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Health and Nutrition Coordinator Job Opportunity at IRC

International Rescue Committee – Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a prominent international organization working in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.

IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria. IRC has ECHO, OFDA, and Gates funds to respond to health, nutrition, GBV, and WASH activities. In September 2014, IRC received additional funds to carry out emergency food distributions, shelter support, and NFI distributions to newly displaced IDPs in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state. IRC also received funds to carry out a child protection rapid assessment and program start up activities.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Health and Nutrition Coordinator

Location: Nigeria

Scope of Work
The Health & Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the immediate implementation and management of IRC’s health and nutrition program in Nigeria, working in collaboration with the senior management team both in Abuja and in the field. 

As the focal point for health and nutrition programs in Nigeria, the Health & Nutrition Coordinator will ensure the continued implementation of quality primary health care including nutrition programming in IRC’s operational areas in the North East Nigeria. 

She/he will provide technical support to the health and nutrition program to ensure that IRC programs are of high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning, working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program. 

The Health & Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining regular contact with all partners and donors as new opportunities for coordination and funding arise. She/he will also play a strong role in mentoring and training the health and nutrition team with a particular focus on M&E.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Medical doctor or nurse with masters in Public Health or an equivalent degree
  • Must have at least 5 years professional experience in implementing health related projects
  • At least 5 years experience working with INGOs in humanitarian or development contexts; previous emergency response, conflict/post-conflict experience preferred
  • Must be knowledgeable of ECHO, UNICEF, SIDA, WHO procedures and familiar with their approach and strategies.

Key Responsibilities

Program Management:

  • Provide technical supervision and guidance of all IRC primary health care and nutrition projects.
  • Extend technical support and supervision to the IRC’s implementing partners as the need arises.
  • Ensure that the health and nutrition projects in Nigeria utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Federal Ministry of Health and WHO. Ensure that all activities are consistent with established best practices.
  • In collaboration with the other health program staff in Nigeria, oversee the implementation of health and nutrition projects implemented by IRC Nigeria, including grant management and budget forecasting and spending in collaboration with other departments.
  • Promote the quality of the IRC’s health programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.
  • Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC Nigeria health and nutrition programming activities;
  • Design and lead technical assessments as a basis for health and nutrition program development;
  • Ensure collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all health and nutrition programs in line with IRC’s REL (Research, Evaluation & Learning) guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements are put in place;
  • Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt health information systems including surveillance systems for the IRC health and nutrition programs in Nigeria
  • Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action based on data and identified needs.
  • Collaborate with the Technical Ad-visors and country Senior Management Team to lead the development of a health program strategy that is aligned to the IRC Nigeria Strategic Action Plan (SAP) 2015-2020.

Grants Management and Program Development:

  • Ensure that programmatic and financial reports for donors and IRC country program are prepared as required, ensuring these are of the highest quality and submitted in a timely manner to the donor;
  • Prepare all necessary documentation for Grant Opening, Review and Closing meetings
  • Assist with the preparation and revision of a realistic budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget, donor guidelines and IRC’s grant management and financial regulations;
  • Identify opportunities for program development;
  • Collaborate with other in-country program teams to ensure an integrated strategy to achieve health outcomes as in the country’s SAP;
  • Develop program and project proposals, including theories of change, logical frameworks, program design and implementation plans and SMART indicators for the IRC Nigeria health and nutrition program under the supervision of the SPC and in consultation and collaboration with field-based technical and management staff.

Staff Development:

  • Develop and implement continuous staff capacity building plan to ensure quality gender-sensitive programming;
  • Ensure respect for IRC HR policies;
  • Provide timely and quality performance evaluations;
  • Promote the IRC Way with all supervises;
  • Identify and execute modalities for teamwork.

Coordination and Representation:

  • In coordination with the supervisor, represent IRC to UN, international and national NGOs, relevant line ministries, and donors for health and nutrition and technical working groups;
  • Coordinate closely with the operations teams including: administration, HR, supply chain and finance as they relate to the program; and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required;
  • Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing and program integration.

Desirable Skills:

  • Good project Management skills, including financial planning and documentation;
  • Good problem solving and social skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills to work effectively with different stakeholders including different communities in the target areas, humanitarian actors, service providers, local and national authorities;
  • Previous experience working in West Africa is an added advantage

Deployment Security Protocols:

  • North East Nigeria is security phase 3 (ORANGE) so the H&N Coordinator will be expected to respect the various security protocols in place in country. Phase 3 requires clear contingency planning in place with staff prepared should hibernation or evacuation be called.

How to Apply

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