Reproductive Health Mentor Officer

Job Title: Reproductive Health Mentor Officer

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia

Job Description

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.

The Reproductive Health (RH) Clinical Mentor will be responsible to provide clinical mentorship to a wide range of medical and paramedical mentees, including facility-based health workers such as nurses, midwives, clinicians, and community-based health workers such as traditional birth attendants and community health assistants. The Mentor will provide clinical support on a wide range of comprehensive RH especially on the clinical aspect. They are in charge off planning, implementing and monitoring of Health (HIV/AIDS and RH) in the assigned refugee camp-.The RH Mentors reports to the Health Officer and will also be technically supported by the Health Manager based in Jijiga. The RH Mentor runs Health projects with the Health officers and other actors and the incumbent is also responsible for ensuring adherence to the implementation of program activities according to nationally accepted standards

Responsibilities:

Technical

  • Ensure that the goals and objectives of the project are met as per the project proposal, work plan and M & E Plan
  • Ensure that all specified HIV/AIDs and RH activities are implemented in the refugee camp and the surrounding local communities.
  • Liaises and builds strong linkages and partnerships with other agencies, zonal, and Woreda partners implementing HIV/AIDs and RH prevention and control services in the targeted area.
  • Conduct rapid assessments to identify gaps in training, need for refresher training and additional skills strengthening of facility-based health workers; develop training plans to ensure coverage of skilled health workers who can provide comprehensive, high-quality RH services
  • Conduct or facilitate trainings to establish a second generation of clinical mentors at ARRA Health centers to ensure maximum and sustained knowledge and skill transfer on areas of clinical Reproductive health.
  • Provide technical support for the development and use of clinical RH job aids and or social and behavior change communication (SBCC) material that support the demand generation activities on RH generate demand
  • Support and closely work with the MCH department of ARRA at health center to improve clinical RH service uptake and improve its quality through joint coaching and mentoring actions.
  • Represent IRC in Coordination meetings, workshops, and task force meetings at the respective refugee camp.
  • Work towards quality data management system for Health projects at the camp.
  • Keep health program activity records both in soft and hard copies and provide activity reports as required by IRC and the donor timely.
  • Ensures that HIV/AIDs and RH/FP interventions are used per the standard protocols, policies and guidelines of MoH and WHO.

Program Management

Grant Management

  • Follow all IRCs standard grant Management tools as recommended by the Addis based health unit and Monitoring and Evaluation unit
  • Verify that all activities are implemented according to the work plan and that targets are met.

Budget Monitoring

  • Work closely with the health officers, Senior health officer and Health Manager in management of the grant budget
  • Raise PRs as required after discussion with colleagues.
  • Supervise expenditure on a monthly basis and report appropriately.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Supervise the implementation of HIV/AIDs and RH activities in health facilities.
  • Ensure that the stared goals and objectives of the program are met.
  • Ensure establishment and maintain quality data management system for both RH and HIV/AIDS projects

Human Resource Management

  • The Candidate will lead and Monitor Health Social Workers in the camp.
  • He/ She will ensure that staff performance evaluation is conducted on time and in a standard quality manner that supplies to the staff development plan.

Key working relationships

Internal

Receives technical support from the Health Manger in Jijiga and the Addis health Technical Unit.

External

Beneficiary communities, Woreda HAPCO, Woreda Health Offices, Woreda health facilities, and other NGOs

Qualifications

Education and experience

  • BSC in Midwifery or Nursing with at least four years working with experience is helpful
  • At least 3 years of clinical experience in directly handling RH, including family planning (Long acting –reversible contraceptive (LARC) ), antenatal care, delivery, postpartum care, comprehensive abortion care, neonatal care, and an understanding of adolescent-friendly health services
  • Up-to-date knowledge of comprehensive clinical RH management practices and its guidelines are useful
  • Knowledge and skills in clinical mentoring of MCH Clinicians
  • Good project management skills, ability to plan, coordinate and Lead implementation of clinical based RH and HIV/AIDs projects.
  • Proven qualifications, experience, or training in community mobilization and community health promotion.
  • Knowledge on culturally sound IEC/SBCC material on RH and HIV/AIDS topic
  • Experience in coordinating and facilitating trainings
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Personal specifications

  • Have the capacity to work under tight working environment, long work hours, and high workload.
  • Excellent communication skills-verbal and written ones. Communication in English is a key requirement. Knowledge of Somali language is an advantage.
  • Self-motivated, transparent, highly responsible, and punctual.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as to work autonomously when required.
  • Ability to constructively address gaps and weaknesses.