Health and WASH Technical Program Manager
World Vision Rwanda is a child focused Christian humanitarian organization implementing development programs in 30 Districts of Rwanda.
World Vision Rwanda seeks to hire a highly qualified, dedicated and experienced national for the position of Health and WASH Technical Program Manager. The position will be based at Head Office – Kigali reporting to the Senior Operations Manager.
Purpose of the position:
To provide overall Health and Wash technical leadership for the national office ensuring alignment with regional and global Health strategies, to include advocacy and M&E and integration with other sectors and functional areas for improvement of the lives of the most vulnerable children. The jobholder provides guidance to field staff for quality Health and WASH programming implementation, seeks opportunities for Health and WASH implementation research, and communicates learnings from programming and maps donors, understands their technical expectations, pre-positions the NO for grants bids and leads the design and development of proposals. He/she maintains strong and regular external engagement with health stakeholders in the country and maintains situation awareness of potential public health emergencies ensuring readiness for sector response.
The major responsibilities include:
End Results Expected
- Contribute to overall NO strategy; ensure health priorities reflected in national strategy
- Develop HWN technical approaches, ensuring alignment with NO strategy and regional and global health priorities and cross-sectoral considerations
- Develop HWN technical guidance aligned with technical approach
- Develop systems and processes to support programs to have common health approaches
- Ensure ongoing improvements to health TA/TP design to ensure it remains relevant to context, incorporates innovation, by receiving and analyzing field-level information
- Remain up to date with public health and nutrition research, policy, guidance and initiatives and ensure dissemination to sub-national staff
- Ensure projects are aligned with NO and regional strategy, and HHN TA
- Develop and/or contextualize models, methodologies and tools for health programming implementation
- Provide leadership, support and technical guidance to field staff in implementation of health programming
- Conduct field visits to ensure health staff are adequately informed, trained and provided with necessary work tools. May divide this responsibility with sub-national staff
NO health /W technical approach aligned with regional and global HWN strategy, and represent the best possible address of national and regional contexts.
Quality assurance of HWN programming in NO
Field staff involved in HWN programming adequately guided to understand HWN technical approach and minimum standards, and supported to meet these
- Assessment of NO HWN staff capacities/competencies
- Communicate capacity building needs to regional HWN staff, develop sector staff capacity building plans with P&C
- Participate in selection of SMEs to assist with capacity needs
- Facilitate capacity building of staff on health technical modules, public health topics, through trainings, workshops, technical backstopping etc
- May conduct trainings at ToF level in select HWN project models
National office has a capacity building plan and have technically skilled staff who are equipped to perform their jobs
Learning and Evidence Base Development, Dissemination and Knowledge Management
- Identify and implement opportunities for research to enhance learning and build the evidence base/generate evidence, ideally with academic partners.
- Spearhead research, documentation and reflection exercises for learning
- Collect, document and disseminate field best practices, case studies and success stories
- Develop conference abstracts and/or publications based on learnings and best practice
There is documentation of proven practice, operations research and learnings which can be scaled up in programs
Implementation of evidence based learnings translates into improved programming impact on health initiatives
- Preposition the NO for grants in technical sector, working with national GAM team
- Mapping of donors; understand donor expectations, technical priorities, key strategic approaches
- Track multilateral, bilateral and local funding programs to access resources
- Map potential partners with strengths that would be complementary to WV in filling gaps in a grant opportunity
- Prepare detailed health or sub-sector capability statement at NO level
- Together with GAM, track specific opportunities and make appropriate partnering arrangements. Join in go/no-go decision
- Lead on grant proposals as coordinator of writing team, or grant design, design workshop, interview panels for key personnel
- Concept papers and proposals for fund raising, marketing with SOs
There are increased relevant grant opportunities identified for the NO and are in the grant pipeline
Proposals submitted are technically sound
- Receive and review HWN reports. May at times need to assist field staff to write these reports
- High quality monitoring, supervision and evaluation of health programs to ensure quality implementation. Includes technical backstopping, reflection, lessons learned events, etc., to ensure programming on track
- Ensure ADP designs aligned to TA/TP, ensure implementation meets minimum standards
- Liaise with other organizations to collaborate in standard setting
- Participate with DME team in designing, redesigning and elaborating log frames for HWN programming. May be handled by sub-national staff with review by NO health manager
- Ensure standardization of HHN indicators and project models across projects
- Links with national HMIS (health management information systems)
Grants and operations research implementation meet technical requirements
HWN program implementation meets minimum standards
- Incorporate local-to-national HWN advocacy and campaigning in HWN Technical Approach and programming, with assistance of advocacy specialist staff
- Accompany advocacy and SLT members to meetings with health departments
- Provide technical input into policy briefings/ensure quality of advocacy product content
- Understand and include advocacy staff in health TAs and TP
- Obtain evidence from health programs and data from CVA to inform policy at sub-national and national level and to be used in government relations
- Engage where appropriate in advocacy-related coalitions
- Be part of CHN cross-functional team
- Ensure CVA for health is scaled up to critical
WV influence on HWN advocacy agenda in the country is improved
Networking, Partnering, and External Representation
- Represent WV at external workshops, technical forums, etc, engaging with MoH, donors and other health partners. Ensure WV prominent actor at all levels; networking
- With MoH, contribute to national strategy or national plans (e.g. the CHW plan, the malaria strategy, the HIV strategy)
- Partnership agreements with government institutions, NGOs and international bodies
- Develop strategic partnerships with private sector with guidance of partnership and innovation team in GC. More intentional engagements with private sector/corporates
- Compile updated fact sheets on health programming to support the partnering specialists
WV influence on the health agenda to external partners, donors, academia and civil society organizations, is strengthened in the country
- Maintain situational awareness of actual and potential hazards before, during and after a disaster or public health emergency
- Understand the early warning and response mechanisms at regional/national level and local government engagement
- Collaborate cross-sectorally in emergency preparedness and disaster response.
- Provide technical input into emergency response work, if necessary
- Guide community hazard vulnerability analysis in area of health and nutrition
- Solve problems under emergency conditions
- Available for deployment for an HEA response in the regions for 4 weeks per year if needed (percent allocations per responsibility would change in such a case)
The NO is adequately prepared for potential public health emergencies
Manage one or more national or sub-national HHN staff
- Support project implementation teams in Health and WASH sector through providing targeted training, tools and resources on a regular basis to facilitate timely and quality delivery of programs.
- Participate in recruitment and hiring of HWN Sector leads staff, together with SOM / P&C
Cluster and project HWN technical staff are supported in their roles
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical skills and Experience
The following knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:
Required Professional Experience
- 5+ years’ experience in public health programs
- Proven experience in managing community health and nutrition projects
- Experience leading and managing a professional technical team
- Master’s Degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Water engineering or related field; in most situations a doctoral degree preferred
- A deep knowledge of the health and nutrition issues that affect the country, with significant HWN experience in the country
- Knowledge and skills in health data management/monitoring & evaluation
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time management, demonstrated leadership and good management ability
- Strategy development
- Theory of change and logical framework development
- Budget development/management, including knowledge of general accounting and budgeting principles
- Database management, statistical skills and ability to critically evaluate health data Mentoring
- Professional experience in training/capacity building
- Research and evaluation experience
- Partnership negotiation
- Multi-sectoral/integrated program design and implementation
The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
N.B: Women are highly encouraged to apply.
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The closing date for submission of applications is 12th August 2022; no late applications will be accepted.
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