Health Officer

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia International Rescue Committee (IRC) Ethiopia

Job Title: Health Officer

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Ethiopia

Job Description



The Health Officer is responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of the IRC’s Health (HIV/AIDS and RH) related interventions in the assigned refugee camp-. The Health officer reports to the camp manager in the camp and technically supervised by the Health Manager based in Jijiga. The officer coordinates IRC’s HIV/AIDs and RH services with other actors and the incumbent is also responsible for ensuring adherence to the implementation of program activities according to nationally accepted standards. 



  • Ensure that the goals and objectives of the project are met as per the project proposal, work plan and M & E Plan
  • Ensure that all specified HIV/AIDs and RH/FP activities are implemented in the refugee camp and the surrounding local communities.
  • Liaises and creates strong linkages and partnerships with other agencies, zonal, and Woreda stakeholders implementing HIV/AIDs and RH prevention and control services in the targeted area.
  • Implement activities focusing on prevention and behavior change using community-based structures.
  • Plan training and sensitization sessions on HIV/AIDs and RH preventions to the health providers and other beneficiaries.
  • Represent IRC in coordination meetings, workshops, task force meetings, etc in the respective refugee camp.
  • Work closely with youth health club members on awareness raising and condom distribution activities.
  • Ensure establishment and maintaining quality data management system for both RH and HIV/AIDS projects 
  • Keep health program activity records both in soft and hard copies and provide activity reports as required by IRC and the donor timely.
  • Ensures that HIV/AIDs and RH/FP interventions are utilized per the standard protocols, policies and guidelines as prescribed by the MoH and WHO.
  • Helps in conducting workshops, trainings and presentations on HIV/AIDs prevention and control and RH activities for Woreda health staff as per the project description

Program Management

Grant Management

  • Follow all IRC’S standard grant Management tools as recommended by the Addis based health unit and M & E unit
  • Ensure that all activities are implemented according to the work plan and that targets are met.

Budget Monitoring

  • Work closely with the Health Manager in management of the grant budget
  • Raise PRs as required after discussion with colleagues.
  • Track expenditure on a monthly basis and report appropriately.

 Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Monitor the implementation of HIV/AIDs and RH activities in the camp.
  • Ensure that the stared goals and objectives of the program are met.
  • Ensure establishment and maintain quality data management system for both RH and HIV/AIDS projects 

 Human Resource Management

  • The Health Officer will be responsible for the management and supervision of the Health Social Workers in the camp.
  • He/ She will ensure that staff performance evaluation is conducted on time and in a standard quality manner that contributes to the staff development plan.



  • Receives technical support from the Health Manger in Jijiga and the Addis health Technical Unit.


  • Beneficiary communities, Woreda HAPCO, Woreda Health Offices, Woreda health facilities, and other NGOs





  • BSC in public health
  • 3 years of relevant experience with the first degree and 2 years of relevant experience plus post graduate degree.                                                                              
  • Experience working in preventive RH and HIV/AIDs Refugee Programming is preferable.
  • Good project management skills, ability to plan, organize and supervise implementation of community-based RH and HIV/AIDs projects.
  • Demonstrated qualifications, experience, or training in community mobilization and community health promotion.
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating training
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • NGO experience is a plus.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Personal specifications

  • Ability to work under pressure, long work hours and high workload.
  • Excellent communication skills-verbal and written ones. Communication in English is a key requirement. Knowledge of Somali language is an advantage.
  • Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as to work autonomously when required.
  • Ability to constructively address gaps and weaknesses.

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