Health Coordinator

Employer: GOAL
Location: Khartoum, Sudan (with periodic field travel)
Closing date: 30 Jun 2016

Start Date: August 2016

Reporting to: Assistant Country Director Programmes (ACDP)

GOAL has had a long and successful history of humanitarian operations in North Sudan. Currently GOAL has established programmes across three locations: North Darfur, Kassala and South Kordofan. The main donors for the health programme include: USAID/OFDA, UN SHF, ECHO & Irish Aid.

The current programme focuses on four main sectors: an innovative adult education programme (GOAL Sudan implements approach called REFLECT for women’s literacy and empowerment), water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), nutrition and primary health care, which is the largest programme sector. All interventions are carried out with local partners as appropriate and in the health sector GOAL has well established relations with the Ministry of Health.

Health Activities

GOAL’s health programming traditionally includes three strands of interventions that respond to the many health needs in remote and marginalized areas. GOAL programmes include primary health care, nutrition interventions and community behaviour change programming. Environment, gender and child protection themes cross-cut all programme sectors and activities.

Moving forward, a major focus of our health programming will be increasing GOAL’s commitment to our local partners (Ministry of Health and local NGOs and CBOs) utilising a systems approach. A second and closely related priority will be to define steps toward a long term exit strategy that maximizes ownership and sustainability among both our community and implementing partners. In each area the health programme responds to a unique set of opportunities and constraints that seldom remain constant. It is critical that health programming maintains a longer term vision but remains responsive to the changing context of each field site.

General description of the role

The Health Coordinator will be responsible for providing technical support, management and strategic direction to Area Coordinators and field-based health staff who oversee programme implementation. The health coordinator will assume overall responsibility for health-related reporting requirements and ensure that country wide health data (M&E system) is accurate and consistently recorded.

An experienced analyst, s/he will suggest practical strategies for responding to changes in the operating environment as well as maintaining a focus on longer term objectives, based on regular monitoring efforts and periodic visits to field sites. S/he will represent GOAL at health sector meetings and to other key stakeholders at the national level and on behalf of field based teams.

Key duties
Provide technical support to field-based health staff with a focus on the following:
Ensure evidence-based and timely programme activities
Build capacity of key staff who are ultimately responsible for delivering programmes (mentoring, delivery of specific trainings, feedback regarding site visits, data analysis)
Assist in development of donor reports and proposals, and
Periodically visit field sites, based on agreed TOR with the AC and ACDP;
Assist in the recruitment and induction of new GOAL health staff
Review all donor Budgets on a monthly basis with Country Finance Coordinator/ACDP
Support the timely spend out of donor grants, ensuring that health staff place procurement orders as required facilitating this process.
Support field based staff to maintain accurate, consistent monitoring and evaluation system through support to field based health staff, the nutrition and community health coordinators, and in coordination with the ACs.
Provide regular analysis of data with feedback to field based health staff and ACs
Submit timely donor reports, in coordination with the ACDP and grants manager
In close communication with the grants manager and ACDP, develop health-related proposals and programme strategies based on emerging opportunities and changes in programme context
Ensure that HIS data is collected from each site monthly, analysed, and distributed to appropriate personnel
Ensure that each field site submits a monthly health report in a timely manner
Submit monthly health report to ACDP
Contribute to GOAL M&E including LQAS, MICS and KAP methodologies
Representation of GOAL at Khartoum based health sector and cluster meetings, cultivating close relationships with donors, ministries and other key national stakeholders.
Representation of field perspectives at Khartoum meetings and feedback of discussions/ outcomes to AC and field health staff
Track national level discussions regarding key issues relevant to each field site, feedback updates to the AC and field health staffs to ensure follow up
Support programme coherence across field sites, in line with donor proposals, the country strategic plan, and in close coordination with the ACDP and Area Coordinators
Ensure close coordination with community processes team & appropriate sequencing of health activities
Cultivate health partnerships (MOH, local NGOs)
Support the integrated programme approach with other GOAL Sectors
Manage Khartoum-based Health Technical Support team:
Ensure Health team conducts regular field visits, working with the ACs and health team members to develop detailed TORs for the field visits
Ensure that Health team submits comprehensive field reports in a timely manner
Carry out annual staff appraisals for Khartoum-based Health Technical Support Team per GOAL HR guidelines
Provide continuous appraisal of Khartoum-based health staff to ensure personal and professional growth and achievement of organisational objectives
Be fully conversant with GOAL policies and guidelines, including HR, finance, administration and security protocols
Other related tasks at the request of the ACDP or CD

Requirements:
Primary professional degree qualification as Doctor/ Nurse or related health qualification.
Demonstrated analytical and conceptual skills to plan projects, timetable agreed activities and oversee staff activities.
Excellent English speaking and writing skills.
Good team player, flexible and capable of working with a multi-national country team.
At least 5 years of practical experience working in health and nutrition programmes for an international NGO internationally with management and coordination responsibilities.
Excellent communication and training skills with track record of building/developing cohesive teams.
Ability and willingness to travel to locations outside Khartoum and live in sometimes basic conditions.
Good computer skills, including Word and Excel

Desirable
Master's degree in Public or Community Health
Postgraduate study or relevant work experience in Public Health, Reproductive Health/ HIV/ development studies programming
Spoken/ written abilities in Arabic and experience of the Sudan context
Proven experience in behaviour change approaches / programming and working with national partners

GOAL has Standards of Integrity and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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