Health and Nutrition Manager – Afghanistan

The Opportunity

Save the Children has large and growing health and nutrition projects. The overall portfolio is over $10 million, working in 13 provinces of Afghanistan, both directly and through partners. The Health and Nutrition Manager will directly oversee the entire Health and Nutrition portfolio, manage a team of Program Managers (Budget Holders) and support the wider team of Project Managers and Coordinators (direct performers). The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring the progress of all projects against budget and implementation plans, ensuring all high risk awards are managed effectively and ensuring high quality and on time delivery. of all results. Effective monitoring and evaluation must be carried out, and all donor reports must be of high quality and on time. Where projects are implemented with partners, he/she will also be expected to deliver quality partnerships consistent with Save the Children’s Partnership Principles. This role operates within a complex matrix management structure, and the incumbent will need to coordinate with multiple levels of this structure, including Provincial Office Manager, Sector Managers, Program Managers and technical team. In addition, strong working relationships must be developed with supply chain, human resources and finance, to ensure projects run smoothly and facilitate problem resolution. The Health and Nutrition Officer will spend at least 50% of their time in the provinces, working directly to build the capacity of program managers and ensuring that the design of the project implemented is in line with the orientation wider strategy of SC-Af. They will work closely with the Deputy Head of Office in each province, who is responsible for overseeing the program. Developing skills in budget management, project cycle management and project delivery within the project team will be a key part of this role. While the day-to-day management of projects is done by the team, the Health and Nutrition Manager will support the proposal development process, ensure delivery is in line with our strategy and build the capacity of the crew. In the provinces and in Kabul, the health and nutrition officer will represent SC-Af externally. They are expected to closely monitor the latest changes in our engagement with de facto authorities, including being aware of changes in global trends that affect our ability to program. They must be able to negotiate on our behalf without damaging our reputation or compromising our humanitarian principles. Additionally, the Health and Nutrition Officer will negotiate with SCI members and with our donors, provide updates and ensure the continuation of our work and funding. Finally, the post holder will play an active role in the coordination mechanisms in the country, in particular by participating in the clusters at the provincial level and by coordinating with the health and nutrition technical advisors the participation in the coordination mechanisms at the level of the country. Kabul.


Capacity building, program implementation and monitoring * Provide strategic guidance and strong leadership to field health and nutrition teams and partner focal points to ensure achievement of program objectives and decision-making processes technically sound decision making * Provide capacity building in all aspects of program management to provincial and Kabul staff, on technical and general management of the project. * Coordinate with Technical Health and Nutrition Advisors to ensure technical trainings are carried out. * Ensure that effective performance monitoring and management systems are in place to achieve agreed program activity objectives, budget allocations and financial expenditures, ensuring that value for money can be effectively demonstrated to the donor and that activities and expenditures comply with donor requirements effective operating systems and compliance with all Save the Children minimum operating standards across the consortium, including safety and security management and child protection * Lead the preparation, review and regular revision of the detailed implementation plan, risk mitigation plan and procurement plan, taking into account milestones, logical framework and budget * Monitor project progress through field visits and meetings with project staff across the country, including com communities, partners, local and provincial government and other key stakeholders * Lead reviews of key implementation documents (milestones, logframe, budget, DIP) * Ensure key risks are identified at the start of the project(s) and reviewed and mitigated throughout the project cycle * Ensure safety reports are immediately escalated to the Safety and Security team when known * Work with technical advisors ensure the quality of the implementation. Budget Management * Ensure effective and donor-compliant management of the project budget through close collaboration with partner focal points and finance department * Prepare and implement monthly pipeline reviews and monthly spend targets * Identify potential expenditure variances from budget and recommend appropriate adjustments during AIR meetings * Justify expenditure variances > 10% in quarterly donor reports

Reporting and Documentation * Play a lead role in finalizing donor narrative and financial reports, submission of budget revisions and other documentation required by donors * With support from MEAL team and ACCM team , write donor progress reports and document case studies on successes, challenges, lessons learned and other project-related feedback

Human Resource Management * Ensure the program is staffed with the appropriate staff across Afghanistan, including the appropriate mix of expertise in technical and operational areas * Ensure all direct reports have job descriptions , work plans, goals, development objectives and clear communication and reporting lines * Support staff capacity building in English report writing, budget utilization; monitoring of indicators; and preparation of detailed implementation plans

Partnerships * Ensure that MoUs are concluded with relevant Ministries in a timely manner * Ensure that appropriate capacity building initiatives are offered to partners as part of ongoing project implementation

Other * Coordinate effectively with other NGOs and UN agencies working in health and nutrition * Maintain oversight of Save the Children Afghanistan pharmaceutical supplies in the country * Promote and lobby for awareness and use of child protection reporting mechanisms * Liaise with PDQA department for input into funding proposals * Support the Health and Nutrition Technical Advisor to ensure all activities are reported to ) cluster(s) concerned * Represent SC-Af externally to donors, UN, other NNGOs/INGOs and de facto authorities

BEHAVIORS (Values ​​in Practice) Accountability: * holds himself accountable for making decisions, effectively managing resources, achieving and exemplifying Save the Children’s values ​​* holds the team and partners accountable for fulfill their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to fulfill their responsibilities as best they see fit, providing the development necessary to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved. Ambition: * sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same * widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others * future-oriented, thinks strategically and globally. Collaboration: * establishes and maintains effective relationships with team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters * values ​​diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength * accessible, good listener, easy to talk to. Creativity: * develops and encourages new and innovative solutions * willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity: * honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates the highest levels of integrity

QUALIFICATIONS * Degree or equivalent in a health or nutrition related field


Essential * Demonstrable experience developing and managing major donor contracts and grants over $5 million * 7+ years of remote project management experience * Project and financial management experience * Ability and willingness to spend time in the field * Strong coordination skills and collaborating with others in partnership * Demonstrated experience in solving complex problems through analysis, setting a clear path forward and buy-in assurance * Training, facilitation, briefing and presentation skills * Experience in developing proposals for institutional donors such as OFDA, ECHO, DFID, etc. * Demonstrated experience in building and leading a team of senior managers with different backgrounds and expertise * Computer skills i.e. Microsoft suite * Proficiency in Dari and/or Pashto

Desirable * Knowledge of current trends, activities and best practices in health and nutrition in Afghanistan * Experience in clusters * Positive relationships with MoPH, DoPH, etc. * Previous experience in NNGOs/INGOs, UN, etc.

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and an up-to-date CV in one document. Please also include details of your current compensation and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Application deadline: July 10, 2022 We must keep children safe so that our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to protecting children from abuse.

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