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Head of Health Department (# 5777)

(Publiée le: 19 décembre 2016 à 15:29:04)

Catholic Relief Services CRS
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Niamey (Niger)
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Avis de Recrutement

Catholic Relief Services, USCCB, « CRS » Niger recrute un Head of Health Department pour son bureau de Niamey.


Job Title: Head of Health Department 

Department/Country: Niger 

Job Location: Niamey, Niger 

Reports to: Deputy Head of Programs

Duration of Employment: One year, with a possibility of renewal 


About CRS:

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 adopted a new agency strategy with 3 signature program areas including Health for 5 years 2013-2018. Catholic Relief Services came to Niger in 1991. In 1996, with a growing portfolio of programs and increased funding, we established a full country program with important Health, Nutrition, and Malaria projects.

Currently, CRS Niger has nearly 300 staff and an annual budget over $20 million. CRS/Niger implements multiple projects containing Health, nutrition, and malaria activities: the USAID/Food for Peace-funded Programme d’Appui a la Securite Alimentaire des Menages (PASAM-TAI), the DFID-funded BRACED funding for Scaling-Up Resilience for 1 Million Households in the Niger River Basin (SUR1M), the Global Fund nationwide malaria project, and the UNITAID-funded ACCESS-SMC project providing seasonal malaria chemoprevention to children under 5.

CRS has identified a number of potential areas for program growth in the Health sector, including further work in nutrition, malaria prevention and Health -systems stregthening. In addition, the country office would like to increase its profile in the health community, both among peers and government in Niger, and with donors.

Job Summary:


The Head of Health Department will be responsible for leading efforts to increase CRS’ profile in Health, Nutrition, and Malaria, strengthen relationships with relevant governmental bodies, and seek new funding opportunities. Working in close collaboration with health staff from the ongoing programs and the Business Development Specialist, s/he will explore ways to deepen CRS’ support to the Nigerien health system and Catholic Church’s Health activities in Niger, raise the profile of CRS in nutrition and maternal Health, identify funding opportunities in Health & Nutrition, and lead research and documentation on CRS’ work in the Health sector. S/he will also manage small Health & Nutrition projects that may serve as pilots or positioning activities.


Specific Responsibilities:


Program Quality 

  • Ensure the Health programs meet high technical quality standards; participate in and provide technical input on the implementation of health/nutrition/malaria activities in existing projects through field visits, studies, recommendations, etc.
  • Ensure coherence between the various projects implemented by CRS, with lessons learned being shared between projects and with other country programs as well;
  • Develop, participate in, supervise, and/or review projects’ detailed planning and other management and implementation tools
  • Support data collection and perform deep analysis of them for strategic decisions and high quality reports;
  • Support integration of health/nutrition/malaria work with other sectors (i.e. water, agriculture, etc.);
  • Contribute expertise to the Natural Family Planning pilot project in Niger, in close collaboration with the Program Manager and colleagues in the other countries implementing the project (Burkina Faso, Ghana).
  • Mainstream gender into the design and implementation of CRS-sponsored health.

Business Development

  • Lead new business development for health, nutrition, and malaria programming in Niger (Sahel context) and/or contribute to the technical design of new projects that include Health elements
  • Map faith-based and Catholic Health & Nutrition provision in Niger, including gap anaysis and priority areas for strengthening capacities
  • Lead the CP reflection on strategic entry points for Health-systems strengthening, leveraging CRS’ faith-based identity as well as existing Health & Nutrition interventions
  • Develop relationships with key donors with the view to understand the priorities and opportunities of each organization.

Representation and Advocacy

  • In coordination with existing programs’ staff, strengthen collaboration with the national Ministry of Health, helping to ensure that CRS’ programs support government strategies and policies
  • Liaise and maintain strong relationship with various key stakeholders and donors (UN bodies like UNICEF/WHO/WFP, USAID, EU, etc.
  • Participate in national coordination bodies and working groups, including the Health/Nut Cluster, the Ministory of Health’s meetings, Roll Back Malaria working group, and the multisector coordination council for the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria
  • Support program communication strategies with key partners and position CRS within the local environment.

Management, Administration and Reporting

  • Ensure accurate, timely high level reporting of both technical and finances’ progress status; as required by donors and by the Government of Niger in English and/or French
  • In collaboration with program health/nutrition/malaria and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) staff, lead the identification of strategic opportunities to document learning and conduct research to demonstrate the impact of CRS’ work and advance CRS as a thought leader in Health
  • Produce evidence-based impact stories and human interest stories with photographs to promote the effectiveness of health/nutrition/malaria programming

Human Resource Management:  

  • Manage the Health team (mostly indirect supervision of project technical staff) and build the capacity of staff and local partners to provide high quality support to programs

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

• Serves with Integrity

• Models Stewardship

• Cultivates Constructive Relationships

• Promotes Learning


(if applicable) Add Competencies Relevant for the Specific Position:

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:


Supervisory Responsibilities: None 


Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Head of Programming, CRS/Burkina Health & Nutrition & nutrition and MEAL staff, CRS/Burkina Business Development and Strategy Manager, FASO and Beoog Biiga 2 Chiefs of Party, regional and HQ Health & Nutrition and nutrition teams

External: Catholic and other faith-based Health & Nutrition organizations and networks, the national Ministry of Health & Nutrition and its relevant technical departments and programs, national and international Health & Nutrition and nutrition NGOs, UNICEF, WHO, current and prospective donors


Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Masters’ of Public Health, Nutrition, or similar degree required, Medical Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in the field of health, nutrition, and/or malaria
  • At least 3 years’ experience working for a non-governmental organization preferred
  • Substantial experience collaborating with the Ministry of Health; strong understanding of the Health & Nutrition system in Niger
  • Experience developing new projets for institutional-donor funding, with demonstrated proposal writing skills, particularly of USG or other public donor funded programs required
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills; ability to work in a team required
  • Ability to manage time and deliverables under pressure required
  • Commitment to uphold the principles of Catholic teaching


Required Foreign Language: strong oral and written skills in English required 


Required Travel: approximately 25%, both national and international travel


Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.


CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.


Qualified women are encouraged to apply.



Voir les Conditions ci-dessous



Il est fortement conseillé aux candidats de bien respecter les consignes sous la rubrique « Conditions de candidature ».

All interested candidates must submit the following documents :

-           Up to date CV

-           A cover letter

To the following email adresse :

Application email title : « Head of Health Department »

Application Deadline : Monday, January, 2nd, 2017 before 5 :00 :00 PM


Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.




Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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