Health Advisor - Concern Worldwide, Cibitoke

Closing date:  05 Feb 2012

Contract Grade: B Contract Length: 2 year Date Needed By: Jan 2012 New Post or Replacement: Replacement Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied Exact Job Location: Cibitoke Reports To: Assistant Country Director for Programmes Responsible For: Training Officer, M&E Officer and Community Mobiliser Officer Liaises With: Internally: Health PM, Logistics, Concern Administration staff, Country Accountant, PSO, SAL, Desk Officer and Regional Director as appropriate. Externally: Government representatives at national and provincial level, Partners, INGOs, Technical and research bodies, Consultants, Sector bodies

Job Purpose: The Health Advisor (HA) is responsible for providing overall technical support to the Concern Worldwide Burundi (CWB) health programme. He/she will have responsibility for technical support, monitoring & evaluation and reporting for the Mabayi Child Survival Programme (MCSP) which is co-funded between USAID and Concern US. Management responsibilities will be shared with the Health Project Manager with the HA taking the lead on technical side of activities and the Health PM taking the lead on implementation. He/she will also liaise closely with technical backstop personnel in Dublin and New York. The Health Advisor will also be required to support fundraising with the development of high quality proposals and liaising with a network of key technical and peer agencies and in-country donors, allowing for shared learning, programme development and the establishment of effective advocacy platforms. Main Duties & Responsibilities: • Provide technical support (advice, training & capacity building) to CWB health team and Ministry of Health District health team in Mabayi (Cibitoke); • Lead the planning, monitoring and evaluation of CWB’s health programme; • Lead the elaboration and testing of training tools ; • Provide managerial oversight of the technical unit of Child Survival Team; • Lead the operational research on Care Groups (Integrated Care groups vs Traditional Care Groups) • Support the Health PM on programme administration, human resources and financial management; • Lead the compilation of project proposals, reports and other elements of documentation including compiling of quarterly technical reports for USAID, Concern US and Concern Dublin; • Participate in Ministry of Health (MoH) ad hoc coordination meetings in Bujumbura and Cibitoke and collaborate closely with pertinent departments within MoH especially Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Nutrition, Malaria and Reproductive Health; • Develop close working relations with Mabayi Health District and the provincial health authorities (BPS) in Cibitoke; • Develop and maintain professional networks in Burundi with donors, UN/NGOs and other agencies active in the health domain, paying particular attention to strategic alliances and good collaboration with USAID, CORDAID, WHO, UNICEF, World Relief, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, PSI, the Italian Cooperation, GVC; • Liaise closely with SAL unit in Dublin, especially the health and nutrition advisors for technical support (Health Support Unit); • Manage programme-related communications with technical backstops in Concern US, Dublin and USAID in-country; • As a member of SMT participate in quarterly meetings and assist in the design, implementation and monitoring of Concern Burundi’s strategic plan.

HUMAN RESOURCES & CAPACITY BUILIDNG • Ensure annual performance development review of health staff in the Technical Unit; • Participate in the development of CWB’s health staff: Identify training needs of staff; draw-up and implement training plan; Provide technical support and capacity build health staff in areas such as research and analysis methodologies, data management, M&E (particularly in terms of qualitative and quantitative methods) and in strengthening capacity of CWB health staff to monitor behaviour change and impact; Motivate and capacity-build the health team through the exchange of experiences and organizational learning within and beyond Concern.

REPORTING • Prepare monthly and annuals activity reports for the ACD/P • Prepare high quality and timely narrative reports for donors as necessary (USAID and private foundations) • Provide input to the SMT as required.

PERSON SPECIFICATION Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

ESSENTIAL • Third level qualification in Public Health • 3 years’ experience of development work (Health, Maternal and Child Health) • Excellent organisational and planning skills • Ability to manage time and meet deadlines • Staff management skills and awareness of Performance Development Review/ Appraisal systems • Experience of staff development • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written • Very good working knowledge to fluent English and good level of French language skills • IT skills (statistical packages: Epi-info, SPSS, etc.) • Self-reliant with a proven track record of working in environments which can be socially isolating • Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people
DESIRABLE • Professional qualification and experience in health system management, child health and nutrition, reproductive health in non-emergency contexts • Previous experience in Child Survival Projects • Previous experience in programmes funded by USAID • Work experience in Central Africa • Fluent spoken and written French • International driving license • Skills in survey design and statistical analysis
 
How to apply: 
All applications should be submitted through our website  by closing date 05.02.12 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.

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