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Alan Mason


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26 Aug 2015, 13:38

Role and Responsibilities Provide technical advice and support to field management and the health / nutrition staff. Develop, lead, monitor, and evaluate the nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) aspects of the country programme. Coordinate and network at a senior level with national and regional health / nutrition authorities and other NGOs. Lead on all nutrition and behaviour change elements of proposals and reports, providing capacity building for national and international staff, promote best practice in the nutrition and BCC programmes as well as contributing to the overall management of the country programme. Project Overview Medair is currently implementing four projects within South Sudan, providing emergency primary health care based on the basic package of health services as well as CMAM for conflict affected populations (Renk and Leer County) and refugees (Maban County). Medair also maintains a health and nutrition emergency response team that is able to respond to health or nutrition emergencies within any of the 10 states of South Sudan, such as disease outbreaks, population displacement or emergency levels of global acute malnutrition. Medair Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, shelter and infrastructure. Workplace Juba, with frequent travel to field locations, South Sudan Starting Date November 2015 Initial Contract Details Full time, 24 months Key Activity Areas Nutrition Project Technical Oversight • Maintain an overview of the country nutrition programme and of the regional context, with a view to strategically developing new projects in current sites and / or in surrounding regions, and proactively planning for responsible exit. • Give technical advice to field managers and HQ on potential involvement in new nutrition interventions and internal nutrition capacity for implementation. • Define appropriate policies, guidelines and protocols for nutritional aspects of our work in country. • Provide technical support to nutrition teams in all project sites, including the evaluation and impact analysis of current projects. • Carry out regular monitoring visits in conjunction with other field managers, ensuring that project objectives are met with recognised international standards. • Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for data collection (qualitative and quantitative), analysis and follow-up. Maintain an oversight of medicines and nutrition supplies. • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability. • Provide technical advice to project managers and field staff on integrating Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) into health and nutrition programme activities, support programme staff in identification and analysis of behaviour change barriers and adapt programme design accordingly. • Oversee selection, development and piloting of IEC materials (as needed) and BCC training for staff. • Coordinate with WASH Advisor and WASH programme managers to ensure complementary BCC programme activities. • Support the development and implementation of participatory BCC methods. • Ensure integration of key HHP and IYCF messages in each health and nutrition project location. Representation • Develop and maintain relationships with Ministry of Health, Department of Nutrition, UN, NGOs, donors, partners and other stakeholders, with the objective of raising public awareness of Medair and ensuring good co-operation and partnerships. Accompany donors on field trips. • Represent Medair at nutrition cluster coordination, sector and bilateral meetings and with national and / or local government departments and any other relevant meetings or events. • Support the nutrition cluster in identifying priority areas for nutrition response. Staff Management • Be involved in the recruitment of nutrition staff for the country programme. Support line managers in inductions and appraisals of nutrition staff. Ensure that all nutrition staff are adequately trained and, if necessary, create possibilities for capacity building, mentoring and coaching, within budget constraints. Financial Management • Work with the relevant field managers and HQ staff to plan and construct nutrition budgets. Quality Management • Ensure nutrition projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards. • Regularly assess and provide feedback and recommendations on the quality of nutrition programmes and interventions during field visits and at other relevant times to HQ advisors as well as field staff. • Maintain resource library for the nutrition team and keep up-to-date with the latest trends and updates within the sector. Provide guidance on routine nutrition and BCC monitoring and evaluation activities. Qualifications • University degree in nutrition or in another relevant field such as medicine or nursing Languages • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written) Experience / Competencies • Relevant post-qualification professional experience in a management position • At least 1 year of international experience managing and implementing an emergency nutrition intervention with CMAM and IYCF components • Experience overseeing BCC projects specifically participatory mothers’ groups including IYCF in emergencies desirable; Experience and willingness in training/mentoring staff • Experience in the design, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of CMAM programmes • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols • Advanced planning, assessment, analytical, leadership and project management skills Medair Standard Working Requirements for the Field • Experienced professionals in a relevant field; Overseas intercultural experience • Committed Christians; commitment to the Medair values • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written • Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply. • Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, external contacts • Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions • Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit Benefits • A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder • Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing • Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments • Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country • Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service) • Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food allowance) • Annual leave; Death and disability allowance • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings (for experienced relief workers) • Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing Working Conditions • This is a field position based in Juba with frequent travel to field locations and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced. Application Process Follow this link: check if you are an Experienced or New Relief Worker and that you fit our standard working criteria, then: a) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or b) apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs). Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

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