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Health & WASH Technical Program Manager

Job Description

Job Opportunity

Health and WASH Technical Program Manager

World Vision International (Rwanda) is a child focused Christian humanitarian organization implementing development programs in 15 Districts of Rwanda.

World Vision seeks to hire a highly qualified, dedicated and experienced national for the position of Health and WASH Technical Program Manager. This position will be based at Head Office in Kigali, and reporting to the Integrated Programs Director

Purpose of the position:

Provide overall HN Wash technical leadership for the national office. Leads NO health, Nutrition technical approach development, ensuring alignment with regional and global HN strategies, to include advocacy and M&E and integration with other sectors and functional areas. Provides guidance to field staff for quality HNW programming implementation. Determines NO HNW capacity gaps and develop capacity building plan with regional assistance. Seeks opportunities for HNW implementation research, and communicates learning from programming. Maps donors, understands their technical expectations, pre-positions the NO for grants bids and leads the design and development of proposals. Strong and regular external engagement with health stakeholders in the country. Maintains situation awareness of potential public health emergencies and ensures readiness for sector response.

Communicate World Vision’s Christian ethos and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

The major responsibilities:

Technical Leadership

  • Contribute to overall NO strategy; ensure health priorities reflected in national strategy

  • Develop HWN technical approaches, ensuring alignment with NO strategy and regional and global health priorities and cross-sectoral considerations

  • Develop HWN technical guidance aligned with technical approach

  • Develop systems and processes to support programs to have common health approaches

  • Ensure ongoing improvements to health TA/TP design to ensure it remains relevant to context, incorporates innovation, by receiving and analyzing field-level information

  • Remain up to date with public health and nutrition research, policy, guidance and initiatives and ensure dissemination to sub-national staff

  • Ensure projects are aligned with NO and regional strategy, and HHN TA

  • Develop and/or contextualize models, methodologies and tools for health programming implementation

  • Provide leadership, support and technical guidance to field staff in implementation of health programming

  • Conduct field visits to ensure fieldstaff are adequately informed, trained and provided with necessary work tools.

Capacity Development

  • Assessment of NO HWN staff capacities/competencies

  • Communicate capacity building needs to regional HWN staff, develop sector staff capacity building plans with P&C

  • Participate in selection of SMEs to assist with capacity needs

  • Facilitate capacity building of staff on health technical modules, public health topics, through trainings, workshops, technical backstopping etc

  • May conduct trainings at region level in select HWN project models

Learning and Evidence Base Development, Dissemination and Knowledge Management

  • Identify and implement opportunities for research to enhance learning and build the evidence base/generate evidence, ideally with academic partners.

  • Spearhead research, documentation and reflection exercises for learning

  • Collect, document and disseminate field best practices, case studies and success stories

  • Develop conference abstracts and/or publications based on learnings and best practice.

Resource Mobilization

  • Preposition the NO for grants in technical sector, working with national GAM team

  • Mapping of donors; understand donor expectations, technical priorities, key strategic approaches

  • Track multilateral, bilateral and local funding programs to access resources

  • Map potential partners with strengths that would be complementary to WV in filling gaps in a grant opportunity

  • Prepare detailed health or sub-sector capability statement at NO level

  • Together with GAM, track specific opportunities and make appropriate partnering arrangements. Join in go/no-go decision

  • Lead on grant proposals as coordinator of writing team, or grant design, design workshop, interview panels for key personnel

  • Concept papers and proposals for fund raising, marketing with SOs

Quality Assurance/DME

  • Receive and review HWN reports. May at times need to assist field staff to write these reports

  • High quality monitoring, supervision and evaluation of health programs to ensure quality implementation. Includes technical backstopping, reflection, lessons learned events, etc., to ensure programming on track

  • Ensure ADP designs aligned to TA/TP, ensure implementation meets minimum standards

  • Liaise with other organizations to collaborate in standard setting

  • Participate with DME team in designing, redesigning and elaborating log frames for HWN programming. May be handled by sub-national staff with review by NO health manager

  • Ensure standardization of HHN indicators and project models across projects

  • Links with national HMIS (health management information systems)

  • Quantitative/epidemiology/bio-statistics

HWN Advocacy

  • Incorporate local-to-national HWN advocacy and campaigning in HWN Technical Approach and programming, with assistance of advocacy specialist staff

  • Accompany advocacy and SLT members to meetings with health departments

  • Provide technical input into policy briefings/ensure quality of advocacy product content

  • Understand and include advocacy staff in health TAs and TP

  • Obtain evidence from health programs and data from CVA to inform policy at sub-national and national level and to be used in government relations

  • Engage where appropriate in advocacy-related coalitions

  • Be part of CHN cross-functional team

  • Ensure CVA for health is scaled up to critical

Networking, Partnering, and External Representation

  • Represent WV at external workshops, technical forums, etc, engaging with MoH, donors and other health partners. Ensure WV prominent actor at all levels; networking

  • With MoH, contribute to national strategy or national plans (e.g. the CHW plan, the malaria strategy, the HIV strategy)

  • Partnership agreements with government institutions, NGOs and international bodies

  • Develop strategic partnerships with private sector with guidance of partnership and innovation team in GC. More intentional engagements with private sector/corporates

  • Compile updated fact sheets on health programming to support the partnering specialists

Disaster Preparedness/HEA

  • Maintain situational awareness of actual and potential hazards before, during and after a disaster or public health emergency

  • Understand the early warning and response mechanisms at regional/national level and local government engagement

  • Collaborate cross-sectorally in emergency preparedness and disaster response.

  • Provide technical input into emergency response work, if necessary

  • Guide community hazard vulnerability analysis in area of health and nutrition

  • Solve problems under emergency conditions


  • Support project implementation teams in Health and WASH sector through providing targeted training, tools and resources on a regular basis to facilitate timely and quality delivery of programmes.

  • Support HWN sector programs monitoring, evaluation, planning and reporting processes, with development of tools that can facilitate effective implementation and quality of project deliveries

  • Provide monthly ,quarterly, semi- annual HWN Technical programme for NO

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

Minimum Qualification required:

  • Masters Degree in Public Health or related field; a doctoral degree is an added advantage


  • At least 5 years experience in public health programs

  • Proven experience in managing community health and nutrition projects

  • Experience leading and managing a professional technical team

Technical Skills, knowledge & Abilities:

  • Strategy development

  • Theory of change and logical framework development

  • Budget development/management, including knowledge of general accounting and budgeting principles

  • Database management, statistical skills and ability to critically evaluate health data

  • Mentoring

  • Professional experience in training/capacity building

  • Research and evaluation experience

  • Partnership negotiation

  • Multi-sectoral/integrated program design and implementation

  • Fluency in English.

  • Excellent project management skills and good understanding of the project life cycle

  • Excellent understanding of best practice Health and WASH approaches in community development

  • Experience with development project management tools such as log frames, monitoring and evaluation tools and budgets.

  • Excellent supervision skills, including training, mentoring and supporting staff

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including report-writing and formal communication skills.

  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office and Lotus Notes

  • Strong negotiation skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, and ability to work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds.

  • Emotional and spiritual maturity and ability to lead a team of professionals.

  • Good understanding of World Vision and Sphere relief standards.

  • Ability to exhibit exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local cultural context

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Domestic Travel: 25% Regular internal travel to project areas is required.

  • International Travel: 10% Periodic international travel will be required

  • On call: 10% In emergency and disaster situations, the position will be required to be on-call

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The closing date for submission of applications is November 1, 2016 ; no later applications will be accepted

As a child focused organization, World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditional upon successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks