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Alan Mason


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30 Mar 2017, 17:04

Provide short term support to the Emergency Response Team (ERT) in the direct implementation of health and nutrition interventions. May include screening and management of < 5-year-old children and pregnant and lactating women with severe acute malnutrition and moderate acute malnutrition, through outpatient therapeutic programmes, stabilisation centres and therapeutic supplementary feeding programmes. May include implementation of primary healthcare and disease outbreak response. Provide supervision and training to local staff to facilitate them in implementing the programmes. Responsible for writing reports and keeping good data records, assisting with ensuring there are adequate stocks at the field location and in Juba, monitoring the overall health and nutrition situation and observing for potential outbreaks.

Project Overview

Multi-sector emergency response programme including provision of emergency Health, Nutrition, Wash, and NFI / Shelter services for vulnerable populations in South Sudan.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired and motivated 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. Internationally recruited field and headquarters staff lead the organisation, supported by nationally recruited staff to implement programmes locally.


Field based position within any area of South Sudan. Take a look at Medair’s work in South Sudan.

Starting Date

As soon as possible

Initial Contract Details

Full time, 3 months

Key Activity Areas

Health & Nutrition Management
•Be responsible for the implementation, management and support of the assigned health & nutrition field interventions in line with the activity plan and time frame of the relevant project proposal and any applicable national and international guidelines and standards.
•Conduct regular supervision in clinics and other health and nutrition facilities to support staff with on-the-job training and ensure quality of service delivery.
•Provide training for local staff in line with the appropriate international and South Sudan guidelines.
•Implement participatory Behaviour Change Communication methods in health & nutrition project.
•Carry out assessments in targeted locations with newly identified emergency needs.
•Ensure regular monitoring and evaluation of intervention implementation.
•Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in all aspects of the project.
•Oversee the process of data collection, collation and dissemination to meet the requirements and deadlines set by Medair and/or external partners.
•Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities for internal and external reports (e.g. weekly, monthly, quarterly and final reports) as requested by field managers, HQ and donors.

Staff Management
•Manage and oversee the assigned local nutrition team including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
•Assist to facilitate regular team meetings with the assigned health & nutrition team, reviewing team and individual objectives, ensuring team members are kept informed of issues relevant to their work.
•Ensure the assigned health & nutrition team members receive relevant and appropriate supervision, mentoring and training in order to develop their personal and professional skills.
•Promote the health and security of the health & nutrition team by ensuring the application of security guidelines, health and safety in the workplace and healthy living conditions and practices.
•Assist in the recruitment of local field staff within the intervention location following all HR policies of Medair and the Government of South Sudan.

Financial Management
•Work with the Project Manager and Team Leader to manage finances within the field location.
•Coordinate and oversee petty cash requirements of the intervention team, ensuring all required paperwork is completed accurately and in a timely manner.

Communication & Coordination
•Maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned health and nutrition team, Medair in-country health and nutrition managers and advisors as well as other relevant stakeholders.
•Represent Medair at relevant local level coordination meetings involving local authorities, UN agencies and other NGOs.

•Manage the correct and timely ordering of required stocks and supplies to the field location in coordination with the Team Leader and the Project Manager to prevent any stock out of supplies.
•Manage all stocks within the field location ensuring proper stock keeping records are in place.
•Monitor expiration dates of all stocks in the field location to ensure timely use.
•Assist team in intervention planning and preparations in line with intervention check-list.

Quality Management
•Promote and use the Medair intranet and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
•Implement relevant policies and standards relating to health service delivery including Sphere and HAP standards, Ministry of Health and donor guidelines and other good practice.
•Participate as requested in Medair internal workshops and distance learning sessions to keep up with changing trends, new guidelines and best practices.

Field - Team Spiritual Life
•Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
•Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
•Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.
•Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.
•Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

•Higher level qualification: medical doctor, nurse, midwife, nutritionist.

•Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Experience / Competencies
•2 years post-qualification nursing / medical professional experience.
•Experience working in a health programme or experience working in nutrition programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context.
•Ability and willingness to manage project implementation.
•Planning, assessment and analytical skills.
•Able to set clear objectives and to delegate. Excellent organisational skills.
•Good communicator, able to pass on information appropriately and efficiently.
•Team-player with good inter-personal skills.
•Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience
•Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers).
•Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers).

•Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise».
•Overseas intercultural experience.

•Fully committed to the Medair values»; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts.

Personal qualities
•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.

•Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection.
•All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link».

Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)
•Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing.
•Security training for those going to 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).
•Annual leave.
•Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing.
•Disability insurance.

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)
•Salaries are based on the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder.
•Contribution matching programme for retirement savings.
•Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts.
•Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs.

Working Conditions
•This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.

Application Process
Before you apply, please ensure you are fully aware of the:
1. Medair organisational values.
2. Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).

Then to apply, go to the ”Current Vacancies” page, then:
1. apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or
2. 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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