Community Health Officers – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International
Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: 
Reports to:
Health Manager
About US:
The 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.
Job Summary:  The community Health Officer will be
responsible for the direct implementation of community health services aimed at
improving the overall wellbeing of the refugee population in South Western
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Using the existing VHTs and Health workers support the health
    facilities to conduct integrated outreaches, health promotion campaigns,
    disease surveillance and sensitization activities to mitigate potential
    disease outbreaks, using messages approved by the Ministry of Health
  • Work in close collaboration with the Reproductive Health Officer,
    support the provision basic quality reproductive health services to the
    communities within the settlement including pregnancy mapping, condom
    distribution and ensuring effective referrals of pregnant mothers for ANC,
    PNC, other maternal and new born services.
  • Assist in the development of appropriate program monitoring tools
    and continuously assesses the health related needs of the community,
    identify gaps and adapt program activities to respond to these gaps while
    providing oversight to community networks (youth clubs, drama groups VHTs,
    and youth friendly corners).
  • Identify and roll out communication strategies for the community
    health program including the printing, monitoring availability and
    distribution of IEC materials as well as job Aids for community
  • Participate in the development of community program work plans and
    reviewing them on a monthly basis with the medical officer.
  • Facilitate and support collection of the necessary community program
    data that informs programming in the relevant tools, while supporting the
    health facilities/VHT with necessary reporting requirements and
  • Coordinate referral strategies from community to the health
    facilities especially through the VHT system.
  • Represent IRC’s Program to the district health team, health
    sub-district and donor agencies, to ensure all program activities are
    carried out.
  • In collaboration with the DHT, participate in the support
    supervision visits to support Health facilities within the settlement.
  • Maintain regular contact with all partners, including the DHT,
    Ministry of Health, and stakeholders on all matters pertaining to the
    program to avoid duplication of service
Communication /
  • Provide regular feedback to the medical officer on community program
  • Assist in preparation of donor reports.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Community
    Health Officer job must hold a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, diploma in
    clinical medicine/nursing with additional training in public health or its
    equivalent from a recognized Institution.
  • Must be registered with a professional body.
  • Working with district, health facility staff and community based
    groups such as VHTs
  • Previous work with an NGO in similar programs.
  • Good experience in monitoring and evaluation of programs.
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Ability to enhance good interpersonal relationship.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A good command of both written and spoken English.
  • Good knowledge and application of Microsoft word, Excel and Power
  • Proven interpersonal skills
  • Computer literate in MS, internet, power point, etc…
  • Managerial skills
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send updated CVs, cover letters and
filled application form, download
, clearly indicating “COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER” as the subject to: (The Human Resource and Administration department,
International Rescue Committee)
Deadline: 13th February 2019
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