Yemen- A Health and Nutrition Coordinator

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Job title

Yemen- A Health and Nutrition Coordinator



Place (town/region)


Employee status


Type of contract

Fixed Term Contract

Expected start date


Duration of mission

6 months

Position summary


The conflict in Yemen started in 2014 with an internal political crisis which, later on, degenerated into an open war between northern-based Houthi Movement, allied to former President Saleh, and forces loyal to the official government, led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. In March 2015, violence escalated when a Saudi-ledcoalition launched military operations to restore the official government and stop the Houthi-Saleh alliance, who already controlled Sana’a and advanced on Aden. The Saudi intervention led to a stalemate in which the country largely remains as per now.

The war also escalated on the economic front as the Saudi-led coalition declared a blockade on large portions of the country still controlled by the Houthis. The fragmentation of power deepened in the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, when the Houthi-Saleh alliance blew up, two months before the collapse of Aden’s fragile balance between Hadi’s supporters and Southern independentist forces. During that period, anti-Houthi forces secured territorial gains in southwestern Al-Jawf, southern Al-Hudaydah and eastern Al-Bayda which, while far from rapid, were notably quicker that their previous pace. The main battlefield of the Yemen war is now the city and harbour of Hodeidah.

The conflict has led to devastating consequences for a population already highly vulnerable. Before the civil war erupted, Yemen was already enduring a humanitarian crisis with 15.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, recording one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. The intervention of the Saudi-led coalition in March 2015 translated into a severe aggravation of the humanitarian context. The disruption of the commercial and humanitarian imports, the displacement of populations, the disrupted market system, the loss of livelihoods and incomes, the damage on the private and public infrastructures, and the general destabilization of the public system contributed to widespread food insecurity, malnutrition and a serious lack of access to health. With the lift of the blockade by Saudi Arabia in December 2017, a return to the pre-blockade prices and imports was expected at the beginning of 2018. However, activities of Al Hodeidah and Salif ports have not been back to normal, and staple foods’ and fuel prices remain volatile. Besides, displacement of populations continues to be a collateral damage of the conflict, as up to 16 000 households have been displaced since December 2017 in or near Hodeidah, Taizz, Ibb, and Lahj governorates.

As a result, an estimated 22.2 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 11.3 million who are in acute need. 17.8 million people are food insecure at national level, of which 8.4 are severely food insecure. Among these, some 1.8 million children and 1.1 million Pregnant or Lactating Women (PLW) are acutely malnourished, including 400,000 Children under 5 years-old (CU5) suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). With only 50 per cent of health facilities fully functional, and a disruption of health personnel’s salaries, 16.4 million people inYemen require assistance to ensure adequate access to healthcare – 9.3 million of whom are in acute need. An estimated 16 million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance to establish or maintain access to safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene facilities. Collapsing urban water and sanitation systems, deteriorating water and sanitation conditions in rural areas, and lack of means to maintain personal hygiene and purchase safe drinking water all contributed to one of the worst cholera outbreaks in the world. Finally, the increasing difficulties of food supply in the country and, more importantly, the ongoing collapse of the riyal, which severely impacts the price of basiccommodities, raise the possibility of a large scale problem of access to food in Yemen in the coming months.


The Health and Nutrition Coordinator (HNC) is responsible for the success of the mission’s health and nutrition strategy and for the quality of current and future health and nutrition programmes at the planning, implementation and evaluation phases. He/she will support in providing leadership, strategic vision and technical support to all aspects of the health and nutrition programmes in Yemen. The HNC will contribute to the identification of programmatic priorities through needs assessment, the design and direction for health programming in Yemen, as well as any other areas where needs are identified. In addition, the HNC will ensure that the health and nutrition program are implemented in accordance with international protocols, guidelines and best practices, providing support to programme managers and directly to national medical staff. He/she will promote quality of care in all PUI health and nutrition services. The HNC will be an active member of the Country Coordination team, attending meetings and working with senior managers to steer the health and nutrition programmes in country, as well as representing PUI at national level clusters, to donors and other interested parties.

Main activities

Strategy: Working alongside the coordination team, he/she contributes to the development of new health and nutrition initiatives for the mission. He/She carries out epidemiological monitoring for the country andanalyses strengths and weaknesses from the point of view of public health.

Programmes:He/She ensures tha thealth and nutrition programme(s) are in line with PUI’s health policy and monitors them for quality and efficacy.

Representation: He/She represents the organisation to partners, authorities and local stakeholders involved in implementing medical and nutrition programmes, particularly at national level.

Human Resources / Training: He/She supports the health and nutrition teams (PUI employees), provides support to programme managers for recruiting technical staff and supervises technical training activities on the basis of identified needs.

Logistics and Administration: He/She ensures the activities for which he/she is responsible comply with logistical and administrative procedures.

Safety: He/She contributes to compliance with safety rules within the mission and communicates any safetyrelated information to the Head of Mission.

Required profile


Medical and/or Nutrition training or Paramedic training, Public health , Medical internship


At least 2 years of experience on a similar position.

and skills

Knowledge and skills: Good written communication skills
Knowledge of project management
Good writing skills

Software: Pack office is required, SPSS, Epi Info are desirable


English is required, French and arabic are desirable


Travel may be required internally and regionally.

Proposed terms


Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract.

Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with Première Urgence International.


Cost Coverde Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing in collective accommodation
Daily Living Expenses « Per diem »


Break Policy : 5 working days every 2 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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Camille Attias, Human Ressources Officer for Expatriates

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