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Sierra Leone: Health Coordinator

11.14.2013 · Posted in NGO / Non Profit Jobs

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 14 Dec 2013

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.

Present in Sierra Leone since 1999, IRC supports the Sierra Leonean institutions – government, civil society, community-based organizations and private sector – to provide improved social services, decrease youth unemployment and mitigate gender based violence.

The health programme is currently at a very exciting transitional stage both in terms of funding and integration. Currently IRC is supporting, th rough DFID, a large reproductive health programme for which funding is secured for 3 years in Kenema district and just starting in Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone.

DFID is a new and dynamic donor with demanding requirements so this is a great opportunity to showcase the work of IRC in partnering with the Ministry staff with a health system strengthening approach to improve the maternal and neonatal health outcomes for women and babies in two districts in Sierra Leone

In addition the design of the IRC programme is such that it works alongside community mechanisms of engagement strengthening them in an effort to establish a means of local and national level accountability and advocacy.

This programme offers a great opportunity not only to provide the ‘hard’ inputs required to establish an effective and safe mechanism for service delivery but also to work on the systems and develop a programme of good governance and advocacy to ensure women an d their newborns are receiving the care they require and deserve.

In addition to this there has been a very successful integrated Community Case Management programme (iCCM) which is coming to completion and from which the IRC is planning to hand over to the MOHS and exit from at the end of 2014. Currently this programme is being implemented in 4 districts by IRC: Kono, Kenema, Kambia and Tonkolili. While there is currently a Coordinator responsible for this programme this could also come under the remit of the Health Coordinator during the final stages of exit and handover.

Working under the direction of the Deputy Director of Programmes, the Health Coordinator is responsible for overall program implementation, donor compliance and budget management along with district level representation with the District Health Management Team (DHMT), donor agencies and local and international stakeholders. The Coordinator will be responsible for supervising and leading the He alth programme through and into its next exciting phase into a health programme with a strong governance and rights perspective that supports but also holds the ‘powers’ of service provision accountable meeting the demands for services required by the communities.

* Technical Responsibilities:

–Provide technical support and mentoring to the experienced staff, new staff and partners implementing the projects in the field
–Contribute to reviews and evaluation processes which will inform project implementation and direction.
–Develop new/complimentary concepts/proposals to ensure sustained funding.
–Work with the TU in HQ and the UK team in programme design, reporting and compliance issues.
–Work closely with the Ministries to ensure that programme activities are aligned to their priorities and they are fully informed of the project progress.
–Invest significant time i n establishing/maintaining local partnerships with key external stakeholders, to raise the profile of IRC’s health programming to maximize everyone’s potential and opportunities.
–Work closely with the support teams (eg finance, logistics and grants team) to ensure quality programming is delivered
* Strategic:
–Work the Country Program and the Regional Unit to develop the new Country Strategic Plan (CSP) and support the integration of its objectives into the Health sector
* Team management, Leadership and HR:
–To provide management leadership and expertise ensuring a quality but value for money programme
–Review and update the practical day to day management and implementation of the program while promoting the active participation and involvement of the District Health Team and other stakeholders.
–Lead the design and participate in assessments, surveys, evaluations, research and advo cacy initiatives.
–Develop a nationalization plan and identify appropriate key staff to mentor.
* Program Monitoring and Integration:
–Conduct monthly field monitoring visits to review programme activities, and staff performance.
–Regularly and actively work with and support other program coordinators (Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Education) to ensure knowledge and best practices are shared across the programmes
–Work with the other programme Coordinators and Deputy Director of Programmes to identify areas of integration and joint programming.

* Health background with an advanced degree in international development
* International experience in health with a minimum two years in an organizational management position.
* Required experience in health management and system strengthening in an African context and working with partners.
* International experience with preference in Africa
* Strong communication and negotiation skills with expertise in advocacy
* Proven expertise in data management including management of an evolving health information system providing quality assurance through keen analysis
* Strong planning, monitoring and evaluation skills;
* Proven personnel management experience;
* Excellent writing skills including previous proposal writing experience;
* Demonstrated budget management and donor compliance expertise
* English written and spoken language fluency

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