Health and Nutrition Coordinator

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INTERSOS is an independent non-profit humanitarian organization committed to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and unprotected people.

Job Details
Employer: INTERSOS
Job Title: Health and Nutrition Coordinator
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other


1. Terms of reference


  • Job title: Health and Nutrition Coordinator
  • Duty station: Mogadishu but with frequent travel to project sites within Somalia
  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Contract duration: Dec 2018. But renewable
  • Reporting to: Health and Nutrition Advisor
  • Supervision of: Health and Nutrition Project Managers
  • Dependents: N/A


2. Job description

A. General context of the project

General context of the project

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is among the most complex and longstanding emergencies in the world. The fragility of Somalia over the past 27 years has resulted in weakening of the public sector, its systems and personnel, with a subsequent focus on emergency response interventions to recurrent crises. The burden of disease is heavily dominated by communicable diseases, reproductive health problems and undernutrition. Immunization coverage is considerably low and Acute Watery Diarrhoea/cholera, measles, malaria, and other communicable diseases outbreaks are constantly reported in many areas including in IDP settlements across Somalia. INTERSOS has been working in Somalia since 1992, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities. The INTERSOS is operational in Middle Shabelle, Bay, Bakool and Banadir regions implementing interventions in the areas of Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education and Protection reaching out to more than 300,000 conflict and drought affected people.

B. General purpose of the position, responsibilities and tasks

General purpose of the position

The Health and nutrition Coordinator will have the overall responsibility of coordination, planning and implementation of the health/nutrition department projects and activities in the field. Additionally, s/he will be robustly involved in capacity building and training related activities.

· Contribute to the technical definition of INTERSOS health and strategies and to the elaboration of new projects finalized to the health strategy implementation Essential to this responsibility is to maintain effective relationship with the Health Projects Donors and to remain informed about decisions, developments and initiatives of the Health and Nutrition sectors for Somalia.

· Strive to the achievement of the objectives of INTERSOS health and nutrition projects in Somalia, either by direct supervision or “remote control management” of Intersos supported Health facilities in Kenya-Somalia.

· Manage human resources within the Health and nutrition projects, coordinating and motivating personnel, encouraging continuous update and training on the job.

Main responsibilities and tasks

Programmes development and coordination:

  • Supervise the Health & Nutrition programmes to ensure they are implemented in accordance with INTERSOS standards and regulations.
  • Work closely with the Health and Nutrition Advisor and Head of Mission in building relationships with key Health & Nutrition partners and donors to strengthen INTERSOS Health & Nutrition programmes in Somalia.
  • Supervise and support the Health & Nutrition Project Managers by providing technical and programme support (i.e. staff recruitment, training and mentoring expatriate and national staff, ensure timely and quality project narrative reports, internal and to be provided to the donors on time according to donors’ requirement; ensure the use of qualitative and quantitative indicators, supervising the correct implementation of the projects in accordance with agreed strategies, principles, implementation plans, and donor requirements; monitor Health & Nutrition projects through follow up of the PATs)
  • Ensure and support the mainstreaming of Health & Nutrition components in the INTERSOS mission projects by providing technical expertise and assure that linkages among the projects are established and are sustainable.
  • Work closely with the Project Managers of the Health and Nutrition projects in the direct implementation of the activities specifically in the mentoring of the local staff and remote supervision of the activities in the field.
  • Ensure that at all times contact with beneficiaries, target groups and representatives of authorities is conducted in a sensitive and respectful manner;
  • Ensure the roll out of regular staff trainings and refresher sessions to maintain a high standard of capacity among the Health & Nutrition field teams in all areas.
  • Keep record of all Health & Nutrition training attended by local and expat staff and regularly share information with the HOM
  • Ensure that Health & Nutrition information is used effectively to advocate on important issues as well as for longer term planning for target populations
  • Regular visits to the Health & Nutrition programme sites in Somalia. Mission reports should be prepared and shared with Health and Nutrition advisor and HOM after every field mission to project sites in Somalia
  • Prepare regular monthly report for the HOM on Somalia mission Health & Nutrition programme.
  • Represent INTERSOS in external coordination meetings with UN/ NGOs, donors, partners and government in Mogadishu & in the field.

Admin and Finance Aspects:

Responsible for the management and financial administration of the assigned projects, and for the achievement of their objectives and results. She/he liaises and communicates effectively with INTERSOS administrative staff in the field and in Mogadishu and provides the technical information in order to:

  • To ensure that project financial planning is elaborated and monitored on the basis of the health analysis and in conformity with the available donor funds
  • To ensure that the Administrative staff is supported by field staff to guarantee compatibility with budget constraints and conformity to internal and donors procedures
  • To take direct part to ensure that the field staff implements the monthly financial planning, consistently with the health activities plan.
  • To guarantee compatibility and conformity to budget constraints and procedures defined by Intersos and donors and to be responsible for project funds and bank account management;
  • To manage procurement of goods, works and services essential to the project;
  • To provide the accuracy of all the project documentation;
  • To guarantee the accurate project administration and to supervise preparation of accounting documents for intermediate and final financial reports required by donors;
  • To elaborate on a quarterly basis financial planning of the projects with specific focus on activity and staff costs and to communicate the planning to field coordinators in Somalia;
  • To approve all projects expenses at the end of the month through a check of the list of them provided by the administration by 10th of the following month;
  • To approve all the expenses and check supporting documents before any financial report is submitted;
  • To be responsible and elaborate with support of the administration budget revisions when needed;
  • To elaborate with support of the administration budgets when new proposals are prepared;

3. Position requirements



  • Qualified doctor or nurse with a postgraduate qualification in community/public health with management skills (human resources, hospital management on the humanitarian emergency projects)
  • Master degree or equivalent in Public Health
Professional experience
  • At least 5 years work experience in humanitarian field in relevant technical disciplines and in coordination position
Professional requirements
  • Knowledge of the cluster system
  • Knowledge of ECHO/UNICEF/CHF/WHO procedures and familiar with their approach and strategies
  • Project Management skills, including financial planning and documentation;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, good reporting and communication skills are required;
  • Good problem solving and social skills and creative, to think of alternative solutions;
  • Good interpersonal skills to work effective with different stakeholders including different communities in the target areas, humanitarian actors, service providers, local and national authorities;
  • Excellent organizational, team building and participatory training skills and experience is required, as well as ability to work as part of a team;
  • Previous working experience in Somalia will be an asset
  • Desirable competencies and qualifications - Previous experience in the Somali context or in remote field
  • Proved qualification in Health sector trainings
  • Dynamic and flexible



  • English language skills required (fluent),
  • Somali language skills (desirable)

Personal requirements

  • Strong collaborator with effective inter-personal and analytic skills
  • Training and guidance skills
  • Able to work effectively under pressure and handle workload.

As a general input to this section, not mandatory requirements are followed by the word ‘‘desirable’’ in brackets. All other requirements are considered as mandatory.


Application process:

Send CV and cover letter to with email heading “Health and Nutrition Coordinator – Mogadishu” by COB Tuesday 17th April 2018.

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