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Health Manager Job Placement - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title:    Health Manager
Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports To: Health Coordinator

About US:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.

About Program:
IRC is working in collaboration with OPM, UNHCR and other agencies to provide multi-sector assistance program in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe District, which is now home to approximately 20,000 South Sudanese refugees. IRC provides curative, preventive and promotive activities are provided through strengthening of facility and outreach based health service delivery as well as community based service delivery through Village Health teams. IRC is working in collaboration with OPM, UNHCR and other agencies to provide multi-sector assistance program in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe District, which is home to approximately 20,000 South Sudanese refugees. IRC provides curative, preventive and promotive activities are provided through strengthening of facility and outreach based health service delivery as well as community based service delivery through Village Health teams.

Job Summary: The Health Manager will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of all aspects of the Primary health program including inpatient and outpatient services, reproductive health and community health activities. The incumbent will work closely with other members of the team to ensure that the health programme is well integrated with other sectoral interventions including community services, WASH and nutrition services and implemented in a sustainable manner.  S/he will ensure that a high standard of care is provided to the refugees and local population; that gaps in the health services are identified and addressed and that IRC liaises regularly with relevant district health authorities and implementing partners.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Technical:
·         With appropriate staff, develop detailed implementation plans for all health programs and oversee all aspects of implementation.
·         Ensure project compliance with Ministry of Health Guidelines and protocols during delivery of promotive and curative services including emergency RH
·         Ensure that medical services are provided according to rational drug use principles including strict adherence to the National Treatment Guidelines in the camp health facilities
·         Regularly monitor the standard of care in the camp-based health facilities including, safe motherhood, family planning, adolescent sexual reproductive health, nutrition, HIV prevention care and treatment services.  Provide regular feedback to staff on appropriateness of diagnosis and management.
·         Oversee the management of drugs and medical supplies including selection, procurement, distribution and prescribing and ensure continuous availability appropriate medicines and supplies.
·         Identify gaps or deficiencies in health activities and develop interventions to address these gaps in consultation with the Health coordinator.
·         Manage the community health aspects of the health program, ensuring that there are adequate numbers of well-trained community health workers who are providing appropriate community level interventions
·         Ensure that public health surveillance and Health Information Systems are functioning at all levels (health facility and community) and that reports are prepared and disseminated timely to MoH, UNHCR, IRC Kampala and other relevant stakeholders.
·         Develop plan for and oversee comprehensive management of disease outbreaks occurring within catchment area.  Establish surveillance systems.
·         Identify and mentor key staff on coordination of health activities at the transit and settlement
·         Ensure consistent and timely collection, utilisation and reporting of community health and facility-based health data
Human Resources:
·         The incumbent will also recruit, select, orient, supervise and develop all IRC health staff in Bidibidi as needed
·         Identify training needs of health staff and develop formal/informal training interventions or identify appropriate external training that will enhance clinical, public health, management, and reporting skills.
·         Carry out semi-annual performance evaluation of direct supervisee
Liaison:
·         Represent the health program and maintain effective relationships with District Health authorities, referral hospital authorities, Health Unit Management Committee, OPM, UNHCR, refugee leaders and other NGOs.
·         Work in liaison with other IRC program sectors to ensure coordination and integration of programs
Communication and Reporting:
·         Offer support in the preparation of monthly health information system reports according to UNHCR, WFP and MOH formats. Review reports for accuracy and consistency prior to submission.
·         Provide regular feedback to the Kampala-based Health Coordinator on project implementation through timely and complete biweekly situational and monthly reports.
·         Assist in writing donor reports.
·         Assist in the preparation of donor proposals for health related components of the refugee program and other health-related projects within the district.
Budgetary:
·         Manage the health-related component of the project budgets including responsibility for ensuring expenses are appropriate and incurred according to schedule.
·         Miscellaneous
·         Assist with any other duties as requested by the Health Coordinator or Field Coordinator.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant for International Rescue Committee (IRC) Health Manager vacancy must be a qualified Medical Doctor (postgraduate qualification in public health or similar will be an added advantage)
·         A minimum of four (4) years working experience delivering health services within multi-sectoral programs
·         At least one year working in a comprehensive primary health care program with refugees or conflict-affected populations preferred.
·         Previous experience and knowledge of the running of the district health system, delivering services within framework of INGO and Ugandan health sector strategic plan and policy.
·         Prior experience supervising staff, preferably in international organizational setting.
·         Excellent oral and written communication skills.
·         Excellent analytic and problem solving skills
·         Experience in assessments, report writing and proposal development
·         Diplomacy, tact and representation competencies
·         Computer skills in Office

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the International Rescue Committee in the aforementioned capacity should send their applications online at the link below.


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