Job Description

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose:

Under the general guidance of health project manager, the health project assistant will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of project activities related to immunization at six facilities in Bari region.  The incumbent will closely work with the district management team and MoH staff attached to the target facilities to ensure immunization services are provided without interruption.

TITLE:  Health Project Assistant – Immunization
CHILD SAFEGUARDING:Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
ROLE PURPOSE:Under the general guidance of  health project manager, the health project assistant will be responsibille for the day-to-day implementation of project actviities related to immunization at six facilities in Bari region.  The incumbent will closely work with the district management team and MoH staff attached to the target facilities to ensure immunizationservicesare provided without interruption.
SCOPE OF ROLE:  Health Project AssistantReports To:Health Program Manager (Karkaar)

Dimensions: Save the Children works in four regions in Somalia with current staff establishment of approximately 350 staff

Number of direct reports: None


  • Develop monthly and quarterly project implementation plansin consultation with theproject manager and MOH counterparts
  • Ensure consistent supply of vaccines at the target facilities by executing weekly vaccine distribution plan
  • Monitor and evaluate the cold chain system regularly to ensure proper handling of vaccines and reduce wastage
  • Assess how adverse effects followingimmunization are managed in the health facility and make sure that all adverse effects are recorded and reported promptly according to the WHO/MoH standards
  • Conduct monthly quality supportive supervision activities for the supported health facilities using SCI standard supportive supervision guideline and quality bench marks
  • Organize, facilitate and conduct didacticas well ason job-training for nures/vaccinator(s)onEPI
  • Develop quality improvement action plan with health facility staff, clarify complex issues, follow up the implementation of relevant action plan and provide technical support to health facility staff
  • Prepare activity report and share with immediate line manager for review and approval
  •  Ensure effective coordination for polio and other immunization campaign activities with district, RHO and other partners,  and participate/support complementary planning for the Polio SIA, routine EPI and social mobilization activities at the regional/district and health facility level
  • Communicate with health providers about upcoming training opportunities and updates appropriately
  • Assist in the development of micro-plans for routine EPI as well as SIAs with particular emphasis on hard-to-reach population
  • Attends EPI monthly review meetings at regional level, prepares notes and undertakes follow-up action and provides relevant updates as needed
  • Documents leson leant, challenges and case study for future use in programming
  • Ensure timely collection, compilation, analysis and submission of  routine immunization data and providing regular feedback to the health facility staffon issues identified
  • Facilitate and support effective immunization logistics, including timely delivery of vaccines, vaccine stock management and appropriate maintenance of cold chain system
  • Maintain close working relationships within complementary sectors of SCI such as nutrition, WaSH, Education and Protection for effective integration

Accountability, communications and training                 

  • Work with programme teams to ensure that information relating to Save the Children and  activities is shared widely within communities in which we are working and provide for their participation and feedback in line with relevant guidelines and frameworks
  • Work with programme staff to ensure learning is shared across programme sectors and with head office and fed into the planning and programme design
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)Accountability:

·         holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

·         holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


·         sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

·         widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others


·         builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

·         values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

·         approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


·         develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·         willing to take disciplined risks


·         honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


·         Qualified Nurse/Midwife or Public Health Nurse (Degree level)

·         Two (2) years experience in primary health care with direct involvement in immunization activities

·         Experience in working with community health workers and MOH

·         Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

·         Experience of living and traveling in remote and insecure places

·         Understanding righst-based approaches and participatory concepts and practical experience in humanitarian settings

·         Sensitive to issues affecting children and committed to Save the Children’s Child Safe Guarding policy


  • Experience with Essential package of health care services (EPHS).
  • Experience  of working in health interventions in the same  region
  • Experience with international NGOs in development program
Additional job responsibilitiesThe duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties with respect to their level of skills and experience
CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – [Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

HOW TO APPLY: The Application Process will be done online. Click the following link to apply: https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=190003SK&lang=en

Date of issue:      13/10/2019  Author: Health Program Manager