Health Cluster Coordinator

TITLE:  Health Cluster Co-Coordinator
Permanent  0
Fixed Term  5 months with possibility of extension


Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE: The aim of a Health Cluster is to ensure a more coherent and effective humanitarian response by all international, national and local actors operating in the health cluster in areas affected by crisis.
 The Cluster Co-Ordinator works in tandem with the WHO Health Cluster Coordinator providing leadership and facilitating the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response. In holding the position, the Health Cluster Co-Coordinator will have specific responsibility for ensuring that the position is informed by the partners perspective. The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring that the cluster membership is contributing to and sharing Cluster responsibilities, and will play a key role in developing the active engagement and technical capacity of health cluster partners / members of the Cluster.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to: Deputy PDQ Director
Staff reporting to this post:

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Role Dimensions:
• Support the regular coordination meetings with Cluster members, building on existing health cluster coordination fora through supporting the organization and chairing meetings (chairing the meetings and drafting meeting minutes during absence of cluster coordinator).
• Working closely with the information management officer, facilitate the collection of relevant cluster data using cluster approved tools from all partners, implementation and dissemination of the Indicator Monitoring Framework and ensure the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)- managed 4W database and dashboard are regularly updated.
• Ensure the collation and dissemination of information related to the health cluster in Cluster updates and regular Health Bulletins.
• Ensure Cluster members are aware and taking into account all cross cutting issues in humanitarian work such as gender and accountable to affected populations through consultative mechanisms.
• Coordinate the establishment and work of the Cluster sub-groups, ensuring a productive outcome and consistency with humanitarian and national policies and standards.
• Lead and contribute to the joint analysis of health-cluster data leading to identification of gaps in the health cluster response, sharing feedback with cluster partners and agreement on priorities to inform the development (or adaptation) of a health emergency response actions and strategy.
• Work with the cluster coordinator to ensure that the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA)/WHO is informed of priority gaps that cannot be covered by any Cluster partner and require CLA action as provider of last resort.
• In absence of cluster coordinator, represent the Cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms at country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multi-sectoral responses, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions with the other working groups/clusters concerned.
• Ensure that regular health needs assessments are undertaken and that the results are documented in relevant information tools, which are accessible to all partners and donors for addressing needs..
• Identify urgent training needs in relation to technical standards and protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all Cluster members.
• Support the preparation and update of Flash Appeals, Contingency plans and Strategic and Humanitarian Response Plans and other strategic and funding proposals for donors for the health cluster and contributes to inter-cluster strategies.
• Identify core advocacy concerns for the Health Cluster through a consultative process: develop joint cluster/ inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy.

Competencies: Generic
1. Ensuring the effective use of resources
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Functional Skills and Knowledge:

• Demonstrated knowledge in leading and coordinating international health response in emergencies.
• Demonstrated knowledge of public health response operations and their implementation in emergencies, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to lead and direct multidisciplinary and multinational staff.

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
• Essential: Advanced university degree in public health, medicine, disaster management, or related fields from a recognized university or academic institute or a relevant combination of professional and academic qualifications complemented by specialized training in assessment of public health relief efforts and activities.
• Desirable: Health Cluster Coordinator training and /or WHO surge training, or training in emergency response in the context of public health

• Essential: At least 7 years of experience in humanitarian response, at national and international levels, with emphasis on health cluster coordination, public health management and related strategy development in a managerial position, capacity building and implementation.  Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships and/or experience in developing countries.
• Desirable: Experience of health cluster coordination with WHO or UN organizations/agencies, international or national NGOs in humanitarian response.

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.
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Date advertised: 29 Sep 2019

Closing date: 16 Oct 2019 - 21:59 BST

Location: Sanaa, Yemen

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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