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Senior Health & Nutrition Advisor (Maternity Cover)

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Andrew Miller


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1 Aug 2017, 15:22

Offer strategic and technical advice to headquarters and the field, as well as training and coaching to Medair field health and nutrition staff in emergency (acute and chronic) as well as transitional programming. Assist in strengthening, supporting and standardizing the technical quality of Medair’s health and nutrition sector programming at field and HQ levels to ensure meeting international health guidelines and best serving our beneficiaries.

Take a look at Medair’s Health & Nutrition work.

Project Overview
Medair Headquarters (HQ) provides operational guidance for country programmes, along with both technical and compassionate support for our relief workers. Within our headquarters and affiliate offices, we are also responsible for promoting the work of Medair to the world, to raise and manage the funds needed to run our life-saving and sustaining programmes, and to recruit international and HQ staff.

Medair HQ, Lausanne, Switzerland or remotely based location—to be agreed.

Starting Date / Initial Contract Details
September 2017. Full time, 9 months contract with potential part-time extension.
Application Deadline
28th August 2017

Key Activity Areas

Strategy & System Development
Implement, and monitor the health and nutrition support strategy for Medair field programmes.
Assist country programmes in the development of their health and nutrition strategies.
Monitor metrics from an organisational, portfolio, country, and project perspective.
Assist in the development of health related organisational policies.
Assist in development and review of any new country health policies or guidelines.

Quality Management
Provide timely advice to field teams in the case of disease outbreaks and other medical problems.
Provide technical health advice at all key stages of the project management cycle including needs assessment, technical strategy and design, implementation as well as sector specific monitoring and evaluation. This includes travel to field programmes as well as review of proposals.
Improve coherence between health and nutrition projects across Medair country programmes.
Maintain a regular communication between HQ and Field Health and Nutrition Advisors.
Stay abreast of current best practice. Research and stay informed on academic and technical health and nutrition issues, techniques, and guidelines to inform and improve programming.

Assist in developing the health and nutrition workshop for key field health and nutrition staff.
Assist in developing internal training materials and resources and providing training to staff at appropriate venues, including the ROC, HQ level briefings, HQ inductions and online sessions.
Advise as requested on external health and nutrition related training courses for staff.

Human Resources / Staff & Consultants Management
Give advice as requested on suitability of health staff for various health roles and tasks.
Manage technical aspects of consultant activities or relationships as necessary.
Develop and maintain public health and relief oriented networks in order to share ideas, best practices, lessons learned, and stay informed on current health, nutrition, and humanitarian aid trends.

Communications & Fundraising
Review and approve marketing material for your sector (not country specific) as requested.
Build our institutional profile by writing, reviewing, and supporting the development of technical articles for publication, speaking at professional conferences and events, and other appropriate means.
Support communications and fundraising in attracting interested major donors as time permit.

Team Spiritual Life
Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
Work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.
This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.

Medical Doctor plus Masters in Public Health; or Nurse with Masters in Public Health and relief programming experience; or Public Health Professional with extensive relief programming experience.
Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).
Working knowledge of French (spoken and written) is an asset.

Experience / Competencies
At least 3 years’ experience managing PHC programs in developing countries, with at least 2 years’ experience managing and coordinating acute and chronic complex emergency responses; such as: outbreaks, displaced populations, nutritional emergencies and/or natural disasters.
Prior experience working with Medair in the field preferred.
Demonstrated health and nutrition technical expertise in humanitarian settings.
Strong people centred management expertise.
Tactful, high level communication, team building and interpersonal skills.

Working Conditions
Swiss or eligible EU citizens, or those with a valid work permit for Switzerland, preferred. As this is a senior / technical role other nationalities may also be eligible to apply.
Travel to supported field or HQ programmes up to once a quarter for 2-3 weeks at a time.
Out of hours / weekend work may be required from time to time.

Application Process
Before you apply, please ensure you are fully aware of the:
Medair organisational values.
Profiles sought for International Headquarters staff.
Benefits Package provided for International Headquarters staff.

Then to apply, go to the "Current Vacancies" page  then:
c) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or
d) 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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