Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a prominent international organization working in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.
Present in the CAR since 2006 the IRC is currently expanding its Country Program (CP) to respond to the ongoing emergency response and develop programs for the early recovery stage in country. The CP is active in 3 locations across the country (Bangui, Bocarganga and Kaga Bandoro) and four sectors (Health, Water and Sanitation, Food Security/Livelihoods, and Protection). The team includes 15 international staff and around 150 national staff.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Health & Nutrition Coordinator is the focal point for health programs in country and will ensure the implementation of a quality primary health care programming in communities in the prefectures where IRC is present. The Health & Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining regular contact with all partners, including the Ministry of Health, UN agencies and other NGOs, and will also be responsible for fulfilling IRC strategic objectives for the health sector. As part of the senior country coordination team, he/she ensures proper diffusion of the information related to his programs and enhances the coordination between departments. He/she is the reference person to develop a coherent heath programming approach and propose health related strategies to the country management team The Health & Nutrition Coordinator supervises all Health staff in Bocaranga, provides technical assistance to the Health Manager based in Kaga Bandoro, and reports to the Area Programme Coordinator (APC) in Bocaranga. He/She collaborates closely with the Area Programe Coordinators in Bocaranaga and Kaga Bandoro for local strategic and implementation aspects. The health coordinator will nevertheless report directly to the country director and/or the Senior Program Coordinator. For technical expertise the coordinator will liaise closely with the technical unit based in NYC. The position is based 80 % in Bocaranga with regular trips to Bangui and Kaga Bandoro.
Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
- In collaboration with the Health and Nutrition Technical Unit in New York, the DDP and Field Coordinator/Area coordinator (local management structure), oversee the implementation of health and nutrition projects implemented by IRC in country.
- Ensure that the stated goals and objectives of all health projects are met with strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) follow up, including any required operational research, with technical support from the Health Information Management team in New York as needed.
- Ensure that health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Ministry of Health and WHO. Ensure that all health activities are consistent with established best practices.
- Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt health information systems including surveillance systems for the IRC health programs.
- Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action based on data and identified needs.
- Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all health and nutrition programs in line with IRC’s guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements.
- Ensure that proper drug management systems are in place and liaise with the NY drug management technical adviser for all strategic aspects of drug management and supply.
- Promote the quality of the IRC’s health programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.
- Ensure evaluation or research activities are conducted up to IRC standards in collaboration with IRC’s REL (Research, Evaluation & Learning) and the Health Unit Research Team (HURT).
Staff Development/Capacity Building
- Provide supportive supervision to supervisees, including development and monitoring of regular work plans.
- Provide timely and quality performance evaluations.
- Identify capacity building needs of international and national staff and develop capacity building plans to maximize performance and professional development.
- Participate in training and mentoring of health and other staff members in response to capacity building needs. Work with HR and HQ to adapt or develop appropriate training resources.
- Ensure IRC HR policies are respected at all times.
- Promote the IRC Way with all supervisees.
Project Management & Reporting
- Coordinate and initiate project proposals and develop program proposals (development of logical frameworks and appropriate, realistic and measurable indicators) in close cooperation with the APC and SPC.
- Assist the APC and other program unit staffs in drafting all donor reports.
- Review all reports prepared by the field staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.
- In collaboration with program managers, review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for health programs on a monthly basis with staff.
Strategic Planning/ Program Development
- In collaboration with the country management office, define the strategy for all health related programs and exit strategies and implementation plans accordingly.
- Identify opportunities for new program development; draft concept papers, proposals and budgets for future health programs in IRC CAR programs.
- Lead technical assessments as a basis for health and nutrition program development.
Representation & Advocacy
- In coordination with the Country Director, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in the CAR 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.
- Upon request by the Senior Management Team, assist in organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.
- Health professional (MD or RN) with an MPH.
- Five years’ experience in coordinating, implementing and managing health programs in developing countries.
- Experience with situation analysis and health assessments.
- Previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a remote setting.
- Experience implementing health programming in refugee settings as well as community based service delivery experience.
- Demonstrated skills in project design/proposal development and grant management.
- Experience in capacity building and mentoring of national and international staff, even if based in other locations.
- Strong experience in pharmacy management
- Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods, community development and partnership.
- Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent coordination and networking skills.
- Excellent written and oral French skills and functional English
- Excellent computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, be flexible and adaptability to transitions, problem solver in challenging work context, have a good attitude and a sense of humor.