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The Somalia NGO Consortium   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Senior Health and Nutrition Coordinator

  • Post-graduate education
  • Food, nutrition
  • Senior manager (department head)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary

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Job Summary

This is a senior management position responsible for overseeing all the health programming in Somalia, that is, primary healthcare, emergency health, nutrition, community health including the integrated management of childhood illnesses (iCCM), and health system strengthening, in close collaboration with the Deputy Director of Programs, the Senior Health and Nutrition Coordinator (SHNC) will provide leadership, strategic vision and technical support to all aspects of the health and nutrition programs. The SHNC will contribute to the identification of programmatic priorities, design and direction and entertain active coordination with the clusters, health sector coordination forums, other agencies and existing IRC programs.

In addition, the Senior Health and Nutrition Coordinator will look into integration opportunities with the health program as well as with other IRC programs and ensure that the health and nutrition programs are implemented inaccordance with IRC Somalia Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and the Outcome Evidence Frame Work (OEF) and related Theory of Changes (ToCs) international health/Nutrition protocols, guidelines and best practices.
This position reports to the Deputy Director of Programs, while the Senior Primary Healthcare Manager, the Senior Community Health Program Manager, and the Senior Health Manager will report to the Senior Health and Nutrition Coordinator.


Program Strategy, Development & Implementation

• Lead the development and expansion of the IRC HEALTH and nutrition sector throughout Somalia. This involves
conducting periodical quality assessments and researches, development of quality concept notes and proposals
and development of new projects and initiatives.
• Support the development and maintenance of a coherent health and nutrition strategy across IRC’s
health/nutrition interventions in Somalia in collaboration with the other IRC programs.
• Provide technical and management leadership to the IRC health program in Somalia in accordance with best practice and IRC OEF
o Provide technical advice including supportive supervision to IRC’s staff working in all health projects;
o Ensure robust monitoring systems are in place and that reviews are undertaken periodically;
o Adapt and develop where necessary functional health systems including health information, drug
management, infection control and referral systems.
• Contribute actively to the development, revision, monitoring and implementation of the IRC Somalia Country
Strategy and the development of detailed sector strategy.
• Lead the rollout and alignment of the OEF into existing sector strategies and programs
• Ensure health and nutrition proposals are designed in accordance with the Country SAP and OEF
• Coordinate the development of proposals and budgets for new projects and extensions of projects in conjunction
with the other Technical Coordinators, Senior Health Managers and the DDP:
o Overall responsibility for effective and efficient management of project implementation consistent with
the project management cycle, program objectives, activities and indicators;
Job Title: Senior Health and Nutrition Coordinator
Department: Health and Nutrition
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Report to: Deputy Director of Programs

o Ensure that health/nutrition interventions adhere to donor agreements and IRC’s core policy
documents, the IRC 2020 strategy, IRC’s Health Unit policies and guidelines (OEF, Minimum and Core
indicators, HIV strategy etc.);
o Ensure progress reports are completed in accordance with deadlines / compliance requirements and
lessons learned are documented for internal use by IRC technical and program staff;
• Design health programming strategy for emergency response, resilience building and reducing risk to future
potential disasters.
• Look into integration opportunities within the health and nutrition program as well as with other IRC
programs in collaboration with Senior Health Managers, other relevant program coordinators and the DDP.
• Contribute to updates of the IRC Somalia Safety and Security Management as appropriate.
Representation, Coordination and Advocacy
• Develop and maintain effective coordination and long-term relationships with health partners, representing
IRC positions, promoting long-term strategy and resolving problems/conflicts.
• Represent IRC in external coordination meetings with UN/ NGOs, donors, partners and government in
Nairobi & in the field.
• Develop and maintain internal and external relationships, and network to promote program linkages. This
would include working with the IRC technical unit support staff, participation in the health and nutrition
Working Group and sector coordination meetings to share strategies/lessons learned with staff of other gencies, providing information to UN-OCHA and other IASC bodies to contribute to national coordination
efforts and communication on program developments with local/ regional authorities.
• Actively liaise with WHO, the Ministry of Health, the NGO Health Forum and the Health cluster to ensure
harmonized and proactive programming.
• Generate health and nutrition data to be used by the senior country management team and health/nutrition
clusters and other relevant staff to influence donor policies with the purpose of generating more funding;
• Build good relationships with authorities, partners, international and national organizations, authorities in
the region and the country
• Keep the local authorities and other project stakeholders well informed of the progress of the program.
• Be the donor liaison on health technical issues for the Somalia country program.
Financial management
• Lead the development of realistic budgets for the program both in the short-term and the long-term and
identify the areas which require fundraising.
• Effectively manage program budget and staff. This includes among others, regular monitoring of the
program finance to avoid major under-spending or over-spending using budget versus achievement analysis
system (BvA); updating and sharing salary mapping templates; and maintaining monthly and quarterly
spending levels as per the plans;
• Ensure that program activities are not disrupted by lack of cash and that the processes of cash flow forecasts
and cash transfers from Nairobi to the field are smooth.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Food, nutrition
Seniority: Senior manager (department head)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required skills: Nutrition and metabolism; Project management; Budgeting, financial planning; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Quality management; Project implementation; Public health
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

The Somalia NGO Consortium

Non-profit, social workCompany size: 100-500 people

The Somalia NGO Consortium is a voluntary coordination mechanism of NGOs for NGOs: given the highly insecure environment, the complexity of the operating environment and the large numbers of agencies working in Somalia, a coordinated voice is critical to successfully conduct development and humanitarian aid in Somalia. The Somalia NGO Consortium was established in 1999 and has since grown to become an effective network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working together to improve international aid coordination and raise the presence and profile of NGO representation within the aid coordination structure for Somalia. The NGO Consortium maintains its presence through its offices in Hargeisa, Garowe, Mogadishu and Nairobi. The reach of our services greatly extends beyond the immediate membership. We also work closely with INSO Somalia (formerly NSP and SPAS) in providing support to International and National NGOs so as to facilitate their safe and secure operations in Somalia / Somaliland.