Health & Nutrition Manager

Job
from The Health Support Organization
Closing date: 14 Oct 2019

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer this post before the closing date.

Please note that this is an unaccompanied position

The Health Support Organisation is a 501 (C ) (3)charity organisation that has been operating in South Sudan since 2010 supporting the national efforts in establishing a sustainable strong health system that build a healthy and prosperous nation. Its mission is to implement evidence-based, culturally sensitive, innovative public health projects global public health projects in the thematic areas of health, WASH and nutrition. THESO is a growing Organisation with strong public health capacity with focuses on strengthening developing countries health systems to improve national set public health priorities and goals while contributing to global goals. This package consists of primary healthcare, secondary healthcare, health infrastructures, Research infrastructure, water and environmental sanitation, and nutrition. During public health emergencies, THESO focuses on serving the last miles populations or those mostly affected who are in needs of lifesaving support or beyond the reach of existing public health services. After the immediate crisis, THESO work in solidarity with the affected population to recovery. Using our expertise, we support aid workers and strengthen existing services. We build resilience by helping societies at risk of future disasters, to be better prepared.

We believe that everyone has the right to access and utilise free public health services with dignity. We believe good health is fundamental to transforming societies in transition that’s why THESO is a Force for Health to build healthy communities.

THESO – South Sudan is seeking to recruit a Health & Nutrition Manager for its South Sudan programme to be based in Juba.

The Health & Nutrition Manager is primarily responsible for technical design vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of health programmes at national level. The Health Manager will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health teams in the field to deliver high-quality health services to the targeted beneficiaries. The Health & Nutrition Manager will make frequent visits to the field sites to ensure the highest standards of service delivery. She/He will ensure high-quality clinical services in all THESO-supported health facilities. S/he will monitor service quality, ensure that all staff are trained and well-supported, pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies are properly managed, and apply clinical-level data to national-level quality improvement efforts. The Health & Nutrition Manager will represent THESO in the national Health Cluster, Health Forum and other technical working groups.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be an innovative and creative person able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation

Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

Work closely with the Programmes Director and Operations Director to ensure smooth running of health programmes and provide technical supervision of, and technical support to the organisation’s health programming activities;

Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices, acceptable international (WHO/SPHERE) and national standards as well as ensure programmes across different sites in the country are of comparable quality by encouraging transfer of good practices form one field site to another;

Ensure health Programmes utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry of Health Regulation, WHO guidelines and humanitarian principles.

Work closely with the Operation Director, senior management team and field teams to determine the operational needs of the medical program within the scope of the grants;

Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all Programmes (including objectives, indicators and outcomes of health Programmes) according to internal and donor requirements

Review monthly field and donor reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the organisation’s health Programmes;

Where feasible work with government health authorities and international agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA and IOM to ensure implementation of standardized national health information systems

Work with field teams, partner agencies and national health authorities for outbreak preparedness and contingency planning

Ensure timely and adequate provision of supplies and drugs through review of pharmacy consumption reports, national drug protocols, program budgets, acquisition of partner agency and health information materials.

Ensure all stakeholders, including senior management team, the Health Technical Unit and donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures.

Program Development

Work with senior management team, field teams, regional desk and the Health Technical Unit in strategic planning for future health Programmes.

Work with program director and management team to draft concepts for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor.

Provide technical input during proposal development and technical reviews, and feedback to the field to improve the quality of the final proposals;

Strive to ensure as much as possible to integrate health with other THESO sectors (Health, WASH, and Nutrition).

Representation

Represent the organisation to UN, health cluster, international and national NGOs and Ministry of Health at health coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to country Programmes and enhance the organisations visibility (i.e. task force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings).

Serve as the principal liaison with health authorities on matters related to the program to ensure programmatic accountability. Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organisation, notably through the application of the organisations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.

Human Resources Management

Assist in the selection and training of qualified health program staff, recommend promotions, and implement disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the Country Director and Program Director.

Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff.

Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of Programmes.

Ensure professional development for expat and national health staff through assessment of training needs and capacity building activities.

Support direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and professional development plans are in place.

Work closely with the medical coordinators and health teams to determine the training needs of the medical staff.

Overseeing trainings of all national healthcare staff, including national Doctors, non-physician clinicians, nurses, midwives and other technical staff to ensure that the provided trainings are of acceptable quality and address the identified needs and to ensure sustainability of Programmes

Collaborate with national health authorities and relevant international health agencies for the development of an approved curriculum to meet training needs and implement those plans through the management team and field teams;

Working Relationships

Work closely with country senior management team and the Health Technical Unit

Ensure program progress through communication with Country Director, Programmes Director, Logistics Staff and Finance team to ensure coordination of Programmes supplies are consistent with management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans.

Security

Collaborate with security Manager in order to maintain security of health staff in the field

Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies

Ensures application and compliance of security protocols and policies

Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within THESO and amongst beneficiaries served by THESO

Compliance& Ethics:**Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout The Health Support Organisation. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of The Health Support Organisation’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

“Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.”

QUALIFICATIONS

“To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.”

  • Minimum medical degree; preferably with a Master’s in Public Health and South Sudanese Citizen are strongly encourage to apply
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in programmes implementation in developing countries or low-resource setting with an NGO at the Manager level relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and communicable diseases or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Must have excellent self-motivation skills
  • Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; the ability to work with a broad spectrum of people
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
  • Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  • Ability to assume non-medical responsibilities from time to time to cover for other team members
  • Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building, public-private partnerships and project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • Proven capabilities in leadership required
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organisation skills
How to apply:

Interested applicant should send her/his CV with covering letter and supporting documents addressing it to the Programme Director, THESO South Sudan Country Office at 28thStreet; Building 173 lock 3K South; email: info@theso.org

THESO is an equal opportunity employer and women candidates are encouraged to apply

NB: Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted for interviews.