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Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health Coordinator

from International Rescue Committee
Closing date: 02 Mar 2019

Requisition ID: req3535

Job Title: Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health Coordinator

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Job Description

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

The RMNCAH Coordinator will work under the oversight of the Senior Consortium Coordinator, CCU.



• Co-lead the roll out, implementation and assessment of the clinical mentorship framework

• Support the development of the quality assurance and improvement framework for the technical district support using best practices and evidence-based approach

• Monitor the implementation of the programme using the framework

• Use the 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

• Liaise with the EmONC Advisor, Blood Bank Specialist and the District Clinical Mentors on a regular basis to ensure technical quality and adherence to national policies and guidance

• Conduct regular field visits to the districts as per the monitoring/quality assurance plan to ensure quality is maintained throughout the programme implementation.

Representation and Advocacy

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


The post will work with the Public Health Specialist, CCU; Senior Consortium Coordinator, CCU; M&E Coordinator, Senior Grants & Budget Coordinator, etc.


February 2019 – December 2020


To effectively deliver this engagement, the applicant should meet the following requirements;

• MPH/Masters in International Health or related qualification in health; Clinical experience will be strongly preferred

• Additional certificate/training in quality assurance is preferred

• At least 4 years of relevant field experience

• Experience in designing/management of RMNCAH programmes and quality assurance frameworks in a developing country

• Ability to provide technical support and feedback with a high degree of tact and diplomacy

• Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of having worked with district health systems

• Excellent English speaking/writing skills required.

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-Retaliation.