Health Advisor

Erbil, Iraq
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Health Advisor

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Provide technical advice and support to field management and health staff. Develop, lead, monitor, and evaluate the health aspects of the country programme. Coordinate and network at a senior level with national / regional health authorities and other NGOs. Lead on all health elements of proposals and reports, providing capacity building for national and international staff. Promote best practice in the health programmes and contribute to the overall management of the country programme.

Take a look at Medair’s Health & Nutrition work.

Project Overview

In response to the ongoing crisis in Iraq, Medair’s programme is delivering emergency assistance to Iraqi IDPs, returnees and host communities in Dohuk, Ninewa and Kirkuk with an expectation to expand into additional governorates in 2016. Projects include Emergency Health Response, Shelter and NFI Assistance with a strong emphasis on Cash base interventions.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired and motivated by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure. Internationally recruited field and headquarters staff lead the organisation, supported by nationally recruited staff to implement programmes locally.


Erbil, Iraq. Take a look at Medair’s work in Iraq.

Starting Date

July 2016

Initial Contract Details

Full time, minimum contract of 24 months

Key Activity Areas

Health Project Technical Oversight

  • Maintain an overview of the country health programme, with a view to strategically developing new projects in current sites and/or surrounding regions, and proactively planning for responsible exit.
  • Give technical advice to field managers and HQ on potential involvement in new health interventions and internal health capacity for implementation.
  • Define appropriate policies, guidelines and protocols for the medical aspects of Medair’s work in country, in consultation with HQ advisors, other field managers, and in line with relevant government, Sphere and WHO guidelines.
  • Provide technical support to all project site health teams, including the evaluation and impact analysis of current projects and the writing of donor proposals and reports within the required timeframes.
  • Carry out regular monitoring visits with other field managers, ensuring that project objectives are met within the stated timeframes and in accordance with recognised international standards.
  • Supervise and monitor development of reporting systems for data collection (qualitative and quantitative) analysis, follow-up and feedback to relevant staff, donors, partners and other agencies.
  • Maintain an oversight of medicines and health supplies ordered for the health projects.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with Ministry of Health, UN, NGOs, donors, partners, other stakeholders, to raise public awareness of Medair and ensure good co-operation and partnerships.
  • Seek out relevant networks or task groups on specific health-related humanitarian aid issues and actively participate, if possible.
  • Represent Medair at national health cluster, coordination, sector and bilateral meetings, working groups, with national and/or local government departments and any other relevant meetings or events.

Staff Management

  • Be involved in the recruitment of health staff for the country programme, providing advice on technical skills and experience as requested.
  • Ensure that all health staff are adequately trained and, if necessary, create possibilities for capacity building, mentoring and coaching, within budget constraints. Plan and develop training material as required with support from HQ advisors as needed.
  • Support managers in inductions / appraisals of health staff, particularly with regard to technical skills.

Financial Management

  • Work with the relevant field managers and HQ staff to plan and construct health budgets.
  • Ensure the health project expenditure is in line with approved budgets, advising on potential under/over spend and recommending appropriate corrective action.

Quality Management

  • Ensure health projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards
  • Regularly assess and provide feedback and recommendations to HQ advisors as well as field staff on the quality of health programmes and interventions during field visits and at other relevant times.

Staff Health

  • Responsibility for staff health/ health procedures, compliance and development of procedures.

Field – Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.
  • Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.


  • Clinical degree (nurse or doctor), or Public Health degree; Medical doctor desirable
  • Clinical degree with Public Health or MSc in International/Global Health degree strongly preferred


  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)

Experience / Competencies

  • 3 years’ experience in managing programmes in international public health work, with at least 2 years in humanitarian emergency context
  • 1 year managing and coordinating emergency responses – outbreaks, displaced populations, and/or nutritional emergencies desirable
  • Experience in the design, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of public health programmes
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols
  • Advanced leadership, project management, planning, assessment and analytical skills

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience

  • Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers)
  • Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers)


  • Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise
  • Overseas intercultural experience


  • Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts

Personal qualities

  • Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions
  • Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit


  • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection

  • All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.


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