Health Advisor

Organisation: MEDAIR
Post: South Sudan
Deadline: 18/12/2019
Posted: Fri, 11/15/2019 - 16:03

Job Description

Job Title: Health Advisor


Duration: 12 months.


Location: Juba, South Sudan. With regular travel to field locations across South Sudan


Reports to:   Deputy Country Director, Country Director

 Reporting to Headquarters: Technical support and oversight from the Senior Health & Nutrition Advisor and Senior Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor at our Global Support Office.



Medair is currently implementing four projects within South Sudan.  Medair is providing emergency primary health care based on the basic package of health services to vulnerable host and displaced populations in Renk County.  Health facilities were established by Medair on an emergency basis, but due to protracted needs they have become more established facilities.   Medair has health and nutrition projects implementing CMAM alongside targeted health services in Aweil. The health programming in Leer County is focused on community level interventions, in addition to a mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) project. Medair also maintains health and nutrition emergency response teams that are able to respond rapidly to any health or nutrition emergency in any area of South Sudan. Emergencies may include high mortality rates, disease outbreaks, population displacements, or emergency level global acute malnutrition rates.


Overall Purpose:

Working as an important member of a diverse team who are committed to serve the world’s most vulnerable with practical and compassionate care; the Health Advisor provides technical advice and support to the field management and health staff. Responsible to develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the health aspects of the country programme. Coordinate at a senior level, with national and regional health authorities as well as other NGOs. Lead on all health (including mental health and psychosocial elements) of proposals and reports, providing capacity building for national and international staff, promote best practice in the health programmes and contribute to the overall management of the country programme.


Specific Job Duties:

Health Project Technical Oversight

  • Maintain an overview of the country health programmes and of the regional context, with a view to strategically developing new projects in current sites and/or surrounding regions, and proactively planning for responsible exit
  • Lead the development of health project proposals and donor reports
  • Give technical advice to field managers and GSO on potential involvement in new health interventions and internal capacity for implementation
  • Define appropriate policies, guidelines and protocols for the clinical aspects of Medair’s work in country, in consultation with GSO Advisors, other field managers,  in line with relevant government, Sphere and WHO guidelines
  • Provide technical support to the health teams in all project sites, including the evaluation and impact analysis of current projects and the writing of donor proposals and reports within the required timeframes
  • Carry out regular monitoring visits in conjunction with other field managers, ensuring that project objectives are met within the stated timeframes and in accordance with recognised international standards
  • Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for health data collection (qualitative and quantitative), analysis and follow-up and feedback to relevant staff, donors, partners and other agencies
  • Maintain an oversight of medicines and health supplies ordered for the projects, supporting the health and logistics staff in the coordination and quality control of supplies
  • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in all aspects of the project
  • Provide technical cover for the Nutrition Advisor as necessary.



  • Develop and maintain relationships with Ministry of Health, Health Cluster, UN, NGOs, donors, partners and other stakeholders, with the objective of raising public awareness of Medair and ensuring good co-operation and partnerships.
  • Seek out relevant networks or task groups on specific health and related humanitarian aid issues and actively participate, if possible
  • Accompany donors on field trips, as requested, and ensure programme details are transmitted in a timely and professional manner
  • Represent Medair, as appropriate, at relevant national cluster, coordination, sector and bilateral meetings, working groups, with national and/or local government departments and any other relevant meetings or events, facilitating supportive synergies and overall progress in the health sector and avoiding duplication with the work of other agencies (e.g. NGOs, UN, etc)


Staff Management

  • Be involved in the recruitment of health and staff for the country programme, providing advice on technical skills and experience as requested
  • Ensure that all health staff is adequately trained and, if necessary, create possibilities for capacity building, mentoring and coaching, within budget constraints. Plan and develop training material as required with support from GSO Advisors as needed.
  • Support line managers in inductions and appraisals of health staff, particularly with regard to technical skills


Financial Management

  • Support the relevant field managers and GSO staff to plan and construct health budgets


Quality Management

  • Ensure health projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards e.g. Sphere and HAP standards, WHO recommendations, etc. Follow the direction of the GSO Advisors  regarding quality, strategy and technical guidelines
  • Regularly assess and provide feedback and recommendations to GSO Advisors as well as field staff on the quality of health programmes and interventions during field visits and at other relevant times
  • Maintain a resource library for the health team and keep up-to-date with the latest trends and updates within the sector. Ensure all health staff have access to necessary and appropriate information as required
  • Attend Medair yearly health and nutrition workshop as well as periodic online meetings with GSO Advisors to keep up to date on recommendations and guidelines for Medair health programming


Staff Health

  • Overall responsibility for staff health/occupational health procedures and compliance and development of procedures in-country


Delegated Responsibilities

  • Development of and adherence to the in-country health strategy and guidelines in consultation with other relevant field managers and GSO staff
  • Oversight of the technical aspects of the health projects, including recommendations for health staff objectives, training, promotion and disciplinary action
  • Responsible for the field input to health sections of donor proposals and reports and for all administrative records for the health components of the projects with final technical review from GSO Advisors on all externally submitted documents
  • Authorisation of expenditure on applicable budget lines up to $10,000 when delegated
  • Set and manage approved drug lists and stock levels for health projects in consultation with other relevant field managers
  • Take the lead in health and aspects of external relations in the country with authorities and government ministries, UN agencies, partner NGOs and donors, in consultation with the Country Director and PFM



  • Clinical degree with Public Health degree strongly preferred Medical doctor.
  • Degree in Tropical Medicine desirable
  • At least 3 years’ experience in managing programmes in international public health work, with at least 1 year in humanitarian emergency context. Experience working in a health programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context.
  • At least 1 year managing and coordinating emergency responses – outbreaks, displaced populations, and/or nutritional emergencies.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and CHS Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.
  • Networking and advocacy skills. Experience in dealing with donors and government officials. Good knowledge of UN and other humanitarian actors and of current humanitarian debates and issues.
  • Trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods with experience of humanitarian assessment and survey methods (e.g. IASC IRA, KPC, LQAS)
  • Advanced leadership and project management skills. Committed to consultative and servant leadership, Experience of representation at national and local levels.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience and willingness in Good report and proposal writing skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure and on tight deadlines
  • Open minded, self-controlled, self-learner and flexible
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate high level of initiative, diplomacy, and tact
  • Excellent knowledge of computer software – MS Office, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
  • Must be flexible and be able to work independently and as part of a team / body

Instructions on how to Apply:

This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional. Interested candidates please submit;

  • Detailed and updated C.V.
  • Cover letter describing how you consider yourself suitable against the main responsibilities. Please also include your remuneration requirements and availability.
  • Submit your application titled “Health Advisor” to by Wednesday 18th December 2019 - only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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