Position: Health & Nutrition Project Manager
Location: Maban, South Sudan, with frequent trips to Juba
Direct Reports to: Maban Area Manager
Technical Report: Deputy Country Director (DCD) – Programs
Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.RI has been working in South Sudan since 2005, delivering integrated Health, WASH, Nutrition, FSL and Protection projects.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure. In addition, RI has country offices registered as affiliates of one of the alliance members in an additional 18 countries.
RI is looking to for an experienced Health and Nutrition Project Manager to lead the implementation of the UNHCR and BPRM co-funded health and nutrition project in refugee settings in Maban, Upper Nile. The Health and Nutrition Project manager will lead all project implementation, developing workplans, spenddown plans, HR and input into BVA meetings, providing technical support to enable quality and effective program implementation (including supervising activities, capacity building field teams, M&E, reporting), coordinate with key actors, set up and monitoring accountability mechanisms, facilitate learning within the project and build on best practices
S/he will by leading the overall implementation of health and nutrition interventions across 9 PHCCs/PHCUs. S/he will provide supervision and training to local staff to allow them to implement quality programs. The Health and Nutrition Project Manager is also in charge of writing reports, developing and ensuring good quality data collection, recording, analysis and storage, assist with ensuring adequate stocks, provide training to local staff as needed, and monitor overall health and nutrition situation in Maban and observe for potential outbreaks.
The ideal candidate will be passionate, enthusiastic and driven, and have experience of working with national and expatriate team members in nutrition programs in complex and protracted emergency responses. A demonstratable commitment to national capacity strengthening is mandatory. S/he will have at least 2-years’ experience of managing health programs, have excellent written and verbal communications skills and will be fluent in English. Experience working in project management within an INGO in conflict-induced fragile settings is mandatory, with previous experience in South Sudan desirable.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Project & Grant Management (60%)
- Project manage the BPRM and UNHCR funded Health, Nutrition and FSL project, responsible for compiling the detailed implementation plan, spenddown and procurement plans
- Lead the project mobilization process with field and support teams
- Ensure donor requirements for data collection, reporting, and targets/achievements for the project are met
- Work closely with the Deputy Country Director – Programs and Maban Area Coordinator to achieve project objectives and targets effectively and efficiently
- Manage and oversee the supply requests of in-kind health and nutrition items and purchase orders of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies as needed
- Mitigate the risk of stock-outs through supply forecasting, budget planning, regular communication, and timely supply and purchase requests for the project
- Monitor program expenditure and regularly liaising with DCD-Programs and finance staff to address spending issues
- Ensure program targets are met using indicator / activity tracking table
- Prepare and submit weekly, monthly and annual data and reports to line manager and other relevant agencies
Quality Assurance (30%)
- Build the capacity of national staff through proper coaching and training
- Improve the quality of primary health care (PHC) services delivered at project supported facilities through priority setting, on-job training, and continuous monitoring
- Oversee the health and nutrition management capacities/structure, evaluating health and nutrition team field organogram and program management abilities on a routine basis
- Ensure the quality of data through proper entry, cleaning and regular checking and use the data for action on the site
- Develop recommendations, guidelines, SOPs and action plans for ensuring health and nutrition project quality across all Maban health and nutrition project sites
- Routinely review existing data collection capacities and help the team improve facility-level data collection and reporting
- Ensure diagnosis and treatment of patients is based on standard procedures (national and international guidelines)
- Ensure the community based activities such as EPI, nutrition screening, health education and defaulter tracing are done properly
- Actively participate in the identification and management of any disaster or epidemics in Maban
Program Development and Representation (10%)
- Lead program design and budgeting process for repeat and follow on funding
- Represent RI with project donors at the field and national level as required
- Participate in the Maban Level Health and Nutrition Cluster coordination activities through active reporting and communication with field and national level focal points as required
- Degree in Public Health or relevant qualifications
- At least 3 years’ professional experience leading, managing, and implementing health-based programs in both host community and refugee or IDP contexts.
- Previous experience of project planning and grant management of UNHCR and /or BPRM funded projects
- Previous experience with managing nutrition programming (TSFP, OTP) is strongly recommended
- High level of skill in developing, implementing and training others in the tools needed for program cycle management monitoring and review
- Skilled in, and committed to, community participation/interaction, field visits and presence in program areas
- Proven financial, logistics and procurement management skills.
- Practical experience managing staff and programs in insecure locations
- Well-developed human resource management skills
- Proven experience of leading capacity development initiatives
- Proven commitment to humanitarian and accountability principals and knowledgeable of quality assurance systems
- Good communicator with proven diplomacy who has the ability and willingness to engage with all levels of staff and all types of stakeholders
- Fluent and articulate in English
- Excellent written communication skills
What we can offer you:
- Salary: Generous base salary, Danger Pay and daily post differential
- R&R: 6-week R&R cycle with a financial contribution towards the R&R costs.
- Housing: Accommodation a shared compound in Maban, with own room.
- Learning and Development: Access to RI’s award-winning learning management system and internal/external training courses.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
- Transparency and Accountability
- Agility and Innovation
How to Apply
Interested candidates are required to submit a detailed CV and cover letter by May 26th, 2020. Due to the critical nature of this assignment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be interviewed prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this vacancy is posted.