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Health Technical Specialist – Immunization, [Somalia/Somaliland] Country Office

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Title: Health Technical Specialist – Immunization, [Somalia/Somaliland] Country Office

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 1.9 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 15,000 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.

Role Purpose:

Within the Programme Development and Quality Unit, the Health Technical Specialist – Immunization (HTS-Immunization) takes direct responsibility coordination of Save the Children International’s work on Immunization in the Somalia/Somaliland programme under the supervision of the Senior Health Technical Health Specialist (SHTS)..

Contract Duration: 12 Months 

Location: Mogadishu

SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL

ROLE PROFILE

TITLE: Health Technical Specialist – Immunization [Somalia/Somaliland] Country Office

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Somalia/Somaliland Country Office

LOCATION: Mogadishu

Technical Support Team

GRADE: 2

POST TYPE: National

CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE:

Within the Programme Development and Quality Unit, the Health Technical Specialist – Immunization (HTS-Immunization) takes direct responsibility coordination of Save the Children International’s work on Immunization in the Somalia/Somaliland programme under the supervision of the Senior Health Technical Health Specialist (SHTS). As a member of the Technical Support Team in the programme, the HTS-Immunization is responsible for providing high quality technical guidance to programme implementation team, coordinating the delivery of high quality, innovative, cost effective immunization programmes both in emergency as well as long-term development, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children. The HTS-Immunization will be accountable for contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration of the immunization programme in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals, objectives and strategy. Also, the HTS-Immunization will initiate Immunization-focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices by working together with quality programmes team; leading on policy research and advocacy on Immunization through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organizations and other institutions; playing a key role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations for Immunization.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Senior Health Technical Specialist – SHTS

Staff reporting to this post: None

Budget Responsibilities: TBC

Role Dimensions: Save the Children has worked in Somalia for over 60 years, since 1951. Our vision is that every child in Somalia and Somaliland attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Save the Children has 650 staff across 14 field offices: Hargeisa, Burao and Borama in Somaliland; Bossaso, Garowe, Gardo and Galkayo in Puntland; Belet Weyne, Adaado, Abudwaq, Baidoa, Dhobley, Kismayo and Mogadishu in Central and South Somalia. Due to our long operational history and broad geographical coverage, we have established positive working relationships with key stakeholders, including national government, local authorities, donors, international and local NGOs, as well as the trust and acceptance of the communities themselves.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Programme Development

Contributes to the development of thematic strategy in Health services (with focus on

Immunization) in line with SCI’s Theory of Change and SCI Country Strategic Plan for

Somalia/Somaliland programme

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Lead in developing and realizing ambitious yet practical Immunization plans as part of the overall Country Strategic Plan

Work together with other sections of Programme Development and Quality – PDQ (business development, MEAL and relevant sector head to promote integration) and operations teams to initiate/design high quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable project proposals and concept notes for the sector

Proactively seek information on potential donor sources and share project opportunities related to Immunization.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

Ensure Project efficiency, effectiveness and vaccination coverage are enhanced through effective implementation and monitoring.

Ensure Progress reports and project work plans are timely prepared, and effective technical assistance is provided in new vaccines, routine immunization, cold chain.

Appropriateness and completeness of supply order, distribution and documentation as well as adherence to established allotments are ensured.

The capacities of Country Office staff and team work are strengthened through effective capacity building activities in the development, implementation and management of the Immunization Programme.

Effective communication, networking and collaboration are achieved with internal and external partners.

Provide elaborations and as required directions and trainings to Immunization project staff in involved in delivering projects focusing on appropriate approaches and methodologies; conceptual and practical frameworks; standards and tools for effective and quality delivery of immunization programmes.

Representation and Advocacy

Ensure Somalia/Somaliland programme representation in relevant internal and external fora including donor meetings (as appropriate) related to Immunization

As a key resource and focal person for any immunization specific issues with in SCI provide information and updates to MOH, UNICEF and Donors proactively and regularly.

Represent Save the Children in all immunization related meeting and Technical Working Groups in Somalia.

Map out key immunization partners in Somalia and establish a cordially working prelateship more particularly with UNICEF, WHO and MOH.

Work closely with MEAL and operations teams to develop policy research and advocacy strategy in Immunization in line with the Country Strategic Plan and global strategy of Save the Children

Leverage donor interest and government policies for the difficult to reach children in Somalia/Somaliland both in emergency and development situations through targeted advocacy/key messages

Identify and capitalize key opportunities and events for Save the Children to position itself as the leading organization for Immunization and child health in Somalia and Somaliland

Work with Immunization TWG wherever applicable to further Save the Children’s mission for children.

People Management, Mentoring and Development

Ensure that all Immunization project staff understand and are able to adapt their roles in both emergency and development contexts

Support the development of an organizational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.

Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation

Assist MEAL team to ensure that all Immunization-focused projects (and projects with Immunization components) have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines

Technically assist MEAL programmes team in measuring achievement and progress towards program goals and results through the M&E system

Lead and work closely with MEAL and other programmes team to identify and lead strategic ground breaking research in Immunization for development of innovative programmes and issue-based advocacy

Facilitate appropriate dissemination of research findings and good practices documentations in the projects internally and externally to donors, governments, consortium partners and other key actors strategic for immediate and sustainable development of children in Somalia/Somaliland.

Knowledge Management

Contribute in serving as a technical knowledge, skills and experience hub for the Health sector in Somalia/Somaliland and in doing so play a leading role in introducing innovations in Immunization programmes (gained from existing and emerging Save the Children’s global knowledge and practices) and in turn documenting and sharing best practices and innovations for replication and advocacy together with MEAL/quality programme team.

Work with technical resources among Save the Children members to facilitate sharing and learning in Health good practices and leverage their support for strengthening Immunization-related studies, assessments, innovations, advocacy and capacity building in favor of children in Somalia/Somaliland.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

Accountability:

Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve

performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

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 orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

Willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity:

Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced university degree in Medicine, Health, Public Health, Family Health, Nursing, or a field relevant to international development assistance in Immunization, RMNCAH, Child Survival and Health Care; Background/familiarity with Emergency is a plus.

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EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Essential

Recommended a minimum of five years of relevant technical experience on Immunization including at senior level

Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical Health projects (Immunization-related) in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with UN or International NGOs

Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports

Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff

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

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

Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required. Fluency in Somali also required.

Experience working in Somalia highly desirable.

Desirable

Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies

Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Adult Safeguarding

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, all employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with the SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Female qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Qualifications & Experience

  • Advanced university degree in Medicine, Health, Public Health, Family Health, Nursing, or a field relevant to international development assistance in Immunization, RMNCAH, Child Survival and Health Care; Background/familiarity with Emergency is a plus.
  • Recommended a minimum of five years of relevant technical experience on Immunization including at senior level
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical Health projects (Immunization-related) in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with UN or International NGOs
  • Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports
  • Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams

The Application will close on 23rd October,2020

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Disclaimer:

Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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