Coordinator, Health and Nutrition At Concern Worldwide



Job Title: Coordinator, Health and Nutrition

Reports to: Programmes Director

Direct Reports: Senior Manager Health & Nutrition and Food Technologist

Closely Work With: Sector/departments leads and field teams, Project Lead NAWIRI

Job Location: Nairobi (Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application – National Position)

Contract Details: Fixed term –twelve (12)months contract, renewable subject to availability of funding

Job Summary:

The primary purpose of this role is to lead the management of the health and nutrition sector in the Kenya Programme through overseeing the fundraising, management, implementation of the health and nutrition program, closely collaborate and work with the Ministry of Health at national level, UNICEF and other health and nutrition sector stakeholders. Specifically, the job holder will provide technical leadership, people management, programme management, fundraising and advocacy in the sector while spearheading the development and expansion of the health and nutrition programme.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Management and Development:

  • Providing overall leadership on planning, designing and the implementation of the health and nutrition programme activities in collaboration with the ministry of health, UNICEF, relevant county government departments of health and partners and in line with the Concern Country Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026 priorities
  • Technical support to the health and nutrition sector programme staff to enhance the effective delivery of ongoing health and nutrition projects
  • Embed a health systems strengthening approach into Concern’s health and nutrition programme with a focus on the system strengthening building blocks including but not limited to governance, budgeting and resource allocation, human resource management system, supplies and logistics system, health management information system and the quality of care
  • Guide the development of annual health and nutrition programme proposal and work plans in coordination with the programme team
  • Lead the design of technical approaches to inform the Health and Nutrition programme including but not limited to Health System strengthening, Community Resilience through improved health and nutrition knowledge and practices and evidence based advocacy in Maternal New-born Child Health and Nutrition.
  • Lead the collaboration of the Health and Nutrition programme with other sectors in Concern Kenya Programme
  • Ensuring compliance with organizational and donor rules and regulations, particularly with respect to financial and contract management, budget and expenditure monitoring.
  • Oversee and monitor the health and nutrition programme risks (including financial, logistical and other support systems, security and safeguarding) and flag issues in a timely manner to the Concern Country Director and Programmes Director.
  • Provide leadership and technical guidance for emergency response programming and approaches in the health and nutrition sector

People Management

  • Engage with direct reports for performance management and development through regular performance development reviews; monthly individual work plan development, implementation and review
  • Participate in recruitment, induction and on boarding of new staff and provide ongoing mentorship, coaching and support for professional development.
  • In conjunction with line manager, identify capacity-strengthening needs of health and nutrition programme staff, partners, county government department of health and develop capacity building strategies and plans.
  • Provide on-going training and mentorship to project staff both within Concern and partner organisations
  • Manage leave planning and utilization for direct reports

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Oversee the utilization of the health and nutrition sector monitoring tools by the sector staff and relevant partners
  • Prepare high quality written reports for Concern and donors (quarterly and annual) and other reports as required.
  • Conduct field visits to support field teams on effective and quality programme management and implementation.
  • Maintain regular and transparent communication and high quality reporting on the programme.

Representation:

  • Represent the country programme in relevant National level health and nutrition sector coordination and advocacy forums
  • Contribute to the health and nutrition sector policy advocacy with UNICEF and Ministry of Health as relevant
  • Maintain good working relationships and co-ordination with UNICEF, Ministry of Health, health and nutrition sector stakeholders and implementing partners

Others

  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree in Medicine, Nutrition, Health Systems Strengthening, Public Health, Nursing, or any other relevant field
  • Proven experience (at least 10 years) of working at senior programme management and leadership role with INGOs.
  • Over 5 years’ experience managing and coordinating diverse workforce-technical, national/HQ advisors etc.
  • Thorough understanding of devolved health function and working with County governments.
  • Proven experience on managing health and nutrition grants
  • Excellent written and spoken English languages skills.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and organization skills.
  • Strong coordination skills specifically with the ability to effectively coordinate influence and negotiate with government.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with senior representatives of donors, UN agencies, national and county government structures, INGOs and local partners at national or international level
  • Thorough understanding of gender/equality, protection and conflict mitigation issues.
  • Strong financial management and donor compliance skills.
  • Experience in the design and use of monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Excellent networking and coordination skills – NGOs, UN and government agencies.

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Proven experience in health systems strengthening highly desirable.
  • Strong facilitation and time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles and manage competing priorities
  • High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner and attend to details
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn

Competencies required:

  • Effective management
  • Individual leadership
  • Communicating and working with others
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Influence, advocacy and networking

Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies.

How to apply

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three professional referees and Cover Letter Only to [email protected] with the subject of the email as “Coordinator Health and Nutrition” on or before Sunday, 21st July 2024. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.

Your Personal Data

During this job application, you will provide Concern with your personal data. Concern takes its responsibilities towards this personal data very seriously and is committed to complying with all relevant data protection legislation.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on ensuring that the name of any employee or volunteer (existing or new), does not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant and such checks may be updated periodically during the course of the period of employment.

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists

In certain circumstances, donors may request that personal data relating to employees to work on the activities that they fund be provided directly to them – so that they can perform their own counter terrorism checks. This may involve transferring some basic personal data outside the EEA. It will be a condition of your employment contract that Concern be allowed to share this information with institutional donors for these purposes.

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Please only apply for this position if you are satisfied with the proposed processing of your personal data as outlined above.