Health & Nutrition Project Manager

Afghanistan

Location

Field based position in Central Highlands, Afghanistan.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

As soon as possible. Full time, 24 months.

Role Overview

Develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned health and nutrition (H&N) project, with support from sector advisors. Develop lead implementation and ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation for effective management and reporting on the project activities in line with the objectives, time frame and budget with a focus on nutrition system strengthening, training and coordination. Provide technical support and leadership, manage and train nutrition staff to meet quality standards in nutrition delivery, anticipate, plan, and contribute to the development of new nutrition project proposals and reports.

Project Overview

Medair Afghanistan is a complex and dynamic country programme due to instability related to politics and security. Medair has been operating in Afghanistan since 1996 and is currently implementing multi-sectoral projects in nutrition, WASH and food security in vulnerable communities in the Central Highlands and Southern Afghanistan.  There are plans to expand the current programme into new areas, as well as growing and strengthening local partnerships.

Our Culture

Key Activity Areas

Health & Nutrition Project Management

  • Manage the assigned H&N project(s) to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame and report promptly any operational concerns to line manager and country H&N advisor.
  • Provide strong leadership of the assigned H&N project teams, working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local nutrition authorities and local nutrition staff.
  • Contribute to development and implementation of an effective H&N intervention including data collection and reporting and monitoring tools, job aids and data quality assurance processes.
  • Set clear objectives and indicators for H&N activities in collaboration with the country H&N advisor, H&N staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
  • Continuously monitor and supervise H&N activities, evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data, and involving the H&N team(s) in analysis and taking appropriate action as needed to ensure continued progress.
  • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in all aspects of the project.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and time frames and formats.
  • Contribute to new proposals, linked to the assessed needs and gaps and the Medair country strategy.

 

Staff Management

  • Line-manage the H&N Supervisor(s) of the assigned project, including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
  • Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure all staff members are aware of project objectives and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
  • Provide coaching and technical supervision to staff to develop ownership for H&N activities.
  • Assess the training needs of H&N staff and ensure that appropriate training is conducted, and new skills are used in the field.

 

Financial Management

  • Manage the budget for the assigned project(s) and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards of financial management, including accountability and good governance.

 

Communication and Coordination

  • Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned H&N team, Medair in-country and GSO H&N managers and advisors and other relevant stakeholders, with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.
  • Participate in H&N coordination meetings, Medair internal trainings, and other working groups or meetings, representing Medair and feeding back to the H&N staff and field managers on relevant issues.

 

Logistics

  • Support the logistics activities of H&N staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of medicines, supplies and equipment for the assigned H&N facilities and activities.
  • Liaise, as necessary, with the nutrition, health, logistics and finance staff to ensure items are procured, transported, stored, managed and accounted for correctly.

 

Quality Management

  • Promote and use the Medair intranet and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
  • Ensure H&N projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards.

 

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

 

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Higher level qualification, preferably in nutrition or relevant field as nursing/midwifery/doctor/community-based training. University degree in a relevant subject, preferably nutrition or public health.
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

What is the ROC and why is it required?

Experience

  • 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
  • Management experience in a nutrition / health context.
  • 2 years’ experience working in a nutrition / health programme in a developing country, preferably in an insecure context. Experience implementing EPI programming is an advantage.
  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Ability and willingness to manage project implementation.
  • Good numerical, report writing and administration skills. Problem solving ability.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.