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Health & Nutrition Technical Specialist

Save the children Sierra Leone

Health & Medicine

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Closing date:

18 March 2022

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Save the children Sierra Leone

Save the Children is recruiting for an experienced Health and Nutrition Technical Specialist that will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high-quality programmes that deliver change for children in both emergency and development programming.

The Health and Nutrition Technical Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that Health and Nutrition responses in Sierra Leone is supported with quality technical inputs and to drive the child survival breakthrough, drawing upon Health and Nutrition strategic priorities. The role will support national advocacy and influence while driving strategic partnerships for new business development.  S/he will support the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners. The role will also link with regional health, nutrition and WASH capacities where they exist, and contribute to regional learning, evidence generation and knowledge management where appropriate. The role will work closely with operations colleagues and partners in Sierra Leone, building the capacity, ownership and agency of local organisations in health programming design and implementation.

This position will be expected to engage with the country’s health and nutrition sector, and coordination mechanisms, as well as represent the organisation with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, UN agencies, and key INGO / CSO. The role would be expected to support emergency preparedness, DRR and support the assessment, design and implementation of humanitarian responses with other Public Health staff in the country setting. 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



  • Masters degree in Health, Nutrition, Public Health or related field or equivalent experience
  • Nutrition, Health, Medical or Public Health undergraduate or related qualification



  • At least 5 years’ experience of working in the Health & Nutrition in emergency or development settings, with preference for experience in Sierra Leone
  • Understanding of the Health and Nutrition Thematic area in Sierra Leone, and an understanding of the health priorities impacted on by the regional or neighbouring situation.
  • Understanding of the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health thematic area in Sierra Leone.
  • Familiar with health systems, and health service provision including community health and the engagement of civil society organisations.
  • Good experience in training, and capacity building of workforce and health and nutrition staff
  • Experience of the national context, strategies and policies to enable advocacy at national / regional level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights, including the right to health services and food.
  • Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resource.
  • Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children
  • Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
  • Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop technical budgets as part of proposal design processes.
  • Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery

About the Role

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.


Applicants are advised that

Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process and we maintain zero tolerance to dual employment.  Any request in this direction should be immediately

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

      Candidates should apply through the links that will be provided by Careers. sl.

      Applicants should attach a copy of a valid Labour Card to their applications

      Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document and include your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role.

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