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.
The IRC began its health work in South Sudan in 1989, training health workers and making health services available to remote, underserved communities. With the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the IRC began supporting the Government of South Sudan’s efforts to establish health systems. Today, the IRC continues to work closely with the newly formed Republic of South Sudan in strengthening those systems.
On December 16, 2013, heavy military exchanges occurred between rival SPLA factions in Juba (Central Equatoria State). The fighting and violence quickly spread to other states in South Sudan, trapping thousands of civilians in Unity, Lakes, Upper Nile, and Jonglei States in UN bases or makeshift IDP settlements. Despite the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement, fighting has continued between Government and opposition forces, resulting in mass displacement. The security situation remains fragile and testing operational challenges abound. IRC operates in five of South Sudan’s ten states with programming in several sectors, including health, nutrition, protection, water and sanitation, food security and livelihoods, as well as women’s empowerment and gender-based violence.
However, continued lack of resources, widespread poverty, and low literacy levels continue to challenge efforts to meet the basic needs of the South Sudanese people. It is estimated that only 25% of the population has access to any kind of health care services, 80% of which are provided by humanitarian and other non-governmental organizations.
Scope of Work
The overall goal of this project is to decrease child morbidity and mortality in Aweil East State and North County of former Northern Bahr el Ghazal State and Panyijar County of Unity State by training and equipping Community-Based Distributors (CBDs) to treat children under 5 for malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Treating children in the first 24 hours of illness is key to ensuring their survival. By making treatment available close to home, the IRC has been able to significantly reduce child mortality in the communities we serve.
The integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) Manager will be the focal point for all activities in the state of operation. The Manager will ensure quality program implementation, in accordance with national and international standards. S/he will identify and address gaps in iCCM services and will provide technical oversight to the iCCM Officers and field-based Boma health Supervisors (BHS) formerly known as (CBD Supervisors) in the area of CIMCI, with an emphasis on coaching national staff to build their capacity. S/he will be responsible for regular reports and contact with local partners, including the State Ministry of Health; County Health Authorities; community leaders, UN agencies and other INGOs.
Program: Ensure that the integrated Community Case Management program is properly implemented, monitored and evaluated through:
- Prepare and conduct quarterly program performance reviews in cooperation with the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coordinator and M&E team
Health Management Information System
- Work with M&E team to ensure accuracy and quality of data collected from all Home Health Promoters (HHPs) on a monthly basis
- Conduct monthly data analysis and take action as appropriate
- Work with the M&E team to submit up to date and complete database to Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coordinator each month
- Make follow up and take action on data quality issues identified by the M&E team on monthly basis
- Ensure regular supervision of all Home Health Promoters (HHPs) and Boma Health Supervisors (BHs) using supervision checklists
- Oversee all phases of drug procurement and management for the program
- Conduct biannual drug assessments at all facilities and central stores using the Inventory Management Assessment Tool (IMAT)
- Maintain drug availability at the community level at all times
- Ensure consistent use of appropriate updated tools for drug management
Program Planning and Implementation
- Plan and manage all program activities in the state of operation, submit work plans and other planning and reporting tools to the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coordinator and Field Coordinator as necessary
- Provide monthly updates on activity progress to the Field Coordinator and MCH coordinator clearly showing achievements against planned activities.
- Submit weekly Sitrep to the Field Coordinator detailing the achive,ents for the week and the plan for the coming week.
- Work with the MCH Coordinator and other internal and external partners to develop a strategy aimed at integrating the Community Based Treatment into the existing primary healthcare program
- Work closely with the i CCM team to carry out population based surveys including clients responsiveness survey.
- Work closely with the M&E team to conduct quality of care assessments to improve quality of services provided at the com,munity level
Coordination and Linkage
- Represent IRC to donor agencies, with respect to iCCM programming, as designated by the Field Coordinator and MCH Coordinator
- Maintain regular contact with all partners, including the State Ministry of Health Couty Health Departments, UN agencies and other NGOs.
- Conduct regular meetings with iCCM program staff as well as other key programs and operations staff to discuss program progress and challenges
Budgeting and Grants
- Prepare and implement detailed iCCM program spending, procurement and work plans
- Oversee and track all budget expenditure and ensure that all expenses are allowable and allocatable according to IRC and donor regulations.
- Participate in both grants opening and closing meetings where needed
- Regularly conduct BvA meetings every month to monitor the grant spending.
- Contribute to quality program reports, consistent with both IRC and donor requirements
- Participate in proposal writing and budget development processes
- Directly supervise iCCM deputy managers/Officer(s) and indirectly supervise Boma Health Supervisors and the network of Home Health Promoters
- Conduct on the job training for the iCCM deputy managers/Officer(s) and BH Supervisors
- Identify potential national staff for external & internal trainings
- Develop JDs and facilitate recruitment of national staff in cooperation with the MCH Coordinator; Field Coordinator and Human Resources department in the field and Juba.
- Ensure the identification and subsequent evaluation of Performance Objectives are for all iCCM staff
- Directly reports to: Field Coordinator/Manager
- Indirectly reports to MCH Coordinator
- Supervises: Deputy iCCM Managers / CCM Officers (direct) and M&E Officers/BH Supervisors (indirect)
- Coordinates with: M&E Manager, MK iCCM Nutrition Manager and other program managers
- Health professional (MD, RN, PA or CO) or qualifications relevant to the job with strong public health background
- At least 5 years experience in coordinating, implementing and managing health programs in developing countries and/or refugee settings. Experience in grant management and report writing is preferred
- Ability to validate and interpret health data
- Demonstrated ability to support and build staff capacity.
- Fluent in English; familiarity with other languages spoken in South Sudan an advantage
- Excellent computer skills and competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to determine priorities and meet multiple deadlines
- Detail-oriented with good multi-tasking abilities and communication skills, both oral and written
- Able to work well both within a team and independently, in a challenging and fast-moving multicultural environment
Security level yellow – standard precautions apply. Concerns include common criminality, presence of armed troops, and tribal violence.
The position is based in Malualkon. Field office housing is more basic, i.e. in semi permanate houses with separate shared latrines and showers in IRC compound – with limited electricity, internet and cable TV. Staff make monthly contributions for food on voluntary basis and the IRC provides the cooks to help.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.