Ipas is a global non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of healthcare and ensure that every woman and girl has the right to determine her own sexuality and reproductive health. Operating in various countries, Ipas focuses on providing technical assistance and advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues, including access to contraceptives and comprehensive abortion care services. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ipas is seeking a dynamic and committed Health Systems Officer to contribute to its impactful work.
The Health Systems (HS) Officer will play a crucial role in supporting the Health System (HS) Advisor in planning and providing technical assistance for in-country programs. The officer will collaborate with different stakeholders, including Officers, Field Coordinators, and implementing partners, to strengthen the delivery of SRHR services. This includes upgrading facilities, providing training, mentorship programs, data collection, and donor reporting. The HS Officer will ensure compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for quality of care across all service delivery channels and maintain contact with health facilities in the intervention region.
Summary of Responsibilities:
Organizational Leadership and Strategy:
- Provide input and support to relevant Advisors in the development of program strategies.
- Maintain and contribute to networking and partnerships with key national and provincial stakeholders.
Financial and Risk Management:
- Prepare budgets for activities and ensure proper accountability of funds according to policies and procedures.
Program, Technical, or Functional Content:
- Provide operational support to the implementation of Health System (HS) program activities.
- Plan and organize facility assessments and upgrades, including SRHR trainings, mentorship programs, and data collection.
- Participate in the development of training programs, identifying needs, selecting trainers, and conducting trainings.
- Monitor training data to maintain an up-to-date database of trainers and attendees, improving training processes and outcomes.
- Facilitate trainings, workshops, and meetings using adult-based learning methods.
- Build capacity of partner organizations and provide assistance in effective training sessions.
- Perform orientations and baseline assessments for facilities.
- Facilitate access to mentorships for providers to ensure best practices are implemented for improved performance.
- Monitor subcontractors’ progress and achievements to ensure compliance with agreements and workplans.
- Develop networking and partnerships with relevant stakeholders at the provincial and district levels.
- Support partner organizations in advancing advocacy efforts.
- Track activity plans and enter reports into the Ipas system.
- Participate in drafting donor proposals, presentations, and reports as required.
Communications & Representation:
- Support the Health System Advisor in documenting and sharing lessons learned and success stories.
- Edit technical sections in proposals for business development in the DR Congo.
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Well-organized with the ability to track multiple projects and deadlines.
- Demonstrated experience interfacing with the public and stakeholder groups.
- Deep commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially abortion and contraception access.
- Good written and spoken communication skills in English and French.
- Capacity and commitment to good stewardship of funds, including work planning, budgeting, financial monitoring, and data-driven problem-solving.
- Proven ability to build positive working relationships with diverse internal teams and external partners.
- Experience in providing administrative support to work teams.
- Ability and willingness to travel domestically and regionally, up to 35% of working days per year.
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a medical-related field. Master’s degree is an advantage.
- 3-5 years of experience working in health or the medical field.
- Experience in an equity-focused program, including youth, gender, and humanitarian and fragile contexts.
- Ability to work with different community populations, including adolescents and women’s groups, especially in communication and training.
- Experience working in a global community of practice is an asset.
- Knowledge of community structures and entry points, including organizations and coalitions.
- Fluency in French and English.
Ipas is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and inequity. Recruitment, employment, training, promotion, and compensation are conducted without regard to various personal characteristics, ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace. Ipas acknowledges the contextual differences in these characteristics and is dedicated to creating an environment that respects and values diversity.