Position Title: Senior Health & Nutrition Programme Manager

Activation Date: 19 September, 2021   Announced Date: 19 September, 2021   Expire Date: 28 September, 2021

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Category: Health Care
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: As Per Organization Salary scale
Vacancy Number: 210006U0
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Kabul
Organization: Save the Children
Years of Experience: 7+ years of remote project management experience
Contract Duration:
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in education, gender or development studies or a related subject
Close date: 2021-09-28

About Save the Children:

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

•             No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday

•             All children learn from a quality basic education and that,

•             Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

SCI - Afghanistan

 Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.

We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers


Job Description:



Programme Implementation and Monitoring

  • Provide strategic guidance and strong leadership to Health and Nutrition teams in the field and partner focal points to ensure the delivery of programme targets and technically sound decision-making processes
  • Ensure that effective monitoring and performance management systems are in place for achieving agreed programme activity targets, budget allocations and financial expenditures, ensuring that value for money can be effectively demonstrated to the donor and activities and expenditures are compliant with donor requirements
  • Maintain efficient and effective operating systems that are compliant with all Save the Children Minimum Operating Standards across the consortium, including safety and security management and child safeguarding
  • Lead the preparation, review and regular revision of the detailed implementation plan, risk mitigation plan and procurement plan, taking into account agreed milestones, log frame and budget
  • Monitor project progress through field visits and meetings with project staff across the country, including  communities, partners, local and provincial government and other key stakeholders
  • Lead on revisions of core implementation documents (milestones, logftrame, budget, DIP)
  • Ensure that key risks are identified at the start of the project(s) and reviewed and mitigated throughout the project cycle
  • Ensure that security reports are immediately reported to the Safety & Safety Team when known


Budget Management

  • Ensure the effective and donor-compliant management of the project budget through close collaboration with partner focal points and the Finance department
  • Prepare and implement monthly pipeline analyses and monthly spending targets
  • Identify potential ariances of expenses verusus budget, and recommend appropriate adjustments at AIR meetings
  • Justify spending variances 10% in quarterly donor reports


Reporting and Documentation

  • Play a leading role in the finalisation of donor narrative and financial reports, the submission of  budget revisions, and other other donor-required documentation
  • Support MEAL in the writing of donor progress reports and document case studies of successes, challenges, lessons learned and other project-related feedback
  • Coordinate with the Media and Communications team for the publication of best practices and lessons learned for a variety of external stakeholders and audiences


Human Resource Management

  • Ensure that the programme is appropriately staffed across Afghanistan, including the appropriate combination of expertise across technical and operational areas
  • Ensure that all direct reports have updated job descriptions, work plans, objectives, development goals and clear lines of communication and reporting
  • Support the capacity building of staff in English report writing; budget utilisation; indicator tracking; and the preparation of detailed implementation plans



  • Ensure that Memorandums of Understanding are secured with relevant line ministries in a timely manner
  • Ensure that appropriate capacity-strengthening initiatives are afforded to partners as part of ongoing project implementation



  • Coordinate effectively with other NGOs and UN agencies that are working in Health and Nutrition
  • Maintain oversight of Save the Children Afghanistan’s pharmaceutical supplies in country
  • Promote and push for the awareness and utilisation of Child Safeguarding reporting mechanisms
  • Liaise with the PDQA department to input into funding proposals
  • Support the Health & Nutrition Technical Adviser to ensure that all activities are reported to relevant Cluster(s)


BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

Job Requirements:


Master’s degree or equivalent in education, gender or development studies or a related subject




  • Demonstrable experience of developing and managing major donor contracts and grants in excess of $1mil
  • 7+ years of remote project management experience
  • Experience of project and financial management
  • Ability and willingness to spend time in the field
  • Strong skills in coordinating and collaborating with others in partnership
  • Proven track record of solving complex problems through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Training, facilitation, briefing and presentation skills
  • Experience in proposal development for institutional donors such as OFDA, ECHO, DFID etc.
  • Demonstrated experience of building and leading a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
  • Computer skills, i.e. Microsoft suite
  • Fluency in Dari and/or Pashto



  • Knowledge of current trends, activities and best health and nutrition practices in Afghanistan
  • Experience in Clusters
  • Positive relationships with MoPH, DoPH etc.
  • Previous experience in NNGOs/INGOs, UN etc.


Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.


Submission Guideline:

Qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the position by filling in the online application form. In addition to the online application form, they can also attach their CV and cover letter in the online system. Please note that only the applications received through the online portal will be considered for this position.

Applicants can login to the online application system by copying and pasting the following link intro their web browser. Returning users will need to enter their username and password, first time users will need to create a user account.

It is recommended that you save your username and password for future job applications through the online system.



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