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Health & Nutrition Team Leader

FHI 360

FHI 360

Mek'ele, Ethiopia
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Organizational Overview:

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, technology, communication, and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development and humanitarian challenge in more than 70 countries. FHI 360’s Crisis Response team is responding to the humanitarian emergency in the Northern Ethiopia through an integrated health, nutrition, WASH, and Protection program focused on decreasing morbidity and mortality among the conflict-affected population.

Job Summary:

Under supervision of the Deputy Response Coordinator, the Health and Nutrition Team leader will lead the health and nutrition program activities implementation in Amhara, Ethiopia. The Health Nutrition Team leader is responsible for the overall leadership in planning, executing, and coordinating the efforts of team members and stakeholders in order to deliver the health and nutrition activities in line with the ISHI-NE project proposal and plan. The Health and Nutrition Team leader will manage and define the project’s objectives and oversee quality control throughout the completion of the project’s life cycle. They will also create work plans based on the goals of the project, implement evidence-based interventions in multi-sector areas and collaborate with other sectors to create integrated work plans and budgets that are essential for the success of the project. Additionally, the Health and Nutrition Team leader will take lead on ensuring the Health and Nutrition activities are in line with the fhi360 guideline and RHB protocols and cluster coordination.

In this particular context, the Crisis Response Team requires the services of a highly skilled Health and Nutrition Staff to support the coordination of Health and Nutrition activities in Amhara region, Ethiopia. The staff will engage with cluster leads, government of Ethiopia officials, health facility-based personnel and other NGO partners to discuss the pressing needs and challenges of the impacted area. The staff will participate in start-up, continuations where applicable and overall implementation of the health and nutrition activities in Amhara and Mekelle project sites. The following are the specific tasks and responsibilities


  • The Health and Nutrition team leader will be responsible for the overall implementation of the health and nutrition component of a humanitarian program with the goal of improving the well-being of affected communities through access to primary health, community health and reproductive health care, nutritional status of the most vulnerable groups, including pregnant and lactating women and children under 59 months and strengthen health systems in the areas of implementation.
  • Organize and oversee the overall implementation of the medical outreach activities
  • Lead in assessments and defining FHI360 operation locations in the sector in liaison with cluster coordination and RHB
  • Monitor progress on the delivery of all health and nutrition-related activities and ensure that objectives are being met on time and on scope per annual workplans.
  • Conduct all health and nutrition-related assessments, provide technical guidance on appropriate emergency activities, and devise sector-specific response strategies for the acute, transitional phases of emergency operations in crisis-affected communities and transitional phases of emergency operations in crisis-affected communities.
  • Provide technical guidance on appropriate emergency activities, and devise sector-specific response strategies for the acute and transitional phases of emergency operations.
  • Develop partnerships and ensure effective coordination with local service providers and international organizations operating in the sector and attend health and nutrition cluster meetings.
  • Work with operations staff and partners to ensure pharmaceutical and medical commodities and services are procured, handled, and managed properly, in accordance with the organization’s supply-chain management protocols.
  • Work closely with other sectors in cross cutting activities in WASH and Protection to ensure smooth implementation of the health components and the ISHI_NE integrated project
  • Manage health and Nutrition program budget, including routine expense forecasting and pipeline analysis.
  • Determine staffing needs for health and nutrition programming, conduct recruitment in collaboration with management and home office technical staff, as necessary.
  • Manage health and nutrition sector field personnel supporting the program and build their capacity to effectively respond to the health component of the project.
  • Assist with resource mobilization by designing, drafting, and reviewing concept notes and technical proposals for emergency operations and related programming, as required.
  • Develop partnerships and ensure effective coordination with local service providers and international organizations operating in the sector and attend regional cluster meetings.
  • Work with operations staff and partners to ensure commodities are procured, handled, and managed properly, in accordance with the organization’s pharmaceutical supply-chain management protocol

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ensures appropriate and timely technical support for field projects.
  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.
  • Conducts routine coordination with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field.
  • Strong knowledge and skills in a specific technical area/function and general understanding of concepts and principles of related technical areas/functions.
  • Solid knowledge of standards for the technical area/field, operational processes and procedures, work, and task flow.
  • Has the ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
  • Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).
  • Ability to manage their own work to job and performance standards.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English fluent in host country language.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Demonstrates the ability to assess needs within agreed upon duties and considers course of action best to meet those needs.
  • Effectively applies knowledge of technical area to solve a range of problems.
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop solutions to problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches.
  • Faulty decisions/ recommendations /failures to complete assignments will normally result in serious delays to assigned projects resulting in considerable expenditure of additional time, resources, and funds.
  • Decisions and actions impact primarily workflow, project processes and timeframes.
  • Problems encountered are varied, requiring review of practices and precedents to resolve.
  • Problem solving involves evaluating and resolving discrepancies with data, analyses, processes, etc. within prescribed guidelines.
  • Policies or guidelines exist for most problems; others must be referred to by a supervisor or more senior professional.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • May supervise junior staff members.
  • Coordinates own workflow and sets individual priorities.
  • Works under general guidelines for completion and accuracy as determined by the supervisor.
  • Accomplishes results through lower-level staff managers or through experienced staff who exercise independence in their assignments.
  • May manage a centralized functional area of activity.
  • Serves as mentor to more inexperienced technical staff.
  • Typically reports to Health & Nutrition Coordinator

Job Requirement


  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.
  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.


  • Over 6+ years of relevant experience in technical implementation of large projects and/or programs may manage activities of lower-level staff, however, main function is individual contributor.
  • Documented experience providing technical assistance, capacity building and business development in the specific technical domain.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization. International or Domestic (US) Program Development or Program management preferred.
  • Experience establishing and leading successful startup operations/projects in complex emergencies situations
  • Significant background in managing public health initiatives is required
  • Experience leading technical assessments using methodologies such as SMART and SQUEAC; strong background in outcome monitoring and evaluation is preferred
  • Experience coordinating complex health programs with wide variety of stakeholders; experience as cluster co-lead is desirable
  • Knowledge and application of Office of US Foreign Disaster (OFDA), BHA and UN donors required.
  • Skilled in developing responsive, evidence-based program designs, including budget development.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private company of progressive program management experience in humanitarian assistance or related industry experience in a relevant technical area.
  • Familiar with and abide by Red Cross/Non-Government Organization (NGO) Code of Conduct.
  • Experience coordinating complex programs with wide variety of stakeholders; experience as cluster co-lead preferred.
  • Breadth of geographic location experience preferred.
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned area
  • Computer, Microsoft Office 365 (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail), office telephone, cell phone and printer/copier
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Expertise in humanitarian health programming, specifically first-phase response operations

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10% - 25%

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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