Public Health Program Advisor

We help to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience by responding to disasters and crises and by supporting community and institutional risk reduction and preparedness.
In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance or by sending relief supplies or money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The International Assistance department is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards. The Focus of the International Assistance department is on two main areas: Disaster Response and Community Resilience.

Position title:
Public Health Program Advisor (0.8 FTE)

Duty station:
The Hague, The Netherlands

Time period:
1 year

Starting Date:
9 April 2018 (preferred)

The public health program advisor will assist in fulfilling NLRC key objective: to act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people, in line with NLRC’s strategy, the “New Way of Working”. The NLRC international health strategy focuses on reproductive, maternal and child health as well as epidemic preparedness. The public health program advisor will provide technical advice and program support to health programs and projects supported by NLRC in collaboration with Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies (RCRC).
The purpose of the position is to provide support to partner RCRC and NLRC program staff in country offices and at HQ for the design and delivery of high-quality public health programs following NLRC Health strategy. S/he will have an advisory technical role to support public health programs, other health interventions or other sectoral interventions that include a health component.

Summary statement and responsibilities
The main responsibility of the Public Health Program Advisor is to:

  • Ensure the timely delivery of technical support for quality and effective health programming in the partner countries of the NLRC in particular the 3FM Serious Request Pneumonia Program (Mali, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Ethiopia and Zambia), a community child health program.
  • Provide technical advice, capacity building and assistance to developing new health projects implemented by our partner sister national societies and supported by the NLRC. This includes ensuring availability and training in effective health policies and guidelines for in-country staff and national society staff.
  • Provide public health advice and follow-up to cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender & diversity, sustainable development, sustainable project outcomes, green programming, climate change adaptation) within ongoing and new programs of NLRC.
  • With our sister national societies, your network and NLRC staff, seek opportunities to scale up, initiate and support the development of new health programs, as appropriate within the country and NS context, with NLRC country teams and national society partners, with regards to EU, MoFA and other institutional donor funding.
  • Provide technical support to Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) work of public health programs, core to community level health promotion and resilience building.
  • Represent and position the activities, mission and vision of the Netherlands Red Cross with regards to public health or related fields to stakeholders including movement actors, partners and institutional donors.

Position in the organization
The Public Health Program Advisor will report to the Senior Health Advisor, within the Business Development and Advisory Unit (BD&A). This unit provides technical advice to all other units within the international department and supports new project and program development in collaboration with the country teams. The BD&A has thematic advisor teams for Health, WASH, Food Security/Livelihood, Innovation, Resilience and Planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME).
From this Unit you will work with 4 other Units within the International Assistance department: the Disaster Response Unit, Programme Management Unit, the Programmatic Partnership Unit and the Strategic Partnership Unit.


  • A graduate degree in international public health, health systems, epidemiology or related field;
  • At least 10 years of solid work experience of public health programming of which at least 7 years in international experience in different countries of Sub-Saharan and West Africa, both in development and recovery contexts;
  • Strong expertise and understanding of key issues in the field of public health with a particular emphasis on reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health, infectious diseases, community health, SBCC/Health promotion and health systems strengthening;
  • Proven proficiency in these technical areas and demonstrated possession of health program management, assessment skills and experience;
  • Experience responding to emergencies and understanding of epidemic response is desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation and management of public health projects, including successful high-value proposal development, grant management, donor liaison and report-writing;
  • Strong inter-personal, analytical and advisory skills, intercultural sensitivity, and a strong drive for results and flexibility;
  • Understanding of and commitment to NLRC mission, values and programming approaches;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken Dutch and English; fluency in French is a strong asset;
  • Willingness/ability to travel approx. 8 times a year to partner countries, occasionally to remote and insecure locations.
  • In possession of a residence and working permit for The Netherlands.

We Offer:

  • A flexible and human centered working environment in an international environment.
  • A 80% part time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and externalities (funding).
  • Well balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and development.
  • Remuneration: the salary scale level is set at 12 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on education level and experience. (min. € 3.581,35 until max. € 4.778,76 gross per month on the basis of full time employment).


  • Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Rob Vugs, using our online application tool before 19th March 2018.
  • For more information about the position, you can contact Marina Manger Cats,
  • An assessment will be part of the selection procedure.
  • First round interviews will take place 21-22 March. Second round interviews 26-27 March.
  • While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
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