Position : Deputy Team Lead HeRON Consortium
Job Overview / Summary
HeRON Project Overview
USAID / FCDO Health Resilience of Northeast Nigeria (HeRON) Service delivery project in Borno and Yobe states supports delivery of quality integrated primary healthcare, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services, to improve evidence-based decision making, accountability at all levels of service delivery.
IRC leads a consortium of humanitarian and development implementing partners (Action Contre la Faim ACF, Society for Family Health Nigeria).
The Project team is working alongside states and local government authorities, strengthening their capacity to effectively deliver quality integrated primary healthcare, reproductive, maternal, and newborn and child health and nutrition services.
Scope of Work
IRC is seeking a dynamic and experienced health and governance professional to provide program management and technical leadership.
Reporting to the Team Leader, the Deputy Team Leader (DTL) will be responsible for directly working with the technical coordinators of the project consortium members (IRC, ACF and SFH) with particular focus on program quality and reporting as well as for ensuring an aligned approach across the consortium and LGA authorities to design and deliver health system strengthening components of the project.
In consultation with the Team Leader (TL), the DTL will regularly coordinate with states and LGA government authorities, development actors and stakeholders.
This position will be based in Maiduguri, Borno State, with regular trips to the field.
Program Management, Technical Quality, Strategy and Advocacy
Develop, review, and monitor in coordination with key project staff, annual work and performance plans to ensure long-term and short-term priorities are on track
On a day-to-day basis, manage financial and operational support to optimize resources through sound budgets and consistent financial tracking
Coordination with technical leads of the 3 consortium partners (technical program reporting)
Manage the reporting process, including coordination with internal and external stakeholders in accordance with contractual requirements
Maintain active and cooperative relationships with all key stakeholders, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions
Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility;
Matrix manage a core project team to ensure that the project deliverables are met
Contribute to the development of field staff through training, mentoring, and assisting with professional advancement
Ensure that the health system strengthening (HSS) aspects of the program are implemented according to defined work plans in order to achieve program deliverables.
Through strong planning and monitoring, identify potential obstacles to programmatic success in a timely fashion, and implement corrective actions as needed
In consultation with the TL, develop a clear strategy to enhance program complementarity and synergy across all major donor funded health and nutrition programs within target areas.
Introduce quality assurance initiatives to address efficiency, effectiveness, or compliance concerns.
Technical Support and Coordination :
Develop a strategy for mainstreaming governance principles and processes aimed at increasing participation, responsiveness, and accountability in the delivery of reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health services
Track project indicators and support eventual revision of the project logical framework as needed
Responsible for overseeing the overall quality of service provision and ensuring that implementation strategies across technical areas reflect governance principles and best practice
Provide leadership in the development or adaptation of service delivery models / systems, especially organizational development of LGA Primary Healthcare Departments (PHD), and implementation of social accountability approaches, to allow for greater participation and responsiveness of the health system
Provide leadership in analyzing and providing strategies to improve the management of the health system at the LGA PHD and facility level, notably planning, budgeting, human and financial resource management
Provide capacity assessment, capacity-building, monitoring, and implementation support to other technical specialists, to ensure equitable access to health services and that spaces for user voice and mechanisms to respond effectively are strengthened
Identify, document, and disseminate best practices in systems strengthening
Work in close collaboration with other technical specialists to ensure integrated programming.
Coordination & Representation
Advocate and collaborate with MoH, SPHCDA, local authorities, and CSOs to incorporate best practices and international standards in service delivery
Establish and maintain collaborative relationship between IRC and other partners
Provide expert contribution to the development or adaptation of national policies, guidelines and standards that promote quality service provision in Northeast Nigeria that is accessible, responsive, and accountable to citizens, and allows their voices to be heard.
Required profile for job ad : Deputy Team Lead HeRON Consortium
Bachelor’s Degree in health-related field (MD, RN, Midwife), with a Master’s degree in relevant subject (MPH Preferred)
Previous Training in Health System Strengthening an added advantage
Work Experience :
At least five years’ experience in design and implementation of health programs in developing countries, insecure environments and areas affected by crisis
At least two years’ experience in senior management role, management of health system strengthening (HSS) programs, working directly with national, state, and / or local health actors to strengthen the quality and responsiveness of services.
Demonstrated Technical Skills :
Demonstrable technical expertise and working in a health system strengthening project Excellent monitoring and evaluation skills
Excellent coordination and networking skills
Demonstrated Managerial / Leadership Competencies :
Demonstrable technical expertise and working knowledge in advocacy, HSS and health governance;
Technical skill in participatory processes, and methodologies, preferably in a conflict or post-conflict environment, preferably Africa
Demonstrable technical expertise in public finance and public sector management and especially as applied to a health system context
Experience running large, geographically dispersed teams and working in tandem with local and international partners
Proven track record of successfully providing technical assistance Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to productively interact with a wide range and levels of organizations (government, private sector, NGOs, research institutions)
Demonstrated good judgment and decision-making skills
Excellent IT skills (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
Ability to handle a large and dynamic workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines
Previous work experience in Africa, field experience in Nigeria is preferred
Strong internal and external communications skills, experience with advocacy an advantage
Fluency in English (spoken and written)
Computer / Other Tech Requirements :
Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Ability to Travel : 10-20% of time
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.
Gender Equality : IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Working Environment : This position is based at IRC Field Office in Maiduguri.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants based on 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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