Position: Health Coordinator (Maternity Cover)
Supervisor: Deputy Director Programs
Duration: 5.5 Months
Background: The International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities.
The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Mudug and Galgadud regions) and Mogadishu implementing interventions in the areas of livelihood, Governance, protection, GBV, WASH and health reaching out to more than 200,000 conflict and drought affected people.
Summary of Responsibilities:
This is a senior, international level position, within the Somalia Senior Management Team.
The position will be particularly responsible for: overseeing the development and timely implementation of program activities in line with approved budgets and proposals and following up on the project’s monitoring and evaluation activities.
The temporary assigned Health Coordinator will be based in Nairobi with travels to the field.
This position will work with the incumbent Health Coordinator (HC), field site Health Managers and Senior Medical Officers to roll out and follow up on implementation of proposals as well as donor and government reports.
In addition, the position will provide oversight to field based staff on implementation of primary and secondary healthcare and public health interventions.
The temporary Health Coordinator will report to the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP).
Representation, Coordination and Advocacy
- Enhance coordination and advocacy with other health stakeholders and avoid overlap and duplication of projects with other donors
- Represent IRC in external coordination meetings with the UN/NGOs, donors, partners and government in Nairobi and the field in collaboration with the DDP; participate actively in various coordination mechanisms including Health working groups and coordination meetings to develop and maintain internal and external relationships to promote program linkages
- Keep the local authorities and other project stakeholders well informed of the progress of the program
- Be the donor liaison on Health technical issues for the Somalia Country Program
Program Development and Planning
- Lead the development and expansion of the IRC Health sector throughout Somalia, as opportunities arise. This will involve conducting quality assessments, development of quality concept notes and proposals and development of new projects and initiatives
- Conduct gap analysis in Puntland to identify key community needs in the area of iCCM, and if appropriate, develop an iCCM concept paper with a budget
- Lead the process of planning and implementation of health projects and provide ongoing quality technical support to the field teams, including, development of monthly sector plans, detailed implementation plans for each grant and establish communication channels with the field
Program implementation and monitoring (M&E)
- Work with the field teams to develop specific M&E systems for each health grant, ensure timely submission of monthly and quarterly grant reports; weekly updates; and documentation and sharing of these case studies within the organization
- Generate health data to be used internally and externally by donors and cluster systems to influence donor policies with the purpose of generating more funding
- 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
- Maintain regular communications on program work to the DDP
- Lead the development of realistic budgets for the health program and identify areas which require fundraising
- Effectively manage health program and staff; ensure all PRs raised are in line with approved budgets, closely monitor the weekly and monthly PR tracking sheets and closely follow up on budget spending in line with budget holding responsibilities
Required Qualifications & Competence:
- Background in health preferable: medical doctor
- Masters degree preferably in public health or international development
- Minimum 5 years’ experience in developing, managing/coordinating health programs in a wide range of contexts such as developing/under developed countries, refugee settings, natural disasters, etc
- Demonstrated ability to work in insecure and inaccessible settings
- Experience in nutrition interventions/integrating nutrition within primary care is highly desirable
- Experience in coordinating with MoH and other stakeholders
- Strong management (including Remote management), assessment, project planning, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Packages and Statistical Packages is a must
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
- Experience implementing community outreach strategies for health is desirable
To apply for this position, interested candidates should visit this link: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=10601
Deadline for all applications: 15th June 2014