29 July 2017

Senior Health Manager

Employer: International Rescue Committee
Location: Yemen
Closing date: 26 Aug 2017

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 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home

Scope: This is a senior management position responsible for overseeing all primary healthcare aspects of IRC's health programs in Yemen in close collaboration with the Health Advisor and the Nutrition and WASH teams. Particular responsibility of the postion will be to oversee IRC's primary healtcare interventions including at the hospital, primary health care facilities, through Mobile Health Teams (MHTs) and at the community level. The Senior Primary Healthcare Program Manager (SPHCM) will be based in Aden with frequent travel to the field. The SPHCM will work with the Health Advisors and Health Technical Unit to roll out and follow up on submission of solicited/ unsolicited proposals as well as donor and government reports. In addition, the SPHCM will be the health sector COMET focal point as well as provide oversight to field based staff on implementation of assigned health programs (RH, HIV/AIDS, Child Health, MNCH and others) in facility and local community settings.

The Senior Health Program Manager will report to the Health Advisor


Program Management
Responsible for overseeing the quality implementation of all primary health projects in Yemen. This includes immunization, reproductive and maternal health, child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Responsible for the development and implementation of a strong project workplan, that is designed to achieve the project's stated goals and objectives, within the available staffing and budget.
Responsible for ensuring that strong data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action, and that all members of the team know their roles and responsibilities for monitoring and evaluation.
Conduct program performance reviews for all primary healthcare programs on a quarterly basis, in collaboration with the Health Advisor and Health Managers and ensure feedback sessions happen with project staff to discuss corrective action
Responsible for the management of project budgets, including the development of procurement and spending plans.
Ensure that proper drug management systems are in place and liaise for technical assistance as needed for all strategic aspects of drug management and supply.
Ensure that health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Ministry of Health and WHO. Ensure that all health activities are consistent with established best practices.
Work with the Health Advisor, Health Managers, and Nutrition and WASH teams to develop appropriate BCC strategies relevant for the various field program sites targeting primary healthcare activities, and ensure that these are supported by comprehensive job aids and tools for staff use at facility level
Monitor evolving needs of the target communities, conduct assessments on health needs in new project areas and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary in collaboration with Health Advisor and Health Managers.
Lead the implementation of needs assessments, and support the technical design of such assessments Promote the quality of the IRC's health programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.
Liase with operations staff to ensure the operational effective of the health program.
Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures throughout program implementation

Representation and Coordination
In coordination with the Field Coordinator, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
In coordination with the Field Coordinator, participate in local coordination meetings, and actively try to initiate more coordination among NGO and other civil society partners.
Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required
Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.
Assist in identifying unmet needs in the health sector and explore the potential of IRC in addressing those needs
Participate in the development of new proposals and initiatives for the IRC health program in line with the SAP and the outcomes and evidence framework
Represent the Health Advisors as needed

Project Reporting
Ensure the timely submission of information for donor reports for all health projects, including reporting against the logical framework.
Review all reports prepared by the field staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.
In collaboration with program managers, review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for health programs on a monthly basis with staff.
Prepare information about IRC program activities as needed

Staff development/capacity building
Provide supportive supervision to supervisees, including development and monitoring of regular work plans.
Provide timely and quality performance evaluations.
Identify capacity building needs of direct reportees and develop capacity building plans to maximize performance and professional development.
Participate in training and mentoring of health and other staff members in response to capacity building needs.
Ensure IRC HR policies are respected at all times.
Promote the IRC Way with all supervisee

Health professional (MD, RN or Midwife), MPH is strongly preferred, but not required.
At least three years' experience with direct management of the implementation of health programs in a volatile insecure environment.
Excellent organizational and program management experience, including with staff workplans, budget management and monitoring and evaluation.
Excellent leadership, communication, and facilitation skills.
Excellent interpersonal, coordination and networking skills.
Experience with situation analysis and health assessments.
Experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff.
Experience in pharmacy management
Excellent problem solving skills, and demonstrated ability to handle pressure and improve.
Positive attitude and good sense of humor
Excellent computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Fluency in Arabic and English


Security level orange. The situation in Aden is tense at the moment and remains unpredictable; concerns include criminality, presence of armed troops, and looting. There is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.


Lodging in Aden is in a private bedroom, with a shared bathroom, in a shared IRC guesthouse. In field sites, accommodation similar to the head office. All IRC sites have electricity and internet all day through. Food is the individual's responsibility.