Health Advisor

  • Contract
  • Ukraine
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD
  • Closing date: 27 Apr 2022

Save the Children

Health Advisor


The Health Advisor will be expected to lead on multi-sectoral / health assessments, programme design and master budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment, and procurement. The post holder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity building existing and new country programme staff.

The Health Adviser will use his/her in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for health in Ukraine.

The role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Reports to: Programme Quality and Development Director


  • Lead on multi-sectoral / health assessments in coordination with other SC thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • Working with the PDQ manager, Deputy Team Leader – Programmes or Team Leader develop health response plans and master budgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy.
  • Work closely with other technical advisors to drive integration within health activities, including for MHPSS, child protection, gender, WASH and IYCF-E
  • Working closely with the PDQ manager, Deputy Team Leader – Programmes or Team Leader, support fundraising for health, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors as required.
  • If EHU deployed inside Ukraine, maintain oversight of EHU health activities, and ensure coordination across other SC programme areas, including WASH and nutrition
  • Prepare and oversee programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • Prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Working closely with the HR team, identify health staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programmes, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Identify programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan, as well as advising the logistics team on drug management including planning, procurement, storage, transport and stock management of medicines.
  • Working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team put in place a sector M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build health field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Working closely with the Accountability lead, put in place accountability activities for health, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design and programme implementation with course correction build in.
  • To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • To ensure integration (where appropriate) with other sectors, especially looking to strengthen the links between health programmes and nutrition, WASH, child protection and shelter whilst mainstreaming HIV. To encourage teams to have an integrated approach to emergency responses.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children health staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  • Develop and deliver training programmes for staff, and partners including the Ministry of Health as required

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within the Health Cluster, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking the lead in technical working groups.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with senior health staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • In collaboration with the SC Health colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.
  • To identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.



  • Significant management experience working in an emergency response, conflict setting and/or fragile states, including in health programmes
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience
  • Health professional with Masters in Public Health or equivalent field experience
  • Previous experience of leading and managing a team
  • Previous experience of project management
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to work both in an Advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external fora
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors, particularly experience working with ECHO, BHA and other institutional donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Language skills in Ukranian, Russian or other local languages
  • Experience of integrated public health programming with nutrition and WASH
  • Experience in nutrition programmes specifically IYCF-E
  • An area of particular expertise within humanitarian health
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/context
  • Specific experience of working in consortia projects.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This Role is offered on the basis of International terms and conditions. Also, interviews will be held on ongoing basis, adverts will be closed once a person is identified.

For non- EU citizens; Visa is to be obtained.

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