Afghanistan

Health & Nutrition Project Manager

Organization
Closing date

Role & Responsibilities

Develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned health and nutrition project, with support from sector advisors. Develop lead implementation and ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation for effective management and reporting on the project activities in line with the objectives, time frame and budget with a focus on nutrition system strengthening, training and coordination. Provide technical support and leadership, manage and train nutrition staff to meet quality standards in nutrition delivery, anticipate, plan, and contribute to the development of new nutrition project proposals and reports.

Project Overview

Medair Afghanistan is a complex and dynamic country programme due to instability related to politics and security. Medair has been operating in Afghanistan since 1996 and is currently implementing multi-sectoral projects in nutrition, WASH and food security in vulnerable communities in the Central Highlands and Southern Afghanistan. There are plans to expand the current programme into new areas, as well as growing and strengthening local partnerships. Take a look at Medair’s Health & Nutrition work.

Workplace & Conditions

Field based position in Kandahar / Southern Afghanistan. Take a look at Medair’s work in Afghanistan.

Starting Date / Initial Contract Details

March 2020. Full time, 12 months.

Key Activity Areas

Nutrition Project Management

  • Manage the assigned nutrition project to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame and report promptly any operational concerns to line manager and country nutrition advisor.
  • Provide strong leadership of the assigned nutrition project teams, working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local nutrition authorities and local nutrition staff.
  • Contribute to development and implementation of an effective nutrition intervention including data collection and reporting and monitoring tools, job aids and data quality assurance processes.
  • 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 using both quantitative and qualitative data, and involving the 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 all aspects of the project
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and time frames and formats.
  • Contribute to new proposals, linked to the assessed needs and gaps and the Medair country strategy.

Staff Management

  • Line-manage the National Project Manager or Nutrition Supervisor of the assigned project, including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
  • 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 and technical supervision to staff to develop ownership for nutrition activities.
  • Assess the training needs of nutrition staff and ensure that appropriate training is conducted and new skills are used in the field.

Financial Management

  • Manage the nutrition budget for the assigned project and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards of financial management, including accountability and good governance.

Communication and Coordination

  • Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned nutrition team, Medair in-country and GSO health and nutrition managers and advisors and other relevant stakeholders, 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 field 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.
  • Liaise, as necessary, with the nutrition, health, logistics and finance staff to ensure items are procured, transported, stored, managed and accounted for correctly.

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.

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.

Qualifications

  • Higher level qualification, preferably in nutrition or relevant field as nursing/midwifery/doctor/community-based training. University degree in a relevant subject, preferably nutrition or public health.
  • 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.
  • 2 years’ experience working in a nutrition / health programme in a developing country, preferably in an insecure context. Experience implementing EPI programming is an advantage.
  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Ability and willingness to manage project implementation.
  • Good numerical, report writing and administration skills. Problem solving ability.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.

How to apply

Before you apply

Please ensure you are fully aware of the:

a) Medair organisational values.

b) 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.

c) Key Profiles & Benefits Package provided for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS).

d) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC).

Application Process

To apply, go to this vacancy on our Medair page. Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed.