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Public Health Advisor

We are looking for an experienced Public Health Advisor to support meaningful quality programs that improve the health and wellbeing of communities in fragile states.

About us
HealthNet builds healthy communities with people at the bottom end of globalisation.  Our mission is to implement welfare and health initiatives that lead to social inclusion and improved health and wellbeing. HealthNet operates in approximately 5 countries with more than 1.000 employees.

The Amsterdam head office employs approximately 20 FTE’s and is responsible for the overall management of the organization. The public health advisor is part of the Operations department made up of the Operations Director, International Program Manager, Regional Portfolio Officer, Project Management Assistant, Acquisition Coordinator and Technical Advisors. This department is responsible for the full project cycle and the management of the project and programme activities.

The main objective of the Technical Advisors lies in the design and implementation of evidence based interventions and in the development of knowledge and expertise through the monitoring and evaluation of field activities. The Technical Advisors drive quality improvement and ensure the projects meet the agreed standards.

HealthNet TPO employees technical experts each with a specialty related to one of the main four pillars being:  

  • Mental health / Psychosocial Support  
  • Public health / Health Systems Strengthening 
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights 
  • Social Inclusion 

These experts are based in Amsterdam, stationed abroad or roving. 

Your role:
You provide direct support to project activities in the different countries. An important component of the job is to support the acquisition of new projects through proposal writing. In addition you develop interventions and strategies based on collected data, lessons learned and according to national and international criteria. You play a pro-active role in liaising between the operations of activities in the field and the organizational strategy and knowledge in the areas of your expertise, as developed within HealthNet TPO. Your tasks include: 

  • Participate in the process of creating acquiring and implementing projects ranging from: the identification of specific intervention and funding opportunities to development of project proposals, negotiating with relevant authorities, recruiting appropriate staff and supporting the actual project activities; 
  • Work with HQ colleagues to assure the preparation of work plans, reports and other documents required for the achievement of project results and arrange for workshops or sessions to revise work plans and achieve consensus; 
  • Strive to ensure that the strategies and interventions are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner; 
  • Provide on-going support and technical assistance to specific projects; 
  • Contribute and participate in monitoring & evaluation; 
  • Support strategy development of the organisation (Annual Plan, Mid Term Policy) on area of expertise; 
  • Contribute to the development of organisational strategies and policies on area of expertise; 
  • Support the development of guidelines, training manuals and other materials related to area of expertise; 
  • Contribute to/execute academic research related to area of expertise depending of needs and opportunities; 
  • Drive knowledge exchange between various field locations and between the field and headquarters; 
  • Contributes actively to the dissemination of HealthNet TPO’s experiences via off- and online channels by developing publications, communication materials, and campaigns, i.e. scientific papers, lectures, newsletters, leaflets, Annual Reports, film material, or articles for newspapers/magazines, participation in seminars and conferences, and creates social media content; 
  • Liaise, build and maintain relations with social and health institutions/authorities, collaborating NGOs and other (international) organisations working in the health domain as well as relevant network agencies.

You have / you are: 

  • Master degree in  Public Health or similar related post-graduate degree
  • All round public health expert, with a good understanding of (global) public health issues and health systems strengthening in low income countries, experience with hospital management is an advantage;
  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience, preferably with international projects;
  • 8-10 years’ experience and proven skills in all aspects of Project Management including the utilization of tools such as Logical Framework, PCM, M&E framework and Theory of Change
  •  Excellent English writing skills, including proposal writing (French and Dutch are an advantage);
  •  Ambition, drive and passion to further develop and champion effective practices  in the area of expertise throughout the organisation;
  •  Prepared to travel frequently, at least 50% of time is spent at projects sites and in emergency settings, and maintain a flexible work schedule.
  • Excellent communication skills, can convey ideas and complex concepts to others adapting the language and terminology appropriately to the needs of the audience.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good organization skills

We offer

  • An opportunity to use your expertise and contribute to our mission to improve the health and well-being of people living in fragile states.
  • Full time position with a duty station in Amsterdam with frequent travel abroad.  
  • Starting as soon as possible.

More information?
To apply, please send your CV and application letter (including your motivation) to: by, February 21, 2017. When applying, include the following title in the email subject line: PHA

For specific questions about this position, please contact our HR department via or 020-6200005.

For more information about HealthNetTPO, please take a further look at our website.

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