Senior Health Officer

at International Rescue Committee
Location Khartoum, Sudan
Date Posted August 17, 2021
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency SDG



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 work 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.

Main Purpose of Job:

Under the supervision of the health manger, the senior health officer will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the health program activities in Blue Nile state especially in Wad Almahi Locality. The senior health officer will work with other senior staffs of the health team as well as with field manager, environmental health, supply chain, human resource, and finance department to ensure effective implementation of the integrated health program. The senior health officer will be based in Damazine and will need to undertake frequent visits to the field sites in Wad Almahi and throughout the state.


Staff Managed:  Community Health Officer & Pharmacy Assistant


Other Relationships: Health Staff

 Duties and responsibilities:

Program management

  • Aquent oneself on the project outputs, indicators, activities, and budget to ensure smooth implementation of activities
  • Plan and coordinate timely and quality implementation of health activities in supported health facilities.
  • Plan and coordinate the supply of drugs, medical supplies, and other items to Supported HFs.
  • Ensure procurement of inputs & recruitment of staff for the project are initiated on timely manner

Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

  • Provide technical supervision and support to IRC staff and SMOH health workers in IRC Supported HFs.
  • Ensure that health program utilize standardized protocols, policies, and guidelines, as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and WHO/UNICEF.
  • Ensure that program activities are consistent with established best practices.
  • Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for the project in line with national, internal and donor requirements.
  • Ensure regular follow up on project indicators and achievements of the project targets.
  • Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to the project activities.
  • Ensure all stakeholders SMOH are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures.

Program Development and Reporting

  • Participate in the program development for Blue Nile state.
  • Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and recommend adjustment to programmatic priorities as necessary.
  • Actively participate in drafting of quality and timely internal and external reports

Staff development

  • Ensure/facilitate the ongoing capacity building of Blue Nile state health staff, supportive supervision and undertake staff performance evaluations and individual development plans.
  • Ensure appropriate support by coaching through regular field visits.
  • Recruit and manage staff as necessary, according to IRC Yemen policies and procedures.

Coordination and representation

  • Build strong relationship with SMOH, community leaders and other stakeholders in the state
  • Collaborate with other sectors to ensure a holistic approach in line with IRC Sudan integrated program strategy
  • Represent IRC in health coordination meetings in the health cluster and other coordination meetings
  • Ensure good coordination with other departments
 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:
  • At least Bachelor’s degree in medicine or Community/ Public health or other related fields
  • At least 3 years’ experience of experience in management of health programs especially in maternal and child health services.
  • Experience in project management in humanitarian organizations
  • Experience staff management and developing staff capacity
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports to meet required reporting deadlines
  • Able to work independently while being a strong team player
  • Competence with Windows, Microsoft Office
  • Proficient in English language (written and spoken) and in Arabic language (spoken) is required.

Applicants can also apply via:

Standard of Professional Conduct

IRC and IRC employees are required to abide by the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct which are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, 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 & Equal Opportunity

We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous 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. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of IRC acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organization without authority, except in the normal execution of duty.

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