World Vision Somalia is an international Christian Relief and Development organization that is committed to the welfare of children around the world and seeks to serve the indigent people on earth by working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation and seek Justice. World Vision has been working with communities in Somalia since 1984 in the realms of Humanitarian Relief, Health, Education, Protection, Water and Sanitation, Food Security & Livelihood, HIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Gender and Advocacy. In the recent past, there has been a marked expansion in WV Programsin Somalia and consequently World Vision wishes to invite applications from qualified, dynamic, self-driven and result-oriented candidate to fill the following vacancy in the organization.
Title: Project Officer I – Healthy and Nutrition
Location: Baidoa, Somalia.
Deadline: September 6, 2014
Position Start Date October 1, 2014
Purpose of the position:
The Health Project Officer will work in the World Vision Somalia’s South Central Operations by contributing towards developing, leading, monitoring and evaluating the health and nutrition project(s). This involves contributing towards WV’s efforts of assessing health needs, designing projects, writing proposals and initiating and effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframes and budgets. Other important aspects of the role include meeting quality standards in health care delivery, encouraging beneficiary participation, liaising with other stakeholders such as district commissioner, District Health Boards, WV Health partners and directly providing management and training of primary health care staff.
Moreover, the position will ensure facilitation of smooth, cost effective, efficient management of resources and timely implementation of health project activities by supporting, supervising and coordinating the activities and staff in realizing program objectives.
Work in the World Vision Somalia’s dynamism by contributing to:
- Manage the assigned health project(s) in order to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame. Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to WV, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats;
- Provide strong leadership of assigned WV Partners of health project(s), working to ensure both short and long-term positive involvement of all stakeholders including the beneficiaries, local health authorities; humanitarian coordinator and others health staff;
- Develop and implement an appropriate and effective health strategy in consultation with relevant staff;
- Set clear objectives and indicators for health activities in collaboration with the health staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities;
- Continuously monitor and supervise health activities, evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data;
- Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in all aspects of the project;
- Develop new proposals, linked to the country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant field managers.
Project monitoring and implementation:
- All documents guiding implementation such as budgets, DIPs, cash projections are prepared and used correctly;
- Ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet WV standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance;
- Regular monitoring and reporting of project implementation;
- Timely submission of quality narrative and reports;
- Conduct lesson learnt forums and document best and promising practices, lessons learnt and challenges at the end of each project life/ phase.
Communication and Coordination:
- Keep and share information from INGO meetings, government correspondences and internal World Vision Lessons Learned;
- Ensure that World Vision is represented in coordination forums and review meetings;
- Liaison with donors, UN/NGO partners, bilateral, multilaterals and Support Offices is maintained
- Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned health team, WV South Central Regional Office and Technical Advisor and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships;
- Participate in health coordination meetings and other working groups or meetings as required, representing WV and feeding back to the health staff and field managers on relevant issues.
Direct Staff Management and Capacity Building:
- Recruitments are conducted as per HR policy and local considerations;
- Staff performance review and appraisals done and clear performance goals agreed upon;
- All project staff grievances and disciplinary issues are managed appropriately;
- Staff capacity is constantly improved to meet the challenges of their job;
- Line-manage the EPI / Drugs Store Assistant and the Community Health Mobilization - Facilitator including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc. It may also be necessary to line manage other health project staff;
- Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure all staff members are aware of project objectives and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback;
- Coach staff and provide technical supervision to develop ownership and responsibility for health activities;
- Assess the training needs of health staff and ensure that appropriate training is conducted.
Community and Others Volunteers Capacity building:
- Training plans and curriculum are in place;
- Identify relevant and vibrant participants from the community to be trained and undertake systematic capacity building;
- Facilitate the procurement of the training materials and all the booking and payment relating to the training.
Financial Control and Budget Management:
- Ensure appropriate financial systems, procedures and controls are used in the effective project management;
- Monthly financial projections are prepared and submitted for funding in a timely manner;
- Management response to audit queries is done on a timely basis;
- Asset inventory in place;
- All assets are adequately safeguarded;
- Facilitate preparation of project budgets, narrative reports, updates, financial reports and submit them within the agreed time frames.
- Carry out additional responsibilities as assigned by the TS Health and Nutrition and others field managers.
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience:
The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:
- University degree in Nursing and/or other related disciplines such as Public Health;
- At least three years of experience with INGO in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in a complex humanitarian context;
- Knowledgeable of MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc.;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience in writing training reports, project documentation, reporting and others relevant program information;
- Familiarity with grant management and procedures;
- Ability to work with different partners, local authorities, local organizations and I/NGOs, to develop and maintain positive strategic relationships;
- Willingness to assume other project tasks as required.
Working Environment / Conditions:
- Work environment: Field-based in Baidoa, South Central Somalia. Frequent travels to meet beneficiaries and support staff in Waajid (Bakool Region).
- Travel: Considerable amount of travel is required.
Submit the Hard Copy of your CV together with Application Letter to
World Vision office in Baidoa
Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
ONLY short listed candidates will be contacted