Public Health Specialist

International Rescue Committee, Inc.
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Apply by 14 September 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 16 August 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req2581
Job Title: Public Health Specialist
Sector: Program Administration
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: Sierra Leone-Freetown

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC delivers education programs in 22 conflict-affected or post-conflict countries around the world.

Present in Sierra Leone since 1999, IRC supports the Sierra Leonean institutions - government, civil society, community-based organizations and private sector - to provide improved social services. The IRC does this through programs and partnerships designed to improve the life of women, youth and children by implementing Health, Education, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment programming.

IRC, along with its Consortium partners has bid for a funding opportunity from DFID - Saving Lives (Phase II) as the lead for the NGO consortium. The Saving Lives programme seeks to support the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) to save women’s and children’s lives by improving the quality, availability and accessibility of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services. This will be achieved by increasing the utilization of quality RMNCAH services through a multifaceted approach that seeks to strengthen quality, expand access, and build the demand for RMNCAH services in Sierra Leone. The programme duration is October 2018 - March 2021.

The IRC is recruiting for a Consortium Public Health Specialist for the Saving Lives Phase II programme in Sierra Leone. The Public Health Specialist will be responsible for the technical quality assurance of the implementation of the programme. Working in close collaboration with the Senior Consortium Coordinator and the Consortium RMNCAH Coordinator the Consortium Public Health Specialist, will play a key role in ensuring that the Saving Lives programme is implemented in full alignment with relevant national policies and protocols and that it follows the agreed work plan.

The Consortium Public Health Specialist will work under the oversight of the Senior Consortium Coordinator, IRC and will supervise the Consortium RMNCAH Coordinator.

This position is contingent on funding.


* Identify and develop the quality assurance and improvement framework for the technical and operational district support using best practices and evidence-based approach
* Monitor and support the implementation of the programme using the framework
* Establish accountability mechanisms for systematic and timely quality assurance including a system of regular feedback
* Actively participate in all programme assessment designs and support implementation, if needed
* Communicate with the Regional Public Health Specialists and the District Delivery Managers on a regular basis to ensure any roadblocks are identified and addressed
* Provide advise and support for orientation and training of programme staff
* Conduct regular field visits to the districts as per the monitoring/quality assurance plan to ensure quality is maintained throughout the programme implementation
* Work with the CCU M&E staff to develop a set of core indicators and a system of M&E of the quality assurance mechanisms
* Lead the coordination of the district package internally, in collaboration with programme staff, as needed.

Staff Management
* Supervise the Consortium RMNCAH Coordinator in accordance with IRC HR policies and local law.

Representation and Advocacy
* Attend national level RMNCAH meetings and other workshops, working groups, and coordination forums as required to ensure close coordination and collaboration.

November 2018 - February 2021

* To effectively deliver this engagement, the applicant should meet the following requirements;
* MPH/Masters in International Health and additional certificate/training in quality assurance is preferred
* At least 7 years of relevant field experience with managing staff
* Experience in designing/management of programmes and quality assurance frameworks in a developing country
* Prior knowledge and/or experience in designing, managing and implementing RMNCAH programmes
* Ability to provide technical support and feedback with a high degree of tact and diplomacy
* Demonstrated knowledge of public health evidence
* Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of having worked with district health systems
* Excellent English speaking/writing skills required.

About the Organization

From emergency response through post-conflict development work, in a great variety of roles around the world, the International Rescue Committee’s 8,000-plus staff is a force for humanity and hope. If you’re skilled and passionate, we’d like to add your energy to ours.

Careers at the IRC are as wide-ranging and far-reaching as our work. Encouraging staff development through promotion, transfer and rehire, the IRC nurtures long-term career paths and helps employees grow within the organization.

At any given moment, on any given day, all around the world, IRC staff members are restlessly and effectively working for the sake of the most vulnerable among us—to restore and renew hope, dignity and freedom.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in 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.

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