Health and Nutrition Project Manager - SAFCER Response

Southern Africa, Mozambique
International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


The Health and Nutrition Manager will provide sector technical leadership and management in project and proposal design, staff capacity building, quality assurance, evaluation and documentation for multiple health and nutrition projects under Southern Africa Food and Cyclone Emergency Response (SAFCER) in Mozambique.


To address immediate and longer-term humanitarian and recovery needs of persons affected by floods and cyclone in Mozambique. This work is primarily focused on central and northern Mozambican provinces of Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Cabo Delgado but may spread to other locations as required. Key sectors of the program include: Food assistance, Non-Food Items, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Food Security, Livelihoods, Children in Emergencies, Protection and Child Protection. The project area covers camps, host communities and returnees.

Position Goal:

To provide leadership for the WVI SAFCER primary Health and nutrition program. This includes the provision of technical input into assessments, program design, budgets, monitoring and evaluation. Developing sector approaches and strategy.

Planning the designs and budgets and setting up of Health and Nutrition activities with the support of local team leaders and health and multi-sector project managers. Support the project implementation leads (project coordinators) and develop their understanding of the technical approaches. Building links with other stakeholders including Government representatives, other NGOs in Health and Nutrition related sectors (e.g. child protection, Camp management, UN, health cluster and sub cluster, etc.) to identify gaps. Provide technical leadership for in advocacy and effectiveness research related to health in emergencies in partnership with M&E and Advocacy colleagues.


Assessment, Design and Acquisition Planning:

  • Lead the technical approach design for new health and nutrition projects.

  • Under guidance of the programmes team and with support from field teams, write / co-develop WASH proposal technical section, budget, budget narratives, cross-cutting theme integration with WASH (gender, DNH, protection, WASH…).

  • Engage with MoH, WHO, health sub cluster, Nutrition Working Group, donors and program officers to identify gaps and needs for new programming.

  • Work closely with the MEAL (M&E) team to select indicators and develop monitoring plans & assessments for health and nutrition projects.

  • In close collaboration with the Programmes Team, develop an acquisition plan and engage with donors to promote health and nutrition funding.

  • Lead the development of the health and nutrition components of the response and strategy.

Provide Technical Guidance to existing Projects:

  • At project startup, train project staff on technical approach. Help project managers design a capacity-building plan for project and or partner staff. Help facilitate startup workshops.

  • Provide support to project managers and Area Managers implementing health and nutrition projects.

  • Assist in the formation of statistical reports on nutrition and health program operations, including morbidity data and pharmaceutical use.

  • Establish and maintain World Vision and other best practice standards for health and nutrition programs.

  • Monitor and assist in evaluating health and nutrition program.

  • Ensure that gender and protection mainstreamed in all activities and within the community.

  • Active participation with all stakeholders, including MoH, WHO, Cluster, other operating partners, community, and other health and nutrition actors to ensure programme coherence and avoidance of service gaps and overlap.

  • Engage in health cluster, nutrition-working group and sub cluster meetings. Demonstrate WV capacity to the clusters.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Capacity Building/Training:

  • To assess, design and implement appropriate training programs to equip and upgrade knowledge and skills of health and nutrition staff, and MoH in conjunction with WHO.

  • Assist coordinators and team leaders in other sectors in development of appropriate to health, nutrition, and hygiene and nutrition promotion information.

  • Capacity building for health and nutrition teams with reference to community processes.

  • Document training program results.

Humanitarian Accountability:

  • Ensure the programs take into account local capacities of local personnel and local community groups, ensure open community participation and consultation.

  • Orient and train staff, community and partners on international standards (e.g. The Sphere Project etc.) and their application.

  • Ensure the Program Accountability Framework is integrated in the health and nutrition interventions.

  • Promote local capacities for peace by periodic analysis of program impact on and potential for conflict between beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, and adjust program accordingly.

Technical Programming Oversight:

  • Provide overall guidance and leadership to implement Women, Adolescent and Young Child Space (WAYCS) project model to ensure that the Child Wellbeing outcomes (CWBO) and targets are considered. Prepare social behavior change communication materials.

Representation and Coordination:

  • Actively engage in nutrition cluster and other relevant technical working. groups, will control the budget and prepare reports and work collaboratively with sectors as and when necessary.

  • Work Planning and Reporting.

  • Collect, compile, analyze and prepare monthly report and submit to Operation Manager.


  • Essential: Medical qualification, such as Bachelor degree in Medicince (MD/MBBS, MBCHB), Nursing, Nutrition and/or Public Health qualification (international health).

  • A Masters’ degree in any of these mentioned fields would be highly desirable.

  • A high level of diplomacy, presentation and networking skills is required.

  • Understanding of international standards, including SPHERE, IYCF, emergency management, security awareness etc.

  • Strong capacity building and facilitation skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Ability to manage work life and work without supervision.

  • Ability to work in and contribute to team building environment.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

  • Able to use a computer, with word-processing and spreadsheets, (e.g. Microsoft Office).

  • Understanding of internet and email.

  • Experience in managing staff, partners and facilitating capacity building.

  • Personal Security Training: Completed a recognized personal security course in the past 3 years. - Essential

  • 5 – 7 years’ experience in a developing country in managing Disaster Response/Relief programs in health and nutrition involving strategy development, assessments, design, planning, implementation, budgeting, reporting, and evaluation and monitoring. - Essential

  • Proven ability in capacity building including training.

  • Experience in working in culturally diverse setting.

  • Experience in working in Humanitarian and/or development.

  • Full commitment to World Vision’s core values and mission statement.

  • Full adherence to World Vision International Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

  • Full adherence to security protocols.

  • Motivated and goal orientated.

  • Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail-orientation.

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

  • Knowledge of basic Portuguese language will be desirable.

  • Proven organizational skills and time management.

  • Excellent computer skills, familiarity with MS Word, Lotus Notes, MS Excel and Power Point would be an added advantage.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Working knowledge of programs/projects cycle management.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all staff and other key partners.

  • Good planning and organizational skills.

  • Advance Computer skills.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 50% of the time within all provinces where SAFCER implements health and nutrition projects.