International Rescue Committee Community Health Officer Careers in Uganda

International Rescue Committee Community Health Officer Careers in Uganda


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 leads the way from harm to home. The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting nationals and refugees and various

institutions in the country notably the government, community based organizations, the civil society

and the private sector.The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, peace building,

gender-based violence, economic recovery and agribusiness, and children & youth. IRC has a country office headquartered in Kampala,

regional offices in Kitgum, West Nile (Yumbe/Imvepi) and Moroto. Given the recent conflict

outbreak in South Sudan, IRC begun implementing Health Activities in the south west late 2018

benefiting both refuges and the host community.IRC is currently looking for enthusiastic, hardworking and self-motivated persons to join our team to support the effective delivery of the organization’s mission.

Job Title:Community Health Officer

Reports to Health Manager


Location:South West (Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Kagadi, Kyegegwa,Ntoroko) and Mid West (Hoima, Kikuube)

Duration:10 Month

Job summary:

The community Health Officer will be responsible for the direct implementation of community health services aimed at improving the overall wellbeing of the refugee population in South Western Uganda

Specific responsibilities

  • Using 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 new born 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


  • Participate in the development of community program work plans and reviewing them on a monthly basis 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



  • Represent IRC’s Program to the district health team, health sub-district and donor agencies, to ensure all program activities are carried out.

  • 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. Communication / reporting

  • Provide regular feedback to the medical officer on community program implementation.

  • Assist in preparation of donor reports.


  • Must have bachelor’s degree in nursing, diploma in clinical medicine/nursing with an

    additional training in public health or its equivalent from a recognized Institution.

  • Must be registered with a professional body.

    Specific qualification

  • Working with district, health facility staff and community based groups such as VHTs

  • Previous work with an NGO in similar programs.

  • Good experience in monitoring and evaluation of programs.

  • Good report writing skills.

  • Ability to enhance good interpersonal relationship.

  • Good communication skills.

  • A good command of both written and spoken English.

  • Good knowledge and application of Microsoft word, Excel and Power Point.

  • Proven interpersonal skills

  • Computer literate in MS, internet, power point, etc...

  • Managerial skills

    Please note:

  • The role of the Community Health Officer cannot be limited to the specific duties and tasks detailed

    herein. The success of the IRC’s humanitarian mission is the highest priority and all issues which

    arise must be addressed accordingly. Therefore, s/he will be required to manage all unforeseen issues

    and circumstances and remain flexible to perform any other duties, as and when required.

    How to apply:

    Please send filled IRC application form, cover letter, and CV in one PDF attachment clearly indicating the position - location that you have applied for “Community Health Officer” to:

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Deadline Friday 13th February 2019

    Please note that if you do not follow the above instructions your application will be automatically disqualified.

    All applications will be assessed strictly on individual merit.

    International Rescue Committee Community Health Officer Careers in Uganda

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