Reproductive Health Mentors
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 and countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting nationals and refugees various institutions in the country notably the government, community-based organizations, the civil society and the private sector. The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, peace building, gender-based violence, economic recovery and agribusiness, and children & youth.https://www.rescue.org/country/uganda. IRC has a country office in Kampala, field offices in Lamwo), Kiryandongo, Arua, Moroto, and Yumbe.
Scope of work Job description
Working under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Project Officer-SRH, the Reproductive Health Mentor-SRH will be responsible for direct implementation of the SRH grant in the field location Arua and supervising the implementation of the three core aspects of Reproductive Health Safe Motherhood initiatives including: modern family planning methods, safe abortion care, emergency obstetric care including RH referral management system. He/she will be expected to monitor and ensure improvement and maintenance of RH performance indicators within the IRC Uganda programs as per Sphere/WHO standards in humanitarian settings. The Reproductive Health Mentor-SRH will also be the focal point for the SRH anonymous grant.
- Monthly activity plans will be developed in consultation with the IRC Health Managers and Reproductive Health Officers (RHOs) and will focus on the components below;
- Mobilization of clients and family planning information sessions for clients in supported facilities.
- High quality group and individual counselling sessions to clients interested in taking up Family Planning Services, including post-partum family planning (PPFP), in supported facilities
- Coordinate clinic days, outreaches and other events at supported facilities
- Champion provider-initiated family planning approach (PIFP)
- Provide short and long-acting FP Methods
- Effective referral of clients wishing to undertake permanent methods such as tubal ligation (TL) and vasectomy to pre-determined points
- Manage family planning complications or side effects that may occur in the supported facilities
- Ensure adverse events are reported as per the guidelines recommended by the donors
- Ensure follow up and retention of FP users
- Ensure appropriate and correct quantification of contraceptive commodities and effective use of facility LMIS to prevent stock outs
- Be a focal point for quality issues at the supported facilities through liaising closely with the Reproductive Health Officers (RHOs) to improve follow-up systems
- Data management and reporting
- Report monthly on all services and issues arising
- Ensure that accurate data is captured within the HMIS and is reported to IRC
- Assess technical competency of the providers in FP/PAC and recommend for certification
- Record all training needs because of visits to the supported facilities and agree on support needs
- Plan and provide on-job training and mentorship for providers in the supported facilities
- Ensure SOPs and guidelines are strictly followed
- Observe providers regularly, record progress and provide support needs
- Set improvement targets
Accountability & Confidentiality
- Ensure clients information is documented and should be keep confidential after making choice on any family planning method
- Account for all funds and/or IRC assets in accordance with the IRC accounting procedures
- Increased uptake of FP services (especially long-term methods)
- Improved coordination of activities
- Improved data quality
- Increased contact time with providers
- Increased number of completed referrals
- Enhanced facility capacity to deliver quality clinical service
- Improved retention in care for clients.
The RH Mentor will be part of a team and will report to the team leader. The team leader will report to the RHM.
This assignment is scheduled to take six (6) months from 1st July 2021 to 31st December 2021. Renewal will be based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Other: Perform any other duty as assigned by the supervisor
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports Directly to: Senior Project Officer-SRH (Technical) and Reproductive Health Manager, (Administrative)
External: Field Leads, Health Manager, RHOs, M&E O, Supply Chain, IT, Finance and Admin Staff.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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.
Deadline for receiving applications is July 19th,2021