Health & Nutrition Manager Emergency Response Team
LocationField based position is based in Juba with frequent travel, often for extended periods, to work in any of the states within the Republic of South Sudan.
Starting Date & Initial Contract Details
ASAP. Full time, 12-24 months.
The Health & Nutrition Manager will support implementation of an integrated health and nutrition program, ensuring that national and global standards are adhered to including sphere standards. In collaboration with the ERT health and nutrition PM support proposal and donor report development.
The role holder will be also support and collaborate with ERT Health and Nutrition Project Manager to carry out health and nutrition assessments using Medair standardized assessment tools and develop assessment reports. In addition, the role holder will support the implementation of an outbreak response. Assist and supervise the direct programming.
Medair implements decentralized health & nutrition services through Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM), Outpatient Therapeutic Care Feeding Programme (OTP) and Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) for children under five, as well as Pregnant and Lactating Women. Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition messaging is integrated in the OTP and TSF Programme. Medair also implements Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) programming, through the Cascade Group Model.
Key Activity Areas
Health & Nutrition Project Implementation
- Be responsible for implementation, management, supervision and support of the iCCM and CMAM programme in line with the time frame of the relevant project proposal and any applicable national and international guidelines and standards with an emphasis on clinical management of malnourished and other sick children.
- Conduct regular supportive supervision and on-job training in iCCM, CMAM at health and nutrition clinic sites to build staff technical capacity and enable quality service delivery.
- Provide formal and refresher training for local staff in line with appropriate national and international guidelines.
- Manage and oversee the Health and Nutrition Officers and Community Health and Nutrition Workers in the Health and Nutrition facilities to conduct clinical and nutrition assessment and treatment of co-existing illnesses among all admitted SAM and MAM children.
- Provide input and ensure integration of accountability to affected populations in all aspects of the project.
- Oversee the process of data collection, collation and dissemination to meet the requirements and deadlines set by Medair and/or external partners
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities for internal and external reports (e.g. weekly, monthly and quarterly reports) as requested by the Health and Nutrition project manager, HQ and donors
Human Resources and Staff Management
- Directly manage and oversee the assigned health & nutrition staff including recruitment, day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc. The team includes certified health staff (e.g. nurses), other health & nutrition staff and support staff (e.g. cleaners, guards)
- Ensure the assigned health & nutrition team members receive relevant and appropriate supervision, coaching, mentoring and training in order to develop their personal and professional skills, knowledge and understanding.
- Assist in the recruitment of local field staff within the intervention location following all HR policies of Medair and the Government of South Sudan
- Develop SMART Performance objectives for all project staff that are line managed by the health & nutrition manager. Additionally, conduct period performance appraisal to staff based on the set targets and give relevant feedback to support, strengthen and improve performance of the appraised staff.
- Work alongside Health and Nutrition Project manager to promote the health and security of the team by ensuring the correct application of security, staff health and other relevant Medair protocols and guidelines.
- Work with the Health and Project Manager to manage finances within the field location and payment of salaries.
Communication and Coordination
- Maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned Medair team, advisors and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs)
- Represent Medair at relevant local level coordination meetings involving local authorities, UN agencies and other NGOs
- Manage the correct and timely ordering of needed stocks and supplies to the field location in coordination with Health and Nutrition Project Manager and Health and Nutrition Officer/Manager.
- Manage all stocks within the field locations ensuring proper stock management systems are in place.
- Monitor expiration dates of all stocks in the field locations to ensure timely use or redistribution to other Medair programmes/other appropriate parties.
- Conduct monthly site supervision using the nationally designed site supervisory checklist, exit interviews and feedback results to the project implementation team and the Health and Nutrition Project manager.
- Implement relevant policies and standards relating to service delivery including Sphere and HAP standards, Ministry of Health and donor guidelines and other good practice.
- Develop and submit quality and timely required site reports. This includes weekly and monthly data reports, Monthly Unicef and WFP Stock Reports, Monthly site Nutrition Information Systems Report. The Health & Nutrition manager is also expected to contribute to development of monthly project Situation Reports.
Team Spiritual Life
- Reflect 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.
- Clinical degree or diploma: Nurse/medical professional experience.
- Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).
Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
What is the ROC and why is it required?
- 2 years post-qualification nursing / medical professional experience.
- Experience working in health and nutrition programmes in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian emergency context. Strong Christian commitment.
- Passionate about serving the most affected Self-motivated. Team-player with good inter-personal skills.
- Good communicator, able to pass on information efficiently.
- Willingness to support others and to share workload.
- Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.
- Able to work effectively in a wide variety of situations.
- Able to cope with basic living conditions in the field and during field trips. Strong clinical background.
- Able to develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, beneficiaries, other agencies and local authorities. Ability and willingness to manage project implementation.
- Aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building
- Excellent organisational skills. Able to enforce procedures.
- Able to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate. Committed to consultative and servant minded leadership.
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