Regional Community Accountability Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




Ivory Coast


Job Description

Job Overview / Summary

The IRC is seeking a Regional Community Accountability Specialist for the 44 months, 18 million GBP DFID-funded Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP). This program will strengthen African countries' ability to prevent, prepare and respond to disease outbreaks, and work towards Global Health Security. Working with key international stakeholders, the program responds to learning from recent epidemics, and aims to reduce the impact of disease outbreaks on African populations, and enhance compliance with International Health Regulations.

Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Uganda, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Niger, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Mauritania and Mali.

Key program objectives will be to:

(i)     strong countries' ability to comply with International Health Regulations (IHRs) based on assessment and prioritization

(ii)     improve governance and accountability of public health systems

(iii)    support for improvements to build data, evidence and accountability at national and sub-national levels

(iv)   S upport countries' health systems and institutions to develop contingency mechanisms should a pre-crisis arise.


The Regional Community Accountability Specialist will be based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and will have dual reporting lines to the TDDAP Program Director, also based in Abidjan, and the IRC's Governance Technical Advisor, based in New York. S / he will have the following responsibilities:

  • Leads all activities on community-level aspects of TDDAP Output 3: Better governance and accountability of public health systems.
  • In Chad, CAR, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Overseas Implementation of Community-Level Aspects of Output 3 activities in collaboration with other consortia partners (including country-level assessments of accountability and reporting mechanisms, support of CSOs at national, sub-national, and community level, and capacity building and technical assistance to national-level -national and community-level CSOs on accountability for global health).
  • Overseas the overall quality of activities related to community-level accountability
  • Contribution to the refinement of the overall strategy and approach for Output 3 and the development of annual workplans
  • Coordinates community-level accountability aspects of Output 3 with Output 3 lead and other contributors and ensure that Output 3 activities related to community-level accountability
  • Reviews community-level aspects of Output 3 deliverables produced by the STTAs (eg research and evidence briefs, training modules, reports, recommendations, toolkits, etc.)
  • Cross-country learning and sharing of experience and good practices among the four countries STTAs and between Output 3 Community-level activities / deliverables and other Outputs.

Advocacy and Representation:

  • Advocates and collaborates with WHO, CSOs on community-level accountability
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships between IRC and other consortium members, as well as with IRC country offices.
  • Provides expert contribution to the development of national policies, guidelines and standards.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research:

  • Contributes, for community-level accountability aspects of Output 3, to the monitoring of activities and deliverables, and reporting


  • Contract Managers and Programmatic Aspects of Relationships with Output 3 lead consortium partner


This position is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in July or August 2018. 

Experience / Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in public health, international development, law or social science
  • At least seven years' experience in design and implementation of health and / or governance programs in developing countries
  • Demonstrable technical expertise and working knowledge of health governance, particularly community accountability, preferably in a conflict or post-conflict environment in Africa
  • Proven track record of successfully providing technical assistance on large-scale health or governance programs, including research, capacity assessments, curriculum and tool development, etc.
  • Experience working with preferred DFID-funded projects
  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of common software (MS Office)
  • Proficiency  in English and French
  • Ability to travel to Chad, CAR, and, Uganda




The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to serious humanitarian crises around the world and helps affected populations survive and rebuild their lives. Health programs represent the largest sector of intervention at IRC, constituting approximately 45% of the international budget and comprising 22 countries of activity. The field health staff is supported by the HQ Health Unit, a team of experts who bring years of humanitarian experience in their various health areas. The Emergency Unit leads and coordinates responses to acute humanitarian crises as well as emergency preparedness activities at the international level.   



IRC is looking for a Regional Accountability Specialist to support the DFID-funded Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP) at GBP 18 million for a duration of 44 months. This program serves to strengthen the capacity of African countries to prevent, prepare for, and respond to epidemics to advance global health security. In collaboration with key stakeholders, the program incorporates lessons learned from recent outbreak responses and aims to reduce the impact of future outbreaks on African populations while improving compliance with the WHO International Health Regulations. 

Using an approach that supports health systems / institutions and builds national capacities to respond to communicable diseases that present a high risk of major epidemics, the program will work in six main countries considered to have high vulnerability to epidemics, a list that may include Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Niger, Central African Republic, Chad, Mauritania, and Mali.

Key objectives of the program will be:

(i)   Strengthen the ability of these countries to comply with the International Health Regulations (IHR), based on evaluation and prioritization.

(ii)   Improve governance and accountability of public health systems.

(iii)  Support improvement of data, knowledge base, and accountability at the national and sub-national levels. 

(iv)  Support health systems / institutions in each of these countries to develop contingency mechanisms in the event of a crisis.



The / the Regional Specialist Community accountability is low ed in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and will report to the Director of TDDAP program, which will also lower ed in Abidjan, and Coordinator of the project, bottom ed in New York ( double hierarchical structure).

Main responsibilities

This person will be responsible for the following duties and functions:

  • Conduct all activities related to the community aspects of the program, Result 3: Improved governance and accountability of public health systems
  • In each of the four target countries (Chad, Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Uganda), oversee the implementation of the community aspects of Outcome 3 activities, in collaboration with the consortium partners, including evaluations of accountability and reporting mechanisms ; support to ministries of health to develop / strengthen and implement an assessment of the capacity and accountability of civil society organizations (CSOs) at the national, sub-national, and community levels; and capacity building / technical support to national CSOs on global health and strengthening the accountability of sub-national and community-based CSOs to global health 
  • Ensuring the quality of all activities related to accountability at Community level
  • Contribute to the refinement of the overall strategy, approach, and annual work plans for Result 3
  • Coordinate with the Outcome 3 lead and other contributors for all community accountability activities and ensure that they are implemented according to the approach and work plan
  • Review all written products that address the community aspects of Outcome 3 (eg research summary / evidence, training modules, reports, recommendations, "toolbox")
  • Contribute to the transnational learning and exchange of experiences and best practices between the four target countries and between the Community activities of Result 3 and other results

Advocacy and Representation:

  • Liaise and collaborate with WHO, Ministry of Health authorities in target countries, and regional and national CSOs on accountability at the community level
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships between IRC and other consortium members, as well as IRC country programs
  • Providing expert contribution to the development and / or to the adaptation of policies, guidelines, and national standards that promote accountability in health overall

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

  • Contribute to the monitoring of all activities under Outcome 3 that relate to community accountability, and reporting 


  • Manage the contractual and programmatic aspects of Result 3 with the consortium member who is responsible for this outcome


This position is subordinate ed to the award of the contract TDDAP IRC; if this is the case, the start date of this position is scheduled for the month of August / September 2018.


  • Master's degree in Public Health / International Development / Law / Social Sciences or equivalent
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in the design and implementation of health and / or governance programs in developing countries
  • Demonstrable expertise and practical knowledge of health governance , particularly with regard to accountability at the community level, and preferably in conflict / post-conflict contexts in Africa
  • Proven evidence of effective technical support in a large-scale health or governance program, including research, capacity assessment, training tools and curricula development
  • Preference for applicants with previous experience in the administration of DFID projects
  • Strong writing, communication and organizational skills 
  • Knowledge of common software (eg MS Office)
  • Proficiency in English and French
  • Willingness and willingness to travel to Chad, Central African Republic, and Uganda up to 60% of the time


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement