Ended Senior Health Manager

The Job

Country Program: Yemen

Location: Aden

Duration: One year


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 healthcare aspects of IRC's health programs in Yemen in close collaboration with the Health Coordinator and the Nutrition and WASH teams.  Particular responsibility of the position will be to oversee IRC’s health interventions including hospitals, primary health care facilities, through Mobile Health Teams (MHTs) and at the community level, EmONC centers, and Community Health component inducing iCCM.  The Senior Health Manager (SHM) will be based in Aden with frequent travel to the field both North & South.  The SHM will work closely with the Health Coordinator and Health Technical Unit to roll out and follow up on submission of solicited/ unsolicited proposals as well as donor and government reports. Also will ensure quality implementation of health activities (RH, CH/iCCM, PHC) at the field level with frequent visits and coordination with local authorities, WHO/UNICEF and others NGO/INGOs.

The Senior Health Manager will report to the Health Coordinator


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 work plan, that is designed to achieve the project’s stated goals and objectives, within the available staffing and budget.
  • Provide equal support to the south and north health teams in terms of technical and managerial aspects.
  • 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 meetings for all primary healthcare programs on a quarterly basis, in collaboration with the Health Coordinator 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.
  • 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 Coordinator 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.
  • Liaise 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 Coordinator  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

  • Enforce use of quality improvement tools to all program staffs through supportive supervisions visits, enforcing and doing competence check to all IRC and government staffs provided with trainings. Proper record should be kept in order to monitor changes/improvement over time.
  • 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 reporters 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) with a Master/Diploma in Public Health   
  • 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 work plans, budget management, HR 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

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional 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, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their CVs in English to aden.recruitment@rescue.org not later than 13 Dec 2018 putting the job title as the email subject to be considered.

Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. IRC is an equal opportunity Employer. Only short listed candidates will be contacted

  • Employer: IRC
  • Category: Health Care
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 29 November 2018
  • Deadline: 13 December 2018