Health & Nutrition Project Officer - to be based in Nairobi


Vacancy announcement number#09/2017

VACANCY ADVERTISEMENT Health & Nutrition Project Officer - Nairobi

New ways organization is national Relief and Development organization, the core organizational objective of New Ways is to contribute to sustainable humanitarian and recovery interventions, youth and women empowerment, good governance and development initiatives for Somalia. New ways is currently implementing Emergency integrated health and nutrition projects in Barawe district lower Shabelle, also general food distribution in Marka and Barawe districts .New ways has been operational since 1993.

The Somalia program wishes to invite applications from highly competent dynamic, self-driven and results oriented candidate to fill the following vacancy. The successful candidate will be based in NEW WAYS Nairobi Office. If required will sometimes travel to Mogadishu.

Health & Nutrition Project Officer - Nairobi

The officer under the direct supervision of the Health &Nutrition Program Coordinator shall be responsible for ensuring facilitation of an effective drought response intervention in South central Somalia , particularly focus on active disease surveillance , outbreak rumor investigation , rapid response and coordination , ensuring high quality yet cost effective response standards , efficient management of resources and timely implementation of health project activities .The officer will play a lead role in supporting day to day health & nutrition engagements in the target districts , supervising and coordinating the activities and staff in realizing the program objectives.

Major Responsibilities:

Project Design, Monitoring, Implementation and Evaluation

:· Contribute to development of new proposals, linked to the country H&N strategy, New ways organization Somalia National office strategy paper and child wellbeing aspirations working in conjunction with the relevant stakeholders.

:· Develop and implement an appropriate and effective emergency health and nutrition strategy in consultation with relevant staff, NWO partnership and HEA response plans in close linkage with the respective cluster priority interventions

:· In close collaboration with the South West and Hirshabelle Ministry of Health, establish a functional and responsive emergency health and nutrition response programs in the targeted areas.

:· Set clear objectives and indicators for sectorial activities in collaboration with the health & nutrition staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.

:· Continuously monitor and supervise health& nutrition activities, evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data.

:· Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to NWO, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats.

:· Develop and maintain an active community case surveillance and reporting system at each health post/MCH , linking the surveillance findings to the emergency response hotline and coordinating with the rapid response team

:· Ensure regular monitoring and reporting of project implementation ,including sharing of Weekly situational reports

:· Ensure that all documents guiding implementation such as budgets, ,Cash flows ,cash projections are prepared and used correctly

:· Conduct lesson learnt forums and document best practices and challenges throughout the project life/ phase.

:· Manage and update the HMIS , CIMAM database , 4Ws regularly updating relevant stakeholders

:· Keep and share information from INGO meetings, government correspondences and internal New ways organization Lessons Learned.

:· Support the implementation of the nutrition interventions adhering to standard protocols, including Food management protocols, commodity tracking and reporting, IMAM and SPHERE standards during all phases of implementation of the GFD, BSFP, TSFP and OTP interventions.

:· Ensure there is continued nutrition surveillance , regularly update beneficiary details in Scope ,troubleshoot the LLMS and seek support where necessary

:· Supervise Community health and nutrition workers in the respective districts , provide them with on job training including ODK use for nutrition surveillance , community disease surveillance and reporting and support the CHWs/CNWs to maintain a responsive ICCM network in the villages linked to the health centers and the rapid response call center.

:· Facilitate preparation of regular project updates, narrative reports, updates, financial reports and submit them within the agreed time frames.

Project Management & Budget Management

:· Ensure All projects have appropriate project management documentation in-place, in-use and updated as required (PDS,PCA , FLAS , Cash Flows, Procurement Plans, etc);

:· Facilitate implementation of sound financial systems for efficiently controlling the quality of the health and nutrition project activities by closely tracking work progress against payment and work plans and controlling the quality of final project outputs as per the donor and user community expectations

:· Facilitate optimal use of financial resources in the project through timely requisition of all necessary supplies/contracts for project implementation

:· Ensure that monthly financial projections are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.

:· Project implementation tools are understood and used by New ways organization staff and implementing partners and donors formats.

:· Ensure the health and nutrition projects are implemented in alignment with current financial and administrative policy and procedures;

Staff & Partner Capacity Building for Health and Nutrition programming

:· Work with local structures, including user committees and national staffs to identify technical gaps in knowledge and skills and develop capacity building plans to bridge them;

:· Provide strong leadership of assigned NWO Partners of health & nutrition project(s), working to ensure both short and long-term positive involvement of all stakeholders including the beneficiaries, local health authorities, humanitarian coordination mechanisms ,MOH and others health staff, WHO, UNICEF and WFP .

:· Train staff and community partners in best-practice in emergency health and nutrition interventions

:· Facilitate linkages between New ways and international organization partners and coordination mechanisms;

:· Facilitate awareness raising of staff and partners in key humanitarian principles, including Local Capacity for Peace, SPHERE, DRR, Child Protection

Develop strategic partnerships with UN agencies and other INGOs, coordination mechanisms for coordination purposes and to raise profile of Livelihoods programming for marketing and fundraising purposes

:· Represent NWO in regional coordination and cluster forums, providing regular updates as required and seeking leadership roles when appropriate;

:· Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned health team, NWO HQ and Technical advisors and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.

:· Participate in health and nutrition coordination meetings and other working groups or meetings as required, representing NWO and feeding back to the health staff and field managers on relevant issues

Human Resource management of staff under his or her care and in line with NWO Policy is followed

:· Staff appraisal and feedback mechanisms in place and updated;

:· Capacity development plans in place and resourced;

Community Capacity Developed and enhanced collaboration

:· Collaborate with local authorities and relevant user groups and management committees;

:· Work closely with local structures to facilitate the implementation and sustainability of the health and nutrition interventions;

Other Competencies/Attributes:

:· Able to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

:· Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

:· Proven organizational skills and time management.

:· Must have clear understanding of working of major donors.

:· Must be a team player

:· A person of high moral and ethical standards

:· Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

:· Master`s degree in Public Health, Diploma in Clinical Medicine or Registered Nurse with public health diploma with at least 3 years working experience in a busy Health and nutrition programme setting.

:· Health professional (Registered Nurse or Clinical Officer) with more than 3 years public health field experience may be considered.

:· At least three years of experience working with INGO in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in a complex humanitarian context.

:· Previous experience in drought response Health &nutrition scale up would be desirable.

:· Knowledgeable of MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc.

:· Good command of Spoken and written English.

:· Excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience in writing training report, project documentation, reporting and others relevant program information

:· Familiarity with grant management and procedures.

:· Ability to work with different partners, local authorities, local organizations and NGOs, to develop and maintain positive relationships,

Working Environment / Conditions:

:· Travel: The position will require significant amounts of time in the head office Mogadishu (out of Nairobi office) supporting project teams.

:· On call: 24hours.

:· Contract duration - 1 year and can be extended.


How to apply:
Application process.

:· You can submit your current CV and cover letter to new.ways.org@gmail.com

Deadline for submission

:· 28 October 2017.

New ways organization is committed to the principle and practice of Equal Opportunities.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer. Our employment policy aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, ethnic origin, disability, age class, colour, creed, HIV AIDS status, personal circumstances, or any other grounds which are not justifiable, in terms of equality of opportunity for all.