The Health Officer will be responsible for day-to-day implementation of the health components in the Malnutrition Initiative Project (MI). MI Project’s main objective is to generate evidence that will inform development of policy and practice regarding the integration of management of acute malnutrition into iCCM. It is a five years cluster randomized controlled trial (CRCT) with two parallel arms - an intervention arm where CHVs are trained to screen, diagnose and treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and control arm where CHVs are only screening and referring MAM/SAM cases to the nearby health facility for treatment by healthcare professionals. The role holder will play a critical role in promoting delivery of quality life-saving interventions in collaboration with health and nutrition teams within Save the Children and with key stakeholders. In close liaison with MEAL, support in collection, processing and verification of reports/forms and maintains programme/projects databases. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
Contract Duration: 5 months renewable subject to funding availability and performance.
Reporting to: Health Coordinator.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
- Provide technical assistance to MoH towards implementation of integrated community case management.
- Support training and mentorship for Community Health Volunteers on Integrated Community Case management implementation (ICCM).
- Support water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related activities on the MI project
- Organize and coordinate trainings in consultation with County health authorities.
- Consolidate activity reports and ensure timely submission to supervisor for onward submission.
- Work with MOH to strengthen Community Health Service delivery and the community – facility linkage.
- Monitoring and Evaluation.
- Participate in the design, development and implementation of an M&E framework for health related activities.
- Document the process of implementation, lessons learnt, case studies and good practice to ensure information is widely disseminated.
- With the support of MEAL team ensure project performance is tracked and quality standards adhered to.
- Coordinate regular project monitoring and supervision in liaison with the SCHMTs to ensure quality project implementation according to agreed standards
- Ensure the compilation of quality and timely activity and monthly reports for the project.
- Collect and manage complaints and feedback in close coordination with MEAL team.
- Develop a comprehensive plan for supervision of all the field health activities to ensure implementation adheres to develop monthly work plans.
- Support regular review meetings with the Sub County community strategy focal person and community health assistants.
- Development of health education training and counselling materials.
- Participate in the design/adaptation of appropriate health education and promotion methods and tools, and pre- testing them with the team and community members.
- Liaise with the health education department at the Ministry of health to adapt and produce appropriate health education materials
- Network and coordinate with the relevant sectors and agencies implementing health activities at national and community level.
- Identify areas of synergy in the field with the Ministry of Health and other implementing agencies working with communities.
- Come up with a comprehensive plan of activities within the identified areas of synergy with the actors named above.
- Implement Community Mobilization Activities.
- Liaise and establish strong links with existing community structures including mother to mother support groups, community units, youth groups, village elders and religious leaders.
- Support community dialogue and action days.
- Strengthen Community – Health Facility Referral system and Linkage
- Work with Ministry of Health to strengthen a referral system at community level and implement activities to strengthen the community –facility linkage.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree health sciences / health systems (Nutrition, Nursing, Public health) or equivalent.
- At least two (3) years’ work experience in health programming including monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience in community mobilization within the development context.
- Experience working with the Kenya Community Health Strategy is an added advantage.
- Good understanding and experience working with MOH and county health departments, health stakeholders, opinion leaders and integration of donor funded programme into county plans.
- Experience in training and capacity building.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of organizations.
- Experience of and commitment to utilizing participatory approaches.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with children.
- Good knowledge of the nutrition and health field.
- Good presentation and persuasion skills.
- Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions.
- Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment.
- Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field
- Strong research and data analysis skills
- Strong report writing and computer skills
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
The Organization We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better
healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
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Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
The Donor Reporting Assistant will support the Donor Reporting Manager in the development of narrative and financial donor reporting, working closely with the Donor Reporting Officer, Program Managers, Technical Advisors, the Awards Coordinator, Finance team, Operations team and the MEAL team in ensuring reports, both narrative and financial are compliant to donor requirements and tally, are of high quality and are submitted on time.
In addition, the Reporting Assistant will support with the production of regular information and communications material including sitreps and other internal and external communications updates and materials as required.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to; Donor Reporting Manager
Reporting to: N/A
Budget responsibility: N/A
Dimensions: Dimensions: Save the Children works in all three zones in Somalia with a current staff complement of approximately 600 staff and budget of approximately $200 million in 2017 - 2018.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- Support in the coordination of reporting activities for the country office;
- Support the Donor Reporting Manager to manage the core business processes on reporting and to ensure that reports are developed in a timely manner and with realistic deadlines, and that these are communicated and understood;
- Prepare and circulate the reporting tracker and schedules with the relevant persons, and on a timely basis;
- Provide reporting guidelines, templates and provide support, training and clarification on reporting guidelines, templates and schedules;
- Assist in the preparation and editing of all donor reports by compiling field level information;
- Ensure that reports are developed in coordination and consultation with the donor reporting officer, technical advisers and operation teams (finance, MEAL, logistics) and that necessary inputs are adequately provided and review and signoff processes are thorough and adhered to;
- Review draft reports submitted from the field and provide technical support to improve on the quality of the information provided, coherence and completeness of the reports;
- Ensure that donor reports are in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements;
- Gather and analyse information about donor responses to reporting guidelines, trends and preferences in reporting and disseminate this information to the relevant staff;
- Liaise as needed, with the relevant team members in the field (project managers, operations team and finance and awards team) to ensure that they provide additional information requested by the donors/member to complete reports;
- Contribute to documentation of lessons learnt and best practises for the country program;
- Maintain a database of the final versions of reports submitted and approved by the donors;
- Periodically monitor the donor reporting processes and document challenges encountered and recommendations for improvement;
- Participate in capacity building plans on reporting to the teams involved in reporting;
- Perform other related duties as required.
COMPETENCIES AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
- Delivering Results
- Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources
- Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others
- Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision
- Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives
- Innovating and Adapting
- Suggests creative improvements and better ways of working
- Seeks out and applies successful ideas from others to overcome challenges
- Shifts tasks, roles and priorities to perform effectively under changing or unclear conditions
- Applies lessons learned to enhance future ways of working
- Working effectively with others
- Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with
- Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities
- Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups
- Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximise impact
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES
- A BSc/BA Degree in Development studies/International Relations/Project Management/ Social Studies or a relevant subject
- 1-3 years’ experience working in a similar role in an INGO
- Significant experience of working internationally in humanitarian programmes
- Experience in the preparation of high quality donor reports (narrative and financial) for donors, including ECHO, DFID and UN-OCHA.
- Experience of project management and project cycle management, including project design, implementation and evaluation
- Good understanding of donor compliance and reporting mechanisms and requirements
- Good understanding of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms
- Ability to work well under pressure and work to deadlines
- Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
- Excellent communication skills and good liaison skills
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
- Excellent written and spoken English
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances
- Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children.
- Experience or understanding of working in the context similar to Somalia
- Diploma in Project Management