IRC Health Coordinator Job in Kenya Feb 2016


Career opportunity: IRC Health Coordinator in Kenya

Employment opportunity: IRC Health Coordinator  in Kenya

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Health Coordinator
Sector: Health 
Location: Kenya 
Employee Type: Regular 
Employee Category: Full Time
Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading agencies working in post-conflict and development contexts, supporting communities in over 40 fragile, failed and developing states. 
In this capacity, we work to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted, struggling to endure and wishing to advance on a path of development. 

The IRC works to aid in the development of societies in which people have the opportunity to realize their full potential and are supported by institutions and practices that are just, transparent, accountable, inclusive, and which promote and protect rights.

The IRC in Kenya serves vulnerable populations in the Turkana region and refugees in the Kakuma, Dadaab (Hagadera) camps and Nairobi. 

The IRC implements programs in the areas of integrated primary health care (including nutrition and HIV/AIDS); Community Health Programs; Livelihoods; protection of rights; and, Women’s Protection and Empowerment. 
The Health Coordinator will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of IRC’s health program in Kenya. 
The HC will provide technical support to the health program for project design, proposal development and reporting, ensuring that IRC programs are of high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning. 
The HC will be responsible for maintaining regular contact with all partners, including the MoH, County Government officials in project areas, UN agencies and other NGOs, and will also be responsible for fulfilling IRC strategic objectives for the health sector.

The position is based in Nairobi with 60% frequent visits to the field program sites. S/he reports to the Deputy Director – Programs (DDP).

Key Responsibilities:

Program management:

  • Provide technical supervision and guidance of all IRC health Projects and extend technical support and supervision to the IRC’s implementing partners as the need arises.
  • Ensure that the health projects in Kenya utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Ministry of Health, UNHCR, SPHERE, and WHO health standards in emergencies. Ensure that all activities are consistent with established best practices.
  • Participate in the development of annual program budgets; ensure implementation of Health related activities in line with approved budgets and spending plans.
  • Where necessary, in collaboration with program managers, revise plans and budgets to maintain program quality and progress; work with the Grants Coordinator to ensure all program activities are implemented in compliance with donor requirements.
  • Promote the quality of the IRC’s health programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms
Technical Monitoring and Program Quality:
  • Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC Kenya programming activities;
  • Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all health programs in line with IRC’s REL (Research, Evaluation & Learning) guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements;
  • 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 Health Unit and the Country Technical Advisors for health and nutrition as needed.
  • Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt health information systems including surveillance systems for the IRC health programs in Kenya.
  • Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action based on data and identified needs.
  • Lead technical assessments as a basis for primary health care program development.
  • Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary;
Health Systems Strengthening
  • Ensure that IRC programs are working with MoH structures at county level to support health system reforms and strengthening.
  • Apply knowledge and expertise in health policy and programs to design and develop activities that promote health policy reforms/development
  • Support camp based health programs to transition their approach to ensure that health system strengthening is a key component of their approach.
  • Work at the policy level with key decision makers from various county governments and donors, participating in strategy development and technical discussions relating to future direction of the health program.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Ensure that the IRC Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans are prepared in consultation with UNHCR/CDC/WHO and other partners. Where these exist, ensure that they are revised annually to conform to the needs of the refugee camps and the surrounding population.
  • Together with the Senior Management Team (SMT), oversee the establishment and operationalization of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and train the team
  • Monitor data from the camps on disease trends (IDSR, HIS and DHIS) and take the necessary steps to prevent disease outbreaks in the refugee camps
  • In the event of an outbreak, work with the SMT to ensure that the ERT is deployed, medical supplies and drugs are available to manage the outbreaks.
Staff Development:
  • Participate in the development of staff development plans based on performance reviews in collaboration with the human resources department and contribute to the training of health staff (mentoring, as well as formal trainings).
  • Develop/organize training opportunities to build the capacity of the health staff and local partners in order to transfer skills.  This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.
  • Provide technical support and participate in reviewing health program staff performance reviews
Business development and Fundraising:
  • Proactively look for funding opportunities for Health and Nutrition programming in Kenya.
  • Write timely and quality proposals and review donor reports in collaboration with Program Managers, other Technical Coordinators and the Health and Nutrition Technical Advisors.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with local and international organizations, where possible.
Coordination, representation and advocacy:
  • Represent IRC Kenya in external Health and Nutrition related forums; actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Kenya including donors, government actors, UN agencies (especially UNHCR), international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors; identify health and nutrition related advocacy issues in consultation with the country management.
  • Others – Provide leadership and direction on integration of health activities with other sectors including, but not limited to, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods and women protection; work with relevant stakeholders to conduct operational research and document and disseminate lessons learnt.
Required Qualifications, Experience & Competencies:
  • Degree in Health e.g. MBChB, MD
  • Advanced degree in Public health is highly recommended.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in primary health programs in resource poor settings with at least 3 years in project management position.
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Experience and competency in proposal development, report writing and grant management.
  • Competent in Windows, MS office programs, email and database (HMIS, PEPFAR database, EPI-Info) experience.
  • Strong communication, people management, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili, spoken and written- a must
  • Ability to work in complex emergency environment, multitask, manage pressure and flexibility
  • Training and competency in LQAS, SPSS, SQUEAC and SMART methodology for conducting surveys is an added advantage.
Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.
International allowances are not available for this position. 
Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

How to Apply

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IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
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