Health and Nutrition Advisor NGO Vacancy | UNGO Jobs

Job Title: Health and Nutrition Advisor

Countries: Kenya, Somalia
Organization: Medair
Closing date: 7 Apr 2022

Role & Responsibilities

Provide technical advice and support to the field management and the health and nutrition staff. Develop, lead, monitor, and evaluate the health and nutrition aspects of the country programme. Coordinate and network at a senior level with national and regional health authorities and other NGOs. Lead on all health and nutrition elements of proposals and reports, providing capacity building for national and international staff. Promote best practice in the health programmes and contribute to the overall management of the country programme.

Project Overview

Implementation of Health, Nutrition and WASH programmes in Mogadishu, and several other regions within Southern and Central regions of Somalia. Community health projects including Care Group Model and iCCM and Construction of health facilities. Projects also include emergency responses and may include expansion of initial programmes into areas with critical needs.

Workplace & Working Conditions

Field based position in Somalia, with 40% of the time travels to Kenya.

Starting Date / Initial Contract Details

February 2022. Full time, 18 months.

Key Activity Areas

Health and Nutrition Project Technical Oversight

  • Lead on all health and nutrition elements of proposal writing and project reporting.
  • Maintain an overview of the country health and nutrition programme and of the regional context, with a view to strategically developing new projects in current sites and/or surrounding regions, and proactively planning for responsible exit.
  • Give technical advice to field managers and GSO on potential involvement in new health interventions.
  • Provide technical support to the health and nutrition teams.
  • Carry out regular monitoring visits, ensuring that project objectives are met.
  • Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for data collection, do data analysis and follow-up and feedback to relevant staff, donors, partners and other agencies.
  • Maintain an oversight of medicines and health and nutrition supplies ordered for the health projects, supporting the health and logistics staff in the coordination and quality control of health supplies.
  • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in the project.
  • Define appropriate policies for the medical aspects of Medair’s work in country.


  • Develop relationships with Ministry of Health, UN, NGOs, donors, partners and other stakeholders, with the objective of raising public awareness of Medair and ensuring good co-operation and partnerships.
  • Seek out relevant networks on specific health and nutrition-related humanitarian aid issues.
  • Accompany donors on field trips, and ensure programme details are transmitted.

Staff Management

  • Be involved in the recruitment, providing advice on technical skills and experience as requested.
  • Ensure all staff are trained and, if necessary, create possibilities for capacity building, coaching, etc.
  • Support line managers in inductions and appraisals of staff, particularly with regard to technical skills.

Financial Management

  • Work with the relevant field managers and GSO staff to plan and construct health and nutrition budgets.
  • Ensure expenditure is in line with approved budgets, advising on potential under/over spend.

Quality Management

  • Ensure health and nutrition projects are implemented in line with requirements.
  • Follow the direction of the Senior Health Advisor at GSO.
  • Regularly assess and provide feedback and recommendations on the quality of the programmes.

Staff Health

  • Overall responsibility for staff health/occupational health procedures and compliance and development of procedures in-country.

Team Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • Clinical degree (nurse or doctor), or Public Health degree.
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).


  • 3 years’ experience in managing programmes in international public health work, with at least 1 year in humanitarian emergency context.
  • Experience and willingness in training/mentoring staff.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.
  • Advanced planning and analytical skills. Advanced leadership and project management skills.
  • Good report and proposal writing skills. Good negotiation, problem solving and communication skills.
  • Experience in the design, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of public health programmes
  • Committed to team-building and able to develop and support other team members.

All new deploying international staff to Medair’s country programmes (and other roles which require field travel) should be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine, supported with a COVID vaccination certificate as evidence.

How to apply:

Before you apply

Please ensure you are fully aware of the:

a) Medair organisational values.

b) Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staff are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices.

c) Key Profiles & Benefits Package provided for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS).

d) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).

Application Process

To apply, go to this vacancy on our Medair page. Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed.