Friday, 10 February 2012

Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) Health Program Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is a humanitarian and development organization that aims to positively contribute towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn of Africa, particularly South Central Somalia.

Our work involves provision of clean and accessible water supply, sanitation facilities and promotion of health/hygiene and food security programs.

Position: Health Program Manager

Ref: HR001/12

Duty Station: Nairobi with frequent travels to Mogadishu (50% - 50%)

Contract period: 12 months fixed term contract with possible extension

Annual salary: Range between Kes 2,160,000 to 2,760,000 plus other benefits

Job summary:

Reporting to Country Program Manager the Health Program Manager will contribute to the technical development of HIJRA’s current public health initiatives in Banadir and Lower Shabelle, and support the implementation of technically sound, and locally appropriate public health programming.

The selected candidate will provide technical support and expertise in the areas of public health sector program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

S/he will also play a lead role in providing training and capacity building of health team at the field level, as a key contributor to HIJRA commitment to ongoing improvement of quality and impact of our public health initiatives in Banadir and Lower Shabelle region.

Health Program Manager may be required to visit program sites, conduct assessments for program expansion in our emergency response, and represent HIJRA in technical meetings and working groups.

Other tasks and responsibilities:

Provide overall technical guidance and supervision to HIJRA Health team in Mogadishu, support the health staff in needs assessment, development of concept papers, project proposals and responses to donors, take the leadership in conducting needs assessments, coordinate and conduct training of national staff, monitor and evaluate program performance through project site visits, compilation, consolidation, analysis and presentation of program outcome and impact data and give advice that is required to changing health needs of beneficiary populations, contribute to the development of a HIJRA specific public health model that guides field staff on the minimum operating standards and best practice approaches in Public Health programs worldwide.

S/he will act as a liaison with local and regional officials, UN and NGO agencies in the planning, coordination, promotion of, and support for existing emergency and development of HIJRA projects with public health components.

The incumbent will work closely with HIJRA management to ensure programs are implemented according to best practices, assist with training programs, workshops, and other participatory activities to broaden knowledge and practice of effective monitoring and evaluation of public health programs, assist with supply chain procurement and distribution, lead in the preparation for and assistance in implementation of public health and general program management trainings, work one-on-one with HIJRA partners to troubleshoot and assist with public health program issues, coordinate and standardize public health programs across agencies.

Keep abreast of current international standards and best practices.

Qualifications & Requirements
  • Bachelor Degree in Public Health or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years working with health-related programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including presentation and negotiation skills,
  • Good knowledge and experience in working with local communities with a capacity of providing technical training.
  • Involvement in emergency relief programs in Somalia would be an asset
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to ever changing needs
  • Experience of working with Sphere Standards and Guideline
  • Must have experience in reports, proposal writing and fundraising
  • Must have the ability to travel and work in difficult circumstances
Desired skills and qualifications
  • Masters in Public Health or other related field
  • Work experience in Somalia
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NGO humanitarian sector
If you meet the above requirements kindly send your application with an updated CV which should have at least three names of your referees including their contacts to

You are required to state clearly on the subject line the Title and Reference for this position.

For more information regarding the organization you may visit our website:

Deadline: 24th February 2012.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

HIJRA is an equal opportunity employer


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