Health Manager

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IRC - International Rescue Committee

Requisition ID: req51551

Job Title: Health Manager

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location: Hagadera, Kenya

Work Arrangement:

Job Description

The International Rescue
Committee’s (IRC) Kenya country program is dedicated to providing life-saving
and developmental services that empower vulnerable local and refugee
communities, enabling them to lead secure, productive, and healthy lives.
Collaborating closely with national and county governments, community
organizations, and partner NGOs, the IRC operates across health, nutrition,
protection, livelihood, education, and WASH sectors, in Turkana, Garissa,
Samburu, West Pokot and Nairobi counties. The IRC responds to emergencies such
as drought in Garissa and Turkana counties, supports refugees in Hagadera and
Kakuma Refugee Camps, and implements urban programming for livelihoods in
Nairobi’s informal settlements. Working with the Ministry of Health, UNHCR,
donors, and other partners, the IRC ensures comprehensive health, nutrition,
protection, women’s empowerment, economic recovery, and systems strengthening
services to foster community resilience and self-reliance.

Job Purpose/Objective.

Under the direct supervision of
the Field Coordinator and technical guidance from the Health Coordinator, the
Heath Manager shall be responsible for the overall designing and implementation
of the Health program that encompasses the delivery of clinical services. They
will also be responsible for implement evidence based primary health care
service delivery. They shall be expected to monitor and ensure improvement and
maintenance of the health indicators as per SPHERE/UNHCR/WHO standards at the

Key Responsibilities:

Program Management:

  • Identify health program
    opportunities by assisting the health staff to carry out assessments, draft
    health sector proposals, budgets and plans of action.
  • Provide overall coordination of
    all the departments under the health program i.e. pharmacy, Laboratory,
    inpatient wards and outpatient service points.
  • In coordination with the Field
    Coordinator, formulate program goals, objectives, and intervention strategies.
  • Review health programs through
    periodic field & facility visits. Ensure that program implementation
    strategies are compatible with overall program goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate all referrals of
    refugee patients as per UNHCR referral guidelines.
  • In coordination with the RH/CHP
    manager, support health promotion, immunization and diseases surveillance
    activities at camp level.
  • Participate in the Outbreak
    Control Coordination Team (OCT) and support community-based public health
    interventions during communicable disease outbreaks.
  • In liaison with the Field
    Coordinator develop and implement strong integrated community health strategies
    using appropriate tools to improve project impact on the beneficiaries
  • Set high quality performance
    indicators ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices, and donor
  • Seek out and nurture quality
    partnerships with community structures, Ministries of health and strategic
    partners, including international NGOs.
  • Foster inter-program linkage,
    exchange information and experiences and contribute actively to protection and
    disaster risk reduction mainstreaming in the health program.

Human Resource Management:

  • Monitoring and supervising the
    health staff both national and refugee to ensure that work is done properly and
  • Routinely supervise staff
    performance according to their job description and provide written feedback in
    a timely manner.
  • Develop ongoing education programs
    for health staff.
  • In coordination with the Field
    Coordinator, periodically supervise, evaluate, and make appropriate
    recommendations regarding health, and living conditions of IRC field staff and
    assist with ensuring that proper health measures are in place according to IRC
    health requirements.
  • Review personnel issues and
    concerns of health staff and assist with resolving and implementing solutions.
  • Determine personnel needs for
    field-level activities and in coordination with the Human Resources Lead assist
    in recruitment of staff.
  • Orientate new field staff members
    on personnel health and safety issues, and diseases unique to the area of
  • In coordination with the Field
    Coordinator and HR Lead, support medical evacuation of staff.
  • Recommend promotions, disciplinary
    action, and termination of health staff to the Field Coordinator and HR Lead.
  • Directly supervise the Medical
    Officer In charge, Clinical Officer In charge, Nursing Officer In charge,
    Pharmacist, Senior Laboratory Technologist, and Surveillance Officer.

Grants Management:

  • Contingent upon provision of
    routine financial reports to the field, ensure adherence to budgets by
    reviewing expenditures and spending patterns.
  • Recommend grant and budget
    revisions to the Field Coordinator and the Health Technical Team.
  • Provide recommendations and
    interventions to correct any identified deviations that impact budget


  • Monitor closely the morbidity and
    mortality trends together with all the other health indicators to ensure that
    prompt actions are taken.
  • Attend meetings concerning overall
    health program issues.
  • Supervise regular review and
    revision of training manuals to maintain consistency with the acceptable
  • Maintain updated libraries of
    manuals and other resources at all field sites.
  • Keep the Field Coordinator advised
    of all developments and issues through weekly situation reports.

Representation & Coordination:

  • Develop and maintain effective
    working relationships with external partners – including UNHCR and other
    implementing agencies, Local Organizations, community-based organizations/
    leaders and other IRC sectors to enhance cooperation and coordination.
  • Ensure presence in coordination
    meetings in the absence of the Health Coordinator and ensure relevant
    coordination-related data is shared with the health sectors.
  • Participate in interagency health
    working groups or committees as required.


  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery
    from a recognized institution or an equivalent with preferably master’s in
    public health.
  • Need to be registered with Kenya
    Medical and Dentist Board and allowed to practice in Kenya.
  • Excellent organizational and
    program management experience, including with staff and implementation work
    plans, budget 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 staff.
  • Experience in pharmacy inventory
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
    and demonstrated ability to handle pressure and improve.
  • Ability to live in a high security
  • Excellent computer skills: MS
    Word, Excel, Power-point, Outlook, and the internet.
  • Proficiency in English language
    and Somali is an added advantage.

Required Experience & Competencies:

  • Three years’ experience in tropical
    medicine or public health in developing countries.
  • Training and at least three years’
    experience in health program design and management.
  • Experience in working with
    multicultural/ multinational individuals including displaced communities with diverse
    cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in computer skills,
    including internet navigation and various office applications i.e. Outlook, MS
    EXCEL and MS WORD.
  • Experience contributing to the
    design, management and reporting of international development programmes or
  • Previous financial and/or grant management experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage a
    variety of activities simultaneously and take initiative.
  • Prioritization, planning, and
    project coordination skills.
  • Analysis, problem-solving, sound
  • Drive, pro-activeness, action, and
    results orientation; continuous improvement.
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills;
    including oral communication, writing and presentational skills.
  • Ability to work successfully in an
    international, multi-cultural, multi-partner environment, and establish
    harmonious working relationships, both within and outside the organization.

Standards of Professional
: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles
outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity,
Service, Accountability and Equity. 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
Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons.

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 encouraging benefits and allowances.

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC
considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex,
color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or
disability. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided
reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview
process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and
privileges of employment.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged
to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary
and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.


Please take note that
International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection
with its recruitment processes.

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