5 Mar 2024

IPC- Community Health Officer at International Rescue Committee

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Job Description

Requisition ID: req49694

Job Title: IPC- Community Health Officer.

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location: Kibondo, Tanzania

Work Arrangement:

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to serious humanitarian crises around the world and helps victims to survive and rebuild their lives.

For over half a century, Tanzania has been a country of asylum, hosting one of the largest refugee populations in Africa. Currently, the country hosts approximately 287,903 Burundian and Congolese refugees, many of whom arrived in 2015 as the crisis in Burundi increased. To date, refugees continue to co-exist with the host communities in Kigoma region expressing multiple reasons and needs. Within this context, IRC provides protection and basic assistance in the areas of Safety (comprises of Protection and Rule of Law, Women Protection and Empowerment, and Child Protection), Health (mental health and psychosocial support services and reproductive health), and Education.

Job Overview:

The Community Health Officer, with support from the Health Manager, will support the implementation of the IRC’s health programs in Nduta, to ensure the delivery of high-quality primary healthcare services at the community level. (S)He will support the day-to-day programmatic and operational aspects of the program.

To ensure IRC health programs are implemented to a high technical quality, in line with international standards and best practices, and on track to meet grant requirements.

Major Responsibilities

Program Management

Under the supervision of the Health Manager, technically and administratively managing the community health worker teams.
Responsible for overall planning, implementation of community level activities, coordination within program and with relevant stakeholders at community level and other NGOs working in the area on community mobilization activities with particular focus on health.
Lead and support community health workers in their fields and provide regular monitoring visits and on-the-job technical assistance.
Ensure that all community health workers related activities, indicators and objectives are successfully met within the project timeframe and budget.
Act as a liaison between the community health workers and health facility staff in primary health care facilities, ensuring successful linkages are established.
Staff Supervision & Development

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.
Directly supervise community health workers.
Identify training needs for community health workers, and support organization and facilitation of training to meet those needs, in collaboration with the Health Program Manager.
Monitoring and Evaluation

Collection and review the community health worker reports on a weekly basis, compilation of reports and submission to the Data Officer.
Regularly analyze data in conjunction with the Health Manager to track community health trends and develop appropriate responses.
Other Duties

Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment.
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor are to enable and develop IRC programs.
Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Medical Doctor
Position directly supervises:
Other Internal and/or external contacts:


A bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Public Health, Community Health, Health Administration, or a related field is commonly required for this position.
Minimum of 4 years of experience in Health Community development related assignments in humanitarian/development contexts.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

Strong organizational skills to manage multiple tasks, prioritize activities, and ensure efficient program delivery.
Excellent coordination skills to facilitate collaboration with relevant stakeholders, including other NGOs and health facility staff.
Strong interpersonal skills to establish rapport with community health workers.
Experience in analyzing data to track community health trends.
Experience in directly supervising community health workers.
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage community health worker teams,
Language/Travel: Good written and spoken English and Swahili is required while some knowledge of Kirundi and French will be an added advantage.

Working Environment: Security level yellow – The situation in most of the country is calm. Some parts of Kigoma region experience insecurity-highway banditry.

Partnership: The IRC is committed to working with partners as our preferred operating model and adhering to our six partnership principles: equality, complementarity, mutuality, solidarity, results orientation, and humility.

Commitment to Client Responsiveness: By committing to Client-Centered Programming, at the IRC Tanzania, we place the people we serve – our clients – at the center of our programming and services. The IRC Tanzania Staff have an important role to play in supporting the implementation of client-responsive programming through raising awareness to the community and clients about expected staff behavior, project information, the existing feedback mechanisms and how to use them including the response processes, access, and eligibility to services, and contribute to building an institutional culture that prompts staff to listen to clients and to communicate and respond to their requests, feedback, and complaints.

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.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

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. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

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Closing Date : 10th March, 2024.

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