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  • Health Coordinator at Catholic Relief Services

  • Posted on: 24 August, 2016 Deadline: 24 August, 2016
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    Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

    CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming. CRS is expanding its activities in the North-East in the area of Food Security, Nutrition, Non-food items, Water and Sanitation.

    Program Manager II - Health Coordinator


    Job Summary:  The Health Coordinator will help identify and pre-position for new growth opportunities in health and nutrition, as well as oversee the development, and start-up management of high quality health and nutrition projects in Nigeria. In the process, the Health Coordinator will provide technical assistance to/help build the capacity of health programming staff and implementing partners. 

    Specific Responsibilities

    Growth Pre-Positioning/Capture Planning:

    • Work with the Senior Business Development Manager (SBDM) and Deputy Head of Programs (DHoP) to identify upcoming growth opportunities in health and nutrition in line with the Country Program (CP) and HSS unit strategy;
    • Prepare capture plans and collect intelligence around upcoming health and nutrition opportunities;
    • Prepare and update capacity statements and past performance reference documents for CRS in Nigeria’s health programs;
    • Assist the SBDM and senior management team in forming strong and competitive consortiums, and in the preparation of teaming agreements. This will entail developing and maintaining competitor and partner analysis.

    • Develop new, and manage existing relationships with key stakeholders, including donors and potential collaborators for health and nutrition program;
    • Represent CRS at all relevant health and nutrition sector meetings and coordination forums, including those with the Ministry of Health, USAID health partner meetings, the UN national health cluster meeting, etc.;
    • Help identify potential private sector partners for health and nutrition, in Nigeria and internationally, and help cultivate relationships.
    Proposal Development:

    • Serve as technical lead writer and technical decision maker for health and nutrition proposals, liaising with appropriate the CRS regional and HQ-based technical advisors;
    • Assist the BDSM in proposal coordination for health and nutrition growth opportunities;
    • Identify and/or propose potential growth opportunities through intelligence gathering from potential partners and donors;
    • Screen potential growth opportunities by analyzing sector trends, CP strategies, project requirements, potential for impact, unit priorities;
    • Participate in the review of other CP’s proposals with health and nutrition programming components. 

    Technical Support and Capacity Building:

    • Plan and help lead field assessments for new programs, and evaluations for ongoing programs, in collaboration with Program Managers (PM) and the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator;
    • Lead/participate in Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) workshops and strategy meetings for the elaboration and start-up of new programs;
    • In coordination with SBDM and senior management staff, help the CP identify capacity development needs and pre-position for prime position for contracts;
    • Ensure that technical applications meet CRS standards and donor expectations for quality, responsiveness, completeness and competitiveness. 

    Communication and Coordination:

    • Ensure collaboration and information sharing among health programming staff and other programming departments;
    • Work with PMs to document, catalogue and share success stories, best practices, and lessons learned;
    • In collaboration with the SBDM, prepare program factsheets and update health sector publicity materials.
    • Participate in CRS’ Health and Nutrition Communities of Practices both globally and regionally; 

    Required Qualifications and Experience:

    • MD, MPH or other relevant health-related degree

    • Proven track record of designing successful health and nutrition projects

    • Experience with proposal development and writing

    • Minimum six years of experience working in international development preferably in program management positions related to MCH, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and Malaria

    • Minimum five years of experience working in an emergency environment or a resource-poor setting; experience living and working in Nigeria is a plus;

    • Experience managing programs funded by USG, DFID, and/or The Global Fund; contract experience a plus;

    • Proven ability to function effectively as part of a multi-cultural team;

    • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills and proven diplomatic and negotiation skills;

    • Proven experience working with multi-sector teams and the ability to coordinate multiple staff with varying levels of responsibility;

    • Excellent English language communication, writing and presentation skills;

    • Strong partnership and donor relationship management experience;

    • Be self-motivated, enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal skills

    • Experience in designing health related assessments and evaluations;

    • Ability to travel within and outside Nigeria.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Catholic Relief Services career website on to apply

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