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Technical Advisor – Health (Re-advertised)

Job Description Reference: JOB0115301 Type: Contract Responsibilities: Strategy and Signature Program Development In line with VSO’s People First Framework, develop a contextualised Health signature programme in alignment to the global Core Programme Area and Core Approaches. Engage proactively with VSO’s Global and Regional technical, thematic, and other advisory groups to develop an agile program that speaks to the country’s need and VSO’s global direction Put in place relevant program targets including the plan to achieve it by coordinating the required advice and support within the wider global team Champion integration through working with the livelihoods and education sectors in ensuring a holistic systems thinking approach to our work in order to build community resilience Collaborate and engage with other key functions in the country office, the Hubs (regional) and the Global teams to mobilise technical support, ensuring effective learning and continuous improvement of programming in the country office. Constantly monitor the emergency health situations in the country and make recommendations for implementation, signature programme review and CPAT learning Partnership and Networking Develop the sectors partnership and engagement strategy to implement the Signature Program and meet its Business Pursuit targets Based on the partnership strategy, engage meaningfully in strategic networks, platforms, and meetings as well as informal networking with influential decision makers in these spheres Increase VSO’s visibility with line Ministries, donors, academia, private sector, platforms and other relevant partners for its unique approach, products and service offerings in the sector Strongly engage with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure VSO is seen as one of the lead development actors within our program focus area Business Development and Resource Mobilisation Lead on the development of technically sound concept notes and project proposals for the sector and achieve a stable pipeline for business sustainability Explore and identify business opportunities for the Health Program and work closely with VSO’s wider team to ensure the sector is ready and well equipped to take on opportunities Ensure that the signature programme’s funding plan includes feasible business development strategies Proactively link networking and partnership outcomes to business development and resource mobilisation efforts Team Leadership and Quality Assurance Provide strategic leadership to the team and oversee the overall health projects under the health signature program Lead the health sector’s donor management and reporting requirements including sectorial and global periodical reporting needs Effectively support and manage the delivery of the project officers through setting and monitoring of KPIs and ensuring on project delivery meets the expected standard by providing timely support including mentorship Provide Quality assurance of projects through the review of project outputs, key milestones, M&E plans, including quarterly and annual reports, documentation and other requirements Knowledge development, Evidence Generation: Lead the generation of knowledge products, publications and documentation of the program including preparation of project briefs and evidence to support the program direction Provide leadership in documenting and scaling up promising practices in Health with special focus on integration Lead on Program/Project Evaluation initiatives and work closely with program officers and the MERL team to ensure accurate data and learning is captured during project monitoring and evaluation Engage with research and knowledge generating institutions to ensure VSO’s developmental added value is recognised widely Collaborate with regional and global Knowledge and Impact team to maximize outcome of the country office including defining of research priorities and undertake research and evidence gathering Job Requirements Skills, Knowledge & Experience Required Essential: Post Graduate Degree in Public Health or similar field with clinical work experience Minimum of 8 years’ work experience in the Health sector preferably significant portion of it to be in Maternal, New born, and Child Health related interventions Minimum of five years’ work experience in INGO or Donor world Excellent understanding of the overall country’s Health System functioning and      operation including its policy background and reasoning Already established professional relationship with Government health bureaus/hospitals/facilities and within the development sector Well established business development and resource mobilisation experience with proven track record of achievement Proven record of high level strategic engagement with donors, academia, development partners and government institutions Experience in new partnership establishment and development for program achievement Demonstrated analytical skills for strategic thinking, policy engagement, and program delivery Demonstrated experience in managing and working with teams of multi-disciplinary professions and cultures Good communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills, particularly in a cross-cultural environment able to work with a diverse support team and volunteers Sound level of program delivery experience