Job Title: Chief of Party, Health
Employee Type: Regular
Employee Category: Full Time
This position is contingent upon funding.
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.
The IRC has been a leader in improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations in Uganda since 1998, providing health services as well as health systems strengthening, in partnership government and non-government health providers.
The IRC is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated United States Government- funded project to improve the health and nutritional status of the population in one of Uganda’s region through strengthening a district-based integrated health services package. The Chief of Party will (COP) will manage all aspects of program including meeting the objectives of the project while providing overall technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management of the project, with a focus on achieving the results defined in the cooperative agreement. The COP is responsible for developing a strong, coherent vision within the project and initiating innovative strategies across the program. The COP is expected to lead and/or participate in strategic and high level meetings and fora with Ministry of Health officials, as well as other stakeholders in the health sector in Uganda. He/she will also serve as the primary focal point for the donor. This position and start date is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding.
At a minimum, master’s degree from an accredited university in public health or related field.
At least 15 years of relevant experience in health sector program management and implementation in developing countries. Experience working on large scale maternal and child health programs; technical expertise in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family planning, water, sanitation and hygiene and nutrition.
Strong background in health systems strengthening, particularly health governance. Expertise in community-based approaches for service delivery and capacity building.
Demonstrated exemplary diplomatic, management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Broad understanding of comprehensive health system, health, population, and nutrition context in Uganda, with previous experience in Uganda or the region preferred.
Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders.
Experience managing and leading USAID-funded health programming.
Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation.
Excellent skills in developing and delivering trainings.
Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to conduct field visits to rural communities in remote areas of Uganda.
Ability to work constructively under challenging conditions and in difficult environments.
Fluency in English (written and oral) is required.
How to Apply:
Closing Date; 14/06/2013