5 Mar 2024

Senior Health Manager at International Rescue Committee

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Job Description

Requisition ID: req49688

Job Title: Senior Health Manager.

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location: Kibondo, Tanzania

Work Arrangement:

Job Description

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 Health Manager will support the implementation of the IRC’s health programs in Kigoma Region, to ensure the delivery of high-quality primary healthcare services. (S)He will be responsible for programmatic, operational, financial, and staffing aspects for the health team, as well as representation with key actors in the field including the Ministry of Health, UN agencies and other NGOs.

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 and Development

Oversee the implementation of quality emergency health programs and ensure that program goals, objectives, targets, and activities are met.
Prepare program work plans in coordination with the Health Senior Manager/Health Coordinator for all projects.
Conduct regular monitoring visits to the various project sites, ensuring that projects utilize standardized protocols, policies, and guidelines, as outlined by the Ministry of Health and WHO. Identify technical.
quality and/or other implementation issues and provide solutions and follow-up to ensure projects are on track to meet goals and are consistent with established best practices.
Ensure that the health program is implemented in line with the IRC principles: promoting and protecting rights, participation, capacity building, partnership, and holistic programming.
Strictly follow up the medical and operational supply chain system, stock recording, timely ordering for the supplies and accountabilities in relation to the warehousing and using of the supplies including medicines and medical items.
Work closely with other IRC programs present in the same location, such as Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Integrated Community Case Management, and nutrition, and integrate program components to the extent possible.
Work with finance to provide accurate and timely spending plans, cash forecasts, and salary allocations.
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 t, ensuring regular performance reviews.
Ensure training and ongoing capacity building opportunities for staff in technical and project management skills.
Grant Management and Reporting

Manage all health grants, and work with the Health Coordinator to develop work, spending and procurement plans for all projects.
Participate in the development of proposals, budgets, and concept notes for future health interventions.
Prepare internal and external reports (such as narrative reports, DHIS data reports) within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
Review Integra reports monthly, recommend actions to correct identified problems.
Work closely and coordinate with IRC Operations, Finance and Grant departments to ensure compliance with grant requirements.
Coordination & Representation

Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
Monitoring and Evaluation

Ensure all required donor reports are completed on time and to a high standard.
Oversee the collection and timely reporting of program data and indicators for all health programs in line with IRC’s guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements, ensuring timely collection and entry of program data.
Conduct monthly program data analysis with health staff to discuss progress on grant indicators, disease trends, define action points for how to stay on track with grant requirements, and follow up with those points.
Work with the M&E team to produce and analyze all weekly, monthly, or quarterly reports and ensure timely submission of all such reports.
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 to enable and develop IRC programs.
Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Health Coordinator.
Position directly supervises: Clinical Officer in Charge, Nutritionist, Head Nurse, Health Information Officer, and IPC Community Health Officer
Other Internal and/or external contacts:


Health professional: Medical Doctor with strong public health/primary health care background and strong management experience.
At least 4 years of experience in implementing and managing INGO health programs, preferably in complex humanitarian and/or emergency settings.
Ability and flexibility to understand the cultural and political environment and to work well with the local health representatives.
Previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting.
Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of national and international staff.
Demonstrated experience in grant management and proposal writing.
Excellent computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure in a stressful environment, displaying patience, compassion, and diplomacy.
Ability to be innovative, flexible, and adaptive.
Ability to live in challenging conditions and ability to work in difficult, high-pressure situations.
Fluency in English and/or (other languages) required
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

Experience with situation analysis and health assessments.
Emergency health programs implemented to a high standard and on track to meet program goals.
Grants and finance compliance monitored and on track.
Documented monitoring of program activities,
All required data collected, analyzed and reports submitted on time.
Successful coordination with relevant key stakeholders.
Language: English and Swahili.

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, 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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