Health Officer, International Rescue Committee – IRC Vacancy Announcement

Health Officer, International Rescue Committee – IRC Vacancy Announcement; February 29 2024



Organization: International Rescue Committee – IRC

Position: Health Officer

Location: Gambela

Employment: Full time

Date of Announcement: February 28 2024

Deadline: March 5, 2024





Job Description


Background of IRC:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. 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. IRC leads the way from harm to home. Began work in Ethiopia, 1999 in response to severe drought that happened in Ethiopia’s Somali region. Currently, aiding in ten different regions implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.

Job Overview:  

With the direct supervision of the senior health officer, the health Officer is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of EUTF-funded project that focuses on strengthening of the health system. The health officer is responsible for accurate data collection, documentation, and reporting, liaising with local government and follow up on all health services including referral system. In general the position needs strong communication, coordination, and representation with host government Zonal, Woreda health structures and other implementing partners including consortium partners, OSSHD and ZOA.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the goals and objectives of the project are met as per the project work plan.
  • Liaises and creates strong linkages between zonal health department, Woreda Health Office, health facilities and Woreda stakeholders in the targeted area.
  • Represent IRC in health coordination meeting, workshops, task force meeting in the woreda.
  • Help in facilitating and conducting different workshops and training for Woreda health staff as per the project description.
  • Provide coaching and supportive supervision for health facilities on quality of service.
  • Oversee training of clinical services and ensure competency-based curriculums.
  • Ensure the distribution and proper use of medical equipment, non-medical equipment, supplies and essential drugs to health facilities.
  • Identify gaps in terms of quality service provision and design intervention and develop action plans to manage activities and improve quality of service (eg gaps in medical equipment, supplies, drugs, human power, training etc)
  • Monitor quality standards through monitoring and conducting supervision of clinical services (eg. Ambulance utilization, client satisfaction, client records, provider-client interaction, management of stock, record-keeping, adequate infrastructure, functioning equipment)
  • Strengthen the referral linkage with the health facility at community level in the respective woreda.
  • Advice and support the development of innovative local solutions for project related bottlenecks in the woreda and monitor the progress with interventions.
  • Routinely collect, compile, and organize data from monitoring and supervision activities and translate data into reports to be submitted to IRC field office regularly.
  • Reviewing clinical incidents including root cause analysis and action plan in collaboration with providers
  • Provide timely updates to service providers on clinical guidelines.
  • Timely submitting of any report related to the health program including emergency health situation and related factors in your local or their operation woredas,
  • Establish and adhere to supervision schedule.
  • Assist Senior Health officer and Health Manager in managing program grant.
  • Follow all IRC’S standard grant Management tools.
  • Raise PRs as required after discussion with colleagues.
  • Track woreda level expenditure monthly and report appropriately.
  • In collaboration with Senior Health and Health manager, evaluate the effectiveness of the program and recommend changes in goals, objectives, intervention strategies, measurable outputs, and timelines.
  • Produce monthly activity reports and submit to IRC Field office timely.
  • Ensure that all tools and formats are properly prepared, recorded and kept at health facilities and woreda level.
  • Any other relevant activities or duties as deemed by health manager or senior health officer.

Job Requirements


Educational Requirements:

  • BSC in public health/nursing with at least two years working experience.
  • One-year relevant experience plus post graduate degree.

Preferred experience and skills

  • Experience working in RMNCH preferable.
  • Good project management skills, ability to plan, organize and monitoring of implementation of emergency health services, RMNCH activities.
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating training.
  • NGO experience is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of computers (particularly Excel, Word, and Outlook)
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with a multi-sectoral team.
  • In addition to IRC core values/competencies: diligence, attention to critical details, a strong sense of work priorities and resourcefulness in obtaining and researching important information.
  • Dedication and commitment to work under stress; Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.
  • Meets timelines for all reporting and delivery of outputs; Results-based attitude, as well as excellent organization skills
  • Demonstrated behavior of professional and personal ethics, transparency, and openness.
  • Excellent communication skills-verbal and written ones.
  • Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as to work autonomously when required.
  • Ability to constructively address gaps and weaknesses.

Language Skill

  • Excellent written and spoken English

Certificates or Licenses:

  •  Motorbike driving skill/experience and license is preferable.

How to Apply


Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the below IRC On-line recruitment website:

IRC Career Site –

  • Please include 3 references from current and former employers.
  • Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.
  • Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.

·       Name of the position you have applied for

·       Date of application

·       Summary of  your qualifications and experience

·       Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job

·       Permanent Address and present address (if different from permanent) and telephone number if possible also email address

·       Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.

IRC is an equal employment 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 or disability.

Professional Standards: 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 Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

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

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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.


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