Uganda: Health Team Leader

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 07 May 2018

The Health Team Leader will be responsible for the management and implementation of the integrated immunization and family planning project that aims at increasing access and coverage of childhood immunization and family planning services in the Acholi sub region. With the support from the Health Coordinator, the Health Team Leader will provide and coordinate the technical support, capacity building and training of the staff at the health facilities in the districts as well as the IRC program staff. S/he will manage the IRC field staff, the programme budget, and M&E activities. S/he will liaise directly with the District Health Teams (DHTs) to mentor and supervise health centre staff on the project related activities, and also interact and collaborate with staff from other implementing partners.

Reporting relationships

· Position Reports to: Health Coordinator

· Position directly supervises: Senior Health Officers, Senior M&E Officer

. Indirect Reporting: Field Officer Manager/Field Coordinator

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Technical:

· Manage the implementation of IRC’s health program in the Acholi districts (Kitgum & Lamwo); ensuring that stated goals and objectives are met and that program activities are appropriately implemented, monitored and evaluated.

· Manage the IRC Senior Health Officers, Senior M&E officer, and the mHealth Specialist in Kitgum, and build and strengthen their capacity to promote their career development and programme improvement.

· Continuously assess the health-related needs of the community and adapt programme activities to respond to their needs. Identify programmatic gaps in health activities and develop interventions to address them.

· Coordinate and represent IRC’s health programme at the respective district levels to ensure all programme activities are carried out with their agreement and, as much as possible, their participation.

· Ensure that all program health activities are in line with the MOH health strategy and aligned with evidence-based bet practices.

· Identify training needs of health staff according to the performance management evaluations, as well as continuous mentorship by the Team Leader and IRC organized capacity building activities, and identify appropriate external training that will enhance clinical, public health, management, and reporting skills.

Health Information:

· Ensure consistent and timely collection of community health and facility-based health data in the area of supervision to incorporate in the program database and the Health Management Information system (HMIS).

· Participation and coordination of the quarterly data review call with the Health Coordinator and the Technical Unit.

· Ensure the availability of appropriate community and health facility-based data collection tools in conjunction with other stakeholders.

· Ensure that programmatic data is used for decision making at the health facilities and at the field office levels.

· Conduct field visits to the implementing districts to monitor health facility and community program implementation.

· Coordinate the joint support supervisions with the respective DHTs at the health facilities.

· Coordinate the internal and external project review meetings in the region.

· Coordinate the VHT monthly review meetings at the health facility levels.

· Spearhead the team to use data for quality improvement of the programs to achieve required outputs.

· Coordinate the implementation of the M&E strategy for the program in the area of implementation.

Liaison:

· Represent the health programme and maintain effective and cordial relationships with District Health authorities, district officials, and other stakeholders within the districts.

· Co-ordinate with district health authorities, and other stakeholders to avoid duplication of roles in targeted health facilities.

· Coordinating with researchers from the London School on the upcoming impact evaluation that will be conducted on the program.

· Coordinate the health program with other IRC sector programming in the region, where applicable for effective synergy and integration.

· Attend relevant meetings to represent IRC’s health activities in Acholi and Kampala.

Communication / Reporting

· Take lead in writing of project and donor reports in collaboration with the program staff and the Health Coordinator.

· Provide regular feedback to other program staff and the Health Coordinator on project implementation.

· Prepare weekly sitreps for inclusion into the weekly field office sitrep to the Senior Management Team in Kampala.

· Assist in the preparation of other donor proposals and reports for IRC’s health-related projects in Uganda.

Budgetary

· Manage the project budget including ensuring expenses are appropriately made, and genuinely and timely accounted for.

· Monitor the project budget burn rate and ensure that it’s according to schedule.

Miscellaneous:

  • Assist with any other duties as requested by the direct supervisor.

Education

  • Health qualification: Medical Doctor or Registered Nurse/Clinical Officer with Bachelor degree in Public Health or Health Systems Management.
  • Postgraduate qualification in Public Health or Health Systems Management will be an advantage.

Experience

· Experience in implementing maternal child health project in NGO setting with specific experience on the provision of childhood immunization and family planning services.

· 4 – 6 years’ experience in implementing and managing community based health programs with an NGO. Experience working in an International NGO is an added advantage.

· Work experience in collaborating with District Health officials in implementing health programs.

· Experience in grant management – including, work plan management, report and proposal writing and budget management.

  • Experience supervising health program staff

Skills and Abilities

· MS Word, Excel and Power Point.

· Ability to work under pressure in a potentially unstable security environment.

  • Willingness to travel to insecure areas within the constraints of IRC Uganda’s security policy.

How to apply:

To Apply:

Send CV and cover letter clearly indicating the position applied for as the subject to:

UA-IRCJobs@Rescue.org (The Human Resource and Administration department, International Rescue Committee).

Please Note:

· Deadline for receiving applications is May 7th, 2018.

· Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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