Senior Health Officer

at International Rescue Committee - IRC
Location Assosa, Benishangul Gumuz, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 13, 2021
Category Business Development
Health Care / Medical
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, 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.

Scope/Job Purpose:

Under the direct supervisor of the health manager, the Senior Health Officer (SHO) will be primarily responsible for supporting Community-based reproductive health /Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) Lot 2 project implementation at WISH sites. He/she is a focal person to coordinate and lead the camp based team working in the refugee camps on reproductive health projects. In addition, he/she is responsible for accurate planning, coordination, supervision, and monitoring of Community based reproductive Health /WISH2ACTION and HIV/AIDS intervention. She/he will be responsible to guide the health team, facilitate technical assessment for the preparation of a new project proposal. The position is based at Assosa Field Office and frequently travel to WISH implementation sites (Bambasi, Tsore, Gure Shembolla, Sherkole, and Tongo) refugee camps of BGRS for technical supports on clinical reproductive health (RH) services, to assist on data quality and provide support to field teams on implementation of the project activities.

Detailed responsibilities:

Program Management and Implementation

  • Assist the Health Manager for the accurate and timely planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of health projects at camps.
  • Oversee implementation of Health especially community-based reproductive health and HIV/AIDS projects, management of budget and reporting a per the donor and IRC regulation when the health manager is absent
  • Assess the gaps related to clinical RH services at the camps (health facilities) and take a remedial action timely with the health manager.
  • Assist health the manager to make sure that the quality of monthly RH/HIV/AIDS activity reports that collected from camps and give immediate feedback on the improvements to the health officers.
  • Collect and compile monthly progress reports, quarter and annual donor reports and submit to the health manager before the due date.
  • Prepare monthly project performance review for each active grants and share with the health manager and Addis technical units.
  • Represent IRC at camps especially during clinical RH service coordination, review meetings, and discussion forums.
  • Assist health manager on leading technical team on-field assessment, proposal writing, and Post-project monitoring and evaluations.
  • Design culturally accurate and acceptable social and behavioral change communication approaches.
  • Prepare relevant RH/HIV content guiding materials for Health social workers, most at-risk populations, and for mother-to-mother support group facilitator.
  • Conduct monthly and quarterly auditing of Community and facility data; report the finding to responsible body.
  • Fully follow IRC safety and security procedures and provide input to security monitoring and assessments to enable and promote a safe and secure environment for program implementation.
  • Stay up-to-date on health-related humanitarian situations in the country specifically on sexual reproductive health rights and comprehensive abortion care.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by his/her supervisor/s.

Grants Management

  • Prepare weekly BVA and PR audit report for active grants and communicate to health officers, finance, and supply chain team for immediate action.
  • Check the status of PR for all active grants in line with procurement and spending plan.
  • Responsible for revision and updating of detail activity, spending, and procurement plans.
  • Control the proper use of materials procured under different grants before or within the grant period to avoid old grant depositions.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Work with the health manager for monitoring and evaluation of the program activities and make sure that monthly & quarter indicators met or not as per the plan.
  • Assist the health manager to check the efficiency of the program and recommended changes in goals, objectives, interventions strategies, measurable outputs, and timelines.
  • Collaborate with the MEAL field office team collect feedback from clients and closely work on response provision mechanisms.
  • Attend encouraging supervision, quarter monitoring visits, and annual monitoring visits conducted in the camps and share the finding with the health manager.
  • Actively participate in the internal and external evaluation of emergency response interventions

Human Resource Management

  • Actively take part in recruitment, coaching, and training of health the staff.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit, and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to optimal do in their positions.
  • Prepare and timely submit performance review of national health staff.

Key Working Relationships:


  • Ensure integration of Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) with GBV, WASH, and Child protection programs in the camp.
  • Work closely with the support department and other program departments.


  • Work closely with ARRA, MoH, UNHCR, and regional health bureau, regional HAPCO, and other implementing partners.
  • Actively participate in health coordination meetings and other relevant meetings facilitated by implementing partners at the camp level and Field Office in the absence of health manager.

Job Requirements

  • BSc Degree /Post Graduate Degree in Public Health/ Comprehensive Nursing/ Reproductive Health
  • Minimum experience of 4 years for BSc degree and 3 years for MPH/MSC Degree holders.

Special Proficiencies

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of current health issues on family planning, and RH in refugee settings and roles of different implementers.
  • Basic managerial and supervisory skill in the NGO context.
  • Experience in project management and the ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise the implementation of different projects.
  • Experience in coordinating and facilitating workshops, meetings, and training on RH, FP, CAC, and VCAT.
  • Shown experience in staff management, budget management, and building effective teams.
  • Excellent coordination and representation skills with different partners.
  • Excellent technical and report writing skills and MS offices (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and words).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and fluent spoken and written English. The Arabic language is a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure and travel frequently to project sites.
  • Excellent analyzing and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of gender and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an asset.


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