Somalia: Health Manager (One Year Temporary Cover)

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 International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities. The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Mudug and Galgadud regions) and Mogadishu implementing interventions in the areas of livelihood, WASH, Governance and peacebuilding, GBV, Nutrition, education and health reaching out to more than 200,000 conflict and drought affected people.

JOB OVERVIEW

Under the administrative and technical supervision of the Deputy Health Coordinator, the Heath Manager will be the focal point for health care services in Mogadishu. S/he will ensure the implementation of a quality health program for IDPs, returnees and host population, in accordance with acceptable national and international standards. S/he will provide technical oversight to field-based health staff in the area of primary, secondary and reproductive health, with emphasis on coaching national staff to build their capacity. The Health Manager will monitor improvement of all health indicators as per SPHERE/UNICEF/WHO standards in Somalia.

The Health Manager will receive guidance and technical support from the Health Coordinator in the absence of the Deputy Health Coordinator.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation:

  • Oversee the implementation of health programs and work with the IRC Deputy Health Coordinator and Health Team to ensure that stated goals and objectives are met, that projects are monitored and evaluated, and that accurate reports are written and submitted on time.
  • Oversee the implementation of safe-motherhood and reproductive health activities, including ANC, delivery care, PNC, and FP, whenever appropriate.
  • Ensure that the health program is implemented in accordance with the IRC Program Framework principles: promoting and protecting rights, participation, capacity building, partnership and holistic programming.
  • Ensure a clear schedule is defined for conducting health education activities in the health facilities and at the community level.
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems are in place for the health sectors in Mogadishu.
  • Ensure that health provision is in line with accepted SPHERE and National guidelines for all sectors.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date health profile of IDPs and host community.
  • Ensure adequate plans for prompt response to any infectious or epidemic disease outbreaks.
  • in collaboration with the Deputy Health Coordinator, prepare and actively assist the IRC Senior Management Team in preparation of health related donor reports.
  • Review health facility statistics, drug management and monitoring reports on a weekly and monthly basis and submit reports to the Deputy Health Coordinator and Health Coordinator.
  • Initiate technical evaluations, surveys and situation analysis as required.
  • Promote the culture of learning and documentation so that lessons learnt and good practices are documented and shared for institutional memory and learning. Ensure that field experiences are documented and used to advocate on behalf of the communities with which we work.
  • Initiate technical evaluations, surveys and situation analysis as required

Operations:

  • Ensure hospital supplies and drugs are secure and review health facility security measures regularly.
  • Provision of overall guidance on development and management of clinical and training protocol/ guidelines.
  • Monitor usage of IRC health supplies and assets in accordance with donor regulations;

Finance and Grants Management:

  • Work with the Deputy Health Coordinator and Health Coordinator to develop project expenditure and procurement plans. Support the health team to implement work plans, ensuring compliance with IRC and donor rules.
  • Ensure budget spending according to approved budgets, review Budget Versus Actual expenditure reports with health staff on a monthly basis, recommend actions to correct identified problems to Field Coordinator and Deputy Health Coordinator.
  • Facilitate grant opening meetings and BVA meetings.
  • Recommend appropriate budget revisions to ensure maximum use of financial resources.
  • Provide overall leadership and supervise health program staff in development and implementation of procurement and spending plans.

Human Resources:

  • Directly supervise Medical Officer, Health Data Officer, Mental health officer and MHPSS officer and coordinate all health program activities. Since the Health Manager is supervising the Medical Officer, s/he will have oversight of all health program staff within the IRC supported healthcare facilities.
  • In coordination with the Deputy Health Coordinator and HR/Admin, determine health program staffing needs for field level activities, and assure such positions are filled in timely fashion.
  • Ensure that staffs in the entire health department, including MoH staff, have updated job descriptions and performance objectives and are carrying out their roles and responsibilities as per set objectives.
  • Work closely with the Deputy Health Coordinator and other health staff to build their capacity on identified areas.
  • Develop capacity building plans for health staff and implement them.
  • Assist in the recommendation of promotions, disciplinary action and termination of health staff to the Deputy Health Coordinator

Coordination, Representation and Monitoring:

  • Represent IRC in all inter-agency coordination and technical meetings in Mogadishu assigned by Deputy Health Coordinator.
  • Represent the IRC in donor meetings as requested by the Deputy Health Coordinator or Health Coordinator.
  • Keep the IRC Senior Management Team up-to-date on all health developments in the field.
  • Lead and facilitate donor visits and other missions to IRC facilities in Mogadishu, as requested.

Required Qualification/Experience & Competencies:

  • University Degree in Medicine/ Public Health from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum three years of field work experience on comprehensive primary health programs in resource poor settings. Experience working with INGOs in IDP settings will be an added advantage.
  • Previous experience in coordinating, implementing and managing health programs in developing countries.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong management, assessment, project planning, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong people management and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure in an unstable security environment.
  • Ability to multitask, manage pressure and flexibility.

How to apply:

HOW TO APPLY:

The applicants can apply through the following link:

https://rescue.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=1&c=rescue&i…

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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