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Senior Community Heath Officer

The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

This is a Full-time position in Kitgum posted January 12, 2022.

Senior Community Heath Officer Jobs in The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Kitgum vacancies in Kitgum at The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

# 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.

Job Overview

The Senior Community Health Officer SCHO will be responsible for the direct
implementation of community health services aimed at improving the overall
well-being of the refugee population in Imvepi and Rhino Camp settlement.

Roles and Responsibilities

•To represent the IRC in any official forum where S/he will be required to
•Support and supervise the CHO on a regular basis.
•Provide reports like weekly SITREP, VHT data base, monthly reports and other
activity reports as per catchment location on activities implemented during
the week.
•Support the VHT through regular meetings, monitoring and supervision of their
activities like ICCM.
•To ensure wider reach out to the refugees and other persons of concern and
ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of health
services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and
monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide
range of actors both internally and externally appropriate to community
•The incumbent of the position oversees and supervises the community Health
programmes in the operations under Area of Responsibility AoR and provide
strong technical guidance to partners, monitor, and evaluate the programmes
and ensure and lead monthly community health coordination meetings. The
incumbent has close contacts with internal and external stakeholders.
•Coordinating the existing VHTs and Health workers support the health
facilities to conduct integrated outreaches, health promotion campaigns,
disease surveillance and sensitization activities to mitigate potential
disease outbreaks using messages approved by the Ministry of Health MoH.
•In collaboration with the Reproductive Health Officer, support the provision
basic quality reproductive health services to the communities within the
settlement including pregnancy mapping, condom distribution and ensuring
effective referrals of pregnant mothers for ANC, PNC, other maternal and
newborn services.
•Assist in the development of appropriate program monitoring tools and
continuously assesses the health-related needs of the community, identify
gaps, and adapt program activities to respond to these gaps while providing
oversight to community networks youth clubs, drama groups VHTs, and youth
friendly corners.
•Identify and roll out communication strategies for the community health
program including the printing, monitoring availability and distribution of
IEC materials as well as job Aids for community activities.
•Participate in the development of community program work plans and reviewing
them monthly with the medical officer.
•Facilitate and support collection of the necessary community program data
that informs programming in the relevant tools, while supporting the health
facilities/VHT with necessary reporting requirements and mentorships.
•Coordinate referral strategies from community to the health facilities
especially through the VHT system.
•Identify and coordinate gap and needs for the community health teams in the
respective location and coordinating community network of care to the
suitability of the organization.

•Represent IRC’s Program to the district health team, health sub-district and
donor agencies, to ensure all program activities are carried out.
•Representing the organization in other forums which need and call for
community engagement and coordination with other IPs and Ops.
•In collaboration with the DHT, participate in the support supervision visits
to support Health facilities within the settlement.
•Maintain regular contact with all partners, including the DHT, Ministry of
Health, and stakeholders on all matters pertaining to the program to avoid
duplication of services.


•The ideal candidate for the International Rescue Committee IRC Senior
Community Health Officer SCHO job placement must hold a bachelors/diploma in
nursing, diploma in clinical medicine/nursing, Environmental health with an
additional training in public health or its equivalent from a recognized
•Must have at least 4 years’ experience in such work.
•Must be registered with a professional body.
•Experience in working with district, health facility staff and community-
based groups such as VHTs
•Previous work experience with an NGO in similar programs.
•Good report writing skills.
•Ability to enhance good interpersonal relationship.
•Good communication skills and proven interpersonal skills
•A good command of both written and spoken English.
•Good knowledge and application of Microsoft word, Excel, and Power Point.
•Computer literate in MS, internet, power point, etc.
•Managerial skills

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