Dhusamareeb: Fursad shaqo IRC – Community Engagement Officer

Dhusamareeb: Fursad shaqo IRC – Community Engagement Officer

Fursaddu waxa ay ku egtahay 9 Siteenbar 2018. Habka arjida HALKAN RIIX, faahfaahintana hoos arag:


Position: Community Engagement Officer
Duty Station: Dhusamareeb
Supervisor: Health Manager

The International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing
essential services to conflict and disaster-affected communities. The IRC has been
operational in South Central (Mudug, Galgadud, Banadir and Nugaal) regions of
Somalia, implementing interventions in the areas of Livelihood, WASH and Health, GBV,
Governance and Rights reaching out to more than 200,000 conflict and drought-affected
population in these regions.

Summary of Responsibilities
Working under the guidance and supervision of the Health Manager, Community
Engagement Officer (CEO) will be responsible for overseeing IRC’s community health
and nutrition interventions in the respective program sites within Dhusamareeb and
Guriel with a focus on planned community activities while ensuring appropriate staff
capacity building in line with the program goals and objectives. He/She will be expected
to coordinate with health and nutrition staff and provide accurate analysis and follow up
of the community health data. The CEO will be based in Dhusamareeb and will be
responsible for supporting all health and nutrition outreach activities in Guriel and
Dhusamareeb. In addition, the CEO will undertake program monitoring and evaluation
activities, take the lead role in outreach staff trainings, mentorship and coaching as well
as provide guidance to outreach teams on implementation of community health and
nutrition programs in informal and local /rural community settings, encouraging robust
community participation in decision making and strengthening mechanisms for more
accountable local /rural community activities. He/She will serve as the project’s lead
liaison between communities, service providers and other stakeholders, and will assist
the Health manager in the design, management, and implementation of outreach
activities including community health project activities.

Key Responsibilities

 Under the guidance of the Health Manager, provide leadership and oversight of
community outreach based project activities, ensuring efficient and effective project
implementation including timely completion of high-quality work plans, accurate
reports, and other mandated deliverables with clear objectives and achievable
benchmarks, reflecting strategic long-term and short-term priorities.
 Establish partnerships with all stakeholders, and community organizations and
special interest groups to build up an inspiring and sustainable community
engagement programme.
 Develop strategies to help communities reinvigorate or develop community
governance institutions, such as Health Committees, that are responsive,
transparent, and accountable to the communities they serve.
 As directed by Supervisor, be able to prepare pertinent finance related documents
that will be required in order for incentives for outreach teams’ staff to be paid. Will
be able to prepare the documents on a bi-weekly basis. The documents will include
attendance lists indicating the number of days worked by outreach teams’ staff and
their daily rates.
 Work closely with IRC’s Safety and Security department as well as SWISSO KALMO
to ensure the outreach areas are safe for the teams to work. Will monitor the safety
and security of the outreach teams through regular communication and reporting of
any security incidents. Develop tools and guidelines for use by community level
service providers in catchment populations served by the Somalia health program.
 In collaboration with the Health Manager, implement community feedback and
response mechanisms and ensure reports are be shared with the health and nutrition
staff and communities on a regular basis.
 Will be able to prepare accurate team movement plans for 4 outreach teams with
careful consideration of the fact that each of the proposed 22 outreach sites must be
visited by their respective teams on a biweekly basis and teams should report to the
base every Thursday for reporting and debriefing. Conduct regular project review
meetings with outreach teams to assess the level of achievement of project targets
for the community health program.
 Be the focal point for designing and disseminating culturally and educationally
appropriate awareness-raising and educational materials, while employing innovative
health and nutrition message dissemination vehicles, related to the overall
community health and nutrition strategy.
 Develop strategies to promote and strengthen participation of women, ethnic and
religious minorities, and youth in community governance structures and decision
making processes.
 Liaise with other community service providers to identify support networks and
services available within the community
 Support the project in developing/integrating evidence-based best practices to
document and disseminate best practices and capture key lessons learned.
 Conduct surveys and various assessments in the programme sites, including host
community and internally displaced persons (IDPs) based on agreed methodologies.
 Participate actively in execution of operational research in various health facilities if
need be.
 Develop a succession plan and build sustainability into the programme to ensure that
the program continues once funding comes to an end.
 Keep abreast of current practice in community engagement and learning and actively
explore new ideas and methods of working to enhance the community engagement
 Take lead in identifying and working closely with the various community groups
including community volunteers in the project areas

Human Resource
 The position will directly supervise outreach teams and will provide technical support
to community health workers and supervisors at the field level.
 Work with project staff and implementing partners to develop and implement capacity
building, mentoring and coaching for the outreach teams for improved community
health service delivery to vulnerable populations.
 Ensure outreach staff have updated job descriptions and performance objectives and
are carrying out their roles and responsibilities as per set objectives. Will therefore be
responsible for periodic review of staff performance objectives.

Reporting and Coordination
 Coordinate with the MoH on community health aspects.
 If deemed appropriate by the Supervisor, represent IRC in inter-agency coordination
and technical meetings in Dhusamareeb/Guraceel and share meeting outcomes with
the Supervisor Keep the health manager informed of all developments through
consistent communication and regular reports.
 Compile weekly and monthly internal and donor reports.
 Assist in writing and documenting human success stories depicting for the project

Supply Chain
 Work with the supply chain team to develop accurate and timely quarterly
community health orders.
 Monitor utilization of IRC issued supplies and ensure utilization of supplies is in line
with IRC and donor policies/regulations. Will monitor and track IRC sector assets
where applicable.
 Review all community health activities program purchase requisitions.
Finance and Grant Management
 Prepare spending plans, work plans and procurement plans for the program based
on the available budgets.
 Attend and participate in monthly budget review meetings, with records of updated
expenditure and spending plans.
 Ensure adherence to the community health program budget by reviewing
expenditure against actuals on a monthly basis.
 Provide recommendations and interventions to correct any identified deviations
that impact on budget adherence.

 Perform any other duty as directed by the Supervisor.
Required qualifications and experience
 Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Public/Community Health from a recognized
 Experience or academic qualifications in nutrition will be an added advantage.
 A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in public/community health,
planning and management with a focus on community engagement is required with
experience in working with host and IDP communities
 Ability to establish strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders,
including local authorities, communities, various government ministries, media and
 Must have professional level English– both written and spoken.
 Ability to work effectively in engagement strategies and tactics in a fast-paced
working environment.
 Capable of working under pressure and within tight deadlines.
 Deep understanding of the social and political context of Somalia.
 Demonstrated ability to promote the integration of project efforts with other
programming implemented in the same contexts.
 Experience in data collection, analysis and management with good report writing
 Should have good report writing and trainings skills and be able to adapt well in
challenging working contexts.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership
positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to
participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security
protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Full description of this position and application details can be viewed through our
website: www.rescue.org/careers

Deadline for receiving applications: 9th September 2018. Somali Nationals are encouraged to apply.
International Allowances are not available for this position.