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Deputy Health Coordinator/ECHO Health Consortium Lead

kyegegwa, uganda

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: kyegegwa, uganda
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Managerial positions
    • Medical Practitioners
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-01

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Requisition ID: req7763

Job Title: Deputy Health Coordinator/ECHO Health Consortium Lead

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kyegegwa, Uganda

Job Description

This position will provide leadership and direction in strengthening an effective, timely, high quality health program implementation across South Western Uganda. The Deputy Health Coordinator/ECHO Health Consortium Lead will be responsible for maintaining regular contact with all partners in the field (Ministry of Health, UN Agencies, and NGOs). The Deputy Health Coordinator/ECHO Health Consortium Lead will also be responsible for effective integration with other IRC programs in the area of implementation. The position is based in Kyaka II with regular trips to IRC’s programs across South West as well as with travel to Kampala as needed.

Under supervision of the Health Coordinator, the overall responsibilities of the position will be to oversee all health projects implemented by the IRC in the South West. In addition, this includes ensuring improvement of the quality of care provided by the clinics, assuring the standardization of treatment protocols, quality assurance activities; planning and coordination of health services in IRC’s different health facilities in close collaboration with other departments; active participation and coordination in health assessments and project proposals; and to take the lead in building the capacity of staff - support the training, mentoring and supervision of health program staff deployed at different implementation locations.

The Deputy Health Coordinator/ECHO Health Consortium Lead will directly supervise the Health Manager based in Kyaka II as well as lead the ECHO Health Consortium.

Duties and Responsibilities

Technical Project Management

  • Supervise a proper and timely implementation of the IRC projects according to agreed policies and donor requirements;
  • Prepare and regularly update all project tools, including work, spending and procurement plans;
  • Ensure overall budget monitoring and analysis, financial management and expense control for the project in line with IRC and donor rules and guidelines;
  • Ensure the planning and implementation of all procurement related to the project with the responsibility to ensure that procurement is timely and in line with donor requirements;
  • Enhance the quality of programming throughout the project cycle through project review meetings, program quality initiatives (gender analysis, stakeholder mapping exercise, etc), and program quality checks;
  • In collaboration with M&E Manager, ensure the implementation of M&E processes and the monitoring of the achievements of the project;
  • Ensure the implementation of client responsiveness and accountability mechanisms (participation and effective communication of beneficiaries at all stages of project cycle);
  • Provide donor reports to Grants department, as well as internal reports/requests for information in a timely manner.

Quality Assurance & Partnerships

  • Serve as focal person for partnership with MTI, in close coordination with Grants department;
  • Organize monthly / quarterly project meetings, monitoring visits and spot checks, between partner representatives, technical advisors, M&E and support functions, both at field and Kampala-level, as required.
  • Manage oversight for financial and administrative management of the project, ensuring compliance by all partners (IRC and MTI) with all relevant donor and organizational guidelines, regulations and procedures;
  • Facilitate provision of training for project staff on relevant guidelines, regulations and procedures;
  • Ensure that partners provide regular reports and consolidate to provide periodic status updates on the Consortium's progress, challenges and planned mitigation measures;
  • Manage the development of the consortium communication and advocacy strategy, and promote the use of consortium-generated knowledge and learning.

Staff Management

  • Lead the health teams in IRC areas of operation
  • Provide supportive supervision to the Health Managers; and other health program staff to develop work plans for implementation of approved grants.
  • Support the field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and community.
  • Create staff development plans for all direct reports in collaboration with the human resources department and contribute to the training of health staff (mentoring, on-the-job sessions as well as formal trainings).
  • Review performance of health and nutrition staff in the field and provide supportive approaches to address issues identified.
  • Develop/organize training opportunities to build the capacity of the health and nutrition staff and local partners in order to transfer skills. This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.

Representation & Coordination

  • Working closely with the health team and represent the consortium in all relevant working group meetings. Inclusive of National Ebola-preparedness meetings, and all relevant national, district or settlement-level meetings;
  • Maintain close and good relations with all relevant stakeholders including: OPM, UNHCR and other relevant UN organizations, local authorities, Ministry of Health and other line ministries, donors, NGOs, CBOs and other partners;
  • Ensure proactive engagement, and facilitate formal meetings with key stakeholders including with relevant government authorities;
  • Coordinate internally within IRC on a regular basis with support departments, including Grants, Supply Chain, Finance, HR/Admin and M&E.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in the Health Field (Medicine, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health Services). Master’s Degree in Public Health or a relevant field of study (Human Nutrition, Health Services Management or Epidemiology) highly desired.
  • Health professional with experience leading Health programs in refugee settings
  • At least 5 years’ experience coordinating health programs in refugee settings as well as community-based service delivery experience. Experience working in emergencies and with health outbreaks highly desired.
  • Capacity to adapt health and nutrition programming and organizational structure in a continuously changing context.
  • Experience in situation analysis, health and nutrition assessments and program implementation.
  • Previous experience supervising and managing a large team in a dynamic and challenging setting.
  • Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN donors, internationals and national NGOs and government agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring and team building. Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills.
  • A dynamic and flexible individual with ability to multi task and who can work under pressure
  • Team player
  • Strong budget management abilities
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent Microsoft word and Microsoft excel, power-point presentation skills.
  • Willingness to travel to insecure areas within the constraints of IRC Uganda's security policy.

Please note:

  • This position is open only to Ugandan nationals.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional 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, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
  • Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity: We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous 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. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.
  • 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, and disability.

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