Health and Nutrition Program Manager (x 1 Position Re-advertised)

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent
organization for children. Our Vision is a world in which every
child attains the right to survival, protection, development
and participation. In Zambia, Save the Children works in the
following Thematic areas: Education, Health& Nutrition, Child
Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty;
including Humanitarian response. Save the Children wishes to
invite qualified individuals to apply for the following new


Role Purpose:

The Health & Nutrition Manager will be responsible for the
ensuring the high quality implementation of program activities
across all health projects including new business development
to support expansion of the health and nutrition programme (in
collaboration with PDQ and other thematic staff) in Zambia.

The Programme Manager is responsible for ensuring programme
development through the identification of new opportunities
together with field staff and the thematic advisors, programme
design and development of high quality proposals. (S)He will
strengthen the quality of programme implementation through
identification of staff capacity gaps and instituting capacity
building strategies, supervision and technical support to
implementation working with HQ technical advisors,
institutionalize quality in report writing as well as the use
of data for decision making through robust monitoring and
evaluation (working with the MEAL team). The Health & Nutrition
manager is also expected to provide technical leadership and
guidance to field technical teams and ensure programme design
and implementation is in line with the health and nutrition
strategy within the Zambia Country Strategic Plan. She/ He will
work under the direct line management of Program Operations
Director and is also expected to work closely with the health
and nutrition technical backstops.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Programme Quality

Provide technical leadership for the implementation of Save the
Children in health and nutrition program in Zambia, consistent
with the CO health and nutrition strategy and in line with the
MoH strategy and guidelines;

Provide oversight of the sponsorship MNCHN and SHN;

Provide technical leadership in the identification of new
business development opportunities and preparation of funding
proposals in collaboration with the relevant technical and
support staff;

Ensure integration and coordination among the various Save the
Children projects contributing to the overall goal of the
organization through strengthening inter-sectoral

Ensure high quality reporting (both internal and external) with
accurate, reliable information and that reports are prepared
and submitted in a timely manner according to the reporting

Strengthen the health team’s technical capacity for effective
project management through identification of training needs and
putting in place capacity building and mentoring strategies;

Support the recruitment and induction of health staff and

Monitoring and Evaluation

Participate in development of M&E frameworks, work plans
and program evaluations;

Work with the MEAL team to develop and implement robust systems
for gathering evidence and measuring impact and ensure high
quality data collection, analysis and use of health data for
informed decision making and reporting;

Conduct regular field monitoring visits to provide support to
implementation and assess quality of implementation using the
quality benchmarks;

Ensure that quarterly health sector project review meetings are
held and reports with clear action points are raised and
actioned ;

Support in planning of assessments and surveys and ensure best
practice through the implementation and dissemination of
findings and results;

Ensure that beneficiary accountability is taken into
consideration from programme design to implementation;

Promote the sharing of best practice and learning in relation
to programming, advocacy and campaign activities within the CO
and externally.

Representation and advocacy

Represent Save the Children at national level fora in order to
increase visibility and networking opportunities between
different stakeholders in the health sector;

Build and maintain relationships within MoH and NFNC (National
Food and Nutrition Commission) at the national level and with
provincial health offices, DHOs and other sub-national district
and municipal partners;

Build and maintain relationships with the donor community to
ensure that Save the Children’s work is highlighted and create
opportunities for funding;

Serve as the principal health technical focal point for Save
the Children, preparing briefing materials and reports on the
health and nutrition portfolio for donors, SMT and visitors
where necessary;

Ensure that regular and effective communications are maintained
with Health Technical Advisors (both Regional & Member
services) and other sectors within the organization for smooth
program operations and implementation;

Work with the project teams and the thematic backstops to
identify key health and nutrition advocacy issues and develop
an advocacy strategy as well as mainstream advocacy within all
health and nutrition programmes.

Grants Management:

In collaboration with the Operations Director, participate in
kick off and close out meetings and ensure all health and
nutrition work plans are in place and being followed by the
project implementation teams. He/She will provide support to
implementation of these work plans including support to work
plan adjustments as necessary;

Provide support in the preparation and implementation of where
possible support detailed project spending, procurement and
work plans for the all health and nutrition projects in the CO
and field offices.


Monitor and ensure effective budget responsibility for the
health nutrition component of projects;

Ensure that the scheme of delegation, finance guidelines and
related administrative procedures are strictly adhered to;

Work with the awards team to ensure compliance to donor
regulations for all health and nutrition grants at Country
Office and field offices.

Human Resources:

Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and
procedures with respect to Child Safeguarding, Child Protection
policy, Code of Contact, and Fraud and Dishonest policy,
Gender, Diversity and Non-discrimination, Health and Safety,
Equal Opportunities and other relevant policies;

Review the structure of the health and nutrition teams
periodically and map out the staffing needs in alignment with
program size and any expansion plans. This will include
participation in the recruitment of health and nutrition staff
to fill in gaps identified in order to advance the CO health
and nutrition agenda;

Ensure that the health and nutrition programme staffs under
his/her management have clearly defined objectives and
understand their responsibilities.

In addition to the above listed responsibilities the job holder
will also be responsible for any other duty deemed
necessary/relevant by the Line Manager.

Qualifications and experience

Qualified Clinical health professional (Medical Doctor,
clinical officer, graduate nurse) with advanced degree;

At least 7 seven years of relevant experience managing health
and nutrition programmes in developing countries. Experience
working with and providing support to Ministries of Health will
be a strong added advantage;

Knowledgeable of SDGs and global health issues and trends,
particularly in primary health care, reproductive health &
family planning, maternal and newborn health, nutrition, child
health (e.g., IMNCI, iCCM), immunization, WASH, HIV/TB, health
systems strengthening;

Past experience in RMNCH at community and/or primary health
care level desirable;

Demonstrable experience in programme design and proposal
development, programme implementation including budget
monitoring, human resource management, preparation of reports
for various technical and non-technical audiences and in
monitoring and evaluation. Experience supervising and managing
highly skilled technical teams is required;

Strong, demonstrable analytical and conceptual skills and the
ability to think and plan strategically;

Substantial experience of developing working relations with
government, UN agencies INGO partner’s community stakeholders
and beneficiaries;

Fluency in written and spoken English;

Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
and commitment to capacity building of staff with proven skills
as a trainer/facilitator and mentor;

Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims,
values and principles;

Ability to be self-sufficient and resourceful;

Ability and willingness to travel to projects and stay in basic

Computer skills e.g. Word, Power Point and Excel.

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post
holders to have regular contact with or access to children or
young people. In this regard, the job holder should be in a
position to work and uphold the interest of Children and uphold
the organization’s Child Safeguarding policy.

How to apply

Please send only your application letter clearly stating the
position in the subject line with a detailed CV indicating 3
traceable referees, one of whom should have been direct
supervisor, through email to:

The Director Human Resource,


20 Feb 02:00

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