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Surveillance Officer

Monrovia (Liberia)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Monrovia (Liberia)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Security and Safety
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Requisition ID: req6982

Job Title: Surveillance Officer

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Monrovia, Liberia

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee ( was founded in 1933. Our mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future. The IRC’s global 2020 strategy commits our organization to creating measurable, meaningful change in the lives of people we serve.

The IRC has worked in Liberia since 1996 and is one of the largest humanitarian actors in the country. The IRC Liberia currently operates health programs in Montserrado, Bong, Lofa, and Nimba counties. We have a varied portfolio in health, and women's protection and economic empowerment.


The Surveillance Officer will be based at the IRC country office in Monrovia. S/he will serve as the technical lead for the surveillance component of the InSITU project in Montserrado County. The surveillance Officer will work closely with the Program Manager, the Community Engagement Officer, and the M&E Officer to align the surveillance component with the larger InSITU strategy. The Surveillance Officer is expected to represent the InSITU project at stakeholder meetings, coach and mentor staff, visit health facilities and communities, and collaborate with programs and operations teams.


Coordination and Representation

  • Represent the project as part of PACS to MOH and NPHIL at national and county levels, coordinating closely with the Program Manager, Community Engagement Officer, and M&E Officer.
  • Assure that surveillance activities are coordinated and aligned with InSITU activities.
  • Coordinate with Health Focus, Samaritan’s Purse, WHO, CDC, and other actors who are supporting MOH County and/or District Health Teams to implement surveillance-related activities.
  • Liaise with other stakeholders in Montserrado County to ensure maximum support in the smooth implementation of project activities.


  • Define key technical issues that arise during program implementation, in collaboration with the Program Manager and Deputy Director of Programs.
  • Work with the InSITU M&E Officer to develop appropriate M&E tools and processes.
  • Use monitoring data to track progress and the quality of project work and course correct.
  • Assure that implementation of surveillance activities is logically sound, beneficiary-informed, and contextually appropriate, based on learnings from previous projects and technical best practice, and aligns with other InSITU project activities.


  • Work with other InSITU staff to develop an implementation plan and adjust the budget accordingly, based on the information in the project proposal, and using all required donor templates.
  • In collaboration with Grants staff and M&E Officer, prepare weekly, monthly, and any other donor-required reports.
  • Ensure that all procurements and expenditures meet IRC and donor compliance regulations, including documentation.
  • Assure that program activities as defined in the award agreement are implemented in line with the program design and on time.


  • Work with the IRC Country Program M&E Team to periodically update COMET.
  • Attend IDSR-related meetings at CHT, NPHIL, MOH, etc. and provide updates on InSitu and community engagement program activities and data.
  • Perform other tasks as requested by Sr. M&E Advisor, Sr. CEBS Coordinator, COP and DCOP.


  • University Degree or Technical Diploma or its equivalent in Statistics, Public Health, or a Development Studies-related field;
  • At least five years’ professional experience in health project monitoring and evaluation;
  • Familiarity with rapid retrieval, analysis and presentation of data;
  • Works well with others and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well, possesses excellent coordination and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent written and oral English skills;
  • Good computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Commitment to accuracy and meeting deadlines;
  • Added advantage: Master’s degree in a relevant field; INGO experience; experience in health during the Ebola response period; M&E training; and familiarity with IDSR.


Position Reports to:Program Manager

Position directly supervises:N/A

Indirect Reporting: N/A

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: InSitu Project Team, Grants Team, Deputy Director of Programs

External:GIZ, Montserrado CHT


All IRC staff are required to adhere to the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country program employment policies.

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