BRCiS Health & Nutrition Project Manager Jobs in Kenya

Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) is a Consortium of national and international organizations whose objective is to support and guide vulnerable communities in Somalia in building their resilience capacities, in their own ways.

The Consortium was created in 2013 and is now implementing projects funded by three different donors, in more than ten regions of Somalia. BRCiS is committed to adaptive management of its programmes, guided by a strong learning strategy.

The Consortium also enforces systematic decentralization of decision making to the field level and the communities, fostering innovation and self-reliance.

The position advertised is based with NRC, the Consortium lead agency. The BRCiS Consortium Health and Nutrition Manager is a member staff of the Consortium Management Unit (CMU) and works for Consortium Members (including ACF, Cesvi, Concern Worldwide, the IRC and Save the Children)

The BRCiS vision is to enhance the capacities of communities and local systems to attain self-reliance and reduced need for humanitarian response in an inclusive, fair, and equitable way, by maximizing use of local resources and capacities. BRCiS is beginning Phase II, a new four-year cycle, to continue with the same vision while building on lessons learned from Phase I to enhance the approach.

One of the key lessons learned is that the availability of basic services—especially health and nutrition—is essential to building resilience. Therefore, BRCiS is committed to strengthening nutrition sensitivity as an approach across programmes.

As a result, BRCiS is looking for a project manager to oversee and coordinate the DFID-funded health and nutrition activities, in close collaboration and coordination with other emergency and resilience activities implemented by NRC Somalia country programme, the wider BRCiS programme and other actors in Somalia.

Generic Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic, technical guidance and standardization of technical approaches, tools, guidelines, assessments, monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition activities within the BRCiS Consortium.
  • Build BRCiS Members capacity on IYCF, IMAM, CMAM, and integrated health and nutrition treatment as well as innovative approaches to facilitating community capacity to provide these basic services.
  • Ensure the development and application of appropriate systems for systematic documentation and dissemination of best practices and knowledge gained from implementing the programme, including data collection tools
  • Support the Members of the Consortium in identifying opportunities for improving the quality and scope of the programme.
  • Support BRCiS Members to ensure programme activities are carried out in accordance with the Sphere Minimum Standards and Humanitarian Charter.
  • Support BRCiS Members to ensure adequate compliance with contractual commitments, monitoring, reporting and acquittal of programme activities in accordance with humanitarian accountability framework, relevant humanitarian standards and essential environmental mitigation measures.
  • Networking,representing BRCiS, and actively participating at relevant coordination meetings, including the Nutrition Cluster, Health Cluster, and NGO Consortium, among others
  • Facilitate learning through reviews of progress against bench marks, collecting lessons learnt and best practices and facilitating dissemination of the same.
  • Contribute to the establishment and monitoring of an effective supply chain system in collaboration with the Consortium supply chain partners and other Consortium Members.

    Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and consolidate BRCiS Members reports on health and nutrition including narrative reports and preparation of excel summaries on programme progress. Ensure all reports are accurate and completed to the highest quality standards before submission.
  • Provide detailed feedback on all reports received from relevant teams and inform/advise relevant team members of quality deficiencies.
  • Ensure that all reports are coherent with previous submissions and that financial and programmatic information provided corresponds.
  • Work closely with the Consortium MEAL Manager and H&N technical specialists in member organisations to monitor data collection, build partner capacity to collect timely, accurate, facility-level data, and conduct analysis on programme progress, identifying anomalies and highlighting trends, for the compilation of the donor reports and progress updates.
  • Follow-up and monitor programme implementation, including supply procurement, and risk management
  • Work closely with the ACF procurement and logistics teams to ensure that supply chain is healthy
    according to needs on the ground and that the logistics and transportation of goods are well managed. Also, work closely with UN partners on the possibility to optimize treatment reach with additional supplies if need be, including assisting Consortium Members with reporting requirements and formal collaboration.
  • Coordinate and contribute to proposals and programme revisions
  • Work with the Communications & Advocacy Manager to coordinate collection of stories, case studies, pictures etc for raising the profile of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, and to communicate technical information in a clear way to a non-technical audience.
  • Maintain a constant and high level of communication with Consortium Members, including programme managers and field focal persons
  • Respond and follow-up to ad-hoc donor requests.
  • Support members to collect, analyse and keep updated relevant monitoring information to inform the design of the health and nutrition response. Recommend and support the implementation of any adjustments needed based on contextual changes.
  • Ensure the effective planning and implementation of activities that cut-across all consortium members including assessments, studies, capacity building initiatives, setting up and running of a centralized evidence and knowledge management and dissemination initiatives etc.
  • Represent BRCiS at Somalia Health and Nutrition coordination meetings, in coordination with the BRCiS members and the Consortium Management Unit.
  • Coordinate with ECHO and DFID (and other potential donors) on specific drought emergency response actions related to health and nutrition.

    Professional competencies:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant leadership/ management experience in health and nutrition programming and humanitarian response or development including result-based monitoring and evaluation
  • University Graduate qualification in nutrition, health or public health
    Training in humanitarian frameworks (Sphere, CHS, Good Enough Guide)
  • Experienced in managing health and/or nutrition projects, preferably in East/Horn of Africa.
  • Strong excel and data-management skills
  • Ability to accurately interpret health and nutrition data, statistics and technical reports and communicate their meaning to a wider audience in a clear and concise manner.
  • Experience conducting training and building capacity of field based national staff
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills
  • Strong planning, monitoring and organizational skills with good knowledge of the use of logical and result-based monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
  • Ability to write high quality reports, concept notes, and technical sections for donor proposals
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal, proficiency Somali language is an asset
    Knowledge of the context in the Greater Horn of Africa Region
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts, multi-country disaster preparedness, response and recovery programming.
  • Experience with project development, ideally from a resilience perspective or emergency and post-emergency phases
  • Experience working with partners and with coordination mechanisms (cluster and sectorial)
  • Experience in advocacy work
  • Safety and security awareness training

    Behavioural competencies

  • Handling insecure environments and managing stress
  • Managing resources to optimize results
    Managing performance and development
    Communicating with impact and respect
  • Strategic thinking, result oriented and diplomatic
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Flexibility and ability to prioritize and multi-task in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision
  • Able to present and represent an organization
  • Flexible and creative, confident in taking initiatives and exploring new opportunities
  • Commitment to continuous learning and willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the disaster management field
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 2nd May, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; BRCiS Health & Nutrition Project Manager Jobs in Kenya

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