Requisition ID: req10473

Job Title: Health Officer

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Gambella, Ethiopia

Job Description

Organizational Description:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, including the climate crisis, to survive, recover and gain control over their future  Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees and people forced to flee from war or disaster. IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing integrated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recovery of livelihood of the disaster-affected population’s through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions, and emergency response. 

Program Background:

The IRC health program in Ethiopia currently implements activities in different settings: Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM), a refugee health program that is involved in delivery of community based reproductive health services in 7 refugee camps as well as HIV/AIDS prevention activities in 8 refugee camps; Sexual and reproductive health projects in Oromia and a child survival community based treatment program in the Somali and Benishangul-Gumuz. Community surveillance of Vaccine preventable diseases and priority zoonotic diseases in same regions above including Gambella. Currently IRC started a new project funded by EUTF (EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa) aiming at Promoting stability and strengthening basic service delivery for host communities, refugees, and other displaced population in Gambella National Regional State of Ethiopia.  The objectives of EUTF project  are to improve access to and quality of health services, including sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services, trauma healing, for host communities, refugees, and other displaced people and to promote peacebuilding, conflict prevention and reconciliation/resolution. 


The Health Officer will be in charge of planning, implementation, and monitoring of the EU Trust fund project in the assigned woreda. The position needs strong communication, coordination, and representation with host government Zonal, Woreda health structures and partners.

Detailed Tasks:


  • Ensure that the goals and objectives of the project are met as per the project work plan.
  • Liaises and creates strong linkages between zonal health department, Woreda Health Office, health facilities and Woreda stakeholders in the targeted area.
  • Represent IRC in health coordination meeting, workshops, task force meeting in the woreda.
  • Help in facilitating and conducting different workshops and trainings for Woreda health staff as per the project description.
  • Provide coaching and supportive supervision for health facilities on quality of service.
  • Oversee training of clinical services and ensure competency-based curriculums.
  • Ensure the distribution and proper use of medical equipment, non-medical equipment, supplies and essential drugs to health facilities.
  • Identify gaps in terms of quality service provision and design intervention and develop action plans to manage activities and improve quality of service (eg gaps in medical equipment, supplies, drugs, human power, training etc)
  • Monitor quality standards through monitoring and conducting supervision of clinical services (eg. Ambulance utilization, client satisfaction, client records, provider-client interaction, management of stock, record-keeping, adequate infrastructure, functioning equipment)
  • Strengthen the referral linkage with the Health facility at community level in the respective woreda.
  • Advice and support the development of innovative local solutions for project related bottlenecks in the woreda and monitor the progress with interventions.
  • Routinely collect, compile, and organize data from monitoring and supervision activities and translate data into reports to be submitted to IRC field office regularly.
  • Reviewing clinical incidents including root cause analysis and action plan in collaboration with providers
  • Provide timely updates to service providers on clinical guidelines.
  • Timely submitting of any report related to the health program including emergency health situation and related factors in their local or their operation woredas
  • Establish and adhere to supervision schedule 

Grant Management

  • Assist Senior Health officer and Health Manager in managing program grant
  • Follow all IRC’S standard grant Management tools
  • Raise PRs as required after discussion with colleagues.
  • Track woreda level expenditure monthly and report appropriately.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • In collaboration with Senior Health and Health manager, evaluate the effectiveness of the program and recommend changes in goals, objectives, intervention strategies, measurable outputs, and timelines.
  •  Produce monthly activity reports and submit to IRC Field office.
  • Ensure that all tools and formats are properly prepared, recorded and kept.
  • Proper documentation of data at Health facility and woreda level


Education and experience

  •  BSC in public health/nursing with at least Three years working experience.
  • Two years relevant experience plus post graduate degree.
  • Must have motorbike driving skill/experience and license-
  • NGO experience a plus.
  • Experience working in RMNCH preferable.
  • Good project management skills, ability to plan, organize and monitoring of implementation of emergency health services, RMNCH activities.
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating training
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Local language is an asset

Personal specifications:

  • Ability to work under pressure, long work hours and high workload.
  • Excellent communication skills-verbal and written ones.
  • Self-motivated, honest, 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. 

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer. IRC considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Qualified female applicants are highly encouraged to apply!

Apply Now

Leave a Reply