HEALTH AND NUTRITION SENIOR TECHNICAL SPECIALIST at Save the Children: (Deadline 7January 2022)

HEALTH AND NUTRITION SENIOR TECHNICAL SPECIALIST at Save the Children: (Deadline 7January 2022)

HEALTH AND NUTRITION SENIOR TECHNICAL SPECIALIST at Save the Children: (Deadline 7 January 2022)

 Advert – Health and Nutrition Senior Technical Specialist (1)

About the Role:

Save the Children (SC) is the world’s largest independent child rights organization, underpinned by a vision of a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

The Health and Nutrition Technical Specialist takes overall responsibility for the strategic direction and coordination of Save the Children’s work on health and nutrition in the Rwanda/Burundi Country Office including ensuring programming attracts significant donor funding and contributes to Save the Children’s strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy. As a senior member of the programme development and quality (PDQ) team, the Health and Nutrition Technical Specialist (H&N TS) is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality, innovative, cost effective programmes in Health and Nutrition both in emergency as well as long-term development, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children. The H&N TS is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved.  They are also responsible for initiating and taking technical leadership in H&N focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovation and good practices; leading on policy research and advocacy on H&N through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organisations and other institutions, and; playing a leading role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations for the sector.

 Qualifications and experience

  • Holds a Master’s Degree in public health, international health or equivalent and relevant field.
  • Significant professional experience, at least 8 years, of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical H&N projects preferably in the Rwandan context and with International NGOs
  • Demonstrated experience working in emergency/humanitarian settings.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health at national and subnational levels with an intimate understanding of the Burundi or Rwanda Health System. Experience working within the Burundi or Rwanda Health System will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of current global, regional and country level health discourses on newborn and child health, nutrition, adolescent health, mHealth and emergency health.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and substantial experience in preparing projects proposals and donor reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and commitment to capacity building of staff with proven skills as a trainer/facilitator and mentor.
  • Demonstrated skills in resource and staff management and capacity development
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.

 The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated 

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued


This position is on Child Safeguarding- Level 3:  The post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs. Or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


We are committed to ensuring a safe working environment for all those who work for us and for all those who come into contact with our staff and representatives, including children and members of the communities with whom we work.

SCI takes a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and any other conduct that is discriminatory or disrespectful to others.

Application Information:

Deadline for receiving applications is 7th January 2022.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

*Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. *

*Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process*


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