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Health Consortium Coordinator – ECHO

at International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted April 19, 2019
Category Healthcare
Currency UGX


Job Title: Health Consortium Coordinator - ECHO

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Description

The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting IDPs, refugees and 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 and nutrition, economic recovery and development, protection, and prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV). IRC has its country office in Kampala and regional offices in Yumbe, Arua, Moroto, Kitgum, Lamwo, Amudat, Kyegegwa and Isingiro districts. IRC is currently expanding to South West Uganda in the sectors of Health, GBV and Protection.

ECHO Project

The Health Consortium Coordinator will specifically support the ECHO-funded health project, entitled, Epidemic disease surveillance and response and life-saving health services to newly arrived refugees and vulnerable host community members in Uganda, a 14-month project covering 19 districts and 5 refugee settlements across the South West, Mid-West, and Northern regions of Uganda. The project is implemented through a consortium led by the IRC in partnership with Medical Teams International (MTI). The project has three main result areas: 1); improved disease surveillance and community awareness raising; 2) increasing support to suspected and probable cases of outbreak-prone diseases; and 3) improving access to quality, comprehensive primary healthcare at settlement-level and at district health facilities, transit/reception centres, and points-of-entry (PoE) particularly for new arrival refugees. IRC is looking for an experienced Project Manager to oversee the proper implementation of this project, with an emphasis on ensuring the timely and high quality achievement of the project goal and objectives by the respective consortium partners.

Job Overview/Summary

The Health Consortium Coordinator will be responsible for implementing, ensuring budgetary oversight, team oversight, M&E and reporting of the ECHO-funded health project.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management

Supervise a proper and timely implementation of the ECHO project 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.

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.

Working closely with Health Technical Manager, represent the consortium in all relevant working group meetings, 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.


Broad working knowledge and experience of working with ECHO and EU donors;
Significant exposure and experience of successfully managing and leading Consortia;
Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision;
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations at all levels;
Demonstrated skills in financial management – with knowledge and experience in managing complex budgets and ensuring donor compliance;
Experience in successfully managing various forms of partnerships with stakeholders, including: national and local authorities, UN agencies, local NGOs, etc.;

Experience Requirements

Minimum 7 years field experience in management positions in INGOs;

Education Requirements

Degree or Master’s in international relations, business administration, management, human rights, social sciences or related field;