Health and Nutrition Specialist, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Closing date: Sunday, 29 May 2016

Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
Under the general direction and guidance of the Director of Programme Development and Quality ensure that all Health and Nutrition programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts significant donor funding and contributes significantly to Save the Children's strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy. The Health and Nutrition Specialist is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Guidelines and policies are respected. He/she shall also contribute to achieving high programme quality through evidence based work, and/or leading new research around Health (especially Newborn Child Survival) and Nutrition programming, with a strong emphasis on behaviour change. The Health and Nutrition Specialist must be willing to embrace a child rights programming approach and represent Save the Children in national forums and working groups. He/she will support the overall country strategic intent to focus on adolescent girls with a focus on advocacy.
Reports to: Director Programme Development and Quality
Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania (starting in Zanzibar) since 1986. It is currently starting a new strategic plan period (2016-2018), with approximately $8 million projected spend in 2016. The health and nutrition work at Save the Children in Tanzania is developed and quality is ensured through the Programme Development and Quality Team, but is implemented through Programme Operations in the field offices and through projects.
Staff directly reporting to this post: None
Strategic Planning and Programme Development
  • Be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of country strategy and thematic programme plans. Specifically lead the development and implementation of the Health and Nutrition strategies in collaboration with other technical sectors.
  • Build on technical knowledge, personal understanding of health and nutrition policy and services in Tanzania, and current/previous programming to develop projects for funding in close coordination with the programme quality team (including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning). Ensure all new programming supports the achievement of Save the Children strategic and thematic objectives in both development and humanitarian contexts. Maintain a gender sensitive lens and work towards gender equity in programmes. All programming must reflect the Government of Tanzania's priorities (or influencing updates in policy) and be aligned to building their capacity to effectively provide health and nutrition services to all Tanzanians, particularly adolescent girls and mothers.
  • Analyse donor priorities and positions on issues related to health and nutrition; identifying institutional funding opportunities and developing/maintaining contacts with potential donors, partners and key technical agencies. Ensure that new partnerships in this technical area reflect the programme quality we expect of ourselves.
  • Ensure that programme strategy supports and demonstrates good practice in child safeguarding and gender mainstreaming.
  • Using a child rights programming lens, ensure that our Health and Nutrition programming is built around the Theory of Change and aligns with Global Initiative strategic directions both for Newborn Child Survival and Nutrition.
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