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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.

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Job Title: Reproductive Health Manager

Requisition ID: req5575
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Sector: Health
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Contextual Background

The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri Monguno and Gwoza of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods

Job Overview/Summary

  • The Reproductive Health (RH) Manager is the focal point for the IRC’s Emergency Reproductive Health services in Monguno, Magumeri and Konduga LGAs (Borno State), also to provide technical support to Yobe and Adamawa. The RH Manager ensures that proposed RH interventions are guided by IRC and donor guidelines and are aligned with WPE activities within the Comprehensive Women’s Centers (CWC), and PHC activities in the above mentioned locations.
  • He/she reports to the Senior RH Manager and works closely with the RH, Health and WPE Managers in those program sites where he/she will be supporting the RH program teams and activities.

Major Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Senior RH Manager, the RH Manager is responsible for:

Program support & development:

  • Ensuring that proposed emergency RH interventions are guided by guidelines and protocols, including the following services/activities: Family Planning, STIs prevention and treatment, Post Abortion Care, ANC/PNC, Facility deliveries, Emergency Obstetric Care (BEmONC) or referrals for CEmONC, and  Clinical Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCSAS);
  • Ensure that all stated RH goals and objectives are met, that projects are monitored, and that reports are submitted in a timely manner;
  • Work closely with the IRC’s WPE and Health teams at the field level to insure coordinated and integrated activities within the CWCs and mobile outreach clinics respectively.
  • Provide technical oversight to field-based reproductive health staff of Monguno, Magumeri and Konduga LGAs (Borno State) in the area of RH, with an emphasis on staff capacity building, supportive supervision and mentorship.
  • Supervise the RH Community Mobilization strategy in Monguno, Magumeri and Konduga LGAs (Borno State);
  • Work with the M&E team to ensure the smooth running of the M&E system: from data collection and facility level to weekly data compilation reports, databases and analysis of the data to inform decisions and report-writing.
  • Assisting the Senior RH program Manager in proposal writing for RH funding opportunities;
  • Continuously assessing RH needs and suggesting new projects to address identified unmet needs;
  • Promoting a culture of learning whereby lessons-learned and good practices are documented and shared for institutional memory;
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.

Grants Management & Reporting:

  • Manage and oversee all the RH budget lines by means of workplans, spending and procurement plans to ensure that project deadlines are met and targets achieved;
  • Participate in Budget monitoring meetings, Grants Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings;
  • Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required;

Staff Management:

  • Undertake RH capacity-development activities/training  for RH and clinical health staff;
  • Work closely with Health Managers to build their capacity to oversee RH activities.

Coordination and Representation:

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders – including community leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, community based organisations and other IRC sectors to enhance cooperation and coordination;
  • Ensure that information from coordination meetings is shared internally and with other sectors, as appropriate;
  • Represent the IRC in coordination mechanisms and meetings with other agencies, including the Ministry of Health, WHO, UNFPA and other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, or donors.

Key Working Relationship

  • Position Reports to:  Senior RH Program Manager
  • Position directly supervises:  Monguno, Magumeri and Konduga RH Teams
  • Indirect Reporting: N/A
  • Other Internal contacts: Health Coordinator, other Program Coordinators and Program Managers, Senior Program Coordinator
  • Other external contacts: Relevant other stakeholders e.g. UN bodies, local and national authorities

Qualifications

  • Health professional (MD, RN, PA or CO) with strong public health background, MPH a plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to support and build staff capacity;
  • Ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member;
  • Fluency in English and Hausa;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to live in a high security environment;
  • 3 years’ experience in coordinating, implementing and managing reproductive health programs in emergency contexts and/or refugee settings;
  • Experience in providing technical support to reproductive health staff in a complex setting;
  • Thorough understanding of gender-based violence response protocols and service provision;
  • Ability to validate and interpret health data;
  • Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, Outlook and the internet.

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.


Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: WPE Program Manager

Requisition ID: req5574
Location: Mubi, Adamawa
Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Contextual Background

The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri and Monguno of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods

Job Overview/Summary

  • Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious human rights and public health issue affecting women and girls around the world. It impacts all aspects of women and girl’s physical, emotional, psychological and social well-being. It has harmful consequences for the individuals who experience it, their families, and communities as a whole. The WPE programming in NE Nigeria covers Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
  • The WPE program Manager in Adamawa leads design, implementation and monitoring of WPE projects in Adamawa State and reports to the WPE Coordinator.
  • The WPE Manager will provide technical oversight to prevention and response staff in Adamawa State in the area of protection and empowerment of women and girls (and the effects of the conflict on women and girls in general), with an emphasis on coaching staff to build their capacity,, advocating for improved services for women and girls, and ensuring quality response to reach women and girls in conflict affected areas.

Major Responsibilities
Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy:

  • Provide ongoing leadership, training, and guidance to Adamawa staff and local partners to ensure programming meets best practice standards and prioritizes the security of beneficiaries and staff.
  • Support the team to conduct safety audits and take the lead communicating with other stakeholders to ensure all services mitigate the risk of GBV and are in line with IASC GBV Guidelines
  • Design and lead assessments in Adamawa to ensure the voices of women and girls inform WPE program design
  • Lead the development of coordination and referral mechanisms to ensure GBV survivors can access health care in a timely manner
  • Promote and teach good practice in regards to rapid WPE case management and psychosocial support
  • Develop protocols on information management in insecure environments
  • Support the WPE team to develop awareness raising messages to promote uptake of GBV response services in a timely manner
  • Support the WPE team to ensure sustained programming
  • Promote coordination with the other sectors within the IRC
  • Design and lead on rapid responses in newly opened LGAs
  • Liaise with the IRC Health Manager to help provide support in terms of health services to GBV Survivors.
  • Lead the development of proposals for Adamawa State to ensure consistent funding, with technical support from the WPE Coordinator and Senior Technical Advisor
  • Review monthly BvAs and submit monthly BvA corrections
  • Prepare and submit spending plans and monthly cash projections to finance in a timely manner.
  • Prepare and keep updated budget spent out plans in order to maintain program expenditure within budget

Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:

  • Collaborate with the WPE Coordinator to implement the staff training plan for WPE Team members.
  • Oversee and when necessary conduct trainings for community and service providers.
  • Collaborate with the Health Sector to organize Clinical Care of Sexual Assault Survivors training for health staff, as needed.
  • Collaborate with the other IRC Program Managers to maintain an on-going training program to ensure WPE is integrated into health, child protection, ProL, ERD and vice versa.
  • Liaise with the WPE Coordinator and Field Coordinator as needed for difficult or complex cases.
  • Train Adamawa WPE team on WPE approaches and best practices.
  • Oversee administrative aspects of the program including, but not limited to, writing job descriptions, interviewing and hiring staff, developing staff performance objectives and conducting timely performance appraisals.
  • Ensure the staff follows IRC global financial procedures and meeting donor requirements.
  • Ensure that all internal (IRC) reporting requirements are met and that reports are of a high quality and submitted on time.
  • Other duties as required.

Required for all positions with supervisory responsibility, if special considerations are needed (e.g. remote management), make this additive to the base language here.

  • Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies.
  • Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the strengths of the team in Syria.
  • Hold high-quality meetings with each direct report on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly.
  • Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing guidance on career paths.
  • As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.
  • 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.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.
  • Look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate. As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by the end of assignment.
  • Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.
  • 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.
  • Approve and manage all time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviews..
  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.

Research, Learning and Analysis:

  • Lead the development and oversee implementation of strong monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Lead the preparation of reports to the Women Protection and Empowerment Coordinator and donors.
  • Provide trend analysis on areas where WPE is implementing in order to improve services and advocacy for women and girls.
  • Liaise with other teams on best practices and assist each other with information sharing.

Coordination & Representation:

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders – including community leaders, Camp chairpersons, National Emergency Management Agency, State Emergency Management Agency) NGOs, UN agencies, Local Partners and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency and multi sectoral cooperation and coordination.
  • Ensure that information from coordination meetings is shared, as appropriate.
  • Advocate for women and girls, with feedback from women and girls, in external meetings

Key Working Relationships

  • Position Reports to:  WPE Program Coordinator
  • Indirect/Technical Reporting: Field Coordinator
  • Position directly Supervises:  WPE Officers in Adamawa

Key Internal Contacts:

  • Country Program:
  • Region/Global:

Key External Contacts:

  • GBV Sub cluster
  • Ministry of women affairs.

Qualifications
Education:

  • Must have a university degree in Public Health, Social Work, or Social Science, with significant relevant work experience in conflict affected areas

Work Experience:

  • 3 years GBV program management experience, preferably in insecure locations

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

  • Excellent GBV case management skills and have provided direct case management to survivors of GBV,
  • Experience in managing a GBV emergency response team using rapid case management,
  • Experience using and good knowledge of the GBVIMS.
  • Good interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Thorough understanding of feminist theory and survivor centered programming
  • Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable security environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of participatory planning methods
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in grant management and proposal writing is preferred

Languages:

  • Fluency in English and other language desirable.

Computer/Other Tech Requirements:

  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.  Add position-specific (e.g. accounting software, statistical software, etc.).

Ability to Travel:

  • 50% of time if applicable

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.


Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

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