Health System Strengthening Manager
The IRC is now launching a new SRH project in Uganda which will focus on strengthening systems and building local capacities to prepare for and respond to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in emergencies. We will continue to build off of lessons learned projects to strengthen local organizational capacity for SRH in emergencies. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IRC will also provide support to ensure SRH service continuity in COVID-19 preparedness and response activities.
The IRC Uganda team has identified Bidibidi and Palabek refugee settlements in Yumbe and Lamwo districts for this project because of the already existing structures, complementary funding and the presence of existing local partners. Furthermore, the two field locations provide scenarios of acute emergency and a protracted state and IRC provides SRH service in both locations.
Over the years, the IRC has worked to address critical SRH gaps to effectively improve access to and uptake of quality SRH services including emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC), clinical care of sexual assaulted survivors (CCSAS), post abortion care (PAC), comprehensive abortion care (CAC) and family planning for refugees and host community members. The IRC has provided human and material resources, including equipment and supplies, in addition to technical support through trainings on integrated SRH services. The IRC is finding new ways to provide services, reach clients, increase client voice, and improve uptake of essential SRH services through strengthening systems and building local capacities. The Contraception and Comprehensive Abortion Care in Emergencies program (ConCACE) is funded by an anonymous donor and ensures that women and girls affected by crisis and living in fragile settings are protected from unintended pregnancy and have access to comprehensive abortion care. The project will focus on three outcomes;
- Local partners expand their sphere on SRHR influence
- Strengthened capacity of civil society organizations (CSO) and district health teams to deliver resilient and responsive SRHR services
- Equitable and sustainable SRHR local partnership convened and sustained
This position based at the field and directly reports to the Project coordinator. The HSS Manager will be responsible for assisting the project coordinator in managing, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of deliverables of the project. S/he will manage the project portfolio that includes working with the local partners, the district health teams to strengthen management, leadership at sub district level and build capacities for effective delivery of SRHR programs. Working in close coordination with the Project Coordinator, provide support to contributing to project outcomes. S/he will work with the local partners and program staff to developing annual work plans and progress reports for submission to donor and to undertake other important documentation for the project team. S/he will play a major role in the day-to-day coordination with local partner/s and district health teams to ensure timely execution of the different technical assistance activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Act as the main focal point for all activities in HSS – SRHR program that IRC will be carrying out at the field.
- Provides management support to the local partners, district health teams and program staff to ensure smooth implementation of activities following IRC policies and donor regulations.
- Coordinates and communicates regularly with other partners and stakeholders to support technical assistance and service delivery in program
- Provides supervision and monitoring of program activities and ensures that activities are aligned as per plan and regularly reported
- Accompanies the partners in the development and management of their activities
- Identifies and resolves project issues and implements improvement plans to ensure project stays on schedule and within budget
- Coaches, mentors, and manages project team to ensure quality, efficiency and compliance with project and organization standards/policies
- Builds, develops, and grows relationship local partners and government and non-government stakeholders vital to the success of the project.
- Closely works with the project coordinator to facilitate IRC technical assistance within the project framework in coordination with the local partners and government counterparts and other key stakeholders at district and national level.
- Represent IRC in the district level forums and meetings including technical working groups
- Contribute to developing annual work plan, procurement and spending plan and submit to the project coordinator.
- Contribute and participate in grant opening, quarterly project cycle meetings and project review meetings as per program schedule.
- Compile and timely submit project reports to Project coordinator for technical review as per donor regulations.
- Any other duties assigned by the supervisor.