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Technical Specialist- Health, Somalia (Save the Children)
« on: January 07, 2013, 03:04:22 PM »
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.

By mid-2013 most of our international programmes will be delivered through a merged operation with 14 000 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 p eople and relevant for the 21st century.

The role
The Technical Specialist – Health (TS), will provide overall technical support to all projects related to health in Somalia/Somaliland, both in emergencies and development. It will play a leading role in capacity building of Area teams, partners, consortium members and other local actors in Somalia/Somaliland in the areas of health. The TS will also play a pivotal role in providing adequate technical support to the area/operations teams to ensure technical quality throughout the project implementation cycle. She/he will work with quality programmes and area teams to promote and disseminate good practices and lessons learned in technical aspects in projects internally and support area teams in area level advocacy on health for children, mothers and communities

Qualifications and experience
• Degree in maternal/child health/public health or equivalent with training in health programme management
• Recommended a minimum of six years of relevant technical experience including at senior level
• Substantial experience in emergency and development health programme design and implementation including in complex emergency context
• Substantial and proven experience in providing high level technical advisory role in emergency health
• Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach national staff
• Proven skills and experience in undertaking assessments and designing/writing quality technical proposals in the sector
• Proven experience in programme development, project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation related to the sector including writing up high quality project/donor reports
• Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective health projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs
• Proven experience and skills in advocacy and building work relationship with local/national governments and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors
• Solid experience and excellent skills in capacity building of systems, staff, partners and other actors in health
• Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams
• 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
• Willingness to be deployed part or full time in to emergency response as per need and as directed
• Fluency in English, both verbal and written
• Commitment to Save the Children values

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

Please note that the closing date for applications is 15th January 2013

For further information on this role, please see our website at

How to apply:
Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to:

"you never cure a patient, you treat pain often but you always comfort the patient."


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