Title: Health Technical Officer

your location: Myanmar Country Office, Yangon. May be away for a while depending on the situation within the country

The purpose of the role:

The Health Technical Leader provides strategic technical leadership for country health programs in Myanmar. The Technical Leader plays a leading role in defining the strategic direction of the sector, designing new programs and projects, defining and following up on strategic partnerships. S/ is responsible for program quality assurance for a range of projects, directly supervises the health technical advisor, and works in close collaboration with the Chief of Health Program, Deputy Director of Program Operations (DDPO). He/she plays a significant and representative role with key national and international stakeholders as appropriate in the current country context and works regularly with Senior Committee members and internal stakeholders to maximize program impact, quality and development. The Technical Leader ensures that the learning, research, and evaluation outcomes of the program are directed toward advocacy, continuous improvements, innovation, and new program design.

Role scope:

Reports to: Program development and quality manager

Personnel directly responsible for this position: health technical advisor

Personnel indirectly responsible for this function: Program Head (Water, Sanitation and Humanitarian Preparedness)

Key areas of accountability:

Strategic direction, program design and development

  • Take a leadership role in formulating the CO vision for long-term health programming in Myanmar in line with the Country Strategic Plans for 2022-2024.
  • Provide innovative ideas and approaches to support child health issues in Myanmar; Identify needs and opportunities for potential programmes, particularly in response to current humanitarian needs, through situation analyses/feasibility studies, networking, and co-coordinating clusters as appropriate, drawing on research and evaluation findings from internal and external sources.
  • Provide significant leadership within the humanitarian response team to ensure that broader sector coordination mechanisms are operating effectively in strategy development and tracking, new business development design, staffing, and quality implementation.
  • Promote and facilitate the implementation of the strategic learning agenda for health in Myanmar for a structured and coordinated approach to evidence generation and learning.
  • Work with other teams (BD, Ops, Awards, ACCM) to develop funding strategies and proposals to expand and adapt the Health portfolio in line with strategic priorities, technical best practices and research/learning from current/past programming. This will include the ongoing development and aggregation of concepts and innovations for a range of donors, for proactive and reactive fundraising efforts.
  • Continuous assessment of staffing patterns and technical competencies to ensure appropriate technical expertise is available to support and develop the health portfolio’s needs.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for cross-sectoral synergistic programs to address the comprehensive needs of children, especially the most disadvantaged.
  • Facilitate a set of health-related practices involving staff from different teams across the country program to foster a culture of learning and participation.

Program quality:

  • Overall responsibility for ensuring the quality of the program of health programs of the High Commission of Myanmar
  • Identify internal and external capacity building opportunities and resources to provide high-quality technical assistance to health projects, and support technical staff, partner agencies, etc. to build technical knowledge and competence.
  • Integrate programmatic learning across sectors, ensure consistency of technical approaches across programmes, identify best practices, and ensure integration across sectors.
  • Develop strategies to ensure gender equality, social inclusion and disability, child participation and beneficiary accountability in all programmes.
  • Complete the course for the Silver Common Approaches education program and retain advanced knowledge and skills of common health approaches and be able to provide training, guidance and support to others.
  • Ensure that substantive and in-house technical best practices, including joint SC approaches, are applied in collaboration with program implementation teams.
  • Proactively support the country’s ongoing uptake of common approaches, ensuring they are adapted to Myanmar
  • Sharing findings, evidence and learning about common approaches in Myanmar and elsewhere.
  • Ensure that all programs have effective monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) practices throughout the program cycle.
  • Ensure that interventions are evaluated using appropriate methods, including assessments and impact processes, and that evidence is rigorously maintained, documented and disseminated both internally and externally, to contribute to improving program quality and advocacy efforts.
  • Ensure that control and accountability systems (i.e. IPTT and FRM) provide information in an appropriate and timely manner (at different levels) to allow effective decision making and risk mitigation
  • Work closely with MEAL, ensuring that all programs have and follow recommended meal practices throughout the program cycle
  • Ensure the development of quality standards for major interventions, as well as all new projects; Ensure that continuous analysis of quality standards is used in adaptive management and program quality improvement
  • Support teams to identify, design and conduct health-related operational research.
  • Ensure that Save the Children’s regional and global experience is reflected in health programmes
  • Share CO experience and organizational learning with country offices as well as with relevant organizations around the world.

Policy and advocacy:

  • Close coordination with the advocacy sector, research, and evidence on health-related policy and advocacy work
  • Policy leadership and advocacy for the sector, ensuring that health technology interventions are designed to direct relevant policy concerns. Develop policy briefs and position papers, ensuring technical input from relevant project managers is included.
  • Lead in communicating and articulating Save the Children’s position, policy and strategy in national forums and meetings as appropriate. Engage in key discussions related to national health sector policies and programmes, in coordination with technical colleagues and other relevant staff, as context permits and in accordance with country office engagement principles.
  • Identify appropriate strategic partnerships for joint advocacy initiatives on relevant issues

Human resource management and development

  • Identify and support professional development and career growth opportunities for health personnel from a technical point of view and provide mentoring support when required.
  • Create, build and nurture effective teamwork within the healthy technical team and ensure a cohesive work environment for optimal employee retention.
  • Provide leadership to ensure effective ways of working with other teams, particularly with health program implementation teams.
  • Create an opportunity for staff development in coordination with human resources.
  • Responsibility for establishing and maintaining a management environment in which child protection policy is effectively implemented.

Representation, coordination and networking:

  • Maintain working relationships with relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify partnerships/collaborations and build strong networks with other NGOs, CSOs, donors, UN agencies, academic institutions and the private sector working in health for program collaboration, shared learning, analysis and advocacy initiatives
  • Support the identification, selection, strengthening of technical capacities and monitoring of new partners in health.
  • Ensure that the country office has effective representation on health-related national, regional and international networks and forums, and that we participate in conferences/meetings that will enhance our reputation and programs
  • Actively participate in technical coordination meetings to ensure synergies with other agencies in our development and humanitarian work, including sectors/clusters at the national level.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with donors, both in terms of strategic positioning and program delivery
  • Represent the CO at regional and global meetings on health, both internal and external.

Child Protection Responsibilities

  • Ensure that your staff provides all beneficiaries of your program with ongoing, age-appropriate oral or written information in relevant languages ​​about the Child Protection Policy and Save the Children’s Code of Conduct.

qualifications

  • Academic: Master’s degree in a related field.

Experience and skills

Necessary

  • At least 7 years of work experience in related field.
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Excellent understanding and experience of key health issues and strategies
  • Excellent process facilitation and coordination skills at a high level.
  • Excellent health monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning skills
  • Demonstrated experience in complex humanitarian response on a medium to large scale
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical ability and a masterful understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Good presentation skills including policy brief
  • Good supportive supervision skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply an application letter and CV at the link below:

For external candidates:https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=2200089P&tz=GMT%2B06%3A30&tzname=Asia%2FRangoon

For internal candidates: https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/in/jobdetail.ftl?job=2200089P&tz=GMT%2B06%3A30&tzname=Asia%2FRangoon

Closing date: November 16, 2022 (Wednesday)

User Guide for SCI Applicants: https://myanmar.savethechildren.net/sites/stcico.myanmar.savethechildren.net/files/taleo_applicants_user_guide.pdf

Candidates are also required to state on applications, if there are blood/marriage relations with current Save the Children employees. No photo or copy of certificates is required and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

note: For those who did not or incorrectly state the job title, program/sector name and location in their applications, we will consider those ineligible and will not be considered for a shortlist.

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