Health Coordinator

Employer: IRC
Location: Iraq

The IRC restarted programs in Iraq in November 2007 to assist thousands of internally displaced civilians in northern, central and southern regions. The IRC had extensive operations in Iraq from 2003 through 2005, but deteriorating security forced IRC to leave. Since returning to Iraq, IRC has been providing support to refugees, internally displaced persons and conflict-affected communities in the sectors of protection/access to justice, education/child protection/youth livelihoods, water/sanitation/hygiene, gender based violence prevention. In the current emergency response
assisting persons newly displaced in June 2014, a health component has been included.

IRC Iraq is currently looking for a longer term Health Coordinator, responsible for ongoing leadership of the emergency health program in Duhok. We need a person with emergency health response experience, excellent coordination and networking skills, the capacity to innovate and solve problems efficiently – and who can work within the overall context of insecurity and access challenges in Iraq. We offer competitive salary and excellent opportunities for professional and personal growth.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Programs, the Health Coordinator will manage all health program activities for IRC Iraq. The Health Coordinator will liaise with other technical leads to ensure coordination and complementarily of programming, as well as appropriate technical rigor in project design and implementation. The Health Coordinator will manage all health staff, providing any and all support necessary to ensure successful implementation of cash transfer programming.

Representation and coordination
Represent IRC Iraq health programs with external actors such as the national and local Department of Health, WHO, health working group and others.
Coordinate with external actors such as the national and local Department of Health, WHO, health working group and others to help assure coverage and avoid duplication to address the needs of beneficiary populations.
Represent IRC Iraq health program and coordinate closely with the IRC health technical unit
Coordinate closely with other IRC Iraq technical coordinators to ensure efficient use of program resources.
Work closely and coordinate with IRC logistics, finance and grants staff to ensure timely and compliant program activities and expenditures. Actively participate in grant operations meetings.
Keep the local authorities and other project stakeholders well informed of the progress of the program

Program management
Supervise all health program activities including staff management, budgets, reporting and other requirements.
Ensure that the health programs are implemented in conformity with the IRC program framework promoting and protecting rights, participation, capacity building, partnership and holistic programming.
Manage donor grants and ensure that the spending plan and work plans are in place and adhered to.
Ensure internal reports and reports to donors, document results and are produced and delivered in a timely manner.
Provide leadership for the chronic disease medicines and community health and hygiene components of the emergency health response in Dohuk governorate.
Oversee the community health and hygiene information system - Ensure that data collected by the HHP are compiled by the HHP team leaders and the community health and hygiene manager and entered by the data collector. Review the data for completeness and quality. Analyze the data regularly and take action based on findings.
Monitor the quality of the community based activities.
Oversee a monitoring system to track the use of the chronic disease medicines that will be distributed by the program.
Follow-up pharma procurement.
Ensure effective and high quality reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems for both internal and external use, capturing best practice to support program decision making.

Program development and planning
Lead the development of IRC health programming in Iraq, as needs are identified and funding opportunities arise. This will involve conducting quality assessments, development of quality concept notes and proposals and development of new projects and initiatives.
Develop a strategic framework for health programming in Iraq.
Generate health data to be used internally and externally by donors and cluster systems to influence donor policies for the purpose of generating needed funding.
Analyze unmet health needs and service gaps in consultation with local health officials and, with the DDP, determine the potential for IRC health program activities.
Develop new proposals in the health sector that are conceptually integrated into existing country program activities and congruent with IRC health technical unit guidance, with budgets, in collaboration with the grants team.

Staff management
Recruit national and international health technical staff as per program requirements.
Provide direction and monitor staff in their implementation of work plans and delivery of quality health services.
Provide technical support, on the job training and supervision to the health staff as required making sure that interventions are high quality and that the program is driven by data and learning.
Discuss job expectations, set objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system.
Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions including staff development plans.
Provide leadership support for the successful implementation of and adherence to the IRC Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures.
Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability to the “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct.

Financial Management
Lead the development of realistic budgets for the health program and identify areas which require fundraising.
Effectively manage health program grants, assuring spending in accord with budget lines.

Professional Standards

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.

Medical/nursing/nutrition degree with a MPH
Experience working in insecure work environments and understanding of personal and team’s safety and security needs
Minimum 3 years of experience in assessing, developing, management/coordinating health programs in an international setting
Experience in implementing community/public health programs
Experience in coordinating with MoH and other stakeholders
Experience supervising and guiding national and international health staff
Strong management, assessment, project planning, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
Competent in Windows, MS office programs, email and relevant health database (HMIS, EPI-Info, DHMIS) software
Fluency in English; knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish a plus

Staff in Iraq must comply with all IRC security policies and procedures applicable to international staff. Accommodation will be provided and will be as comfortable as the emergency circumstances allow. The position is unaccompanied.

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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 or disability.