Senior Health Advisor -- Save the Children, Afghanistan

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.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c14, 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 people and relevant for the 21st century.

Contract length: Fixed Term of two years

The role
The Health Advisor is responsible for providing technical guidance and support to Save the Children health programs in Afghanistan and for leading in the development and writing of concept notes and project proposals for new health programming and reviewing and signing off on monthly, quarterly and annual reports to donors and member countries of all projects which have a health component.

Qualifications and experience
  • Degree in Medicine; Public Health; Management; Emergency; or Social Science from a recognized university with at least 3 years of experience in Health and Nutrition.
  • Good computer skills including word processing, Excel, data base management.
  • Ability to organize and manage information and write reports.
  • Proven skills of coordination with others and supervision of staff.
  • Excellent ability to work in a team and mobilize team/community for desired objective.
  • Flexible and willing to respond positively to new situations as they occur including the need to work in an emergency responses.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and devise and implement creative solutions to multi-dimensional problems related to child health/hygiene issues.
  • Proven ability and willingness to travel extensively and live in the field, including in insecure situation.
  • Excellent understanding about functioning of MOPH, BPHS and Nutrition facilities and schools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Pushtu, Dari and English, including an ability to communicate with wide ranging groups from different backgrounds: children, teachers, MOPH and MOE officials, Partner, health staff, UN agencies and beneficiary communities.
  • Willingness and aptitude for reviewing and editing the work of and mentoring national staff who would, on occasions, have the responsibility for the first draft of technical narrative of proposals and monthly/quarterly/annual reports.
  • Willingness to work long hours including weekends as well as, when needed in exceptional situations, on R&R/annual leave.
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond positively to tight deadlines.
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