The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping people survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC provides life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees fleeing war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and 22 US cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions of people who are uprooted and struggling to survive. The IRC points the way home from the damage.
IRC’s vision is that the impact of our programs and the influence of our ideas empower those in crisis to make lasting change in their lives. To support the realization of this vision, the IRC’s Technical Excellence (TE) department provides technical support to IRC national program staff and shares what we learn to influence policy and practice. The TE unit supports technical excellence in the following ways:
- Guide program design to achieve results by incorporating the best available evidence
- Build the technical capacity of country program staff to implement, measure and continuously improve programs
- Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to apply proven interventions and generate new evidence to achieve change in people’s lives
The TE unit consists of five technical units, each with in-depth expertise in their respective sectors: Education, Economic Wellbeing, Governance, Health, Violence Prevention and Response, while cross-sectoral works with the Department of Gender Equality and the Research and Innovation Unit
The Health Technical Unit (HTU) is organized into three sectors; Health (Integration of universal primary health care including sexual and reproductive health, child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, mental health and psychosocial support), environmental health and nutrition. The structure emphasizes a clear division of roles between core and critical technical assistance functions over other specialized support functions to best serve the needs of country programs and regions. In 2020, HTU supported programs in 6 regions and 34 countries.
The Health Technical Advisor (TA) for MENA spends at least 80% of their time providing technical support to country program colleagues in person and remotely, and coordinating within the health unit and with other technical units and departments. This is a primarily country-focused position, with central responsibility centered on program quality. The remaining 20% of their time is spent on lobbying, advocacy, research and internal initiatives, at the discretion of their manager.
Technical focus areas include: Comprehensive primary health care at both community and health facility levels, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health, iCCM, nutrition (maternal, adolescent practices, IYCF, malnutrition prevention), mental health and psychosocial support, outbreak response and infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.
The specific responsibilities of the Health Technical Advisor are as follows:
Core and important tasks of technical assistance:
Participation in programming and business development:
- Assist country program staff in designing programs and projects and ensure they:
- Aligned with IRC’s Strategy 100, which includes supporting country program staff to contextualize findings and theories of change, and selecting interventions based on the best available evidence and local context;
- Respond to customers’ needs and preferences
- Based on in-depth context and gender analysis
- Supporting the selection of indicators for country programs and promoting the use of data for decision-making
- Reviewing the technical quality of proposals, including reviewing technical strategies, interventions and activities and ensuring alignment with IRC outcomes
- Input into go/no-go decisions on proposals
- If necessary, write technical descriptions of proposals
- Provide input on budgets required for project delivery
- Engage with donors and connect with partners to support country programs
Building the technical capacity of country program staff to ensure continued program quality and innovation:
- Provide technical training and ongoing technical coaching for country program staff, including on IRC outcomes and evidence frameworks, theories of change, evidence and indicators, and technical issues where that may be required
- Share cross-context learning with country program staff in all regions
- Support the recruitment, onboarding and capacity development of senior country program staff
Support in project execution:
- Work with colleagues from country programs to help analyze data that feeds into periodic reviews and course corrections as needed.
- Ensuring participation in quarterly data review calls with each country
- Review and share program-specific tools/resources/curriculum and work with technical unit specialists to contextualize and customize global and country-specific materials
- Help define the approach to teaming/partnering with other organizations
management and coordination:
- Coordinate and plan with the country coordinators and the sector advisers of the technical units in health the country programs for technical assistance that they receive.
- Participate in coordination efforts within the health unit and with other technical units and departments in the IRC as needed.
- Provide each direct report with the management support they need.
- In the role of regional SRHR focus, lead technical support for sexual and reproductive health in the MENA region and closely coordinate with other Health TA, STA-Health, STA SRHR and other TAs
- Participate in and advise on strategic initiatives in the health unit and engage in joint initiatives with other IRC technical units as agreed by the manager, e.g. selection and research and development.
- Representing the health unit and IRC in academic forums, donor meetings, interagency working groups and various global/regional forums as assigned by supervisor.
Important working relationships:
Position reports to: STA Health (Country Support)
Position supervised directly: This position could potentially mentor interns or fellows on occasion.
Other internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Close cooperation with the Nutrition TAs, EH TAs, MHPSS and Pharma TAs; Regular communication with the teams of the Technical Units for Education, Violence Prevention and Response, Economic Recovery and Development, Governance, Research, Assessment and Learning, and Gender Equality. Close relationships with regional and country program teams. Interacts with IRC internal departments including Awards Management Unit, External Relations and Communications and Advocacy Departments to keep them informed of program activities.
External: Serve as an IRC program representative outside of regional and global meetings and academic forums with donors, other NGOs, interagency groups and foundations.
Education: MD/RN, RN with Public Health or equivalent with a Masters/Postgraduate degree in Public Health, Public Health Nutrition or equivalent. Continuing education on topics of sexual and reproductive health.
Experience: At least 6-8 years of international field experience, of which at least 3 in management/coordinating positions with non-governmental organizations in humanitarian or post-conflict situations. Experience in specific technical fields, including comprehensive primary care, sexual and reproductive health, development of technical tools and materials, and monitoring and assessment is highly desirable. Experience in strategy development and cross-industry or cross-disciplinary work is highly desirable.
Proven skills and competencies: Proven expertise in working with donors, project design, proposal development, and monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to translate concepts and strategies into measurable actions. Able to work with remote, multicultural and multidisciplinary teams. Strong interpersonal oral and written communication skills and the ability to facilitate collaboration. Excellent ability to understand the country context, portfolio and overall programmatic needs, and to obtain and coordinate relevant technical support within and outside the healthcare unit. Ability to transfer technical knowledge and skills. Demonstrated commitment to staying informed and up to date with best practices.
Linguistic proficiency: Fluency in English and Arabic is a prerequisite; Knowledge of another language is an advantage.
work environment:** Up to 30% travel expenses may be required.
**Work Environment:**Standard Office Work Environment” as per IRC policy. Regular trips are expected to provide technical support for some country programs and to monitor and improve the quality of technical support provided to health teams.
The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards of Professional Conduct. These are integrity, service and accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on protecting beneficiaries from exploitation and abuse, protecting children, combating workplace harassment, fiscal integrity and anti-retaliation.
IRC and IRC employees are committed to values and principles in the IRC WAY (Normes de Conduite Professional). It’s about integrity, service, and responsibility. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des benéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.
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