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Health and Nutrition National Lead

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Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children.

We undertake rigorous procedures to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organisation and all candidates will be therefore be subject to this scrutiny.

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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.

 

TITLE:  Health and Nutrition National Lead

TEAM/PROGRAMME:  PDQA

GRADE: 2

LOCATION: Beijing preferred, Shanghai/Kunming/Guangzhou/Urumqi/Chengdu acceptable

CONTRACT LENGTH: 2 years

POST STATUS: National

 

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)

 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: 

As a member of the Program Development, Quality and Advocacy team, the Health and Nutrition National Lead is responsible for leading the development of a high quality and innovative child Health and Nutrition program that delivers immediate and lasting change for children in China, ultimately contributing to Save the Children’s Breakthrough: “No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday.”

Save the Children’s health and nutrition work in China covers interventions in the fields of Matrenal. Newborn and Reproductive health (MNRH), Child Health (CH), Maternal. Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), and Adolesceny Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH). The role is also expected to significantly contribute to shaping broader integrated interventions taregeting early childhood development in 0-3 years old. The Health and Nutrition National Lead will to drive the growth of the health portfolio in terms of liaising with Member and donor, and consolidate and disseminate good practices among national and international audience. 

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: PDQA Director

Staff reporting to this post:

Direct: 1 – Nutrition advisor

Indirect : Health team in program implementation

Budget Responsibilities: None permanently

Role Dimensions: regular field travel required, as well as high level representation with officials from central government ministries and other relevant strategic partners and stakeholders.

 

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :

Strategic Planning

o   Provide strategic vision and direction to the health and nutrition program in Save the Children China.

o   Take a lead role in finalizing and updating the health and nutrition strategy and related indicators, ensuring alignment with Save the Children’s global health and nutrition program.

o   Input on Country Annual Plans and the Country Strategy as appropriate through providing guidance to program implementation health staff, helping in the consolidation of the health and nutrition work into a coherent whole, and providing feedback and co-ordination with key health and nutrition staff.

o   Monitor and evaluate progress toward objectives through regular assessments

o   Be part of Save the Children’s regional and global Health and Nutrition networks and providing strategic input to regional and global thinking on health and nutrition as needed.

Health and Nutrition Program Development

o   Ensure that all countrywide health and nutrition initiatives are in alignment with the health and nutrition country strategy and follow Save the Children’s Theory of Change.

o   Lead on the design of cost effective, innovative and high quality health and nutrition proposals, working closely with Save the Children international technical advisors, with other relevant PDQA team members, as well as with all relevant Save the Children China teams (Programme Implementation, Donor Relations and Awards Management, Finance).

o   Support the Donor Relations and Awards Management team in establishing and maintaining good donor relations for the Health and Nutrition portfolio.

Technical Assistance and Program Quality

o   Directly provide or procure health and nutrition technical support and advice to project teams as needed, including to the education project team early childhood care for 0-3 years oldSchool Health and Nutrition.

o   Provide regular monitoring of health and nutrition strategy indicators, in addition to health and nutrition global indicators and feeding this learning back into project design and implementation.

o   Work closely with Save the Children regional and global technical advisors to ensure our technical approaches are in alignment with regional and global initiatives.

o   Develop basic standards/fact information and toolkits to assist health and nutrition project staff to deliver quality protection project/program with essential tools and better understanding of the topic.

o   Review internal and external reports on health and nutrition and  provide feedback and suggestions for improvements to relevant colleagues.

Partnerships

o   Develop and maintain a network of external experts on health and nutrition practice and policies, with the aim to advance policy impact and change,

o   Maintain a solid relationship with key stakeholders in the field, including the National Health Commission, Maternal and Child Health Association, independent research parties,  UN agencies and (I)NGOs, etc.

o   Together with the partnerships advisor, undertake a review of potential partners in the field of health and nutrition and develop a partnerships framework.

 

Advocacy

o   Position Save the Children as a leading organization in Maternal. Newborn and Reproductive health (MNRH), Child Health (CH), Maternal. Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) in China.

o   Represent Save the Children at a senior level, actively network to promote Save the Children evidence-based key messages, and building relationships to achieve greater impact for children. In particular, coordinate the relationship with relevant divisions of the National Health Commission and key influencers.

o   Lead the development of the health and nutrition advocacy strategy, in close coordination with the health and nutrition project team and the Communications team.

o   Initiate, facilitate and/or manage research (of a high enough quality to publish) that can maximize the impact of Save the Children’s work on health and nutrition.

o   Prepare key policy briefing documents for positioning Save the Children on health and nutrition isseus.

o   Present at conferences and external meetings with aim to advance health and nutrition issues.

Knowledge Management and Learning

o   Initiate and coordinate capacity-building activities for health and nutrition program staff, including identifying external training opportunities, and organizing peer learning groups and seminars.

o   Strengthen technical expertise by keeping up to date and incorporating learnings from key research initiatives and regional/global trends related to health and nutrition.

o   Ensure the learning materials, health and nutrition related policies, operational research and good practice documentation are stored, sorted and shared on timely basis among relevant colleagues.

o   Present the health and nutrition program overall progress, strategies, learning and good practices in extended SMT meetings.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

o   Master’s degree in healthcare, public health, global health, or health policy.

3-5 years working experiences with preferably experiences on program development, monitoring and evaluation, policy research and advocacy in a given or broader field related to health and nutrition.

 

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

 

Essential

o   Knowledge of project management cycle and experience in project design, monitoring and evaluation.

o   Advanced fluency in both Chinese and English.

o   Excellent listening and inter-personal skills; ability to work well with disadvantaged and diversified populations.

o   High level of self-awareness and willingness to take criticism as an opportunity for growth.

 

Desirable

o    Experience working with high-level government agencies and academics on health and nutrition related issues

o    Experience in mobile health.

Understanding of gender programming

 

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.

Health and Safety

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

 

If you are interested in this position, please read the Child Safeguarding  first, fill in the Application Form and send it back to beijingoffice.china@savethechildren.org before 7th April, 2019.