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South Sudan: Senior Programme Manager - Health and Nutrition

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Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 05 Jul 2017

Senior Programme Manager Health and Nutrition

South Sudan

About the role: This is a 12 month, replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in Nyamlell, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan with a salary of Grade 3 €34,106-€37,895.

You will report to the Area Coordinator and will line manage 2 Programme Managers, 1 Project Manager, 2 Emergency Nutritionist, 1 Community Nutritionist and work closely with The Programmes Director, FSL managers, Base Manager, Country Financial Controller, Systems Director and relevant Technical Advisors.

We would like you to start on 1st July 2017 as the current post holder leaves on 30th May 2017

Your purpose:

The principle objective of the Senior Programme Manager-Health and Nutrition is to oversee the implementation, management and development of the Integrated Health and Nutrition programme in Aweil West and Aweil North counties. S/he will enhance programming and managerial skills of Health and Nutrition Programme Managers in charge of each county, the ICCM Project Manager, Nutritionist and oversee the management of the entire sector staff totalling to 119. S/he will build on and continue Concern’s partnership with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH) and County Health Department (CHD) in both counties. The role involves working closely with the Programme Director in carrying out assessments and leading on implementation of emergency response interventions when necessary.

You will be responsible for:

Programme Development and Management

  • Oversee the development, planning and delivery of the Health and Nutrition programme activities for all grants (OFDA, ECHO, HPP, IAPF, WFP and UNICEF) in consultation and collaboration with the Programme Director and the Area Coordinator.

  • Ensure efficient set-up of field level activities under the integrated model to strengthen both the facility support and community outreach components of Concern’s Health and Nutrition activities.

  • Guide the formation of community structures such as Mother Support Groups and Men’s Groups and ensure community structures like the Boma Health Committees (BHC), Village Health Communities VHCs and Volunteers like HHPs and TBAs are reenergised to perform their roles.

  • Oversee programme quality in accordance with international and national protocols, Ministry of Health strategies and polices and Concern best practices.

  • Build on existing and seek new synergies with the Health and Nutrition Clusters, Technical Working groups and other agencies in Health and Nutrition. The SMoH and County Health Departments (CHDs) of both counties.

  • Support cross-sectoral periodic programme reviews in order to assess programme progress, capture lessons learnt and adapt programme strategies as necessary in accordance with Concern’s results-based management principles.

  • Ensure mainstreaming of cross cutting issues/approaches throughout the programme cycle including: Gender, Protection, HIV and Aids, Rights Based Approach and do no harm philosophy.

  • Lead and participate in emergency assessments and develop plans for rapid and appropriate responses in consultation with line management.

  • Liaise with relevant Advisers to assure programme quality and alignment to global, national and Concern standards.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Strengthen the monitoring and evaluating system through overseeing M&E Events and implementing recommendations from such events. Key monitoring and evaluation events will include:

  • Surveys: SQUEAC, SMART, KAP, Health Facility Assessments, Baselines, end lines

  • Routine Monitoring visits by SMT, Technical Advisers from HQ, Joint visits with CHDs

  • Supervisions : Donor visits, supervision visits by Nutrition Cluster, ICTWG

  • Evaluations: Midterm and end of project evaluations

  • Ensure accurate use of CMAM tools and review CWW internal tools for data gathering by each layer of the structure including community volunteers. Where tools are not available initiate drafting. Ensure data is synthesised using CMAM Report.

  • Ensure programme delivery is in line with Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) through:

  • Ensuring strong and meaningful community participation throughout the programme cycle;

  • systematically sharing program information with target communities /key stakeholders;

  • Under the guidance of PD contributing to the rolling out and managing Concern’s Complaints Response Mechanism in (CRM) and

  • Contributing to Concern’s CHS reporting requirements.

  • Ensure timely internal monthly and donor reports as per the South Sudan funding tracker shared by the Grants Management unit.

Donor Compliance

  • Support the Programme Director during donor proposals, budgets and reports to ensue technically they are of high quality, up-to-date and delivered in a timely manner in accordance with Concern policies/procedures, donor requirements and for other interested parties, including government departments, in collaboration with programme team colleagues.

  • Be responsible for ensuring that donor strategy, donor guidelines, formats and processes are understood and being adhered to within Health and Nutrition programme implementation and procurement.


  • Manage the relationship with the MoH partner in NBEG and where, appropriate at national level.
  • Ensure effective networking and coordination with relevant stakeholders, such as Government authorities, other NGOs, and UN operating in the Health and Nutrition sector at field level.
  • Represent Concern to donors, clusters and other coordination fora and meetings at national level as required

Human Resources

  • Train, mentor and coach managers and senior project staff to build their capacity to effectively deliver their jobs with highest standards.
  • Using talent spotting, identify and nurture potential in key national staff across the structure to strengthen programme delivery at all levels. Ensuring JDs are well understood by staff.
  • Support timely recruitment to fill vacant positions, and new staff recruited are inducted and trained as per the needs of the programme and the organisation.
  • Nurture team spirit in the various teams within the structure like Community Facilitators, Assistant Project Officers, Project Officers and Volunteers.

  • Identify and take appropriate action to address underperformance in managers and all staff in H&N

  • Ensure that all staff in the Health and Nutrition team are aware of and comply with Concern’s policies and procedures.

  • Ensure that all staff are provided with the necessary support and advice to carry out their duties particularly as they relate to IMCI, CMAM, other community based approaches, behaviour change approaches and emergency response.

Finance, Admin and Logistics

  • Monitor and manage programme expenditure and budgets, ensuring resources are optimally utilized and spending is in line with Concern financial procedures and Donor requirements.
  • Lead in monthly financial review or expenditure against programme plan and implement revisions as required.
  • Liaise with the Area Coordinator, Base Manager, and other Programme Managers, and Systems Director through coordinated planning to ensure efficient and timely procurement and use of supplies necessary for the smooth running of the programme.


  • Ensure the Health and Nutrition team carry out their work in accordance with Concern’s security Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Security Management Plan (SMP).
  • Assist the Area Coordinator with security analysis through the sharing of important security information collected through field work.
  • Participate in the revision of SOPs and the SMP when necessary and other security related duties when necessary.

Other Duties

  • Participate in country-level strategic planning initiatives and other duties as assigned by management
  • Adhere fully to the commitments and rules of Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy and Code of Conduct (P4 and CofC), including the respect of confidentiality.
  • Report to the appropriate manager all violations of the P4 or Cof C
  • Undertake other related duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Country Director or the line manager

Your skills and experience will include:


  • Master’s Degree in medicine, public health, nursing, midwifery or equivalent qualification
  • At least 5years’ experience of managing health and nutrition projects with a minimum of 3 year overseas experience preferably with an international NGO and in insecure environments
  • Experience in CMAM including community mobilisation and in IMCI or PHC
  • Experience in behaviour change approaches
  • Experience in donor reporting and proposal writing
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation including SMART surveys and SQUAEC
  • Experience in budgeting and financial monitoring processes
  • Strong staff management, capacity building and supervision skills
  • Familiarity with complex and insecure emergency context.
  • Experience of mainstreaming equality, gender, DRR, HIV and AIDS.
  • Fluent written and spoken English


  • Specific training in the prevention and treatment of malnutrition.
  • Work experience in South Sudan or Horn of Africa Region.
  • Experience working with health ministries, networking and donor relations.
  • Knowledge of Concern Policies and Programming Approaches.
  • Previous experience of Results Based Management approach.
  • Previous experience in implementing an integrated programme.
  • Previous experience working with Stabilization Centers for malnutrition
  • Experience using HMIS, DHIS, Epi-Infoand other data management and analysis programmes

We would also like:

  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, protection and participation.
  • Good communication and training / capacity building skills.
  • Ability in team building and working in a participatory/integrated manner.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Flexible, patient and adaptable to a changing environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure with numerous deadlines, etc.
  • Knowledge of computer applications i.e. Microsoft word, Excel, communications systems.
  • Ability to live and work in a close team environment.
  • Prepared to work and live in a challenging and remote location.

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

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