Public Health Specialist

International rescue committee, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th September, 2018

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC delivers education programs in 22 conflict-affected or post-conflict countries around the world.

Present in Sierra Leone since 1999, IRC supports the Sierra Leonean institutions – government, civil society, community-based organizations and private sector – to provide improved social services. The IRC does this through programs and partnerships designed to improve the life of women, youth and children by implementing Health, Education, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment programming.


IRC, along with its Consortium partners has bid for a funding opportunity from DFID – Saving Lives (Phase II) as the lead for the NGO consortium. The Saving Lives programme seeks to support the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) to save women’s and children’s lives by improving the quality, availability and accessibility of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services. This will be achieved by increasing the utilization of quality RMNCAH services through a multifaceted approach that seeks to strengthen quality, expand access, and build the demand for RMNCAH services in Sierra Leone. The programme duration is October 2018 – March 2021.

The IRC is recruiting for a Consortium Public Health Specialist for the Saving Lives Phase II programme in Sierra Leone. The Public Health Specialist will be responsible for the technical quality assurance of the implementation of the programme. Working in close collaboration with the Senior Consortium Coordinator and the Consortium RMNCAH Coordinator the Consortium Public Health Specialist, will play a key role in ensuring that the Saving Lives programme is implemented in full alignment with relevant national policies and protocols and that it follows the agreed work plan.

The Consortium Public Health Specialist will work under the oversight of the Senior Consortium Coordinator, IRC and will supervise the Consortium RMNCAH Coordinator.

This position is contingent on funding.



  • Identify and develop the quality assurance and improvement framework for the technical and operational district support using best practices and evidence-based approach
  • Monitor and support the implementation of the programme using the framework
  • Establish accountability mechanisms for systematic and timely quality assurance including a system of regular feedback
  • Actively participate in all programme assessment designs and support implementation, if needed
  • Communicate with the Regional Public Health Specialists and the District Delivery Managers on a regular basis to ensure any roadblocks are identified and addressed
  • Provide advise and support for orientation and training of programme staff
  • Conduct regular field visits to the districts as per the monitoring/quality assurance plan to ensure quality is maintained throughout the programme implementation
  • Work with the CCU M&E staff to develop a set of core indicators and a system of M&E of the quality assurance mechanisms
  • Lead the coordination of the district package internally, in collaboration with programme staff, as needed.

Staff Management

  • Supervise the Consortium RMNCAH Coordinator in accordance with IRC HR policies and local law.

Representation and Advocacy

  • Attend national level RMNCAH meetings and other workshops, working groups, and coordination forums as required to ensure close coordination and collaboration.


  • To effectively deliver this engagement, the applicant should meet the following requirements;
  • MPH/Masters in International Health and additional certificate/training in quality assurance is preferred
  • At least 7 years of relevant field experience with managing staff
  • Experience in designing/management of programmes and quality assurance frameworks in a developing country
  • Prior knowledge and/or experience in designing, managing and implementing RMNCAH programmes
  • Ability to provide technical support and feedback with a high degree of tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public health evidence
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of having worked with district health systems
  • Excellent English speaking/writing skills required.


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