Health and Nutrition Specialist
PURPOSE OF POSITION
World Vision is seeking a Health and Nutrition Specialist for the Syria Cross-Border Response, based in Turkey, to manage the technical quality and advice on the implementation and coordination of WV’s Health and Nutrition programs including: planning, documentation, monitoring, evaluation, research, and capacity building.
Assessment and design
Engage in developing the health components of the response strategy.
Engage with health cluster, donors and program officers to access funding and develop proposals and budgets. For both North and South areas.
Plan and coordinate health and nutrition assessments of existing and new project areas
Based on funding and assessment results plan and set up health and nutrition programs (e.g. MNCH, Public Health, and Nutrition including IYCF and micronutrient supplementation, Health, hygiene and nutrition promotion, capacity building for health providers) in all areas of operation.
Build cross-sectorial links between health and other sectors (WASH, Food Security, Protection and Shelter).
Coordination and project management
Compile weekly and monthly progress and technical reports for relevant stakeholders.
Provide monthly 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 programs.
Ensure that gender and protection mainstreamed in all activities and within the community.
Collaborate with finance regarding development and management of project budgets and timely reporting.
Coordinate all purchases and requisitions with procurement.
Liaison and coordination with all stakeholders, including MoH, WHO, Cluster, other operating partners, community, and other health actors to ensure programme coherence and avoidance of service gaps and overlap.
Engage in health and nutrition clusters in Gaziantep and Antakya. Upon need engage with health and nutrition working group in Amman, South Syria hub
Provide technical support to South Syria Health, and Nutrition programs (technical review of health data for program reports and proposals remotely and inclusive of travelling to Amman, Jordan when required).
Support the South & North Syria team in reviewing medicine orders, review requests from the IP, consumption reports and identify potential misuse of medicines.
Travel to Amman, Jordan when needed to participate in the meetings of the Health and Nutrition Committee
Supervise the health staff, including regular appraisals in coordination with HR.
To assess, design and implement appropriate training programs to equip and upgrade knowledge and skills of World Vision health staff (North and South), partners and service providers.
Assist project managers and team leaders in other sectors in development of appropriate to health, hygiene and nutrition promotion information.
Build capacity of health teams with reference to community processes and cross-sectorial overlap.
Document training program results.
Review, if required, training documents provided by the implementing partner.
Ensure that health and nutrition interventions take into account local capacities of local stakeholders and community to ensure participation and consultation.
Support implementation of information provision mechanisms as per Syrian Refugee response and WVI programme.
Support implementation of context-appropriate feedback mechanisms.
Orient and train staff, community and partners on international standards (eg. The Sphere Project etc.) and their application.
Ensure the Programme Accountability Framework is integrated in the health and nutrition.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Essential: Medical qualification, such as MD/MBBS, or public health qualification (international health) such as BPH or MPH.
Essential: 3 years of home country experience in a developing country in managing Disaster Response and Preparedness programs in public health involving assessments, design, planning, implementation, budgeting, reporting, and evaluation and monitoring.
Desirable: 2 years of international experience in developing countries in implementing or managing Disaster Response and Preparedness programs in public health and nutrition programming involving assessments, design, planning, implementation, budgeting, reporting, and evaluation and monitoring.
Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)
Knowledge of Arabic and Turkish an advantage
Ability to travel regularly for training, assessment, regular monitoring and evaluation, including international travel
A high level of diplomacy 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
License, registration, or certification required to perform this position:
Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail-orientation
Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)
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
Effective in written and verbal communication in English Arabic/Turkish preferred.
Cultural sensitivity and adaptability
Strong communication skills with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior members of the humanitarian community as well as with field practitioners.
Excellent networking skills.
High degree of negotiation and persuasion skills.
Ability to work with a reasonably level of comfort in high tension and high security risk situations.
Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environs and physical hardships.
Ability to facilitate the creation of cross-functional project teams and the development of national strategies.
Understands work from a process point of view and uses measurement and accountability systems effectively.
Demonstrates openness and transparency.
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to _30_% of the time.