Health & Nutrition Project Manager

Location: International
Position Location: Africa - South Sudan


Position:                     Health & Nutrition Project Manager

Location:                    Maban, South Sudan, with frequent trips to Juba

Direct Reports to:      Maban Area Coordinator

Technical Report:      Deputy Country Director (DCD) - Programs


About RI: Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them. 


Position Summary:

RI is recruiting a Health & Nutrition Project Manager to manage RI’s expanded BPRM and UNHCR funded Health, Nutrition and FSL project in Maban. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic team through an expansion of RI’s Health and Nutrition project in refugee and host communities.

He/she will be responsible for all project management functions including personnel, budget and workplan management. He/she will provide technical support, supervision and quality assurance to health and nutrition teams operating in both refugee and host communities. The Health & Nutrition Project Manager will supervise, coach and mentor technical health and nutrition staff in Maban. Finally, he/she will be responsible for compiling all inputs from the Health, Nutrition and FSL team for donor reports.


Responsibilities and Duties:

Project & Grant Management (60%)

  • Project manage the BPRM and UNHCR funded Health, Nutrition and FSL project, responsible for compiling the detailed implementation plan, spenddown and procurement plans
  • Lead the project mobilization process with field and support teams
  • Ensure donor requirements for data collection, reporting, and targets/achievements for the project are met
  • Work closely with the Deputy Country Director – Programs and Maban Area Coordinator to achieve project objectives and targets effectively and efficiently
  • Manage and oversee the supply requests of in-kind health and nutrition items and purchase orders of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies as needed
  • Mitigate the risk of stock-outs through supply forecasting, budget planning, regular communication, and timely supply and purchase requests for the project
  • Monitor program expenditure and regularly liaising with DCD-Programs and finance staff to address spending issues
  • Ensure program targets are met using indicator / activity tracking table
  • Prepare and submit weekly, monthly and annual data and reports to line manager and other relevant agencies


Quality Assurance (30%)

  • Build the capacity of national staff through proper coaching and training
  • Improve the quality of primary health care (PHC) services delivered at project supported facilities through priority setting, on-job training, and continuous monitoring
  • Oversee the health and nutrition management capacities/structure, evaluating health and nutrition team field organogram and program management abilities on a routine basis
  • Ensure the quality of data through proper entry, cleaning and regular checking and use the data for action on the site
  • Develop recommendations, guidelines, SOPs and action plans for ensuring health and nutrition project quality across all Maban health and nutrition project sites
  • Routinely review existing data collection capacities and help the team improve facility-level data collection and reporting
  • Ensure diagnosis and treatment of patients is based on standard procedures (national and international guidelines)
  • Ensure the community based activities such as EPI, nutrition screening, health education and defaulter tracing are done properly
  • Actively participate in the identification and management of any disaster or epidemics in Maban


Program Development and Representation (10%)  

  • Lead program design and budgeting process for repeat and follow on funding
  • Represent RI with project donors at the field and national level as required
  • Participate in the Health and Nutrition Cluster coordination activities through active reporting and communication with field and national level focal points as required



  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or relevant qualifications  
  • At least 5 years’ professional experience leading, managing, and implementing health-based programs in both host community and refugee or IDP contexts.
  • Previous experience of project planning and grant management of UNHCR and /or BPRM funded projects
  • Previous experience with managing nutrition programming (TSFP, OTP) is strongly recommended
  • High level of skill in developing, implementing and training others in the tools needed for program cycle management monitoring and review
  • Skilled in, and committed to, community participation/interaction, field visits and presence in program areas
  • Proven financial, logistics and procurement management skills.
  • Practical experience managing staff and programs in insecure locations
  • Well-developed human resource management skills
  • Proven experience of leading capacity development initiatives
  • Proven commitment to humanitarian and accountability principals and knowledgeable of quality assurance systems
  • Good communicator with proven diplomacy who has the ability and willingness to engage with all levels of staff and all types of stakeholders
  • Fluent and articulate in English
  • Excellent written communication skills


We would like to share Relief International's Values with you:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability


The closing date for applications is 27 December 2019.

Due to the urgency of this role, we will be reviewing CVs and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are asked to submit their application as soon as possible.

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