Research Manager - Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health

Sudan
Apply by 19 August 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 21 July 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req2334

Job Title: Research Manager - Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: South Sudan-Panyijar, Unity State

Job Description

Job Overview/Summary
Under the supervision of the Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, the overall responsibilities of the position will require the coordination and facilitation of a research grant identifying the most effective combination of interventions to increase adolescent use of sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) services.

This role will supervise the implementation of two interventions across three health facilities: The first health facility will receive a basic package of interventions designed to increase adolescent use of SRH services, called the Core ASRH Package. The second health facility will receive the Engage, Empower and Act for Adolescent Health Package which includes the Core ASRH Package plus Participatory Action Research (PAR) with adolescents and key influencers. The third health facility will serve as the control and receive no additional interventions.

This position will also work closely with the IRC Health team to design, implement and support community engagement strategies aimed at improving health outcomes for women and girls.

Major Responsibilities
* Core ASRH package technical Oversight: Provide technical oversight on the implementation of the Core ASRH package across two facilities and ensure that activities are implemented according to the work plan and approved research protocol.
* PAR Technical oversight: Provide technical oversight on Participatory Action Research (PAR) activities implemented in one facility and community and ensure that activities are implemented according to the work plan and approved research protocol.
* Logistical Support and Organization: Work with IRC supply chain and procurement staff as well as local stakeholders to plan, organize and facilitate routine meetings and workshops.
* Stakeholder engagement: Ensure local stakeholders at the health facility, community and government levels are kept informed on the PAR progress and findings.
* Documentation and Research: Serve as focal point for IRC Technical Unit for analysis and publication of PAR results. Serve as lead writer on reports and final technical review paper.
* Community engagement activities: In coordination with IRC health team, design, implement and support a multi-pronged community engagement strategy. Develop, test and revise information, education, and communication (IEC) materials aimed at improving health outcomes for women and girls and increasing engagement around reproductive health services.
* Supervision to the Research officer: Provide technical supervision, in collaboration with the Health and Nutrition M&E Manager, to the Research Officer to ensure the accurate collection and compilation of data.

Key Working Relationships
* Position Reports to: Maternal and Child Health Coordinator
* Indirect/Technical Reporting: Senior Health Coordinator
* Position directly Supervises: Research officer (Panyijar)
* Country Program: Health and Nutrition M&E Manager, Senior Health Manager (Panyijiar),
* Region/Global: Reproductive Health Technical Unit, HQ

Key External Contacts:
County Health Department (CHD), Ministry of Health (MoH).

JOB REQUIREMENTS
* College/university qualification in the social sciences, public health or a related discipline,
* Three to five years progressive experience in participatory community development, behavior change communication, and/or participatory action research,
* Experience conducting qualitative research preferred,
* Strong understanding of adolescent sexual, reproductive, and child health issues,
* Demonstrable experience as a strong facilitator capable of creating a participatory environment,
* Experience designing and facilitating training and capacity-building exercises,
* Flexible work attitude; effective planning and organizing skills,
* Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English,
* Good computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.

Contextual Background
The International Rescue Committee 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, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

IRC began working in South Sudan in 1989. South Sudan declared independence in July 2011 following decades of brutal civil war. The security situation remains fragile and significant operational challenges are there. IRC-South Sudan operates a country office in Juba, field offices in Lakes, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria states. Currently, IRC South Sudan implements programs in primary health care, community case management, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection and access to justice and livelihoods.

Standards of Professional Conduct:The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

About the Organization

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 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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