The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.
Health & Nutrition Coordinator
No. of Post:
19 July 2022
The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict support to victims of oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. IRC is committed to ambitious leadership, innovation, and creative partnerships. The IRC restarted operations in Sudan in November 2019 after successfully obtaining re-registration in Khartoum with the transitional government and launching initial programs to support displaced populations in urban settings around Khartoum. Sudan is currently experiencing multiple challenges that include macroeconomic crisis, armed conflicts and displacement, protracted refugee situations, natural disasters, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic. The result of this crisis is large-scale humanitarian need across the country leaving an estimated 9.3 million people in need. In November 2020, fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia led to the flight of around 60,000 refugees to eastern Sudan, further worsening the humanitarian need. In response to growing needs in recent months, the IRC has established a fully functional country program following on the work initially done through the emergency response team and expanded humanitarian activities in the east of the country in response to the Tigrayan refugee crisis. The IRC currently has two field bases in Gedaref and Damazine in addition to the head office in Khartoum, and in line with the newly developed three-year Strategic Action Plan that runs from FY2022 to FY2024, the IRC will continue strengthening ongoing programming in Khartoum, Gedaref and Blue Nile states and undertake programmatic expansion to new states including Kassala, South Kordofan and South Darfur states.
The GAVI project Health Manager will support the implementation of the IRC’s health programs in Damazine to ensure the delivery of high-quality services. They will be responsible for programmatic, operational, financial, and staffing aspects for the health team, as well as representation with key actors in the field including the Ministry of Health, UN agencies and other NGOs.
The position will be working in an office environment in Damazine with travel to project areas outside at localities of implementation the project. Occasionally, the GAVI Health Manager will be required to travel to additional new areas for assessments and initial implementation or monitoring visits, which may include remote locations with long periods of travel and reduced access to mobile phone service and electricity.
Duties and responsibilities:
Program Management and Development:
Oversee the implementation of quality GAVI project and ensure that program goals, objectives, targets, and activities are met.
Prepare program work plans in coordination with the Health & Nutrition Coordinator for the projects.
Conduct regular monitoring visits to the various project sites, ensuring that projects utilize standardized protocols, policies, and guidelines, as outlined by the Ministry of Health and WHO. Identify technical quality and/or other implementation issues and provide solutions and follow-up to ensure projects are on track to meet goals and are consistent with established best practices.
Ensure that the GAVI project is implemented in line with the IRC principles: promoting and protecting rights, participation, capacity building, partnership, and holistic programming.
Strictly follow up the medical and operational supply chain system, stock recording, timely ordering for the supplies and accountabilities in relation to the warehousing and using of the supplies including medicines and cold chain items.
Work closely with other IRC programs present in the same location, such as Child Protection and WASH and integrate program components to the extent possible.
Work with finance to provide accurate and timely spending plans, cash forecasts, and salary allocations.
Regular travel to project side, conduct needs assessments and implementation as needed.
Staff Supervision & Development:
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.
Directly supervise national health facility staff, ensuring regular performance reviews.
Ensure training and ongoing capacity building opportunities for staff on technical and project management skills.
Grant Management and Reporting:
Manage the grants, and work with the Health & Nutrition Coordinator to develop work, spending and procurement plans for all projects.
Prepare internal and external reports (such as narrative reports, DHIS data reports) within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
Review Budget vs. Actual (BvA) reports monthly, recommend actions to correct identified problems.
Work closely and coordinate with IRC Operations, Finance and Grant departments to ensure compliance with grant requirements.
Coordination & Representation:
Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
Ensure all required donor reports are completed on time and to a high standard.
Oversee the collection and timely reporting of program data and indicators for GAVI project in line with IRC’s guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements, ensuring timely collection and entry of program data.
Conduct fortnightly/monthly program data analysis with health staff to discuss progress on grant indicators, disease trends, define action points for how to stay on track with grant requirements, and follow up with those points.
Work with the M&E team to produce and analyze all weekly, monthly, or quarterly reports and ensure timely submission of all such reports.
Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment.
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:
Education:Medical/Health professional: MPH with public health/primary health care background and strong management and immunization experience.
At least 2 years’ experience in implementing and managing GAVI related health programs, preferably in complex humanitarian and/or emergency settings.
Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring staff.
Demonstrated experience in grant management and proposal writing.
Excellent computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Proven experience implanting with GAVI immunization programs.
Ability to validate and interpret health data, in particular immunization health data.
Demonstrated communication and training facilitation coordination skills.
Strong background experience in Planning, Organizing and Conducting Trainings.
Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills and flexibility.
Ability to work under high pressure and in a high security environment.
Fluency in English required.
Licenses to practice as a doctor in Sudan. Master’s degree in public health.
Preference for candidates with EPI / GAVI background and experience.
Ability and flexibility to understand the cultural and political environment and to work well with the local immunization representatives.
Previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a complex setting.
Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure in a stressful environment, displaying patience, compassion, and diplomacy.
Ability to be innovative, flexible, and adaptive.
Ability to work under difficult, high-pressure situations.
Applly via link: https://rescue.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/2/home/requisition/28790?c=rescue
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Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity
We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.
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