24 November 2016

Head of Health and Nutrition Employment Opportunity - Save the Children International

Job Title:           Head of Health and Nutrition
Organisation: Save the Children International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence in over 120 countries in the world and has been implementing programs for over 90 years. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through partnerships, by being innovative, by acting as the voice for and of children, and by achieving results at scale.  In Uganda, we implement programmes in six thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food Security, Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of over 240 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. In 2014, we reached over 143 million children through our work around 52m directly and 91 million indirectly around the world.

Job Summary: The Head of Health and Nutrition takes overall responsibility for the strategic direction, growth and coordination of Save the Children International’s work on health and nutrition (including health and nutrition in emergencies), Health in  Emergencies, Human resources for health, policy advocacy and community/children mobilisation in the Uganda Country Programme. As a senior member of the Programme Development and quality Department, the Head of Health and Nutrition is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality, innovative, cost effective programmes in health and nutrition both in emergency as well as long-term development, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children. S/he is also responsible for monitoring programme quality, initiating and taking technical leadership in health and nutrition-focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices by working together with other members of PDQ team; leading on policy research and advocacy on health and nutrition  through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organisations, relevant ministries and other institutions; playing a leading role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations in the respective thematic area.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The ideal candidate for the Save the Children Head of Health and Nutrition career opportunity should hold a Post-graduate degree in Public Health; Pediatrics; or a related field with additional training or long term experience in Health and nutrition  planning and management and use of project planning and management techniques
·         At least eight years’ experience in developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical maternal and child health  projects including in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Uganda context and with International NGOs
·Broad knowledge of current global and regional debates on universal coverage and quality of maternal, child health and nutrition policies and models; global targets and evidence based strategies for achieving maternal, newborn and child health
·         Prior experience working with Uganda’s public health system is preferred. Prior experience of working with USAID funded projects is of added advantage.
·         Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor health related reports
·         Demonstrable financial, planning and budget management skills a MUST. Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
·         Proven ability to work in a complex, multi-intervention health development program in collaboration with national health ministries and international partners and other local partners and actors.
·         Prior experience working with Uganda’s public health system is preferred. Prior experience of working with USAID funded projects is of added advantage.
·         Proven capacity to plan, analyze and ensure routine monitoring of work plans
·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with a diverse team of staff HQ and field based partners and counterparts
·         Past exposure and experience of working with local partners and District Local Government in Child Rights Governance, Health, Nutrition, Education, HIV/AIDS or Child Protection is an added advantage.
·         Excellent analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
·         Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team.
·         Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
·         Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
·         Ability to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as necessary.
·         Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
·         Excellent time management and planning capacity.
·         Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.
·         Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send a copy of their updated CVs with a cover letter (attached as one document) indicating three referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors to: uganda.recruitment@savethechildren.org

·         Testimonials/certificates should not be attached to applications
·         Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.

Deadline: 2nd December 2016

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