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Health & Nutrition Project Officer I - Wajid

Job Description


For Somali Nationals Only

World Vision is an International Relief and Development organization, whose goal is to achieve long-lasting benefits in the quality of life for vulnerable children and their families, displaced persons and communities. The Somalia program wishes to invite applications from highly competent dynamic, self-driven and results oriented Somali National to fill the following vacancies. The successful candidates will be based in WV Wajid Office.

Health & Nutrition Project Officer I – Wajid

The officer under the direct supervision of the Health &Nutrition Manager shall be responsible for ensuring facilitation of an effective drought response intervention in the district, particularly focus on active disease surveillance , outbreak rumor investigation , rapid response and coordination , ensuring high quality yet cost effective response standards , efficient management of resources and timely implementation of health project activities .The officer will play a lead role in supporting day to day health & nutrition engagements in the target districts , supervising and coordinating the activities and staff in realizing the program objectives.

Major Responsibilities:

Project Design, Monitoring, Implementation and Evaluation

  • Contribute to development of new proposals, linked to the country H&N strategy, World Vision Somalia National office strategy and child wellbeing aspirations working in conjunction with the relevant stakeholders and PDQA department.

  • Develop and implement an appropriate and effective emergency health and nutrition strategy in consultation with relevant staff, WVI partnership and HEA response plans in close linkage with the respective cluster priority interventions

  • In close collaboration with the South West and Jubaland Ministry of Health, establish a functional and responsive emergency health and nutrition response programs in the targeted areas.

  • Set clear objectives and indicators for sectorial activities in collaboration with the health & nutrition staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.

  • Continuously monitor and supervise health& nutrition activities, evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to WV, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats.

  • Develop and maintain an active community case surveillance and reporting system at each health post/MCH , linking the surveillance findings to the emergency response hotline and coordinating with the rapid response team

  • Ensure regular monitoring and reporting of project implementation ,including sharing of Weekly situational reports

  • Ensure that all documents guiding implementation such as budgets, DIPs, PIPMT ,Cash flows ,cash projections are prepared and used correctly

  • Conduct lesson learnt forums and document best practices and challenges throughout the project life/ phase.

  • Manage and update the HMIS , CIMAM database , 4Ws regularly updating relevant stakeholders

  • Oversee the 24 hour emergency response hot line, dispatch and support rapid response team within the district .Maintaining the emergency hot line call log sheet and rapid response dispatches.

  • Keep and share information from INGO meetings, government correspondences and internal World Vision Lessons Learned.

  • Support the implementation of the nutrition interventions adhering to standard protocols, including Food management protocols, commodity tracking and reporting, IMAM and SPHERE standards during all phases of implementation of the GFD,BSFP,TSFP and OTP interventions .

  • Ensure there is continued nutrition surveillance , regularly update beneficiary details in Scope ,troubleshoot the LLMS and seek support where necessary

  • Supervise Community health and nutrition workers in the respective districts , provide them with on job training including ODK use for nutrition surveillance , community disease surveillance and reporting and support the CHWs/CNWs to maintain a responsive ICCM network in the villages linked to the health centers and the rapid response call center.

  • Facilitate preparation of regular project updates, narrative reports, updates, financial reports and submit them within the agreed time frames.

Project Management & Budget Management

  • Ensure All projects have appropriate project management documentation in-place, in-use and updated as required (DIPs, Cash Flows, Procurement Plans, MWRAPs etc);

  • Facilitate implementation of sound financial systems for efficiently controlling the quality of the health and nutrition project activities by closely tracking work progress against payment and work plans and controlling the quality of final project outputs as per the donor and user community expectations

  • Facilitate optimal use of financial resources in the project through timely requisition of all necessary supplies/contracts for project implementation

  • Ensure that monthly financial projections are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.

  • Project implementation tools are understood and used by World Vision staff and implementing partners;

  • Ensure the health and nutrition projects are implemented in alignment with current financial and administrative policy and procedures;

Staff & Partner Capacity Building for Health and Nutrition programming

  • Work with local structures, including user committees and LNGOs to identify technical gaps in knowledge and skills and develop capacity building plans to bridge them;

  • Provide strong leadership of assigned WV Partners of health & nutrition project(s), working to ensure both short and long-term positive involvement of all stakeholders including the beneficiaries, local health authorities, humanitarian coordination mechanisms ,MOH and others health staff,WHO, UNICEF and WFP

  • Train staff and partners in best-practice in emergency health and nutrition interventions

  • Facilitate linkages between local partners and coordination mechanisms;

  • Facilitate awareness raising of staff and partners in key humanitarian principles, including Local Capacity for Peace, SPHERE, DRR, Child Protection

Develop strategic partnerships with UN agencies and other INGOs, coordination mechanisms for coordination purposes and to raise profile of Livelihoods programming for marketing and fundraising purposes

  • Represent WVS in regional coordination and cluster forums, providing regular updates as required and seeking leadership roles when appropriate;

  • Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned health team, WV AO and Technical advisors and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.

  • Participate in health and nutrition coordination meetings and other working groups or meetings as required, representing WV and feeding back to the health staff and field managers on relevant issues

Human Resource management of staff under his or her care and in line with WV Policy is followed

  • Staff appraisal and feedback mechanisms in place and updated;

  • Capacity development plans in place and resourced;

Community Capacity Developed and enhanced collaboration

  • Collaborate with local authorities and relevant user groups and management committees;

  • Work closely with local structures to facilitate the implementation and sustainability of the health and nutrition interventions;

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Able to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

  • Proven organizational skills and time management.

  • Must have clear understanding of working of major donors, including LEAP tools for WV private donors.

  • Must be a team player

  • A person of high moral and ethical standards

  • Perform other duties as required.

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:

  • Bachelors degree in Public Health, Diploma in Clinical Medicine or Registered Nurse with public health diploma with at least 3 years working experience inn a busy Health and nutrition programme setting.

  • Health professional (Registered Nurse or Clinical Officer) with more than 3 years public health field experience may be considered.

  • At least three years of experience working with INGO in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in a complex humanitarian context.

  • Previous experience in drought response Health &nutrition scale up would be desirable.

  • Preference will be accorded to applicants from / currently residing in the specific district of interest

  • Knowledgeable of MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc.

  • Good command of Spoken and written English, fluent in Somali.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience in writing training report, project documentation, reporting and others relevant program information

  • Familiarity with grant management and procedures.

  • Ability to work with different partners, local authorities, local organizations and NGOs, to develop and maintain positive relationships,

  • Willingness to be on call 24 hours coordinating the rapid response teams in the districts

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: Field based under difficult and complex emergencies

  • Travel: The position will require significant amounts of time in the field (out of office) supporting project teams.

On call: 24hours.