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Deputy Health Director - Programmes

London (with frequent travel) | London

General Description of the Programme

GOAL’s Health Unit is a new initiative, building on recent work in the West Africa Ebola response and recognising more widely that there is a significant gap in global health service provision for the most vulnerable and that the international capacity to mobilise and deploy emergency health response resources lags far behind the need.

New health threats, such as the emergence of new type epidemics, increased burden of communicable diseases necessitating the need for long term health care, protracted conflicts and natural disasters destroying health systems, large scale population displacement as well as increasing urbanisation all pose new challenges to global health. This threat was evidenced most recently with the unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa highlighting that the communicable diseases poses one of the largest threats to global security. The Ebola epidemic indicated more clearly than ever before that health challenges cannot be tackled on a country by country basis but that there needs to be a coordinated global health effort to have an increased number of technical response specialists, an increasing amount of data on possible threats and more resilient health systems in fragile countries.

The Ebola response also highlighted that GOAL’s country programmes do not have the technical strengthen to respond appropriately to health crisis to ensure an efficient and effective response without causing undue pressure to the country programme. The proposed Health Unit intends to be able to provide the required technical support to countries to respond to both sudden and on going health crisis with robust evidence and to collaborate strongly with the roving programme quality team to build resilient health systems in fragile states.

Within this, the role of Deputy Health Director - Programmes is a core component of the Health Unit and will oversee the technical and programmes teams of the Unit and the development and deployment of the Emergency Medical Team (EMT)

Key Objectives: To play a leading role in designing, establishing and managing the successful development of the GOAL Health Unit and EMT.

Key Responsibilities

  • To be a Health Unit SLT member;
  • To deputise for the Director Health Unit as necessary;
  • Design – support the Dir. Health Unit in compiling the strategy and business case for the Health Unit and in presenting the strategy internally and externally;
  • Establishment – co-lead development of policies, systems and processes and ways of working;
  • To support the development of an annual team work plan;
  • To manage the Programme and Technical Teams within the Health Unit;
  • To lead / take part in EMT responses / deployments as appropriate;
  • To keep the Health Unit up to date on current / emerging health and nutritional issues, developments and needs
  • To support in Health Unit budget development and budget management;
  • To recruit the Health Unit Programmes and Technical teams in close coordination with the Director Health Unit;
  • To liaise closely with other GOAL teams, specifically:

  • Market Systems and Livelihoods team;

  • Gender and CP mainstreaming team;

  • Humanitarian team;

  • Operations team;

  • MEAL;

  • Finance;

  • HR;

  • Logistics;

  • To lead / take part in needs assessments, programme development and start up activities as appropriate;

  • To lead on the monitoring and evaluating of health programmes and EMT responses;

  • Ensure health unit programme targets are met especially reach, speed and quality;

  • To deploy for up to 3 months p/year;

  • To represent the GOAL Health Unit to external actors, including:

    • Donors;
    • Partners;
    • Host Governments;
    • UN agencies;
    • Peer agencies;
    • Technical groups.
  • To liaise closely with the Global Health Cluster and WHO FMT group;

  • To work closely with the fundraising and media teams to develop private funding streams and communicate key messages related to the Health Unit, EMT or active responses;

  • Management and backstopping support to deployed health unit members/EMT and ensure appropriate technical (health, nutrition and WASH) backstopping for GOAL field teams;

  • Lead in proposal and budget development for new emergency interventions and ensure technical (health, nutrition and WASH) assistance/input available for new and follow on programming in existing country programmes;

  • Defining and developing equipment and supplies requirement and design in close coordination with the Deputy Director Systems and Director Health Unit;

  • To absorb other responsibilities as necessary and as the Health Unit develops.

Person Specifications

  • 10 years experience in delivering humanitarian assistance;
  • Experience of delivering health programming in difficult environments;
  • Significant experience of working in insecure environments;
  • Sound knowledge of the wider humanitarian and development sector, including personal or professional networks, and the current humanitarian and development institutional, legal and policy environment;
  • Proven record or flair for strategic planning and/or project management;
  • Clear analytical skills and the ability to assimilate and process information on humanitarian and other issues;
  • Effective communication skills, written and verbal, and the ability to present arguments clearly and effectively to a wide range of internal and external audiences;
  • Excellent inter-personal and leadership skills, and ability to work within and / or lead large and diverse teams in often stressful environments;
  • Understanding of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Creative, strategic thinker;
  • An ability to manage a complex and varied workload, perform to tight deadlines, and first-rate planning and time management skills;
  • Ability to travel, often at short notice, and occasionally to remote and insecure locations.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: GOAL
  • Location: London (with frequent travel) | London
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-18

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