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Senior Health Manager at The International Rescue Committee

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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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

 

Job Title: Senior Health Manager

Requisition ID: req17650
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Sector: Health
Open to Expatriates: No

Contextual Background

  • The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations.
  • IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri and Monguno of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State.
  • Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods

Job Overview / Summary

  • Under the direct supervision of Health Coordinator, the Snr Health Manager will provide support in quality primary healthcare program implementation, monitoring and regular data analysis and review and support with the overall capacity building of health program staff.
  • Promotes Health System Strengthening initiatives. In addition, she/he regularly supports health teams assigned to her/him.
  • She/he reports to the Health Coordinator and works closely with the Senior Reproductive Health Manager, Senior Environmental Health Manager, Nutrition Manager and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager in implementation of health program.  
  • The Snr Health Manager will be responsible for maintaining regular contact with the field staff and LGA authorities and will carry over, implementation, monitoring and progress reporting of health projects.

Major Responsibilities
Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy:

  • Health program management
  • Provide overall managerial oversight for implementation of the health program activities;
  • Provide technical support to health staff and provide them necessary mentoring and trainings as needed to build their capacity and enabling them perform their tasks, including project management skills;
  • Participate in emergency assessments when necessary and develop plans for rapid and appropriate responses in consultation with WASH, protection, nutrition, WPE and others.
  • Ensure health projects implementation are of high quality and meets  the IRC / MoH / International standards;
  • Support Health Managers to prepare project work plans with clear targets / achievement benchmarks based on project indicators;

Program Development / Grant Management:

  • In collaboration with Health Managers, develop and expenditure plan, review budget vs. actual expenditure for health grants on a monthly basis and take necessary actions;
  • Ensuring budgets are used appropriately and efficiently and spending is in line with the IRC financial procedures and donor requirements;
  • Ensure data collection, data compilation, timely preparation and submission of all internal reports including weekly and other associated monthly, quarterly, donor and special reports;
  • Contribute to proposal development and donors’ reporting whenever necessary.

Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:
Required for all positions with supervisory responsibility, if special considerations are needed (e.g. remote management), make this additive to the base language here.

  • Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies.
  • Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the strengths of the team in Nigeria .
  • Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.
  • Look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate. As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by the end of assignment.
  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.
  • Approve and manage all time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviews..
  • Hold high-quality meetings with each direct report on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly.
  • Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing guidance on career paths.
  • As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.

Research, Learning and Analysis:

  • Monitoring health program implementation
  • Make regular field visits to monitor project implementation and provide on spot support to field teams and propose modifications as necessary;
  •  Supervise and provide technical oversight in the interpretation of data for improved programming and implementation;
  • Monitor and promote integrated programming in a way that increases overall impact of health program at the community level.
  • Ensure regular health program data analysis and review, take follow up action on project implementation and prepare relevant action reports;

Coordination & Representation:

  • Represent the program to State and Local government representatives, , partner agencies, etc. as required;
  • In coordination with the Health Coordinator actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders with government actors, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors;
  • Attend all relevant meetings in relation to the health program as may be required and feed in the IRC priorities during meetings;
  • Facilitate field visits for internal and external stakeholders, when required.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Health Coordinator
  • Indirect/Technical Reporting:  Senior Program Coordinator, HeRON Team Lead, the Deputy Director of Program.
  • Region/Global: Program TU
  • Key External Contacts: IRC consortium Partners
  • Position directly Supervises: Health Manager, Roving Reproductive Health Manager, Senior Health officer.  
  • Key Internal Contacts: Country Program:  Country Director, Deputy Director Program, Finance Controller, Deputy Director Operation, DDFM

Qualifications
Education:

  • Health professional (MD or RN with an MPH is preferred) with strong public health background.

Work Experience:

  • At least 3-4 years’ experience in coordinating, implementing and managing primary and secondary health programs
  • Experience in writing project proposals, concept notes, budgeting and donors’ reports.
  • Have experience in general management including financial and budget management, HR and logistics management

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

  • Background in situation analysis, health assessments M&E and program implementation.

Demonstrated Managerial / Leadership Competencies:

  • Skills and experience of remote management and willingness to travel extensively
  • Flexible, diplomatic and have ability and willingness live and work under pressure of workloads.

Languages:

 Computer / Other Tech Requirements:

  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.  Add position-specific (e.g. accounting software, statistical software, etc.).

Ability to Travel:

  • 30 % of time if applicable.

 

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Note
Standards of Professional Conduct:

  • The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality:

  • IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer 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.

Working Environment:

  • 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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