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Senior Health Officer at International Rescue Committee (IRC)


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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

Job Title: Senior Health Officer

Requisition ID: req32063
Location: Monguno, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time
Sector: Health
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Open to Expatriates: No

Job Overview / Summary

  • Under the supervision of Senior Health Manger, the Senior Health Officer will be responsible for all Health projects in Monguno Local Government Area and is expected to ensure integrity, high level transparency and commitment in the implementation of the project.
  • He or she is responsible for overseeing all primary healthcare including reproductive health care activities for IRC supported health facilities in the LGA.
  • The Senior Health Officers will oversee and supervises supported SMOH health facility staff and reports to the Sector through the Health Manager.

Major Responsibilities
Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy:

Health program management:

  • Support planning and implementing of the project activities and outputs at the field level to ensure the project achieves its objective of improving access to quality health services
  • Will take a lead in coordinating with LGA authorities reviewing all the technical reports from the Implementing Partners which authorities assigned to them.
  • Track the performance of the project activities and targets against the expected results and advise on implementation process to ensure the project is progressing towards attaining its targets in each LGA.
  • Conduct periodic analysis of progress of the health projects at the LGA level and promote learning and sharing of best practices and lessons learnt through documentation
  • Identifying program gaps in the supported health facilities services with immediate solution for further necessary steps to address those gap.
  • Provide capacity building and on-job coaching to Facility staff on Antenatal care, delivery care, postnatal care, family planning counseling, STI counseling and treatment and post-abortion care in supported facilities.
  • Oversee the implementation of quality PHC/SRH program activities at all IRC supported health facilities in the targeted areas.
  • Coordinate assigned LGA needs assessments and capacity building plans leading to potential support in future in identified gaps.
  • Act as liaison between the IRC, LGA and other implementing partners in the assigned LGA.
  • Create an enabling environment to promote information sharing, partnerships and cordial relationship between community, government structures and target communities where the project works
  • Foster inter program linkages, exchange information and experiences and contribute actively to protection and disaster risk reduction mainstreaming in the health program
  • Collaborate with other relevant sectors especially Environmental Health, as well as Nutrition, Women Protection & Empowerment, and Child Protection to ensure holistic service package is available in response to the needs.
  • Design and lead assessments to ensure quality programing including IPC, needs/gaps finding, and emergencies.
  • Support proper facility data collection and recording in the IRC supported units and women centers, support the compilation of data and generation of quality Health reports on a regular and timely manner;
  • Support health facility-level reporting to SMOHs through LGA health authorities especially the HMIS.
  • In line with the communication strategies of the consortium, ensure visibility of the project and project strategies at field level
  • Support collection of stories and photographs that demonstrate the positive impact of the project.
  • Monitor the performance of each supported health facilities with regular visits to the LGA health office, health facilities and communities
  • Track work plan progress and participate in the review meetings with LGAs and Implementing Partners in the assigned LGAs.

Key Deliverables

  • Regular communication to provide updates on projects using various forms of communication relevant for the message and audience; these include the security situation, monthly field visit reports and reports on workshops/trainings conducted.
  • Notify the Senior Health Mangers on changes in security context in the assigned LGA as and when they occur to inform implementation, security and safety of staff and other related partners
  • Support the implementation of an appropriate visibility strategy
  • Report challenges and/or solutions and gaps if any
  • Facilitate the data flow of all reporting.
  • Updates on outcomes of reviews needs assessments and capacity building plans.
  • Draft success stories on key project impacts in the assigned LGAs.

Program Development / Grant Management:

  • Contribute to design, planning, and drafting new proposals.
  • Contribute to donors’ reporting whenever necessary.
  • In collaboration with Health Managers, develop and expenditure plan, review budget vs. actual expenditure for health grants on a monthly basis and take necessary actions;
  • Ensuring budgets are used appropriately and efficiently and spending is in line with the IRC financial procedures and donor requirements.
  • Ensure data collection, data compilation, timely preparation and submission of all internal reports including weekly and other associated monthly, quarterly, donor and special reports.

Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:

  • Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies.
  • Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the strengths of the team in Nigeria .
  • Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.
  • Look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate. As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by the end of assignment.
  • 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.
  • Approve and manage all time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviews..
  • Hold high-quality meetings with each direct report on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly.
  • Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing guidance on career paths.
  • As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.

Research, Learning and Analysis:
Monitoring health program implementation:

  • Monitor project implementation and provide on spot support to field teams and propose modifications as necessary;
  • Ensure regular health program data analysis and review, take follow up action on project implementation and prepare relevant action reports;
  • In coordination with the Health Manager actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders with government actors, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors;
  • Attend all relevant meetings in relation to the health program as may be required and feed in the IRC priorities during meetings;
  • Facilitate field visits for internal and external stakeholders, when required.
  • Monitor and promote integrated programming in a way that increases overall impact of health program at the community level.
  • Coordination & Representation
  • Represent the program to Local government representatives, , partner agencies, etc. as required;

Key Working Relationships

  • Position Reports to: Health Manager
  • Indirect/Technical Reporting: Health Coordinator, Senior Health/SRH Manager, Health Manager and Nutrition Coordination Manager 
  • Position directly Supervises: Health Manager, 

Key Internal Contacts:

  • Country Program:SPCs, Deputy Director Program, Deputy Director Field Management, Finance Manager, Supply chain Manager, Senior Area Manager,

Key External Contacts: 

  • INGO Partner

Requirements

  • Health Professional (MD or RN with a MPH is preferred) with strong public health background.
  • A person of high professional discipline and moral integrity, able to work independently and under stress as the situation may dictate.
  • Experience in donor report writing and proposal development
  • Have experience in general management including financial and budget management, HR and logistics management.
  • Languages: English
  • Ability to Travel: 30 % of time if applicable.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in managing and implementing primary and secondary health programs.
  • Able to lead a team and experience in staff management.
  • Experience in outbreak response interventions
  • Ability to work with displaced communities with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

  • Background in situation analysis, Health System strengthening, health assessments M&E and program implementation.

Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:

  • Skills and experience of project management
  • Flexible, diplomatic and have ability and willingness live and work under pressure of workloads.

Computer/Other Tech Requirements:

  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.Add position-specific (e.g. accounting software, statistical software, etc.).

 

 

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