Health and Nutrition Manager

  • Posted on 23 June 2020
  • Juba, South Sudan
  • Closing on 20 July 2020
  • Current

Job Description

Devex is assisting a is a global Christian humanitarian organization that brings sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems – disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression, and mass displacement in their search for a Health and Nutrition Manager to be based in Juba, South Sudan. Our client partners with local churches and community leaders in the U.S. and abroad to bring hope, healing and transformation to the most vulnerable. The organization has been operating in South Sudan since 1998.

The Health and Nutrition Manager oversees all health and nutrition activities in their areas of operation, reporting to the Program Director. This is in coordination with the Area Coordinators and program staff in those areas, as the organization employs an area-based management strategy. Nutrition programming includes community-based management of acute malnutrition through stabilization centers, OTP, TSFP, and IYCF. Health programing includes services through PHCCs and PHCUs, as well as mobile outreach and public health campaigns. The HNM must have clinical health education and experience for similar contexts. The HNM will represent the organization at appropriate coordination forums, makes significant contributions for proposal development, and advise the PD and Country Director (CD) on an overall health and nutrition strategy. Based in Juba, the HMN will make regular visits to field locations, including hardship locations and insecure environments.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage supervision of all nutrition and health programming in all locations in South Sudan.
  • Supervise the safe and efficient management of nutrition and health supplies and equipment.
  • Support the implementation of timely and accurate data collection systems, monitor data for accuracy, and respond appropriately with programmatic changes as needed to meet targets.
  • Assess staff training needs and make appropriate referrals for training. Where required, organize, facilitate and/or provide training of nutrition and health personnel.
  • Play an active role in investigating upcoming opportunities and the development of proposals, budgets, and project review processes.
  • Coordinate nutrition and health activities with Ministries of Health, UN agencies, clusters, other implementing partners and funding agencies.
  • Coordinate nutrition and health program development with local counterparts (SMOH, County Health Department and local leadership) with a focus on using a community development approach at all stages of program planning and implementation.
  • Ensure compliance with WHO and SS MOH guidelines and policies in each program component.
  • Maintain clear communication with all staff on at least a weekly basis.
  • Promote the development of a sustainable health program by offering creative ideas and new approaches to solving problems in the health program.
  • Coordinate with other programs in each field with full support for an integrated approach to community development.
  • Reflect an example of true Christian character and mission in all interactions with staff and community members.
  • Work to strengthen the local church’s capacity for supporting health initiatives.
  • Any other duties assigned by the PD.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

  • Excellent oral and written fluency in English required, and fluency in Arabic a bonus. Must be able to write in professional English for document submission without requiring a proofreader.
  • Good understanding of links between emergency and development programs, familiar with project cycle management.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills; experience in good project planning and design.
  • Ability to manage budgets, understand financial accountability procedures, logistics, and commodity tracking.
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Interpersonal and Cross-cultural sensitivity and experience.
  • Computer and IT expertise highly preferred. Excellent skills in Microsoft Office required.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to deal with problems and issues both promptly and efficiently.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to rural locations and live in sometimes basic conditions.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Medical Degree or related qualification required. Master’s or other professional degree preferred.
  • Three years’ related professional experience, managing or providing technical advise in both clinical and public health programs.
  • Two years’ experience in hardship postings or complex emergencies, with proven leadership experience.
  • Experience in donor reporting e.g. USAID, EU, CIDA, UN Agencies preferred.
  • Able to work in a fluid and insecure area; Maturity and ability to adjust to harsh living conditions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations
  • The ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-15 pounds.
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • This position is based in South Sudan, with Juba as the principle center of operations. Travel to and from the other field offices (sub-offices) will be required periodically.
  • This is an unaccompanied position with supplementary hardship leave.
  • Operating environment is volatile, with security restrictions in force in South Sudan.
  • Working hours will be structured in light of the prevailing emergency situation being addressed, and may be unsociable at times.
  • Equipment used: Employee computer (desktop or laptop), printer, and copier.
  • All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and is always under review.

Our client is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. They maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. For the organization’s staff, a strong commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the organization is essential, and Christian faith is a prerequisite for employment, based upon United States federal guidelines provided in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Legal Background in the United States

The organization is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. This means that they conduct hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, membership in any labor organization, political ideology, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual. The status of the organization as an equal opportunity employer does not prevent the organization from hiring staff based on their religious beliefs so that all staff share the same religious commitment.

Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e 1(a) The organization has the right to and does, hire only candidates who agree with the organization’s Statement of Faith

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