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Country Health and Nutrition Advisor

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Country Health and Nutrition Advisor

Location : Kinshasa

Closing date: November 20th, 2013



      I.        Description


Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c14, 000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people an d relevant for the 21st century.

    II.        The role

The purpose of the role is to initiate, lead, advise, support and optimise the contribution of our country programmes to Save the Children's (SC) global Child Survival breakthrough. S/he will be the overall responsible for the development of the quality country-level interventions in the thematic areas, including health, nutrition and HIV. The Health and Nutrition Advisor would have a key role in relation to programme development and programme quality and impact. S/he will serve as the focal point for all activities related to the Child Survival breakthrough, bringing together inputs from the field bases and working closely with other thematic leaders of education, protection and food security and livelihood. S/he will also participate in cluster meetings in Kinshasa and support the health and nutrition teams in the field to participate in the provincial cluster meeting for health and nutrition.

   III.        Qualifications and experience


-        Post graduate or equivalent qualification in health, nutrition or related field ;

-        Substantial experience at international level in technical support and/or programme management ;

-        Direct experience of planning, implementing and measuring the impact of health, nutrition or other related programmes

-        Successful track record of developing large-scale proposals and securing funding from donors ;

-        Experience of technical support and/or programme management in more than one country ;

-        Evidence of active involvement in sharing knowledge across countries ;

-        A clear commitment to, and experience of, developing and coaching professional and national staff, combined with the ability to give direct actionable feedback ;

-        Successfully working with minimal administrative support ;

-        The inter-personal skills to influence and guide Field and other senior managers in identifying programmi ng opportunities and resolving programme and campaign challenges, and to work in a collaborative manner within the Country Leadership Team ;

-        Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically ;

-        The credibility to represent the organization to national bodies and donors ;

-        Commitment to the values and mission of Save the Children ;

-        The ability to speak and write clear English and French succinctly as a primary working language ;

-        Excellent understanding of child rights programming ;

-        The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances ;

-        Willingness to work and travel in often difficult environments.

  IV.        Desirable:


-        Working experience in DRC or other countries of the Great Lakes context in challenging and insecure areas ;

-        Experience in promoting children’s rights, includ ing participation in programming, design, implementation and evaluation ;

-        We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


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