Health Technical Specialist at Save the Children, Juba, South Sudan


Deadline: 4 June 2019

Save the Children is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Health Technical Specialist in Juba, South Sudan. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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The Health Technical Specialist will responsible for leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality, innovative, cost effective programmes in health for both emergency as well as long-term development, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children.

Save the Children’s mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Health Technical Specialist will perform the following functions:

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  • Lead on development of thematic strategy in health focusing on community and public health, in programme and policy designs in line with Save the Children’s Country Strategic Plan for South Sudan.
  • Work closely with the Nutrition TS and their team, to ensure joined-up programming when appropriate.
  • Lead in developing and realising ambitious yet practical health plans as part of the Country Annual Plans.
  • Grow Save the Children’s health portfolio sustainably and strategically by working together with PDQ and operations teams to initiate and design high quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable project proposals and concept notes for the sector.
  • Analyse donor priorities and proactively seek information on potential donor sources.
  • Seek strategic linkages, wherever applicable, with other thematic areas of the South Sudan programme i.e. child protection, education, child poverty, and child rights governance (CRG) for developing integrated programmes for difficult to reach children in South Sudan.
  • Overall responsible to ensure the programme quality of Save the Children’s health programming.
  • Lead the continuous assessment of health needs and ensure that these are appropriately reflected in sectoral strategies and programmes.
  • Develop and update the health strategy, ensuring consistency with Global Health Initiatives, and with Save the Children’s theory of change.
  • Work collaboratively with other sectors on ways to integrate health with other programmes, where relevant, in order to maximize impact for children and families.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager and take a lead in ensuring that all health projects and components have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines.
  • Technically assist the PDQ team in measuring achievement and progress towards program goals and results through the MEAL system.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • A medical professional with a Master’s Degree in public health, health or equivalent and relevant field.
  • Significant professional experience, at least 5 years, of working at a senior Specialist and managerial level in health for international NGOs, government or the private sector preferably in South Sudan and Africa context.
  • Knowledge of current global and regional public health debates especially with reference to reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health.
  • Recommended minimum 8 years of relevant technical experience including at senior level.
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical health projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in the South Sudan and with International NGOs.
  • Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports.
  • Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff.
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including influencing, negotiation and capacity building.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document including their salary expectations for this role through online process.

For more information, please visit Save the Children.

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