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Health Assistant

International Rescue Committee

This is a Full-time position in Lamwo posted December 16, 2021.

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# Job Description

Requisition ID: req23071
Job Title: Health Assistant
Sector: Health
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Lamwo, Uganda

Job Description
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a
world leader in relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict development services
for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is
currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the
immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and
the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.
The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass
displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance
Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of
Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the
influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up
its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting
durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives,
strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda
is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –
bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in
Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua, Kasese
and Kampala. The IRC will be moving into additional/new locations in refugee
settlements in Kiryandongo and Zombo.
The IRC is currently implementing its health and nutrition program in West
Nile and Acholi focusing on providing primary health care services to refugees
in their settlements. Similar services will be extended to the new locations
starting January 2020.

Job Overview:
Under the supervision of the Health Project Officer, The Health Assistant
will support the implementation of the project aimed at contributing to polio
eradication by enhancing surveillance for Acute Flaccid Paralysis AFP among
the communities residing close to the South Sudan/Uganda border and in the
refugee settlements in Lamwo district. S/HE will directly implement the
community AFP surveillance program in the district and will work in close
collaboration with the District Health team DHT and other stakeholders. S/HE
will provide on-the-job coaching and mentoring of health facility staffs
especially in strengthening AFP case surveillance, detection, and reporting.
The Health Assistant will contribute to assessing staff capacity needs
regarding AFP surveillance and reporting at health Centre level and coordinate
all planned project trainings; and ensure that review meetings are held on
time. Will also support health workers in compiling reports to the DHT. S/HE
will contribute to the provision of strategic and technical oversight of the
project and to ensure the successful implementation of a quality project. the
Health Unit and community.
He/she will be expected to work within the heath facility, health posts and
community in the IRC.

Duties and Responsibilities:
•Support client follow-up for defaulting of childhood immunizations
•Supervision and mentorships of VHTs within the catchment area
•Keep key informants engaged and motivated
•Support district to effectively conduct Community awareness creation on and
vigilance for AFP and health promotion activities both at health facility
level and community
•Coordinate and conduct VHT weekly or monthly meetings and other activities
with district health team, and other stakeholders to avoid duplication of
•Collect and compile monthly reports from supported HFs and any activity
reports or updates.
•Collaborate with other LG Health staff in conducting active case search for
AFP at the health facilities and in the community.
•Participate in and or support the process of AFP case detection,
investigation, and reporting. Maintain regular contact with the district
health team on all matters pertaining to the project
•Provide regular feedback to the Health Project Officer on project
•Represent IRC at relevant related health partnership and coordination
•Assist in preparation of donor reports.
•Participate in the development of project work plans and reviewing them
monthly with the DHT and Health Project Officer.
•Implement Community Based Environmental Health Activities
•Enforce Environmental Health Act, Regulations and By-laws
•Carry out other relevant duties as may be required or assigned by your

•Must have a Certificate in Environmental Health Science or its equivalent
from a recognized institution.
•Must be registered and licensed with the Allied Health Professionals Council.
•At least three years’ experience working with community structures and
district health systems
•Experience working in a multidisplinary team and training in VPD surveillance
or IDSR is an added advantage
•Computer literacy especially in MS office packages is a MUST
•Proficiency in off-road riding with a valid class A license
•Plans allocation of staff, funds, and facilities to deliver on expected
•Able to define and attain targets within set timeframes
•Able to appreciate and support change initiatives.
•Enforcement of procedures that promote quality and standard
•health service delivery
•Communicates effectively by giving clear, concise, and accurate
•information; and
•Results oriented with ability to assist the unit achieve its overall
•A good command of the English language
•Ability to maintain the highest degree of discretion and confidentiality.
•Must be detail-oriented and able to work independently with minimal
•Excellent organizational, communication and time management skills.
•Honest, reliable, and trustworthy.
•Willing to adhere to and implement the IRC rules.
•Good inter-personal interpersonal.

Professional Standards:
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-
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the
basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion,
sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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