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Health Advisor - Syria Response

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


World Vision International’s Whole of Syria Office is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual to proactively drive the consolidation, expansion and quality implementation of World Vision’s humanitarian response to the situation in Syria.

Under the direction of the Head of Programmes, the Syria Health Advisor will technical quality of programming within health, strong proposal designs that are in line with the Syria response objectives and donor priorities and sound monitoring and evaluation systems in place. S/He will directly support MEAL and operational staff at area-office level collaborate with all other World Vision departments (Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Support Services, etc.),

liaise internally with the World Vision Partnership and with external stakeholders, particularly local partners, and ensure that World Vision Syria delivers quality humanitarian response within health, according to World and international standards.


Program Development Leadership:

  • Facilitate and formulate the local Health strategy within the framework of the country operational strategy.

  • Coordinate with the Global Centre and MEER regional office to ensure strategic alignment of the Health sector.

  • Formulate guidelines, processes, measurements, and standards for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Health projects in collaboration with other advisers and MEAL.

  • Design and carrying out assessments as needed in conjunction with WASH team.

Develop an integrated Health plan, budget, program and detailed implementation plan that is aligned with:

  • Response strategy

  • Coordinating mechanism strategy

  • Sphere Standards

  • WVI Child Wellbeing outcomes

  • WVI Humanitarian Accountability Framework.

  • Include sector focused advocacy issues and cross-cutting themes in design where appropriate.

  • Develop and implement sector plans with community engagement and utilizing Do No Harm approach.

  • Ensure that accountability mechanisms are in place for community and stakeholders feedback on sector as well as semi-annuals are reviewed with communities based on the concept of Community Based monitoring and evaluation.

  • Determine sector organizational structure and staffing plan and ensure reviewing/adjustments of JDs/ appropriate budgets as well as contribute in setting of performance indicators.

  • Contribute to the recruitment of relevant staff for each project.

  • Ensure sector programme and project logframes refer to technical standards, consider government standards, Sphere Standards, WVI Humanitarian Accountability and Protection and are aligned with the organization DADDs and sector packages.

  • Ensure that the compliances with grants, technical standards and budgets are met.

Technical Monitoring and Programme Quality:

  • Provide technical support to the organization's health programming activities: ensure intervention components are in line with the project initial design and that proper systems are in place in the program monitoring and reporting.

  • Ensure health programs utilize and adhere to standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Sphere, WHO and international minimum standards while humanitarian accountability principles and feedback mechanism are in place.

  • Support quality programming related to primary health care, reproductive health, community health outreach, early warning systems, outbreak response, medical supply chain and pharmaceutical supply management, and appropriate drug use.

  • Review from a technical standpoint, monthly field and donor reports.

  • Oversee timely review of health data and statistics (including objectives, indicators and outcomes of health programs) according to internal and donor requirements.

  • Review field reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the World Vision health programs.

  • Work with the Health Management Information System (HMIS) consultant, technical advisers, the operations and MEAL team to ensure implementation of health information management system; support the HMIS consultant so as to ensure data

  • collection mechanisms are in place to facilitate reporting, collection and documentation of best practices. Work with field teams and partner agencies for outbreak preparedness and contingency planning.

  • Ensure timely and adequate provision of supplies and drugs through establishment and provision of necessary specifications of medicines, medical supplies, equipment and materials to be procured (ensure they are in line with WV

  • Pharmaceutical Procurement policy, with OFDA Essentials Medicines List. If needed be, get review from GC/DM/TRT/SH) review of pharmacy consumption reports, acquisition of partner agency and UN drug kits.

  • In light of the findings of iterative assessments, provide recommendations to areas that might need improvement in regards to the Syria Country Office ongoing response and determine the relevance of expanding operations in new sites and to scale-up interventions.

Leadership in the area of Relationship Building, Networking and Fundraising:

  • Represent World Vision at interagency coordination and donor meetings on Health/Nutrition.

  • To meet, build relationships and coordinate with the UN, NGO/INGOs and WASH fora.

  • Seek opportunities for interagency collaboration.

  • Strengthen and establish a strong network of national partners and stakeholders.

  • Liaise and network with other WV entities within the partnership for sharing and dissemination of best practices, information access, and resource acquisition.

  • Ensure WV’s Health projects/programs are highlighted in the media in coordination with the communications department.

  • Share with management alarming trends or new parameters that could affect the implementation of current or future projects in a certain sector.

  • Work collaboratively with Grants Acquisition and Management team to develop WASH fundraising plan and support rollout of plan. This is likely to include donor positioning, donor interaction, strategy development, proposal submission etc.

Learning and Research:

  • Ensure experiences and lessons learned are shared among the team of commodities field staff.

  • Collaborate with MEAL department, local and/or international research institutes in-country and identify potential opportunities for joint research initiatives.

  • Ensure accurate assessments are conducted in the relevant fields to come up with accurate findings when needed and evidence based information.

  • Ensure that reflection meetings are conducted on a regular basis to document lessons learned and make sure that these lessons learned, whether from previous or ongoing projects, are taken into consideration for future projects designs and implementation.

  • Identify new trends and opportunities to feed in new projects models or technical approaches.

  • Test new project models / technical approaches and/or new areas of coverage.

  • Share any alarming information or relevant one related to programming with the Response Sector in order to adjust or modify any necessary programming.

Capacity Building:

  • Conduct assessments of staff capacity gaps in Health, Nutrition and MHPSS. Work closely with health teams of the implementing partner organizations to determine the training needs of the medical staff.

  • Ensure MISP, good storage practice medicines, universal standard precaution, IFE sessions are systematically included in capacity building.

  • Maintain open lines of communications with WV implementing partner staff.

  • Collaborate with health authorities and relevant international health agencies for the development of an approved curriculum to meet training needs and implement those plans through the management team and field teams.


  • Minimum medical degree; preferably with a Master’s in Public Health.

  • At least 5 years professional experience in implementing health-related projects.

  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience working with INGOs/UN in humanitarian contexts (previous emergency response, conflict/post-conflict experience preferred).

  • Must be familiar with treatment protocols for NCDs, communicable disease, PHC supplies, RH kits, basic hospital equipment and pharmaceuticals.

  • Must be able to analyse and interpret data and to track performance against program indicators.

  • Ability to work with a team and capacity building of national staff.

  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English; knowledge of Arabic preferred.

  • Must be able to travel.

  • Fluency in English and the relevant other UN language, if it is officially used in the country. Arabic is highly preferred.

  • Professional licenses, as required in the field and by the donor.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.