Health Advisor

Juba | Juba

Role & Responsibilities

Provide technical advice and support to the field management and the health staff. Responsible to develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the health aspects of the country programme. Coordinate at a senior level, with national and regional health and nutrition authorities as well as other NGOs. Lead on all health elements of proposals and reports, providing capacity building for national and international staff, promote best practice in health programmes and contribute to the overall management of the country programme.

Take a look at Medair’s Health & Nutrition work.

Project Overview

Medair is providing emergency primary health care to vulnerable host and displaced populations in Renk County and for refugees in Maban County, Upper Nile State. Health facilities established by Medair on an emergency basis have become more established, working towards full implementation of primary health care and integrated nutrition services. Medair has a nutrition programme implementing CMAM based in Leer County. Medair maintains a Health and Nutrition emergency response team able to respond to any H&N emergency within any of the 10 states of South Sudan. Emergencies may include high mortality rates, disease outbreaks, population displacements, or emergency level global acute malnutrition rates.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired and motivated by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure. Internationally recruited field and headquarters staff lead the organisation, supported by nationally recruited staff to implement programmes locally.


Based in Juba, South Sudan, with frequent travel to the field locations. Take a look at Medair’s work in South Sudan**.**

Starting Date

November 2016

Initial Contract Details

Full time, 2 years contract

Key Activity Areas

Health Project Technical Oversight

· Maintain an overview of the country health programmes and of the regional context, with a view to strategically developing new projects in current sites and/or surrounding regions, and proactively planning for responsible exit.

· Give technical advice to field managers and HQ on potential involvement in new health and interventions and internal health capacity for implementation.

· Define appropriate policies, guidelines and protocols for the medical aspects of Medair’s work in country, in consultation with HQ advisors, other field managers, and in line with relevant government, Sphere and WHO guidelines.

· Provide technical support to the health teams in all project sites, including the evaluation and impact analysis of current projects and the writing of donor proposals and reports within required timeframes.

· Carry out regular monitoring visits in conjunction with other field managers, ensuring project objectives are met within the stated timeframes and in accordance with recognised international standards.

· Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for health data collection (qualitative and quantitative), analysis, follow-up and feedback to relevant staff, donors, partners and other agencies.


· Represent Medair, as appropriate, at national health cluster, nutrition cluster, coordination, sector and bilateral meetings, working groups, with national and/or local government departments and any other relevant meetings or events, facilitating supportive synergies and overall progress in the health sector and avoiding duplication with the work of other agencies (e.g. NGOs, UN, etc.).

Staff Management

· Ensure that all health staff are adequately trained and, if necessary, create possibilities for capacity building, mentoring and coaching, within budget constraints. Plan and develop training material as required with support from HQ advisors as needed.

Financial Management

· Work with the relevant field managers and HQ staff to plan and construct health budgets.

Quality Management

· Ensure health projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards e.g. Sphere and HAP standards, WHO recommendations, etc. Follow the direction of the Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor at HQ regarding quality, strategy and technical guidelines.

· Regularly assess and provide feedback and recommendations to HQ advisors as well as field staff on the quality of health programmes and interventions during field visits and at other relevant times.

· Maintain a resource library for the health team and keep up-to-date with the latest trends and updates within the sector. Ensure all health staff have access to necessary and appropriate information as required.

Field - Team Spiritual Life

· Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.

· Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.

· Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.

· Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.

· Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.


· Clinical degree (nurse or doctor), or Public Health degree.


· Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Experience / Competencies

· At least 3 years’ experience in managing programmes in international public health work, with at least 1 year in humanitarian emergency context.

· Experience in the design, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of public health programmes.

· Experience and willingness in training/mentoring staff.

· Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.

· Advanced leadership and project management skills; advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills; good report and proposal writing skills; good negotiation skills; problem solving ability.

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience

· Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers).

· Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers).


· Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise.

· Overseas intercultural experience.


· Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts.


· Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written.

· Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes.

Personal qualities

· Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions.

· Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit.


· Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection.

· All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.

Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)

· Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing.

· Security training for those going to insecure environments.

· Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country.

· Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service).

· Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food).

· Annual leave.

· Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing.

· Disability insurance.

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)

· A salary based upon the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder, starting from USD 1,700 per month.

· Contribution matching programme for retirement savings.

· Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts.

· Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs.

Specific benefits for New Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience)

· USD 300 per month.

· As soon as 12 months relief work or its equivalent has been completed, a salary based upon the grade of the position, starting from USD 1,700 per month, and other experienced relief worker benefits.

Working Conditions

This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.

Application Process

Before you apply, please ensure you are fully aware of the:

a) Medair organisational values.

b) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).

Then to apply, go to the "Current Vacancies" page then:

a) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or

b) apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs).

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Medair
  • Location: Juba | Juba
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-17

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