The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home. The IRC has been working in Sierra Leone since 1999, and currently programs across three core sectors 1) Health 2) Women and Girl’s Protection and Empowerment (WGPE), and 3) Education.
IRC is leading a Consortium of eight partners to implement a DFID funded Saving Lives (Phase II) health programme. The Saving Lives programme seeks to support the Government of Sierra Leone to save women’s and children’s lives by improving the quality, availability and accessibility of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services. This will be achieved by increasing the utilization of quality RMNCAH services through a multifaceted approach that seeks to strengthen quality, expand access, and build the demand for RMNCAH services in Sierra Leone. The Senior Health Coordinator will also manage the IRC Community Health Program.
SCOPE OF WORK
The Senior Health Coordinator will be the focal point for the health program in Sierra Leone and IRC’s COVID-19 response, providing essential leadership, strategic direction and management. The Senior Health Coordinator will support the management of a complex multi donor portfolio, to support the health system strengthening approach in key identified and prioritized areas where IRC can have maximum impact. The SHC will have 2-5 direct reports, with a team of national staff across four districts. The SHC will be supported by the Deputy Director of Programs and a technical advisor from the IRC health unit in New York.
Strategic Direction and Technical Oversight
•Oversee the implementation of all IRC’s health programs to ensure programs are delivered timely and with high quality.
•Serve as the COVID-19 Focal Point for the IRC Sierra Leone Country Program and oversee the management of IRC’s COVID-19 prevention and response activities, as well address staff safety concerns related to COVID-19.
•Provide technical support to the health team to ensure programs are on track to achieving the prioritized outcomes, based on available evidence and the IRC SL strategic action plan, and that are in-line with MoHS policies.
•Represent the IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required, and ensure that key strategic information and follow-up points from this forums are communicated and used as necessary for the improvement of the program.
•Represent the IRC health program as a member of the Technical Team for the Health Consortium.
Program Management – grants, budgets, monitoring and implementation plans
•Oversee implementation to ensure that programs are delivered as designed, based on the budget and timeline, but are also adapted as needed and allowed, based on the evolving context.
•Lead the implementation and monitoring of M&E plans, to ensure data is collected to be able to report timely to donors, MoHS and IRC HQ, and that it is analyzed be able to adapt and improve the program to better achieve the overall outcomes.
•Ensure that all reports required for donors and for IRC New York health unit, are of high quality, and are submitted in a timely manner.
•Ensure project implementation is done according to internal IRC and donor regulations.
•Ensure the development and monitoring of accurate spending plans to ensure the burn rate is line with the activity implementation progress, and that budgets are spent according to the contractual agreement with respective donors.
•Ensure that for all new and existing projects, key project management tools including detailed implementation plans, spending plans, and procurement plans are in place and are regularly updated. This includes moving forward the ‘Good & Great Standards’ in accordance with the SL Strategic Action Plan (SAP).
•Identify and lead the development of proposals and concept notes in accordance with identified needs, the respective donor and internal IRC guidelines.
•Regularly review and update the country program COVID-19 contingency and response plan in alignment with the in-country context.
•Encourage and initiate cross-sector collaboration for better integration and improved programming around cross-cutting topics such as gender mainstreaming, client responsiveness, etc.
•As technical lead, participate in the recruitment of national and expat staff as necessary
•Supervise direct reports in accordance with IRC HR policies.
•Use good management techniques to move the team toward high performance.
•Ensure a safe and diverse work environment where all staff members feel equally valued and are given opportunities for growth regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, gender identity, and age
•As technical lead, participate in the recruitment of national and expat staff as necessary.
•Other duties as assigned by the DDP and Country Director.
•A Masters in Public health. A clinical background would be an advantage but not a necessity
•At least 3 years of on the job project management experience in a low resource country, with strong proficiency in project planning, implementation, monitoring and financial management. Experience working in multiple contexts and/or challenging and unstable environments is preferable
•Experience working in multi-cultural contexts and with strong self-awareness skills.
•Creative and analytical thinking skills, with proven ability to make decisions, and lead in capacity and organizational development.
•Strong coaching and mentoring skills,
•Demonstrated ability to self-motivate, use initiative, be flexible, and actively and productively contribute to program’s success and development
•Strong negotiation skills and an ability to solve complex issues in a diplomatic manner and within a dynamic context
•Excellent communication, facilitation, interpersonal and influencing skills and ability to lead and work well in a team setting and with multiple team members
•Previous experience of working in Sierra Leone an advantage
•Fluency in English Language – essential
•Excellent computer skills
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, 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.
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