake program monitoring and evaluation as well as provide
guidance to field based staff on implementation of health programs in refugee
settlement and local community settings. The job holder will also  collaborate with the Health Coordinator to
maintain regular contact with all partners, including the Ministry of Health,
UN agencies and other NGOs, and will also contribute to fulfilling IRC
strategic objectives and the country program strategy action plan (SAP) for the
health sector. Technical support will be received from the New York and London
based Technical Advisors.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Technical:
Actively participate in the development of new
proposals and initiatives for the IRC health program in Uganda.
Render support in identifying unmet needs in the
health sector at project sites and explore the potential of IRC in addressing
those needs according to the Uganda SAP.
Provide technical supervision of all IRC health
projects to ensure quality implementation. Extend technical support and
supervision to the IRC’s implementing partners
Ensure that health programs utilize standardized
protocols, policies and guidelines, as recommended by the IRC, Ministry of
Health and WHO. Ensure that all health activities are consistent with
established best practices.
Actively promote the quality of the IRC’s health
programs by setting up quality assurance systems and checks in collaboration
with the HC and field based health staff
Work in liaison with the Health Coordinator,
ensure that appropriate communication channels are maintained with the Health
Unit Technical staff in NY.
2. Grant Management:
Ensure that all assigned health grants are
implemented according to internal IRC and donor regulations with an overall
review by the HC
Take part in grant opening, midterm review and
grant closing meetings for all health grants and ensure that the same process
is implemented in the field
Provide technical support to field staff in use of
grant management tools such as the budget tracking tools, activity progress
monitoring tools, procurement plans, etc.
3. Budget Monitoring:
Carry out monthly BVA reviews and make appropriate
recommendations to the finance and logistics staff in Nairobi as well as to the
field based health staff
Ensure that assigned budgets are spent according
to plan and as per contractual agreements with respective donors
Work closely with field staff develop spending
plans and monitor the implementation of these spending plans for respective
4. Monitoring & Evaluation:
Ensure that the stated goals and objectives of all
assigned health projects are met with strong monitoring and, evaluation follow
up and reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner
Take part in the design of robust program’s
M&E plans and design/adapt health information systems including
surveillance systems for the IRC health programs in Uganda; Conduct regular
project review meetings with field based staff to assess the level of
achievement of project targets for the assigned health grants. Monitor program
implementation against work plans and overall project objectives, documenting
progress and achievements, providing analysis and adapt program strategy and
implementation accordingly
Ensure effective and high quality reporting,
monitoring and evaluation systems for both internal and external use, capturing
best practice to support program decision making
Lead and coordinate the capacity building for
field based program staff, as well as partner organizations’ staff where
appropriate, on monitoring, supervision and evaluation, as well as other
identified areas to build the knowledge and implementation of M&E
activities throughout the project. Relevant trainings may include basic concepts,
qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, analysis and use of
M&E data
5. Human Resource Management:
Work closely with the Health Coordinator, lead the
health sector staff development plans for project staff based on performance
reviews in collaboration with the human resources department and contribute to
the training of health staffs (mentoring, on-the-job sessions as well as formal
Work closely with the HC and Admin & HR
Officer, review applicants for all health positions and assist in the
recruitment of qualified health staff.
6. Representation and Advocacy:
In coordination with the HC, actively develop and
maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Uganda
including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs,
and other relevant actors.
Develop strategic partnerships with local
organizations, wherever possible.
Represent IRC to local communities, government
departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.
Assist in organizing donor site visits by
supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and
visit activities.
Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s
Degree in Medicine / registered Nurse / Clinical Officer, with MPH.
At least five years’ experience in developing,
management/coordinating health programs in a wide range of contexts such as
developing/ under developed countries, refugee settings, natural disaster etc
Proven exposure and experience in design and use
of project design tools, project/grant management tools, data collection and
monitoring and evaluation systems.
Prior experience in situation analysis, health
assessments and program implementation.
Previous experience in working with and
coordinating with the UN, EU, US donors, internationals and national NGOs and
government agencies.
Demonstrated experience in capacity building and
mentoring and team building. Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation
A dynamic and flexible individual with ability to
multi task and who can work under pressure and acts as a team player;
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Excellent Microsoft word and Microsoft excel,
power-point presentation skills.
Willingness to travel to ‘insecure areas’ within
the constraints of IRC Uganda’s security policy.
Female and Ugandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. International
allowances are not available, position open to Ugandan Nationals only.
to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should apply online by clicking on link
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