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,
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
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
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
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
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:
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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