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Health & Nutrition Programme Manager Job in Wajir East - Save the Children UK

Save the Children UK is a leading international child rights organization, fighting to improve the lives of children in the UK and 50 countries around the world.

Together with children, we are helping to build a better world for present and future generations by making a reality of children’s rights.

Save the Children UK in Kenya works in the North Eastern Province (Dadaab, Wajir and Mandera) with Programmes in Child Protection, Nutrition, Livelihoods and Health.

We are seeking qualified candidates to fill the following position:

Programme Manager – Health & Nutrition – Wajir East 

Job Purpose

To ensure Save the Children UK’s combined Health and Nutrition Programme in Wajir East are successfully implemented in line with approved donor agreements, budget and SC strategic objectives.

To ensure all nutrition and health programming is of a consistently high quality and appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are in place to monitor the impact of our work for children.

Key accountabilities

1. To ensure the Nutrition and Health Programme in Wajir East district are implemented according to the approved donor agreements. Specifically achieve the following:
  • Acutely malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers in the district are appropriately treated through SFP, OTP and SC services.
  • The capacity of CHW’s in Wajir East district to identify and refer malnourished and sick children and women is improved.
  • Access to and the availability of essential preventative and curative primary health care services in Wajir East district is increased.
  • The target community in your district demonstrates improved knowledge, attitude and practices in key health and nutrition practices.
2. Develop and regularly update a detailed implementation plan guiding all Health and Nutrition Programme implementation and track success rate of the program activities completed as per the detailed implementation plan on a monthly basis;

3. Prepare narrative and financial reports for donor(s) and Save the Children UK as required, ensuring these are of a high quality and submitted to the Area Manager for review in a timely manner. This will involve compilation of information from a range of project staff and MoH partners.

4. Put systems in place to ensure information required monitoring progress and impact indicators is collected, compiled and analysed appropriately. Ensure all SC monthly and donor monitoring requirements are complied with.

5. As a sub-budget holder for various grants, be fully aware of the grant compliance regulations of the donors relevant to your project. The post holder will work with the Area Manager to review and revise budgets; authorising and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget and donor guidelines, SCUK grant management and financial guidelines.

6. To directly manage the Nutrition and Health Co-ordinators and WASH Engineer under your direct line management. To ensure they have clear work plans and objectives and, at a minimum, receive quarterly supervisions and annual reviews.

7. To have overall management responsibility for the nutrition and health team. Lead and motivate the team to ensure effective project implementation. At a minimum ensure there are monthly team meetings.

8. To monitor and support all project staff in implementing nutrition and health projects. In particular this includes ensuring their appropriate induction; training and follow-up needs of all project staff are identified and planned for with the Area Manager and Human Resource staff.

Key areas to consider include; grants management systems, logistics and security guidelines, programme management, monitoring and evaluation procedures and guidelines.

9. Regularly undertake liaison and advocacy with Government partners and officials in your district on project activities and related health/nutrition issues. Facilitate visits to field sites for donor representatives and other external visitors as required. Be able to clearly explain project activities and objectives, related policy issues and the project’s contribution to wider SCUK goals and objectives.

10. Work with Area Manager and SCUK technical advisors to identify the technical support needs of the project and ensure this support is provided by the Nutrition and Health Advisors and Programme Quality and Design Director based in Nairobi.

11. Actively participate in monthly Area Management and other team Meetings held in the field office.

Person specification

  • BSc Nutrition/MD with Masters in Public Health (MPH), management or relevant technical area.
  • At least 3 years relevant project management experience in an international NGO or similar organisation.
  • Several years’ progressively responsible Project and Personnel Management experience.
  • Good technical knowledge of policy and practice in the field of Health and/or Nutrition
  • A good understanding of development issues and the policy context in the Pastoral areas and Kenya generally.
  • Proven team and personnel management experience.
  • Proven analytical and strategic planning skills.
  • Experience of managing projects or programmes.
  • Experience in monitoring budgets.
  • Computer literate in word processing and excel packages.
  • An understanding of child rights and their protection and fulfilment in the development context.
If you meet the above requirements, please send your detailed CV together with a cover letter and current contacts of three referees including immediate supervisor addressed to:

Head of Human Resources,
Save the Children UK, Kenya Programme

Not later than 15th April, 2011.

Quote the job title on the subject line.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Save the Children (UK) recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equal employment opportunities and the protection of children from abuse.

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