Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V., International Assistance (JIA), is looking for a

Global Health Advisor

Two Year Contract

Location: Amman (Jordan) or Nairobi (Kenya)


Organisation Description: Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. is a German Christian non-governmental organisation, dedicated to excellence in the field of first aid, ambulance service, social service programmes and other projects in the medical and social field. Johanniter International Assistance is the operational unit for humanitarian aid. The Federal Headquarters (HQ) is based in Berlin, Germany. Our Global Strategy 2027 focuses on three programmatic working areas: disaster response and preparedness, health and livelihoods, with climate change and gender equality as crosscutting issues. We are committed to a partnership approach and localisation agenda based on mutual learning, respect and trust. We prioritise accountability, inclusivity and safeguarding in our work. 


The Johanniter International Assistance Global Strategy 2027 focuses on three key working areas: emergencies, health and livelihoods. 

Our health programming combines preventative measures and healthcare, integrated with livelihoods programming as well as relevant climate change and gender aspects in a comprehensive manner. We hereby create synergies between emergency response, development and peacebuilding projects wherever possible by working with a triple-nexus approach. 

As part of the Strategy & Learning Team and in close coordination with all country and regional offices and partner organisations, the Global Health Advisor coordinates and supports the implementation of Johanniter’s Health Approach. The position interacts closely with other thematic advisors working on topics such as PMEAL, partnerships, livelihoods, climate and gender.

In a Nutshell

You will:

  • Coordinate, support and advise on the implementation and streamlining of Johanniter’s Health Approach, in close collaboration with the Strategy & Learning Team, regional and country offices.
  • Coordinate Johanniter’s internal network of health specialists to foster horizontal cross-contextual exchange and organisational learning between staff and from partner organisations.
  • Review existing health technical guidelines and tools and provide guidance on the most appropriate technical guidelines to use.
  • Advise country and regional offices on the integration of innovative and best practices as well as quality standards in health programs in line with Johanniter’s Global Strategy.
  • Report to the Head of Strategy & Learning.  


What you will do:

Strategy and Vision

  • Actively support the values of Johanniter to shape the work within.
  • Support monitoring and lead the analysis and improvement of Johanniter’s strategic global health indicators.
  • Support country and regional offices in reviewing and developing health strategies to achieve high impact interventions.

Health Approach & Programming

  • Provide technical support to PMEAL and programming teams in the monitoring and evaluation of health projects.
  • Support the review and development of health components in proposals, including supporting assessments, programme or project design and technical writing.
  • Advise on quality standards in the context of procurement, storage of drugs, medical supplies and medical equipment to ensure compliance. 
  • Support with recruitment and training of technical health experts as well as health project leads to strengthen technical expertise.

Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Lead the design of best practice, organize internal learning sessions, ensure documentation of learnings and support the creation of visibility material.
  • Contribute to the establishment of a health knowledge base.
  • Conduct trainings for country and regional offices.
  • Ensure coherence and collaboration within the Strategy & Learning Team to foster integrated programming.

Networking and Communication

  • Facilitate participation and develop good working relationships in relevant national and international health working groups and networks.
  • Advise on strategic partnerships.
  • Monitor and evaluate humanitarian and development trends, standards, methods and concepts in the field of health.

Interface with Other Units

  • Work closely with other Johanniter health experts in all countries as well as other HQ support teams, such as the Programme Funding Unit to ensure the achievement of the organisational objectives of Johanniter’s International Strategy.    

What you bring:

Professional Qualification and Experience:

  • Degree in medicine and/or MA in Public Health, Public Health Nutrition, or equivalent
  • At least  7-10 years of international, practical experience as a health technical expert on specific development cooperation / humanitarian aid health programmes
  • Good understanding of pharmacy management systems; ability to develop and implement such a system
  • Develop and roll out a robust pharmacy management system and support country offices in its implementation.
  • Experience and understanding of working with Ministries of Health and national partners
  • Experience in health system strengthening
  • Excellent writing abilities for drafting guidelines, research papers or technical briefs
  • Demonstrated experience in successful proposal writing for institutional donors
  • Experience in facilitating workshops/trainings
  • Experience in designing and facilitating participative processes with diverse groups


  • Ability to assess complex strategic challenges and develop approaches to solutions
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with good understanding of motivating and working with cross-cultural teams
  • Work independently but also cooperatively with team members
  • Work in intercultural and complex contexts, with a high level of experience in dealing ambiguity and tolerance
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Assertiveness and persuasiveness combined with consulting skills
  • High ability to work under pressure
  • Strong networker; ability to explain and share knowledge with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Good sense of humour
  • Fluent in English; French/Spanish/German an advantage
  • High degree of computer literacy 
  • Willingness for frequent travels, even in difficult security conditions


What we offer:

  • Remuneration: Competitive, attractive remuneration, in line with internal tariff and relevant previous experience
  • Benefits: 13th cheque; social security; annual leave; flexible working hours, friendly and appreciative working atmosphere

If this is what you are looking for, please submit your application via (cover letter, CV, reference contacts of 3 former supervisors, job certificates if available), stating your earliest start date. Please indicate “Global Health Advisor” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Deadline for applications: 30 July 2024
Interviews planned for: 12-27 August 2024 

Johanniter is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, irrespective of cultural, religious, social background, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Please note that this position is unaccompanied.
Only short-listed candidates will be notified. 

We may start shortlisting before the closing date.

Johanniter employees are expected to act according to our Code of Conduct as well as our Leadership Principles.

Please note Johanniter requires background checks (incl. criminal record and reference checks) to protect the vulnerable and prevent abuse

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