Health and Nutrition Specialist

  • Added Date: Thursday, 13 September 2018
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 23 September 2018

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World Vision is seeking a Health and Nutrition Specialist for the Syria Cross-Border Response, based in Turkey, to manage the technical quality and advice on the implementation and coordination of WV’s Health and Nutrition programs including: planning, documentation, monitoring, evaluation, research, and capacity building.


Major Activities

Assessment and design

  • Engage in developing the health components of the response strategy.

  • Engage with health cluster, donors and program officers to access funding and develop proposals and budgets. For both North and South areas.

  • Plan and coordinate health and nutrition assessments of existing and new project areas

  • Based on funding and assessment results plan and set up health and nutrition programs (e.g. MNCH, Public Health, and Nutrition including IYCF and micronutrient supplementation, Health, hygiene and nutrition promotion, capacity building for health providers) in all areas of operation.

  • Build cross-sectorial links between health and other sectors (WASH, Food Security, Protection and Shelter).

Coordination and project management

  • Compile weekly and monthly progress and technical reports for relevant stakeholders.

  • Provide monthly statistical reports on nutrition and health program operations, including morbidity data and pharmaceutical use.

  • Establish and maintain World Vision and other best practice standards for health programs.

  • Ensure that gender and protection mainstreamed in all activities and within the community.

  • Collaborate with finance regarding development and management of project budgets and timely reporting.

  • Coordinate all purchases and requisitions with procurement.

  • Liaison and coordination with all stakeholders, including MoH, WHO, Cluster, other operating partners, community, and other health actors to ensure programme coherence and avoidance of service gaps and overlap.

  • Engage in health and nutrition clusters in Gaziantep and Antakya. Upon need engage with health and nutrition working group in Amman, South Syria hub

  • Provide technical support to South Syria Health, and Nutrition programs (technical review of health data for program reports and proposals remotely and inclusive of travelling to Amman, Jordan when required).

  • Support the South & North Syria team in reviewing medicine orders, review requests from the IP, consumption reports and identify potential misuse of medicines.

  • Travel to Amman, Jordan when needed to participate in the meetings of the Health and Nutrition Committee

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise the health staff, including regular appraisals in coordination with HR.

Capacity Building/Training

  • To assess, design and implement appropriate training programs to equip and upgrade knowledge and skills of World Vision health staff (North and South), partners and service providers.

  • Assist project managers and team leaders in other sectors in development of appropriate to health, hygiene and nutrition promotion information.

  • Build capacity of health teams with reference to community processes and cross-sectorial overlap.

  • Document training program results.

  • Review, if required, training documents provided by the implementing partner.

Humanitarian Accountability:

  • Ensure that health and nutrition interventions take into account local capacities of local stakeholders and community to ensure participation and consultation.

  • Support implementation of information provision mechanisms as per Syrian Refugee response and WVI programme.

  • Support implementation of context-appropriate feedback mechanisms.

  • Orient and train staff, community and partners on international standards (eg. The Sphere Project etc.) and their application.

  • Ensure the Programme Accountability Framework is integrated in the health and nutrition.


Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:

Only Turkish candidates will be considered for this role.


  • Essential: Medical qualification, such as MD/MBBS, or public health qualification (international health) such as BPH or MPH.

  • Essential: 3 years of home country experience in a developing country in managing Disaster Response and Preparedness programs in public health involving assessments, design, planning, implementation, budgeting, reporting, and evaluation and monitoring.

  • Desirable: 2 years of international experience in developing countries in implementing or managing Disaster Response and Preparedness programs in public health and nutrition programming involving assessments, design, planning, implementation, budgeting, reporting, and evaluation and monitoring.

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

  • Knowledge of Arabic and Turkish an advantage

  • Ability to travel regularly for training, assessment, regular monitoring and evaluation, including international travel

  • A high level of diplomacy and networking skills is required.

  • Understanding of international standards, including SPHERE, IYCF, emergency management, security awareness etc.

  • Strong capacity building and facilitation skills

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina

  • Ability to manage work life and work without supervision

  • Ability to work in and contribute to team building environment

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources

  • Able to use a computer, with word-processing and spreadsheets, (e.g. Microsoft Office)

  • Understanding of internet and email

  • Experience in managing staff, partners and facilitating capacity building

License, registration, or certification required to perform this position:

  • Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail-orientation

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

  • Proven organizational skills and time management

  • Excellent computer skills, familiarity with MS Word, Lotus Notes, MS Excel and Power Point would be an added advantage

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English Arabic/Turkish preferred.

  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability

  • Strong communication skills with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior members of the humanitarian community as well as with field practitioners.

  • Excellent networking skills.

  • High degree of negotiation and persuasion skills.

  • Ability to work with a reasonably level of comfort in high tension and high security risk situations.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environs and physical hardships.

  • Ability to facilitate the creation of cross-functional project teams and the development of national strategies.

  • Understands work from a process point of view and uses measurement and accountability systems effectively.

  • Demonstrates openness and transparency.

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to*30*% of the time.

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