Role & Responsibilities
Develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the assigned health and nutrition project. This involves effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, time frame and budget with a focus on health/nutrition system strengthening, training and coordination. Providing technical support, leadership and strategic direction, other important aspects of the role include managing and training health/nutrition staff to meet quality standards in health and nutrition delivery, encouraging beneficiary participation, liaising with other stakeholders, managing and training health/nutrition staff, and anticipating, planning, and contributing to the development of new health/nutrition project proposals and reports.
In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Medair will expand its activities focussed on delivering life-saving health and nutrition services to conflict affected communities. Medair projects include primary healthcare and public health interventions as well as implementing community management of acute malnutrition.
Workplace & Conditions
Field based position in Aden, Yemen. Take a look at Medair’s work in Yemen (https://www.medair.org/what-we-do/yemen/).
Starting Date / Initial Contract Details
June 2021. Full time, 12 months
Key Activity Areas
Health and Nutrition Project Management
– Manage the health & nutrition project(s) to meet the project objectives within budget and within the time frame and report any operational concerns to line manager, Country Health & Nutrition Advisor.
– Provide strong leadership of the assigned health and nutrition project(s),working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local ministries and authorities.
– Contribute to development a health & nutrition strategy including proactive planning for responsible exit in consultation with country health and nutrition advisor, other health/nutrition staff and local authorities.
– Set clear objectives and indicators for health and nutrition activities with the country health and nutrition advisor, health and nutrition staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
– Continuously monitor and supervise health and nutrition activities, evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data, and involving the health/nutrition team in analysis and taking appropriate action as needed to ensure continued progress.
– Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in the project.
– Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and time frames and formats.
– Develop new proposals, linked to the assessed needs and gaps and the Medair country strategy.
– Line-manage the Health/Nutrition Manager(s) including day-to-day management, trainings, and, appraisals.
– Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure all staff members are aware of project objectives and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
– Provide coaching supervision to staff to develop ownership & responsibility for health/nutrition activities.
– Assess the training needs of health/nutrition staff and ensure that appropriate training is conducted.
– Manage the health and nutrition project budget for the assigned project(s) and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management.
Communication and Coordination
– Develop and maintain regular and supportive communication structures with the assigned health/nutrition team, GSO and Medair in-country team, and other stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), to ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.
– Participate in health/nutrition coordination meetings, Medair internal trainings, and other working groups or meetings, representing Medair and feeding back to the health/nutrition staff and field managers.
– Support the logistics activities of project staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of medicines, supplies and equipment for the assigned health/nutrition facilities and activities.
– Liaise, as necessary, with the health and nutrition, logistics and finance staff to ensure items are procured, transported, stored, managed and accounted for correctly.
– Promote and use Box, the Medair e-library, any available HMIS systems and Medair operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
– Ensure projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards i.e. Sphere and CHS.
Team Spiritual Life
– Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
– Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
– Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.
This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.
- Higher level qualification, preferably in health/nutrition or in another relevant field such as nursing/ midwifery/ doctor/ community-based training.
- Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).
- 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
- Management experience in a nutrition / health context.
- Ability to manage project implementation. Good numerical, report writing and administration skills
- Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.
- Knowledge and experience of nutrition / primary health care principles and management.
- Able to prioritise clearly and oversee multiple tasks. Able to take the initiative in project decisions.
- Able to enforce procedures. Able to set clear objectives for staff and delegate.
- Medair organisational values (https://www.medair.org/jobs/our-culture/).
- Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staff are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices (https://www.medair.org/accountability/).
- Key Profiles & Benefits Package provided for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) (https://www.medair.org/jobs/international-staff/).
- Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (https://www.medair.org/jobs/roc/) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).