Health Cluster Co-Chair

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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: Health Cluster Co-Chair
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Project Management

Title: Health Cluster Co-Chair - Somalia Country Office

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose:
* The purpose of the Co-Coordinator role is to support and strengthen the coordination and performance of the Somalia Health Cluster and add value of NGO co-coordination by complementing the expertise, experience, capacity, competencies and skills of the Coordinator and the Lead Agency.
* The Co-Coordinator shall promote accountability to affected populations and adherence to quality standards and best practices. The role is guided by principles of partnership, collaboration, predictability and transparency.
* The Co-Chair will work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the Cluster co-lead agency to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response. In holding the position, hosted by Save the Children International (SCI), the Cluster Coordinator will have specific responsibility for ensuring that the position is informed by the NGO perspective.
* The accountabilities of the position set out below are aligned to the core functions of cluster delivery at the country level
(i) Supporting Service Delivery
(ii) Informing Strategic decision making
(iii) Planning and Strategy development
(iv) Advocacy
(v) Monitoring and Reporting
(vi) Contingency Planning and Preparedness.
* In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility for extension

Location: Mogadishu

Qualifications and Experience
* Degree in medicine and/or Public Health, health management with training and experience in and project planning and management techniques.

* Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience of humanitarian work including: needs analysis and strategy development, programme/project planning and implementation (project management), cluster/sector coordination and advocacy. Field experience in complex emergencies is essential.
* Sound understanding of the international humanitarian system, including humanitarian coordination, funding and leadership mechanisms.
* Coordination and leadership skills: Information sharing; facilitation of meetings and workshops; analysis and strategic planning and drafting; teamwork/working with people; communication; negotiation (conflict resolution); representation and advocacy.
* Technical knowledge and skills: knowledge of Health specific programming a strong advantage
* High level of fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
* In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN Specialized Agencies, donor agencies, national and international NGOs.
* Previous experience of cluster coordination at international, national, or sub-national level.
* Ability to prioritize, organize, manage and adapt management style according to need.
* Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors.
* Strong interpersonal, management, coordination and negotiating skills for fostering integration and teamwork
* Strong presentation and analytical skills
* Strong planning and organisational skills including ability to meet deadlines.
* Ability to work independently.
* High level of cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
* 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 International’s aims, values and principles.

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


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Publish date: 2019-02-15 10:16:33
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