PURPOSE OF POSITION:
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.
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.
Programme Development/Grant Acquisition:
Work with SMT, Health Portfolio Managers, Technical Advisers and MEAL in programme development and proposal writing by providing inputs and reviewing technical information to draft Health and Nutrition concept notes for future funding.
Strive to ensure as much as possible different health and nutrition related interventions are integrated into proposed programs and with other sectors, ensuring cross-cutting themes are incorporated into program design (disability, gender, CP, …) while ensuring that Health, Nutrition and MHPSS programming are mainstreamed in a systematic by other sectors too.
Coordinate with all pertinent actors and actively participate in relevant cluster meetings if required: strategically engage with donors, and liaise and maintain good working relationship with external partners including health authorities, UN agencies, local and international NGOs and other stakeholders supporting the HN sector.
Search for opportunities to partner and coordinate programmes with other agencies, including but not limited to UN, INGO, local NGOs and private sector.
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
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.
Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.