Save the Children Emergency Health Officer Job in Wajir, Kenya

Save the Children

Job Title: Emergency Health Officer

Team / Programme: Program Operations

Location: Wajir

Grade: 4

Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: To assess the health risks and needs of the affected population and to make recommendations with written proposals for possible interventions for Save the Children UK in the region and possibly to start the implementation of these programmes.

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.

In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya.

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own.

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country.

In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO.

In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million

Reports to: Emergency Response Coordinator

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • Support and work in strict collaboration with MOH nurses and CHWs on all health related activities including EPI,FP/Reproductive health, curative services, antenatal care, growth monitoring and health/hygiene promotion at the health facilities and outreach points.
  • Plans with the outreach team on how to encourage early identification of risk in pregnancy and child birth, ANC, PNC and guides the nurses.
  • Together with the Save the Children Nutrition Officer ensure proper communication, coordination and harmonization of tools with the different stakeholders involved in emergency response.
  • Participate in documentation of best practices, case studies and lessons learnt.
  • Compile and collate data, and share timely weekly and monthly reports of the services offered and support provided to MOH in delivery of various health interventions.
  • To ensure that there is an effective health information system in place which is capable of monitoring changes in the health of the affected community, including morbidity and mortality.
  • In collaboration with other team members write a proposal for proposed interventions, with objectives, activities and indicators.
  • If appropriate, order drugs and medical supplies based on the needs of the department of Health  following the Save the Children procurement procedures.
  • To ensure that all programmes are developed and managed within the framework of the overall country strategy.
  • To ensure that the work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to issues of diversity, including disability, gender and ethnic differences, which may have changed as a result of the emergency.
  • To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere charter and code of conduct.
  • To comply with Save the Children’s policy and practice requirements with respect to health and safety, child protection, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.


1. Leading

  • Delivering Results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
  • Developing Self and Others: Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.
  • Leading and Inspiring Others: Demonstrates leadership in all our work, role models our values and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve goals for our children.

2. Thinking

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
  • Applying Technical Expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards, promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
  • Innovating and Adapting: Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in an ever – changing, uncertain work and global environment.

3. Engaging

  • Working Effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross- boundary working.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and Influence, Promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.
  • Networking: Builds and uses sustainable relationships and networks to support the work of Save the Children.

Additional job responsibilities: The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding: We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Health and Safety: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.


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Updated: May 9, 2017 — 1:04 am
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