Health Coordinator

Location: International
Position Location: Africa - Sudan



Position:         Health Coordinator

Reports to:     Program Director   

Location:        El Fasher, North Darfur - Sudan with frequent travel to other RI offices and program field sites

About RI:

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty. RI has been working in Sudan since 2005, delivering integrated Health, WASH, and Nutrition projects.

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:

The Health Coordinator’s role is to lead and provide technical support for the planning and smooth operation of Health activities throughout RI’s country programs. This includes the active involvement in continuously developing and rolling out a country Health strategy based on the specific context, assessments/needs identified, and overall country program goals. In addition, the Health Coordinator will support with the overall capacity building of local staff and stakeholders in Health.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

Program Management & Implementation

  • Provide Health sectoral leadership and technical support to program teams; oversee and coordinate development of Health activity detailed implementation plans and budget forecasts, and technically manage Health field teams to ensure timely achievement of high-quality deliverables as planned.
  • Coordinate with other sectoral leads to ensure multi-sectoral programs are integrated and cross-cutting (e.g. gender, protection, climate, and sustainability within all Health interventions).
  • Coordinate with field teams to ensure the proper execution of the Health program against all set objectives and targets within the agreed budgets and timeframes.
  • Implement and maintain reporting systems to monitor and evaluate the Health objectives, indicators and outcomes of the projects.
  • Contribute to the creation of reports, ensuring the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality of internal information as required. Support field teams in regular budgetary follow up to ensure timely expenditure of health budgets.
  • Liaise with all internal and external counterparts of the project; ensure external representation of RI in relevant sectors including participating in technical and sectoral meetings to ensure visibility amongst local authorities. Pass relevant information to the Country Senior Management Team. 
  • Work closely with program support functions (logistics and finance departments) for Health program supplies and activities planning.
  • Assist with the recruitment of new health staff.
  • Any other task as delegated by the Supervisor

Technical Oversight

  • Ensure that technical quality and standards are upheld during project implementation; assess and analyze Health activity progress continuously through lessons learned, field assessments, and design and implement response plans; and identify opportunities for innovation, improvement and adaptive management.
  • Planning/overseeing Emergency response activities in case of outbreaks, such as cholera, measles, COVID.
  • Responsible for overseeing proper management of drug supplies at main warehouse and at health facilities and closely monitor consumption to avoid stock rupture and to ensure rational use of drugs.
  • Coordinate and participate in regular monitoring and supervisory visits to supported health facilities to ensure provision of quality care to beneficiaries.
  • Liaise with MOH and/or other INGOs to set up efficient referral mechanisms to facilities with higher level of care. This includes developing referral protocols, drafting MoUs and other agreements.
  • Coordinate with MEAL department to develop data collection tools in line with donors reporting requirements.
  • Ensure gender and protection is considered throughout the project cycle, with women being enabled to influence decision making around Health challenges.
  • Coordinate with Operations team to prepare national and international medical orders, including pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and medical equipment.  

Program Development

  • Identify and stay updated on the latest Health sector best practice within the country through routine engagement and dialogue with the relevant Government of Sudan offices, the Cluster network, and the international community as applicable to the Sudan context. Evaluate the options and propose innovations and updates to RI Sudan’s Health sector services to ensure provision of the highest quality sustainable services possible, and to maintain RI’s competitive advantage in the field.
  • Provide sectoral and technical leadership to the design of, and engage in rapid needs assessments and their analysis, and ensure their linkage to activity plans and budgets.
  • Assess in-country resources and capacities (human, material and financial) for Health program roll out, and ensure provision of requisite capacity building.
  • Formulate the overall aims and objectives of the Health response program through ongoing development and refinement of a clear Health Strategy.
  • Select and design the most appropriate form of health systems, and health services and public health promotion programs taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms. Ensure sustainability and capacity building is fundamental components of these systems and programs.
  • Ensure Government of Sudan, WHO, Sphere and any other relevant standards are considered through the program cycle and are well documented.
  • Development concept papers, letters of intent, proposals and budgets related to the above.

Staff Management and Development

  • Directly supervise health managers in Blue Nile, North Darfur and East Darfur.
  • Ensure capacity development plans are in place and capacity is built for all direct reports and for the health team as a unit.
  • Ensure a positive and safe working environment and good team dynamics (solve out potential conflicts) and promote team working conditions.
  • Create an environment that fosters learning and development.

Qualifications & Requirements:

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • Master’s degree in Health: MD, MPH, or other relevant qualification.
  • At least five years’ work experience in a development, emergency or post-conflict setting in integrated Health interventions.
  • Excellent written and oral English skills required. Must be able to draft high quality, donor reports and proposals.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience and understanding of key intuitional donors’ policies, guidelines and strategies e.g. USAID, OFDA, ECHO, DFID and UN.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a fluid, loosely structured, but complex work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements.
  • Must be able to work independently, with minimum supervision, within the context of a larger team.
  • Strong coordination skills; flexibility, adaptability, and patience; facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Ability to understand and address gender- related challenges within the beneficiary groups.

Success Factors:

The ideal candidate will be passionate, enthusiastic and driven, and have experience of working with national and expatriate team members in nutrition programmes in complex and protracted emergency responses. A demonstrable commitment to national capacity strengthening is mandatory. S/he will have demonstrable experience of managing health programmes, have excellent written and verbal communications skills and will be fluent in English. Experience working in project management within an INGO in conflict-induced fragile settings is mandatory, with previous experience in Sudan desirable.

RI Values:
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

Living Conditions/Environmental Conditions

This position is based El Fasher, North Darfur with travels to Juba and filed locations in East Darfur and Blue Nile states. It offers an opportunity to join a diverse and open workplace, with a team committed to inclusion, innovation, and personal development. We also offer:

  • Accommodation in a shared compound in El Fasher, own room.
  • 6-week R&R cycle with a financial contribution towards the R&R costs.
  • Very competitive compensation, Danger Pay and daily post differential among other benefits.
  • Access to RI’s award-winning learning management system with a wide menu of training resources, and internal/external training courses.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a detailed CV and cover letter by June 13th, 2020. Due to the critical nature of this assignment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be interviewed prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this vacancy is posted. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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