Health and Nutrition Coordinator, Lilongwe
Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world's poorest countries.
Job Title: Health and Nutrition Coordinator Reports to: Assistant Country Director Programmes Job Location: Lilongwe - with frequent travel to programme districts. Contract Details: Start date: 1st January 2012 Status: Accompanied Contract: 2 year contract Grade: B
Job Purpose: To provide overall strategic, technical and management leadership to the Health and Nutrition (H&N) sector in Concern Malawi, ensuring that the highest standards of programme implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting are attained.
To substantially grow the H&N programme sector portfolio in Malawi through an innovative approach to learning, programme design, identifying opportunities, and securing resources within the H&N programme.
Main duties & Responsibilities: Strategy and Programme Development:
Guide the development, documentation, and implementation of a health and nutrition strategy for Concern Worldwide Malawi.
Provide strategic and technical advice to managers, nutrition programme staff and partners in district Area Programmes, in line with current best practice, national policies, and Concern Worldwide strategies.
Continuously grow the H&N sector programme portfolio by leading project design and proposal development processes in response to donor funding opportunities.
Follow up with in-country donors, UN and international NGO partners on the status and progress of H&N proposal applications.
Maintain strong working relations with donor H&N sector technical advisors in Malawi, especially with Irish Aid, the EU, USAID and UNICEF.
Maintain strong working relationships with other international NGOs active in the H&N sector in order to maximise opportunities to enter into consortium based proposal submissions to donors.
Maintain close working relations with appropriate members of Concern's technical advisory and advocacy units in Dublin, especially the Health and Nutrition Unit.
Source and manage local and external technical consultants in support of project design and proposal development.
Programme Coordination and Management:
Undertake regular and detailed reviews of implementation progress against plans and budgets. Where necessary revise plans and budgets to maintain programme quality and progress.
Actively promote inter- and intra-team discussion, communication, and sharing of lessons learned.
Coordinate health and nutrition programmes with other Concern programmes, including but not limited to the Innovations, CTC Advisory Service, and the livelihoods programme in collaboration with the ACD-P and Programme Managers, to identify synergies and possibilities for integration of activities.
Review staff structures and job description roles and responsibilities to ensure optimal human resourcing of the H&N sector programmes. This entails initiating the timely recruitment of appropriately qualified and experienced H&N programme staff, and assisting with short-listing and interviewing potential candidates.
Implement Concern's performance management systems to monitor, maintain and improve H&N staff and team performance.
Carry out capacity building, coaching, and on-the-job mentoring to strengthen the skills and capacity of Concern Malawi managers and programme staff in nutrition and health related issues.
Lead development of programme plans, tools, and activities.
Ensure that the Concern Worldwide Logistics and Procurement policies are followed in all areas of health and nutrition.
Ensure H&N programme budget utilisation and asset management are in full compliance with Concern's administrative and financial policies and procedures.
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting:
Devise and maintain results based systems for monitoring and evaluating program results, to better demonstrate H&N programme outcomes and impacts.
Support effective learning and the transfer of knowledge within Malawi and elsewhere.
Lead the development and delivery of high quality and innovative H&N strategies for information and communication management.
Consolidate and submit high quality monthly, quarterly and annual internal and external reports on time.
Ensure that all health and nutrition surveys are planned and carried out in a timely manner are conducted to the highest standard, and all analysis of surveys is correctly recorded.
Document lessons learned in nutrition programming and operational research through publications in journals, reports, and other channels.
Ensure that lessons learned and best practices are shared widely and used to improve programme quality (design and implementation).
Represent Concern Worldwide in national and international forums, technical working groups, and committees.
At a national level maintain strong working relationships with key H&N actors and decision making bodies.
Strengthen Concern's H&N sector innovation and learning by forging and strengthening partnership relations with appropriate international, regional and national research institutes.
To actively participate in the Country Office Senior Management Team (SMT).
To support the development and implementation of a Country Office strategic plan.
Support and supervise health and nutrition trainees or interns as necessary Person specification:
A third level degree in Public Health , Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health , or related fields.
At least five years practical experience and demonstrated skills in the design and management of various high impact health and nutrition interventions in developing countries; with a particular focus on either strengthening heath systems, Behaviour Change Communication, or community health.
Experience in managing staff, with particular skills in building and leading strong teams of national staff.
A proven track record in project design and proposal development.
Experience in building relations with donors and securing external donor funding.
Knowledge and experience of various models of health and nutrition interventions including the CMAM approach.
Experience in monitoring and evaluation of country level health and nutrition programmes , particularly in impact assessment.
Experience in advocacy at the national and/or international level and demonstrated ability to translate programme experiences to policy.
Experience in coordinating health and/or nutrition surveys and data management/analysis
Competence using quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods for programme planning, monitoring and evaluation and operational research.
Experience of high level organisational representation, especially maintaining technical relationships with international donors, the UN, International Research Institutes and International NGOs and Government representatives.
Experienced in management of financial resources.
Good knowledge and experience of incorporating rights based, equality and advocacy approaches across development programmes.
Experience in influencing government policy.
Experience in training and facilitation.
Experience in operations research.
Experience of sourcing and managing local and external technical consultants.
Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements Essential:
The ability to synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communications.
Strong analytical and problem solving abilities.
Excellent English communication skills (verbal and written).
Strong leadership skills and ability to manage change effectively.
Excellent communication and presentation skills, including fluency in written and spoken English.
Delegation, time management and prioritizing skills and coping with broad range of demands.
Dynamic and willing to take initiatives to complete assigned tasks.
Highly adaptive work style.
Willingness to travel for at least 30% of working time.
Ability to work to tight deadlines.
Empathy with Concern's Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives.
Familiarity with Concern.
All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.
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