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A Nutrition & Health Head of Department - Sanaa, Yemen

Duration : 6 Months
Start date : ASAP

Our work in Yemen  Salary & Benefits Living & Security conditions in this base

General description of the position

Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director, you will be responsible to define the strategies, coordinate activities and technically support the implementation of quality projects in the sectors Nutrition & Health.

Main responsabilities

Develop and collaborate to the capacity building of the deputies of the nutrition & health head of department, in view of the nationalization of the position

  • Participate in training needs assessments and provide technical and managerial trainings/coaching and regularly verify the improvement, as per capacity building action plan elaborated by Nutrition & Health Technical Advisor


Design, develop and evaluate actions in the field of Nutrition & Health as well as the advocacy actions in the field of intervention

  • Collect and quality control of monitoring, follow up and evaluation data
  • Maintain quality for the nutritional situation analysis
  • Assess the standard of nutritional and medical proposals submitted by his/her teams
  • Encourage his/her teams to identify new programmes
  • Develop an ACF health & nutrition strategy specific to the mission and advocacy actions

Monitor and coordinate programmes in the fields of nutrition & health

  • Launch nutritional surveys in liaison with the Country Director
  • Develop integrated (inter-disciplinary) approach programmes
  • Collect and analyse data, including the decisions making on this basis
  • Provide timely and high quality activity reports
  • Monitoring all the consolidated programme budgets relating to nutrition & health allocated to the country


Manage the Nutrition & Health team in capital and bring technical support to the Nutrition & Health Program Managers 

  • Evaluate of the technical performance and skills of Programs Managers
  • Develop the technical skills of Nutrition & Health teams

Develop and launch programmes in collaboration with governmental and local agencies

  • Disseminate ACF’s nutrition & health strategy at country level to partners and funding bodies
  • Develop and maintain a network of harmonious and productive relationships with national representatives and programme partners

Represent ACF and its positioning in the field of Nutrition & Health

  • Represent ACF in dealings with national and international authorities on matters of nutrition & health
  • Make national and international authorities fully aware of the ACF positions and protocols

Do you fit the requested profile ?

You hold a Master degree in Public Health, Medicine or Nursing with 5 years minimum of professional experience and 2 years prior experience in a similar position. You are recognized for your technical expertise in nutrition & health programming and experience in project cycle management and integrated approaches.

You have a strong ability to provide technical support in project proposal development and in conducting needs assessments. You have as well strong skills in capacity-building development.

Excellent diplomacy, negotiation and representation skills are required thus team management experience.

Your English is fluent (spoken and written).

Specific conditions / Salary

Status: Employee 

Contract: 6 months fixed term contract under french legislation

Remuneration and benefits:

Monthly gross salary from €1805 to €2305 upon experience.

Per diem and living allowance: 630 dollars net, field paid.

+ 12 % of monthly gross salary as country allowance. 

+ 16% of monthly gross salary as reimbursement of retirement insurance for non-French citizen.

+ Child allowance, limited to 5 children.

Transportation and accommodation:

Coverage of transportation costs to and in the mission.

Individual room in guesthouse covered


Medical coverage100% coverage of medical expenses + repatriation insurance.


Leaves and RnR

25 days of paid leaves per year.

+ 20 RnR per year.   

+ 215 € at each RnR period (averagely every 2 months).

Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference.


Training :

Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Crossknowledge ©.

Technical trainings at HQ or regional level (averagely 1 per year). 

Intermission Workshop once a year.

Work context


Since the conflict between Al Houthi and the Saudi-led coalition that started in March 2015, Yemen has become one of the three emergency in the world and is thus facing one of the worst humanitarian crisis, with 80 % of the population who is now in need of humanitarian aid. The context is highly challenging in regards to access to the communities despite significant needs in the country. Airstrike, embargo, high prices, etc have caused a profound deterioration of the nutitritional situation and hundreds of thousands lives are at risk.

Presentation of the mission: 

Since 2012, ACF has been present in Yemen and has been scaling up its emergency intervention substantially throughout 2016. The mission is now amongst one of the largest International NGOs in the country and is recognized as one of the key emergency actors in the country.  ACF in Yemen is responding to the current crisis using a multisector emergency approach (Nutrition & Health, Food Security, WASH and Mental Health programming), and to a multiple large-scale and interconnected emergencies: conflict, food security and cholera epidemic. Along with UNICEF, ACF designed and is piloting the country’s first Rapid Response Mechanism, and is representative of the INGO community on the HCT, ICCM, Access Working Group, the HPF Advisory Board, and on the Steering Committee that manages evacuation for the humanitarian community.

Our Nutrition & Health activities in Yemen

In 2017, the Nutrition & Health teams have mainly responding to the needs in Hodeida governorate.

Hodeida by itself gathers 28% of the SAM cases, 22% of acute malnourished children, and 21% of Pregnant lactating women (PML) malnourished. In Hodeida, only 46% of the health facilities are functional, and only ¼ provide primary healthcare services.

In this area in 2016, ACF has been able to provide services for more than 7 000 malnourished children, 7 600 children with illnesses (under 5 year old) and more than 3 000 pregnant and lactating women (PLW).

Despite having targeted Hajjah governorateACF had not been able to operate as planned this year due to access restriction since April 2016, and due to the suspension of mobile clinics. 

To build a continuum in the activities, the Nutrition & Health objectives for 2017-2019 are to keep providing primary healthcare for children, adults and PLW and to support MoPHP (Ministry of Public Health and Population) facilities in delivering CMAM, care capacity building etc.

ACF is also currently targeting an UNICEF funding to operate in Abyan and Lahj governorates in the South of Yemen.
Thanks to this strong partnership with the MoPHP, the Nutrition & Health ACF teams benefit from a very good acceptance from Ministry of Health and from populations.

Security, working and living conditions: 

ACF is operationally working in 2 bases: Hodeida (to target the northern governorates) and Aden (to target the southern ones), with its coordination team located in Sana’a. In total, the Yemen mission counts 215 national staff and 17 international staff.

Sanaa has a cold semi-arid climate. Due to its high elevation, the temperatures are much more moderate than many other cities on the Arabian Peninsula. In Sana’a, the expatriates live in a shared guest house (located next to the office), with electricity and internet. The amount of perdiem & living allowances is enough to live well in Sana’a, and the security restrictions don’t give much opportunity to spend it there. Despite the current calm atmosphere in Sana’a, the security situation remains very volatile and the expatriates are not allowed to go to restaurants/coffee. Once a week the expatriates are allowed to go to the supermarket, and they are allowed to go in the others NGO’s guesthouses. To balance with those movements/leisure restrictions, expatriates have a pool table and a ping-pong table at their disposition in the basement of the guesthouse. In bonus, if you’re a food lover, you will find our amazing Chef Ahmad and his delicous plates.

Hodeidah has a hot humid climate. Due to its position on the Red Sea temperatures may reach as far as 45° during “summer”. In Hodeidah, the expatriates live in a shared guest house and office (located in the same building), with electricity and internet. Security situation is stressed with sporadic air strikes and usually is under continous evaluation & monitoring which limits the social aspects of regular living. Therefore, you must have willingness to work in such security context with minimized social aspects of living.

Aden is a port city located by the eastern approach to the Red Sea. It has a hot desert climate with dry year-round and very humid climate in the summer.  The expatriates live in a shared guest house with electricity and internet. Living conditions in Aden imply strict movement restrictions even to the field, and limited opportunities for social gathering. You should be ready to evolve under such conditions and strictly follow established security rules.

To know more about Yemen:

The Action contre la Faim’s website where you can find further information:

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