Provide technical supervision and guidance of all IRC primary health care and nutrition projects. Extend technical support and supervision to the IRC’s implementing partners as the need arises.
Ensure that the health and nutrition projects in Nigeria utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Federal Ministry of Health and WHO. Ensure that all activities are consistent with established best practices.
In collaboration with the other health program staff in Nigeria, oversee the implementation of health and nutrition projects implemented by IRC Nigeria, including grant management and budget forecasting and spending in collaboration with other departments.
Promote the quality of the IRC’s health programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.
Prepare all necessary documentation for Grant Opening, Review and Closing meetings
Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC Nigeria health and nutrition programming activities;
Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action based on data and identified needs.
Lead technical assessments as a basis for primary health care and nutrition program development;
Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary;
Coordinate and develop project proposals (logical frameworks and appropriate, realistic and measurable indicators) for the IRC Nigeria Health & Nutrition Program under the supervision of the Field Coordinator and Country Director.
Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all health and nutrition programs in line with IRC’s REL (Research, Evaluation and Learning) guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements;
Ensure that the stated goals and objectives of all health projects are met with strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) follow up, including any required operational research, with technical support from the Health Information Management team in New York Health Unit and the Country Technical Advisors for health and nutrition as needed.
Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt health information systems including surveillance systems for the IRC health and nutrition programs in Nigeria
Strategic Planning and Program Development
Provide supportive supervision to the other health staff to develop work plans that guide implementation of approved grants. Support the Field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and community.
In collaboration with the Health Technical Advisor, Nutrition Technical Advisor , Field Coordinator and the Country Director, lead the development of an IRC Health & Nutrition Program strategy in line with IRC Nigeria Strategy Action Plan.
Oversee the implementation of health sector priorities, ensuring that program growth is in line with country strategy action plans
Participate in the development of staff development plans for health staff based on performance reviews in collaboration with the human resources department and contribute to the training of health staff (mentoring, on-the-job sessions as well as formal trainings). Review performance evaluation of all health and nutrition staff in collaboration with their line managers.
Develop/organize training opportunities to build the capacity of the health staff and local partners in order to transfer skills. This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.
Ensure respect for IRC HR policies during the recruitment process.
Promote the IRC Way with all supervises
Coordination, Representation AND ADVOCACY
In coordination with the Country Director and the Field Coordinator, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria including donors, government actors such as the PHCDA and LGAs, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors. Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with relevant stakeholders.
Upon request by the Senior Management in Nigeria, assist in organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.
Participate in the national and State level Health and Nutrition Cluster Coordination Mechanisms as needed;
Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing, problem-solving and decision making.
Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.
Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required. Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with relevant stakeholders.
Review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for health programs on a monthly basis with staff.
Review all reports prepared by the health staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.
Submit timely and accurate reports to the CD as required
Ensure health and nutrition staff are trained on, aware of and in compliance with IRC security policies and the local SMP.
Other relevant duties as assigned..