The IRC began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region. The IRC is currently providing assistance to Ethiopians in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.
In the health sector, IRC Ethiopia currently implements programs in emergency primary healthcare, reproductive health and family planning, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, and disease surveillance. These activities are implemented in local communities and refugee camps in Benishangul Gumuz, Oromia, Somali, Tigray, Gambella, and SNNP regions of Ethiopia.
SCOPE OF WORK: The IRC seeks a dynamic public health specialist to lead its health program in Ethiopia. As Health Coordinator, you will run a nearly $5M annual health program portfolio. You will design and fundraise for new health programs. You will maintain regular contact with all health partners, including the Ministry of Health, UN agencies, and other NGOs. You will be responsible for fulfilling the IRC's strategic objectives for the health sector (and making adjustments to the strategy as needed). You will directly supervise two Assistant Coordinators and two health managers and indirectly supervise over 100 health staff. You will report to the Deputy Director of Programs. The position is based in Addis Ababa with regular monitoring visits to IRC’s programs throughout Ethiopia.
•Manage the implementation of IRC Ethiopia’s health projects including primary healthcare, family planning, reproductive health, disease surveillance, and child survival, as well as any other health projects.
•Adhere to (and update, as needed) the IRC’s health sector priorities, ensuring that program growth is in line with IRC Ethiopia’s Strategy Action Plan (SAP).
•Ensure that health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Ministry of Health and WHO.
•Develop and oversee quality assurance mechanisms within the health program.
•Design and conduct health assessments as needed.
•Ensure data collection, information management systems, and monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic adjustments.
•Review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for health programs on a monthly basis with staff.
•Review all reports prepared by the field staff, provide appropriate feedback, and ensure reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies (the IRC's Grants Unit, HQ, etc.) in a timely manner.
People Management and Training
•Provide supportive supervision to health program staff to ensure professional management of health projects, skill development, and career pathing.
•Craft staff development plans for health program staff based on regular performance reviews.
•Lead the recruitment of new or replacement health staff in collaboration with the HR department.
•Support the field teams in the implementation and monitoring of work plans.
•Develop/organize trainings for national health staff from the IRC, the Ministry of Health, and other NGOs in order to transfer skills.
New Business Development
•Oversee the design, writing, and budgeting of new health proposals.
•Contribute to go/no go decisions on new health program funding opportunities.
•Contribute to strategic decisions on forming new consortia and partnerships with other NGOs.
•Participate in donor meetings to advocate for the IRC's health programs and defend health proposals.
Coordination, Representation and Advocacy
•Actively communicate and coordinate with IRC HQ and the Health Technical Unit.
•Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
•Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.
•Lead or assist in organizing donor site visits to health program activities; travel with donors as necessary.