International Rescue Committee: Reproductive Health Manager – Maiduguri

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Requisition ID: req5575
Job Title: Reproductive Health Manager
Sector: Health
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

Job Description

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.

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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.

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Working Environment

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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