Senior Staff Health Specialist

Save The Children

Addis Ababa
Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Features

Job CategoryHealth Care(Bio/Lab/Hospital/hygiene/Veterinary)
Job LevelManagerial Level(10+)
DeadlineOct 26 2020

Job Description


The senior staff health specialist will be in charge of coordinating the implementation of COVID19 prevention and control measures in the CO and field offices. S/he will support the development and/or revision of guidance and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure staff health and safety. S/he will regularly track the implementation of these guidance/SOP at Addis and field offices, follow up and provide health advise for staff in need.   

S/he represents SC values and principles in interactions with staff and external audiences, in line with staff health and safety issues including provision of remote clinical support.   These values and principles include commitment to the mission of Save the Children, team orientation, quality management and leadership development, introducing systems and procedures to strengthen staff motivation and productivity.


Reports to: Direct Report to Health and Nutrition Technical Director and to HR Director in Matrix 

Dimensions: Save the Children works in all regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1,700 members and current expenditure of approximately $90+ million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: none

Length of Contract- 3-6months with possibility of extension

Place of Work – Addis Ababa and very occasional field visit as required 


Improve Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices among Staff at Workplace:

  • Following up recommendations by SCI, WHO and MOH for the general public to reduce exposure to, and transmission of, COVID-19 in the workplace and ensure SCI Ethiopia offices will implement the actions
  • Closely working with different work units to ensure offices in Addis and fields have stock of handwashing soap, hand sanitizer, chlorine solution and ensure water availability and setup handwashing stations at the main entrance and at different sites as appropriate and utilized appropriately by all staff and visitors
  • Communicate and influence practices among staff adhere on good respiratory hygiene practices, handwashing, physical distancing, adequate office room ventilation like windows are opened to circulate air in offices and use of personal protective supplies
  • Revise and update COVID19 information, education and communication (IEC) materials for office use and keep on posting in visible areas
  • Among other tasks, the position holder will be responsible to ensure lessons derived through implementation of staff health and safety are well articulated, documented and disseminated both internally and externally.

COVID19 suspect staff case management at workplace

  • Coordinate the support required and accomplish all recoding, reporting and investigation requirements for staff member who will be identified suspect, contact or a case of confirmed COVID-19
  • Notification of COVID19 incidents for local health authority using the national or regional hotline or other contacts addresses and follow and make sure the implementation local health authority and internal SCI policies
  • The Senior Staff Health Advisor will act as the clinical incident focal point, and is responsible for the management and follow medical incidents related to staff, partners, volunteers and beneficiaries 
  • Confirm level of incident (level 1, 2 or 3), and whether an investigation and escalation is required to the Country office, regional office and SCI center
  • Conduct COVID19 contacting, once contact verified and confirmed share with COVID19 taskforce for decision, follow up the implementation of decisions and document learnings for improvements
  • Communicate staff health and safety achievements against planned activities and milestones, and any emerging new evidence to improve staff health and safety for a wide range of internal and external audiences as necessary
  • Maintain and cultivate key external relationships including EPHI, MOH, Regional health Bureaus other government and non-government sectors engaged in COVID19 responses
  • Regularly coordinate with member and regional office health technical staff, identify staff health technical support requirements, inclusive of field visits, as and when necessary
  • Represent SCI in relevant working groups, task forces, seminars and staff health related fora
  • Work closely with Human Resource Department, Program operations and other units to support the implementation of different staff health guidance/SOPs
  • Develop relevant summary briefs and position papers related to staff health and safety and share for wider group when decided by the COVID19 taskforce
  • Keep abreast of national COVID19 related policies and guidelines, trends/good practices in the staff health and safety responses, analyze and share with relevant people 

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children in ensuring staff health and safety
  • Holds staff accountable to deliver on their responsibilities to ensure all staff working in safe working environment – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary support to improve staff health and safety practices 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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • 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

Job Requirement


  • Medical Doctor with or without Public Health Specialty, BSc degree in public health/nursing without Public Health Specialty with experience in emergency health programming especially in COVID19 responses
  • Minimum ten years’ work experience in emergency health programs specially with SCI
  • Able to demonstrate experience working with government counterparts and other partners with progressive capacities from lower levels to high levels
  • Excellent understanding staff health and safety both at policy and implementation levels
  • Very good advocacy, communication and representation skills
  • Strong analytical, writing, and problem solving skills
  • Strong conceptualization, strategic thinking and planning, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proven ability to manage complex and demanding workload in emergency situations
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, training, mentoring, English language, and computer skills
  • Good remote support skills and ability and willingness to travel to the field and support field offices in urgent situations
  • Good presentation, training and facilitation skills; fluency in spoken and written English; good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and databases)
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

How to Apply

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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