Health Program Coordinator – Syria Response

Employer: Relief International
Location: Syria
Closing date: 14 Sep 2016


About RI: Relief International (RI) is a leading global organization and home to teams of humanitarian professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.

Position Summary: 
Relief International (RI) currently seeks a dynamic, hands-on Health Program Coordinator to support one or multiple Syria Response projects focused on Health based in Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon. The Coordinator will be responsible for overall project management and for ensuring that project objectives are on track, which will require him/her to work constructively with colleagues across his/her country team, within the Middle East Region and with the Global Emergency Response Team. The Coordinator will provide technical direction to project staff and partners in the areas of health and nutrition, according to the projects’ activities, and provide recommendation for improvements in RI’s health service delivery. The capacity building and monitoring of local partners will be an integrated component of the Coordinator’s work. In addition, the Coordinator will, on an on-going basis, assess current health and nutrition needs and assist in program development to secure funding for new projects from a range of donors. This position requires an individual who is used to the pace of emergency response programming, does not require close supervision or direction, and is flexible and highly responsive.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Program Management

· Strategic direction and overall supervision and successful implementation of the project(s)

· Development of work plans and budget management according to project outputs and results

· Manage teams of expatriate and/or national staff to complete program goals on time and on budget

· Evaluate activity progress and determine necessary actions to course correct

· Provide program reports that are timely and meet institutional and donor requirements.

· Represent RI at Health-sector working groups, coordination meetings as well as USG partner and other stakeholder meetings, and maintain a positive, continuous and visible presence for RI

· Develop and maintain strategic relationships with local partners, local authorities and vendors

· Facilitate donor visits to project sites as appropriate

· Work constructively with support teams to ensure sound administrative practices with regards to record keeping, compliance with donor regulations, communications, etc

· Frequent travel to other cities to attend project sites and provide support to team as needed

Technical Direction

· Review the short and long range plans for delivery of project services, and provide guidance to the RI staff, health facility staff and/or local partners to improve planning, management and delivery.

· Implement health monitoring systems and record keeping methods that support routine country-level, international, interagency, and donor reporting as appropriate.

· Support clinic audits to assess status of health and nutrition services, quality of supply and facilities, and on-site health information systems, in accordance with RI and international standards and policies. Provide a summary of recommended areas of improvement, areas of success, and lead the commencement of an action plan with RI staff, local partners and/or health facility staff to evolve and make positive systems improvements where needed.

· Propose and implement capacity building activities aimed at enhancing skills of local health providers and/or partners in delivery of primary care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, etc

· Provide direction to RI country team during outbreaks of disease or other health emergencies

Program Development

· Assess health and nutrition needs of populations affected by the Syria conflict

· Stay up to date with all regional and country-specific response plans by the U.N., donors active in the health and nutrition sectors, and other key actors

· Provide technical input, writing and budgetary input for new program design, as needed

· Interface with key donors (OFDA, PRM, UNHCR, DFID) regarding health, nutrition and other related programs

· Share methods, approaches and tools with RI colleagues across the region, and contribute toward RI’s regional response strategy by ensuring programmatic coherence, innovation and responsiveness

Capacity Building

· Assess the status of current health program, structure, functions and standards and devise a health program quality improvement plan in close coordination with field health coordinators, M&E manager and program manager

· Individual capacity assessment for field health coordinators based on project management approach

· Field health coordinators’ capacity building plan focused on project management and technical aspects

· Set individual capacity building goals/indicators for field health coordinators and CHW coordinator

· Set up health program improvement indicators and implement health program improvement plan

· Continue capacity building and quality improvement support to health program according to previously agreed plans (continuous inputs)

Qualifications & requirements:

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

· Advanced degree in a health or nutrition field (M.P.H., MD, R.N., etc) in addition to experience managing grants or donor-funded projects;

· Minimum of seven years professional experience in lead management implementing emergency response programs, preferably in a conflict setting;

· Solid background and knowledge of USAID Rules and Regulations;

· Solid background and contacts with U.N. agencies and other international emergency response and development actors;

· Excellent interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and strategic planning skills required;

· English required and Arabic preferred;

· Strong English writing skills required;

· Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, tasks efficiently;

· Excellent time management skills and resourcefulness with strong attention to detail;

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

ü Inclusiveness

ü Transparency and Accountability

ü Agility and Innovation

ü Collaboration

ü Sustainability