Saturday, August 17, 2013

Save the Children School Health and Nutrition Programme Coordinator Job in Nairobi Kenya

School Health and Nutrition Programme Coordinator
Team / Programme: Programme Operations    

Location: Nairobi
Grade: TBC  (Competitive Package)   

Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: 
The Health and Nutrition Coordinator is responsible for supporting the planning, implementations, monitoring and reporting of the partner implemented health and nutrition programmes funded by Save the Children Kenya Country Programme. 

The role includes building capacity for effective implementation of projects, in accordance with a rights based approach.

Scope of Role: 

Reports to: 
National Partnership Programme Manager

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since 1984, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 

Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Eldoret, Habaswein, Mandera, Meru and Wajir and has a logistics hub in Garissa. Currently, we have a staff complement of approximately 370 staff and expenditure of approximately US$30 million this year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None.

Key Areas of Accountability:

Technical Support and Capacity Building
  • In liaison with the Country Office Health Advisor and Education Advisor and the PDQ team, ensure the provision of technical assistance and program support to partners to ensure successful implementation of SC funded programmes
  • Support programme development by providing technical support and advice leading to the development of new initiatives
  • Initiate and perform capacity building activities as needed, utilising the Partner Capacity Building Coordinator as required to strengthen partner ability to implement, monitor and report on projects
  • Liaise with the PDQ team to develop plans for technical support, M&E, documentation of best practices and advocacy – as well as concept papers and project proposals for programme development.
Budget management
  • Hold responsibility to ensure timely expenditure for planned activities by partners in program implementation
  • Monitor budget utilisation in accordance with SC guidelines
Monitoring and evaluation
  • Support partners in the preparation of annual and quarterly implementation plans and narrative reports
  • Follow up partners annual and quarterly implementation plans and reporting requirements according to SC guidelines
  • Conduct regular project monitoring visits to all sites, reviewing project outcomes with stakeholders and adjust work plans as necessary
  • Ensure partner compliance with donor and relevant country legislature requirements
External relations
  • Ensure positive relationships with implementing partners
  • Represent SC in meetings with local government authorities, other NGO’s and stakeholders aligned to the programmes implemented by partners
  • Lead and support relevant advocacy initiatives, including strengthening the application of 2009 National School Health Policy and practices at the school, district and national levels
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelors degree in an area of social development or equivalent, post graduate preferred
  • Recommended a minimum of 3 years management experience in program operations
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
How to apply

The application process is now open and will close on 22nd August 2013 at 5.00 p.m. 

To apply for this position, please send a short cover letter and CV to and a copy to indicating the position title on the subject line.