Humanitarian Health Adviser At Save the Children

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Humanitarian Health Adviser: Epidemic Preparedness and Response is varied and fulfilling.

  • Are you looking for a role where you can really make the difference?
  • Do you have solid experience in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of vaccination interventions in emergencies, including campaigns and routine vaccination?
  • Do you want to support field humanitarian programmes, capacity building and policy/guidance on epidemic preparedness and response activities?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

As Humanitarian Health Adviser you will carry out short field assignments to countries in order to support preparedness for epidemics, deploying to the field at short notice in the event of emergencies. You will need to ensuring broad spectrum of response strategies for epidemic prone disease: from case management, to timely and pre-emptive vaccination campaigns, to integration with key sectors such as WASH. In this role, you will also strengthen public health intelligence at SCUK including supporting country programmes to implement effective ongoing surveillance. You will help with the implementation of early warning, alert and response (EWAR) during an emergency when the national surveillance system is disrupted or underperforming.

Main Accountabilities

The Humanitarian Health Adviser: Epidemic Preparedness and Response will be responsible for supporting the organisation across a broad range of public health issues. Key duties include:

  • Work to strengthen our own DHIS2 Health Information Management system: including setting up line listing capability and capacity, supporting with data flow, improving data linkages
  • Analyse, monitor and report epidemic health surveillance data to inform the planning of high-quality services
  • Support the delivery of core objectives through applying statistical and epidemiological methods to a range of health data as required
  • Contribute to the design and rollout of SC humanitarian health capacity building initiatives for our and partners’ staff
  • Drive forward our organisational strategy to expand our work on epidemic preparedness and response in emergencies, by building up our organisational capability to prepare and respond to epidemics and working with external stakeholders.

Person Profile

To be successful you will have a background in infectious disease prevention and response, with experience of data management, data collection, surveys or outbreak investigations and an ability to design and implement surveillance systems for monitoring epidemics. You will be a strong team player with prior experience working in hardship or challenging environments and a proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff.

Experience and Abilities

  • Training in epidemiology, or public health and/or equivalent field experience
  • Experience with mobile data collection, visualisation software and DHIS 2
  • Proven practical skills with Epi-info, Excel, STATA or SPSS, Word, Powerpoint
  • Solid experience in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of vaccination interventions in emergencies, including campaigns and routine vaccination
  • Progressive and solid experience on the field in the implementation and management of humanitarian health programmes
  • The ability to travel with short notice up to 50% of the time.
  • Clinical background would be desirable (Doctor or Nurse), but not a must.


  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Closing date: 14th April 2021

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