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Health and Nutrition Technical Specialist

Save The Children

Health & Medicine

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Closing date:

18 March 2022

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Save The Children

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 influencing, 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.



  • 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


Closing Date: 18th March, 2022

The Organization

About the Role

This position will be expected to engage with the country 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

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