Health & Nutrition Coordinator - Concern Worldwide, Tahoua

Closing date:  29 Jan 2012

Contract Grade: B Contract Length: 1 year with possible extension Date Needed By: Jan 2012 New Post or Replacement: Replacement Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied Exact Job Location: Tahoua, Niger Reports To: Area Coordinator Responsible For: Two National Programme Managers (CSP and Nutrition), BCC Officer and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Liaises With: Health Advisor, nutritionist, documentation officer, programme managers and senior management team.

Job Purpose: To provide management and technical support to the health and nutrition Programme by mentoring, reinforcing local coordination, providing oversight, leading programme implementation in Tahoua region in Niger Main Duties & Responsibilities: Leadership and Capacity Building • Provide proactive leadership and management to add value to existing programming and develop new programming with Health Advisor and ACD-Programmes in line with the country strategy. • Provide strategic leadership to the Health and Nutrition team by promoting best practices and ensuring that all programme elements are delivered to plan • Actively engage with and contribute to Concern Worldwide’s on-going learning in health and nutrition sectors. • Provide technical assistance (advice, training, capacity building, documentation, etc.) for all CSP and nutrition interventions. • Participate in and support Country Management Team in strengthening coordination and collaboration within teams and across all teams, maintain and ensure constructive communications, contribute to a positive working environment. • Work closely with Health Advisor, ACD-Programmes and GSM manager in HR development and management. • Set objectives and ensure performance reviews of CSP and nutrition managers, BCC officer and M&E officer. • Identify training needs and support implementation of training plans with the support of ACDP and GSM, ensure all programme staff/partners are fully oriented in Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy, HAP principles and commitments. Management • With the support of the AC and the systems (Logistics, HR, Finance, IT) ensure an effective, efficient and timely execution and management of the health and nutrition programme. • Work with ACD-P, AC, Health Advisor and Nutritionist in the process of developing and implementing Health and Nutrition annual operational & budget plan • Hold, manage and oversee the health and nutrition budget by providing monthly (and when needed) feedback on management accounts. • Apply Concern procurement procedures to ensure value for money and accurate financial reporting • Ensure that programme activities are continuously monitored, evaluated and reported upon. • Work with the Health Advisor and CSP program manager to implement the CSP program: • Work with Health Advisor, the M&E officer and the nutritionist to ensure that M&E system is developed and that staffs maintain systematic data collection and analysis: it includes SMART surveys, routine weekly and monthly data collection, operational research and any program surveys undertaken under the health and nutrition department. • Effectively use regular M&E feedback to adjust programming and ensure relevance. • Participate to the program review or any relevant programme meeting to support the enforcement of Concern programme approaches. Reporting • Ensure high quality and timely reports developed for donors, partners • Produce a monthly report of the health and nutrition programme highlighting key progress, achievements and challenges. • Participate to the writing of surveys reports, technical reports or any reporting related to the health and nutrition programme. Representation/Coordination • Liaise with FIM and education programme to ensure Concern’s work in both integrated and complimentary • Develop and maintain good professional relationships with the Ministry of Health, international agencies, NGOs, partners and other stakeholders working in the health and nutrition sector in Tahoua region. • Act as Concern’s Health programme representative with the government, non-state actors, and donors at district and regional levels, including serving in the role as Partner Focal Point to the Regional Ministry of Health. • Participate in management discussions and strategic decisions as a member of the Country Management Team and contribute to the revision of Concern Niger’s strategic plan and policies related to health and nutrition • Liaise with the Health Advisor and technical advisors and identity researches within the programme are suitable for lessons learning and publication – lead in the field development of such researches in conjunction with the Health Advisor. • With the Health Advisor and ACD-P develop effective, innovative actions in advocacy to achieve greatest and most sustained impact through the programme. • Participate in the development of Concern Niger’s Health/Nutrition Programme Strategy in close collaboration with Health Advisor, ACD-P and other Concern staff • Promote and protect the reputation of Concern in external settings, ensuring that the organization’s experience and expertise is well communicated and consistently presented, and that we are looked to as a professional organization. • Liaise with regional intervening partners (and build strong relationships with the regional UNICEF and OCHA representatives. • Carry out other duties as assigned by the Health Advisor, ACDP, AC and CD.

PERSON SPECIFICATION Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:
ESSENTIAL • Masters in Public Health or equivalent qualification • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in public health and project/programme management, with significant experience in developing/managing health and nutrition projects in a development context • Experienced in IMCI and CMAM • Familiarity with budgeting and financial monitoring processes as well as project management tools • Strong staff management, capacity building and supervision skills • Proficient spoken and written in English and French • Computer Skills :Conversant with Microsoft Word and Excel • Capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team, and see the importance of multidisciplinary action for achieving nutrition impact and to tackle severe poverty • Prepared to work and live in challenging and remote locations.

DESIRABLE • Experience in working with Child Survival Programme • Experience in working with health ministries, networking and • donor relations • Experience working in nutrition interventions, mother and child

• health related projects • Experience in community mobilization / behavioural change strategies • Experience developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for health • and nutrition programmes training of trainers & facilitation skills • working with partner organizations; Experience in strategic development of country level health programming especially in post war contexts, mainstreaming of cross cutting themes like HIV and AIDS, equality

All applications should be submitted through our website by closing date 29.01.12 CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length. All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline. Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which 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 organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization 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 Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents. Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do 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 not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office. Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
How to apply: 
All applications should be submitted through our website by closing date 29.01.12 CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length. All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.