Nutrition Project Manager (Leer)

Sudan

Develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the assigned nutrition projects. This involves effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, time frame and budget with a focus on nutrition system strengthening, training and coordination. Providing technical support, leadership and strategic direction, other important aspects of the role include managing and training nutrition staff to meet quality standards in nutrition delivery, encouraging beneficiary participation, liaising with other stakeholders and managing and training nutrition staff, and anticipating, planning, and contributing to the development of new nutrition project proposals and reports.

Project Overview

In Leer, Medair operates 7 nutrition sites where GAM breaches the emergency threshold, ensuring provision of all required elements of CMAM.. The goal is to assist in reducing morbidity and mortality in vulnerable communities in Leer.

Take a look at Medair’s Health & Nutrition work.

Medair

Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired and motivated by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure. Internationally recruited field and headquarters staff lead the organisation, supported by nationally recruited staff to implement programmes locally.

Workplace

Field based position in Leer, South Sudan. Take a look at Medair’s work in South Sudan.

Starting Date

As soon as possible

Initial Contract Details

Full time, minimum 12 months

Key Activity Areas

Nutrition Project Management

  • Manage the assigned nutrition projects in order to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame and report promptly any operational concerns to line manager.
  • Provide strong leadership of the nutrition projects, working to ensure short, mid and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local nutrition authorities and local nutrition staff.
  • Contribute to development and implementation of an appropriate and effective nutrition strategy including proactive and a responsible exit planning.
  • Set clear objectives and indicators for nutrition activities in collaboration with the country nutrition advisor, nutrition staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
  • Continuously monitor and supervise nutrition activities, evaluating progress through outputs and impacts and involving the nutrition team in analysis and taking appropriate action as needed.
  • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation in all aspects of the project.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor time frames and formats.
  • Develop new proposals, linked to the assessed needs and gaps and the Medair country strategy, in conjunction with the country nutrition advisor and relevant field managers.

Staff Management

  • Line-manage the Nutrition Managers of the assigned projects, including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
  • Link with the Emergency Response Team (ERT) Health Project Manager to support the nutrition team while they are working in the same location and facilitate timely nutrition services.
  • Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure all staff members are aware of project objectives and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
  • Provide technical supervision to staff in order to develop full responsibility for nutrition activities.
  • Assess the training needs of nutrition staff and ensure that appropriate training is conducted.

Financial Management

  • Manage the nutrition budget and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.

Communication & Coordination

  • Develop and maintain regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the nutrition team, Medair in-country and Headquarters (HQ) health and nutrition managers and advisors and other relevant stakeholders (beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.
  • Participate in nutrition coordination meetings, Medair internal trainings and other working groups or meetings, representing Medair and feeding back to the nutrition staff and managers on relevant issues.

Logistics

  • Support the logistics activities of nutrition staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of medicines, supplies and equipment for the assigned nutrition facilities and activities.
  • Ensure items are procured, transported, stored, managed and accounted for correctly.
  • Submit timely requests to nutrition partners (UNICEF, WFP) to release core pipeline nutrition supplies and monitor supply provision.

Quality Management

  • Promote and use the Medair intranet and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
  • Ensure nutrition projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards i.e. Sphere and HAP standards.

Field - Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.
  • Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

Qualifications

  • Higher level qualification, preferably in nutrition or in another relevant field such as nursing / midwifery / doctor / community-based training.

Languages

  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Experience / Competencies

  • 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
  • Management experience in a nutrition / health context.
  • Ability and willingness 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.
  • Able to prioritise clearly, oversee multiple tasks and take the initiative in project decisions.
  • Problem solving ability.
  • Committed to consultative and servant-minded leadership.
  • Team-player with good inter-personal skills.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience

  • Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers).
  • Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers).

Professional

  • Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise.
  • Overseas intercultural experience.

Values

  • Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts.

Personal qualities

  • Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions.
  • Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit.

Availability

  • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection

  • All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.

Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)

  • Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing.
  • Security training for those going to insecure environments.
  • Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country.
  • Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service).
  • Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food).
  • Annual leave.
  • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing.
  • Disability insurance.

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)

  • Salaries are based on the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder.
  • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings.
  • Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts.
  • Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs.

Specific benefits for New Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience)

  • USD 300 per month.
  • As soon as 12 months relief work or its equivalent has been completed, a salary based on the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder, and other experienced relief worker benefits.

Working Conditions

  • This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.
  • South Sudan currently is dynamic and the location of the interventions may be in areas of relative insecurity. Tent camping and basic conditions are possible.

Application Process

Before you apply, please ensure you are fully aware of the:

  1. Medair organisational values.

  2. Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).

Then to apply, go to http://relief.medair.org/en/jobs/positions/nutrition-project-manager-sds-leer/ then:

  1. apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or

  2. apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs).

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

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: Medair
  • Location: Sudan
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Disaster Management
    • Health service
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-08

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