Health Manager

Employer: The Health Support Organization
Location: South Sudan
Closing date: 20 May 2016


The Health Support Organization (THESO) is a registered South Sudanese based charity non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through humanitarian and developmental programmes.

THESO a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization was formed in 2005, and incorporated in 2008 by South Sudanese doctors to support the national efforts in addressing health challenges in South Sudan.

Our mission is to implement evidence-based, culturally sensitive, innovative projects promoting health, according to perceived public health needs and priorities as understood through quality research. THESO is contributing to government’s efforts in meeting the global strategies 2020 and 2030 meeting Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 6 set targets. THESO respond with healthcare, Nutrition, and WASH services, when people are overwhelmed by natural disaster, conflict or disease and in need of immediate help. We focus on treating those who are beyond the reach of existing health services. After the immediate crisis, THESO stays on to assist recovery. Using our expertise, we support health workers and strengthen existing health services. We build resilience by helping societies at risk of future health disasters, to be better prepared.

We believe that everyone has the right to access and utilize free healthcare. We believe good health is fundamental to transforming societies in transition that’s why THESO is a Force for Health.

Context and Background

THESO five years strategic plan (2016 – 2020) includes expansion of its programme to all states and internationally, deepen its working relationship with host governments partners at all levels, develop a gradual exit strategy to allow the smooth transfer of specific health facilities to MoH, and support affected people with emergency response, recovery, developmental and resilience programmes. The primary focus of THESO programme is integrated primary health care, WASH, and community based and health facilities based management of malnutrition. The special emphasis is given to maternal and child health care services. The programme strategy includes establishment of static and outreach clinics in the IDPs camps and underserved rural areas to ensure access to essential care and building local capacity through a community based outreach component and engage with Ministry of Health at State and County levels in regards to collaboration, coordination and technical support supervision.

The new 2016 – 2020 strategic plan informs THESO to integrate emergency response with early recovery and building resilience and expand country programme portfolio in South Sudan states and internationally. In South Sudan, THESO is working with State Ministry of Health, County Health Department, County leadership, and host communities to consolidate programme quality, improve the community involvement in the programme planning and implementation through a revised community based approach, capacity building of county health department staffs and strengthen the capacity of local health system by increased engagement with the renowned partnership with MoH in regards to support, supervision, training and policy development.

General Description of the Role:

The Health Manager will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of South Sudan Health Programme working in collaboration with MoH, SMoH, CHD and THESO senior management team in Juba, and directly with the team in the field.

Duties:

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The Health Manager is primarily responsible for the vision, mission, strategy, design, implementation and management of the health programmes. S/he will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health teams in the field. This is a Juba based position with frequent travel to field sites ensuring the highest standards of service delivery.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supervision of expatriate and national medical staff

Work closely with the Programme Director, Nutrition Manager and the Health Coordinator to ensure the smoothly running of the programme

Provide technical guidance and supportive supervision to the programme

Strong proposal, concept paper and reports writing capabilities

Ensure international standards (WHO/SPHERE) and South Sudan national standards are met while delivering services

Provide technical input during proposal development and technical review, data analysis of reports and feedback to the field health team of common causes of morbidity and mortality

Work with county health departments to ensure that there is a plan for smooth and gradual transition of responsibilities to MoH and that this is effectuated

Ensure THESO compliance with South Sudan MoH Basic Package of Health services and protocols for curative, MCH, Reproductive health, EPI, health education, Neglected Tropical Diseases, nutrition and disease surveillance.

Ensure that Health, Nutrition, MCH and HIV/AIDS service statistics and all the required reports are properly collected from each health facility and submitted timely to the immediate supervisor and respective departments appropriately.

Represent THESO at different health oriented meetings

Supervise the required equipment, drugs, medical supplies and furniture needs.

Responsible for training of health care staff including community health workers, maternal and child health care workers and other staff on reproductive health and family planning

Any other duties as assigned by THESO

Essential Requirements

Master Degree in Public Health with medical degree background/experience

Post graduate diploma in project management is an added advantage

Skilled in management, supervision and organisation

Very good programme report writing skills as well as analytical capacities

Strong experience in organising and conducting training and capacity building

Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Email, EXCEL, PowerPoint Presentations)

Previous working experience in emergency/post conflict setting with at least 4-9 years experience in a similar position with an international organisation

Energetic, independent and motivated to work in resource limited and harsh environment

Not easily disheartened by frustration and delays

Must be willing to work over 8 hours/day as needed

Strong teamwork skills in a multi-cultural setting

Working knowledge of English is a must, knowledge of Arabic is an added advantage

LANGUAGES;

Ability to read, writes, analyse and interpret, technical and non-technical in the English language.

Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government and other related partners

CONDITIONS

Accommodation, food and transportation provided by the organisation (Expatriate Applicant)

Medical Evacuation service and competitive benefits provided by the organisation

Further information regarding security and situation on the field shall be avail during the interview process

While performing duties of the job, the employee frequently works in precarious and remote places. The employee is usually employed in areas of civil strife, which often result in an unstable security environment. Regularly work in outdoor extreme weather conditions


HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicant should log on to www.theso.org for application submissions and click on vacancies portal then Head Office Jobs.

THESO is an equal opportunity employer and women candidates are encouraged to apply