Consortium Coordinator

Health Works
Bujumbura, Burundi
Full time Staff

Consortium Coordinator  

Health Works is looking for an experienced Consortium Coordinator to implement a programme that improves the health and wellbeing of communities in Burundi.

About us:

Health Works also known as HealthNet TPO, is a knowledge-driven, non-profit organization that works in areas disrupted by war, disasters and poverty. Working together with local populations, it works on rehabilitation and sustainable health care development. We aim to contribute to improve the overall health situation and support the development of systems for the provision of health care. Health Works contributes to community mobilization as a conditional necessity in populations recovering from long-time warfare. In doing so, we aspire to include and build the capacity of local organizations, communities and authorities. Health Works strives for developing evidence-based interventions to strengthen the health of populations in distress.

The Headquarter office is based in the Netherlands; Health Works also operates in Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan under the name of HealthNet TPO, where we have country offices.

Your role:
Health Works is in the process of being  awarded a €9.3 million EU contract as the Consortium Lead on the 3-year- programme  ‘’Volet Santé - Mesure d'Appui à la résilience des populations du Burundi’’. The consortium consists of GVC (Gruppo di Volontariato Civile), medica mondiale and Pathfinder International. This programme focusses on increasing the universal access to quality health services including sexual health and reproductive rights as well as providing adequate health care needs for 70% of the population from 3 provinces.

The Consortium Coordinator is overall responsible for project implementation and will oversee and monitor all the related activities. He/ she will be the main point of contact for all the other stakeholders. He/she will represent the consortium at the (inter)national level.

The Consortium Coordinator reports to the Chef de Mission in Bujumbura as well to the Director of Operations in Amsterdam. In absence of the Chef de Mission, act as his/hers replacement.

This is a 30 month unaccompanied position based in Bujumbura, Burundi (with frequent field trips to Cibitoke, Kayanza and Ngozi provinces).  There is a possible extension till 36 months.

Your tasks include:

Strategic Management                 

  • Ensure that the programme is fully implemented according to the approved programme proposal and in accordance with the requirements of the EC
  • Be responsible for operational and financial planning as well as human resources and logistics for the project
  • Develop and maintain relationships internally between consortium members and externally with relevant actors/stakeholders (including EU Delegation, local and regional authorities)
  • Communicate with the team/partners a clear vision for the work of the consortium in the 3 provinces and ensure regular strategic reflection to support the achievement of outcomes and impact
  • Review effectiveness of the consortium organisational structure and recommend revision as appropriate
  • Ensure ongoing relevance of the programme, adapting intervention approach/ content associated with contextual and organisational changes and opportunities
  • Ensure timely quality reporting, monthly, quarterly, annual and final reporting
  • Represent and communicate clearly consortium programme initiatives to relevant stakeholders, including influence of stakeholders based on evidence

Consortium management

  • Manage, supervise, provide leadership and support the consortium coordination staff to ensure that the team fulfils its responsibilities
  • Facilitate consortium management meetings and enable an effective learning and sharing culture across partners
  • Represent the consortium at appropriate coordination fora and report back to the consortium partners on key decisions and outcomes
  • Develop activity plans, reports and other relevant documents for consortium members that meet the donor and internal requirements
  • Conducts regular field visits in order to identify needs, gaps and challenges and to collect lessons learned and best practices
  • Ensure adherence to monitoring and evaluation guidelines, frameworks and indicators for the consortium programme, in line with established partnership agreements
  • Monitor and review performance and hold partners accountable for meeting the success criteria identified; give corrective feedback and action when required
  • Coordinate advocacy, communication and visibility activities of the consortium programme, in line with the agreed plan

Management of risks

  • Be responsible for the security of the team and assets in a changeable and volatile security environment, including initiating and organizing evacuation if necessary
  • Be responsible for close monitoring of the local context developments (including attending regularly the NGO security meetings)
  • Be responsible for overall financial oversight of the consortium budget and expenditure
  • Be responsible for coordinating and documenting accountability activities of consortium members and tracking progress against the consortium accountability framework 
  • Regularly review and update risk register: ensure appropriate mechanisms in place to reduce the risks
  • Prevent and if necessary report and investigate fraud, corruption and misconduct within Health Works staff and partners, in order to apply necessary sanction


  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (development; management, public health etc.)


  • Knowledge and experience managing health programmes in fragile countries, preferably with  previous experience in Burundi
  • Proven experience (at least 5 years) in senior programme management and leadership positions working with national governments, INGOs, NGOs, CBOs, other civil society groups
  • Experience of working in or, ideally managing a consortium
  • Experience of managing large grants from major international donors, particularly EU

Specific Skills

  • Excellent coordination skills, both internal across programming sectors and support teams, and externally with implementing partners
  • Advanced writing skills and experience in reporting
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with senior donor representatives, INGOs and governmental structures and to represent the consortium at national and international level fora
  • Leadership and training skills; able to build the capacity and guide a culturally diverse team
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French
  • Computer skills incl. MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

You have/ are: 

  • Proven problem solving and organizational skills; is flexible and organized in a challenging environment
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with Health Authorities and community officials
  • Good team player, able to listen and motivate
  • Able to work in a culturally diverse environment
  • Able to work with minimum supervision and be pro-active
  • Able to work under duress, occasional flexibility in terms of working off hours
  • Willing to travel regularly between Bujumbura and the field where the activities are taking place

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. A highly diverse position in a small team where you can really make a difference
  • A dynamic, international, cultural diverse working environment (approximately 10 passionate colleagues in Amsterdam and another 1.500 colleagues in the project countries)
  • A full-time position (40 hours per week)
  • Contract duration of 30 months due to project funding starting 1st March 2019 (possibility of an extension until 36 months)

More information:
For more information about Health Works, please visit

How to apply: To apply, please send your CV and application letter (including your motivation) to: by Monday 18 February 2019. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis before the closing date until the position is filled.

When applying, include the following title in the email subject line: Consortium Coordinator

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated.

Closing date: 
18th February 2019