Save the Children Zambia
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Health and Nutrition Program Manager

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Team/Programme: Programme Operations

Grade: 2

Contract Type: National

Child Safeguarding:

• Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

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, institututionalise 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

Scope Of Role:

Reports to: Programme Operations Director

• Dotted Line Reporting –PDQ Director

• Line Management Responsibility:

- Direct: Senior Newborn Technical Advisor, Project Manager -Systems for Better (SBH), Nutrition Advisor, HIV Project Manager

- Indirect: Health & Nutrition Project Manager, Health Coordinator

Key Areas Of Accountabilities

• 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 intersectoral collaboration.

• 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 timelines.

• 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 consultants

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 Ops 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 workplans 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 CO 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.

Skills And Behaviours (Our Values In Practice)


• Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

• Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

Creates a managerial environment across the Region to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding


• Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

• Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


• Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

• Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


• Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions


• honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence

• displays consistent excellent judgement


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

• Seven 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 conditions.

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

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