Health Coordinator

at International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted November 26, 2019
Category Healthcare
Currency UGX


Health Coordinator
Organisation:  International Rescue Committee

Closing date: 31 Dec 2019
This is a senior management position responsible for overseeing all aspects of IRC's health and nutrition programs in Uganda. As the focal point for the health and nutrition program, the Health Coordinator will ensure the implementation of quality health and nutrition programming and provide overall leadership of the program. The Health Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining regular contact with all partners, including the Ministry of Health, UN agencies and other NGOs, and will also be responsible for fulfilling IRC strategic objectives and the country program strategy action plan (SAP) for the health sector. The Health Coordinator supervises the Health Project Coordinator, ECHO Health Consortium Coordinator and field based Health Managers, Nutrition Manager and Health Team Leaders, and reports to the Deputy Director of Programs. Technical support will be received from the East Africa Regional Primary Health Care, Reproductive Health and Nutrition Technical Advisors. The position is based in Kampala with regular trips to IRC’s programs throughout Uganda at least 40% of the time. This position is open to both national and international candidates.

Duties and Responsibilities


In collaboration with other health and nutrition program colleagues and the Deputy Director of Programs, oversee the implementation of health and nutrition projects implemented by IRC Uganda including the maternal and child health projects in Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions, the refugee health and nutrition program in Yumbe and Lamwo districts, the Ebola Preparedness project in South West Uganda, as well as any other additional health projects.
Provide technical supervision of and guidance to all IRC health and nutrition projects. Extend technical support and supervision to the IRC’s implementing partners as needed.
Ensure that health and nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Ministry of Health and WHO. Ensure that all health and nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices.
Promote the quality of the IRC’s health and nutrition programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.
Take the lead on development, facilitation and ongoing review of the Health Country Sector Strategy, within the wider context of the IRC Uganda’s Country Program Strategic Action Plan (SAP).
Ensure that all health and nutrition interventions within the Uganda Country Program are in accordance with the Country Program SAP and other IRC specific frameworks, and meet international standards.
Ensure that new programming follows the IRC Uganda program design guidelines and IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework; is informed by input from the clients and includes field staff participation.


A dynamic and flexible individual with ability to multi task and who can work under pressure and acts as a team player;
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Excellent Microsoft word and Microsoft excel, power-point presentation skills.
Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills.
Willingness to travel to insecure areas within the constraints of IRC Uganda's security policy.

Experience Requirements

At least 7-10 years’ experience coordinating health programs in post conflict and developing countries in Africa. Experience implementing health programming in refugee settings as well as community based service delivery experience.
Demonstrated experience in design and use of project design tools, project/grant management tools, data collection and monitoring and evaluation systems. Capacity to adapt health programming and organizational structure in a continuously changing context
Experience in situation analysis, health assessments and program implementation. Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods, community development and partnership.
Previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting.
Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, EU, US donors, internationals and national NGOs and government agencies.
Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring and team building.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and preferably Master’s degree in Public Health or a relevant field such as Health Services Management or Epidemiology. Post graduate training in public health is essential.
Health professional with experience leading Health programs at senior levels.
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