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Position Details: Family Planning Specialist

Location: Juba, Southsudan
Openings: 1

Description:

MONTROSE is an international development project management and consultancy company providing support to clients operating in the developing world. Specialized in the sectors of health, education, rural livelihoods and private sector development, our clients include bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations and other development stakeholders.

 

Background to the Health Pooled Fund Project

 

Phase two of the South Sudan Health Pooled Fund (HPF) will be supported by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Running through 28 February, 2018, the fund will support delivery of essential primary health care and referral health services up to hospital level as well as health system strengthening at the national, state, county and facility/community levels. The HPF supports services in 23 lots - covering eight of South Sudan’s ten former states. One of the primary objectives of this project is to transfer ownership and stewardship of health service delivery to the Government of South Sudan.

A consortium led by Crown Agents and including Montrose is responsible for managing and implementing this project.

 

Purpose

The Health Pooled Fund is seeking a Family Planning Specialist to lead and advise on the Fund’s family planning programming. Under the direct supervision of the Health Service Delivery Manager, the incumbent will perform the following roles and responsibilities.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Family Planning Specialist:

  • Work with the Health Service Delivery Manager to develop and oversee the implementation of the project’s work plan, ensuring completion of project deliverables
  • Provide technical support to Ministry of Health and Implementing Partners on delivering the key elements of the Basic Package of Health and Nutrition Services for primary and secondary health care, with a particular focus on family planning

·         Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support to Implementing Partners, County Health Departments and Hospital Management teams for implementation of family planning activities at hospital, health facility and community level.

  • Develop systems and indicators to monitor the availability, utilization and quality of family planning services, in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation team
  • Conduct supportive supervisory visits to the 23 lots and provide on-the-job training and mentoring during these visits
  • Create performance improvement plan based on concerns or underperformance in delivery and guideline adherence
  • Coordinate the implementation of family planning activities with the State reproductive health officers 

·         Coordinate with MOH and UNFPA to ensure the availability, distribution and utilisation of family planning commodities and equipment for implementing partners working in the 23 lots and solve supply chain issues as needed

  • Disseminate relevant MoH policies and guidelines; monitor and follow up on the Implementing Partners’ success in implementing the policies and guidelines

·         Support integration of family planning in other programme areas such as Quality of Care, HIV, MNCH and community level health services

  • Apply lessons learned and capture best practices with respect to availability, utilization and quality of family planning services
  • Advise on best practices and innovative approaches to improve availability, utilization and quality of family planning services
  • Provide technical support for the introduction of new family planning method, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health
  • Attend and contribute to all relevant technical working groups

·         Lead the advocacy component for demand creation of family planning

·         Work closely with the HPF health systems strengthening team to ensure family planning is an integrated component of the health system strengthening workstream within HPF

·         Provide policy level support where appropriate

·         Identification of areas for Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA), drafting ToRs and monitoring and supporting STTA if applicable.

 

Personal Specification

  • Master’s level degree in health related discipline, preferably clinical
  • Extensive relevant experience in supporting the family planning components of projects in a senior management role
  • Extensive experience working and delivering results in fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Previous experience working in South Sudan strongly preferred
  • Experience managing and implementing large, multi-donor funded projects with an understanding of various donor compliance requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with team and partner organizations to achieve results
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English; strong report writing skills and experience

Women and South Sudanese nationals are highly encouraged to apply. 

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