Friday, June 17, 2011

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Health Coordinator Job Vacancy in Rwanda

Closing Date: Sunday, 14 August 2011

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 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 International Rescue Committee (IRC) launched the Rwanda program following the genocide tragedy of 1994. At the early stage, the focus was on emergency and relief interventions, shifting afterwards to post conflict development programming.

The IRC Rwanda program is completing a USAID funded Expanded Impact Child Survival Program (EIP) in September 2011. The Expanded Impact Child Survival Program has worked to build the capacity of Ministry of Health (MoH) staff at district and health center levels to implement an integrated management of childhood illness strategy to address malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition at community level. IRC has also had a long-standing presence in the nutrition sector. After September 2011 the IRC Rwanda health program will reduce it geographic scope to only two districts, Ngoma and Kirehe, in which it has been involved for many years. It will continue to support community health through trainings of community health workers and support to health centers. Focus will shift to more capacity building at the district and national level to allow a phase out of the program at the end of 2012.

The Health Coordinator in Rwanda will be ultimately responsible for coordinating implementation of the existing health program while striving to expand IRC Rwanda health programs.

 Project Development/Program Quality
• Focal point for the development of new health proposals for IRC Rwanda program. Work with the Managers and officers, the Country Programs Coordinator, Country Director, IRC Health Unit and with community members to develop projects.
• Actively seek new funding opportunities for the IRC health program in Rwanda, supported by the Country Director, the IRC Rwanda Program Director and the Health Unit.
• Ensure that IRC Rwanda health programs are in coherence with national Ministry of Health policies and the IRC worldwide health programming standards.
• Promote a holistic approach within IRC health projects, in line with the IRC's Program Framework and mobilize partners for their involvement.
Monitoring & Evaluation
• Prepare data collection, quality control and monitoring and evaluation systems for the health program in Rwanda following IRC and the Ministry of health standards and procedures.
• Monitor project indicators and provide timely feedback to the field and to partners.
• Organize and facilitate quarterly program performance reviews and monitor the implementation of action plans and disseminate lessons learned.

Capacity Building
• Provide required mentorship and training to IRC Rwanda health staff.
• Ensure that the implementation of IRC's health projects promotes capacity building of local communities, Government and non Government institutions and local NGOs as one of the strategies aiming at sustainability.
• Support the Ministry of Health capacity building efforts intended to enhance the quality of IRC programming in Rwanda.

• Represent the IRC Rwanda health program at all relevant health meetings at national level (partners, donors and government meetings) and at international fora following the guidance from Country Director and HQ health technical unit.
• Maintain good relationships and communication with local and national level health authorities to: a) ensure that the IRC health projects meet and inform the national health policies and b) be informed and coordinate with the Ministry of Health regarding potential partnership opportunities.

Human Resources management
• Supervise the work of IRC Rwanda health related program managers.
• Provide feedback to health managers/health senior staff and conduct performance management review and evaluation for the health managers.
• Work with the human resource department on the recruitment of new health staff as needs arise.

Grants management, program reporting and budget Management
• Coordinate health program reporting and editing, with input from the Country Director and Health Technical unit prior submission of the reports to donors.
• Ensure that all reports meet donors and IRC reporting standards and grants reporting timelines.
• Support the exercise of budgeting for new proposals and review financial reports.

• Master's degree or equivalent in public health or other related fields
• At least 3 years experience in coordination/management of health international programs
• Proven skills in working with ministries, Government and donor liaison
• Good experience in local staff capacity building
• Team building skills
• Program development, monitoring and evaluation experience
• Able to write reports and proposals in English; spoken French

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