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Health Technical Adviser (VSO)

Job Summary

To provide strategic leadership and technical advice to support the growth of VSO’s emerging Health programme in Myanmar.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 1 year

Job Description/Requirements


Skills Required Programme Development, delivery and management:

• Lead the context analysis and research to support the development of VSO’s health programme in Myanmar.

• Lead the technical design, development and delivery of the Health programme, ensuring alignment with VSO’s People First strategy, Volunteering for Development approach and the global health programme strategy.

• Ensure the integration of VSO’s three core approaches (social inclusion and gender; social accountability and resilience) in the health programme interventions.

• Oversee the implementation of existing grants, including the SRHR and MHPSS projects. Proactively assess risks to project implementation and take actions to mitigate these risks.

• Explore innovative delivery models for the Inclusive health programme in a changing and fragile context.

• Proactively engage with VSO global technical leads for health and the Community of Practice to develop strong programme linkages and to build the technical capacity of VSO staff and volunteers to implement high impact health interventions.

Partnership, networks and engagement:

• Proactively identify and engage with partners and key stakeholders to build partnership, linkages and joint initiatives to deliver the health programme.

• Lead in engaging with local, national and regional health networks and explore viable options to position VSO for wider engagement in health initiatives in Myanmar.

• Build and maintain positive relationships with donors and implementing partners.

Technical support and Capacity Building:

• Providing hands-on support to the delivery of the health programme and coordinating, coaching and motivating team members

• Provide technical and programmatic leadership to VSO staff, volunteers and implementing partners to support quality programme delivery.

• By applying the VSO people first principles ensure staff, volunteers and partners are engaged in development, planning, implementation, review and learning processes.

Business Pursuit and Programme Funding:

• Work closely with the Country Director and Business Pursuit team to proactively identify and pursue funding opportunities to scale up the health programme.

• Actively engage with donors and funding partners to position the health programme for wider funding opportunities. Support the development of relevant materials to support business pursuit and marketing.

• Engage proactively in relevant networks and fora to raise the profile of VSO and make a positive contribution to the sector.

Grant and financial management:

• Provide oversight in managing grants in close collaboration with the VSO Finance Manager.

• Develop realistic programme plans and budgets, ensuring compliance with VSO and donor requirements.

• Ensure that resources (volunteers, staff and funding) are allocated appropriately and achieve value for money.

• Ensure effective grants management and expenditure within agreed budgets. Identify any areas of variance and communicate to programme’s finance manager with suggested corrective actions.

• Participate in the annual and quarterly budget review.

Human resource management:

• Ensure that the health programme identifies, recruits and deploys high quality volunteers (international, national and youth volunteers) to implement the health programme.

• Provide strategic leadership to volunteers and ensure that volunteer’s technical support to partners is aligned with the needs of partners.

• Ensure duty of care to staff and volunteers.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

• With the VSO MERL Coordinator, lead systems for the monitoring, evaluation and learning from the health programme. Generate evidence of the impact of the health programme interventions.

• Identify innovative ways to document and disseminate learning both internally within VSO and with external partners and stakeholders

• Maintain quality control and ensure that learning is used to inform future programming

• Lead the preparation of quarterly and annual reports for grants under the health programme

Line management:

• Building a strong health team of staff and volunteers.

• Line management of health programme staff and conduct regular performance management as per VSO policy.

• Support coaching and openness and feedback.

• Support with disciplinary and capability processes in line with VSO’s policies and the country legislation.

• Work with the programme support team to induct, orient and provide on-going support to new volunteers. 

Skills Required:


• Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, reproductive health or a health-related discipline.

• Experience of delivering complex health development initiatives for excluded and marginalised people

• Proven ability to engage with a range of stakeholders including government, CSOs, networks and communities

• Excellent understanding and experience of the project cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and MEL tools and processes.

• Experience of managing, developing and coaching high performing teams.

• Strong representation and negotiation skills – ability to negotiate and maintain excellent relations with a diverse range of donors, partners and with external stakeholders.

• Experienced in financial management, including budget planning, monitoring and managing expenditure.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience of compiling high quality donor reports. Desirable:

• Experience and knowledge of the Myanmar context.

• Practical experience gained within a volunteering/NGO context and working within an international team. • Experience of MHPSS interventions.

• Knowledge of social inclusion and gender, social accountability and resilience. 

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