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Position Details: MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH SPECIALIST

Location: Juba, Southsudan, southsudan
Openings: 1

Description:

HPF aims to lay the foundations for the Government of South Sudan to provide quality healthcare for its own people in a future free from a dependency on foreign aid. The programme has a strong focus on transforming maternal and child health in South Sudan where child and maternal mortality rates are among the worlds highest.

The objectives of the fund are:

1. To improve the access, use, and quality of Primary Health Care (PHC) services and Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) services

2. To increase accountability and effectiveness by working with community mechanisms for improving health and health education

3. To support the strengthening of key stewardship functions of the MoH, including: planning, management, coordination, supervision and monitoring at all levels, in accordance with MoH guidelines and tools.

 

HPF works in partnership with the Ministry of Health, operating in eight of 10 former states – Eastern Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity, Lakes, Central Equatoria and Western Equatoria – and currently funds implementing partners to support primary health care services in health facilities, including hospitals.

Summary 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), the European Union (EU) 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 county hospital level as well as health system strengthening at the national, state, county and facility/community levels. HPF2 provides support through 23 geographical 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. 

 

The Health Pooled Fund is seeking a Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Expert to lead and advise on the Fund’s maternal, new born and child health programming. Under the direct supervision of the health service delivery manager, the incumbent will perform the following:

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

         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, maternal and child health, quality of care

         Conduct supportive supervisory visits to the 23 Lots

         Develop systems to monitor the quality of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Care

         Advice on best practices approaches to improve the quality of MNCH services, apply lessons learned and capture success stories from all aspects of MNCH

         Disseminate MoH guidelines; monitor and follow up on the IPs success in implementing guidelines;

         Create performance improvement plan based on concerns or underperformance in delivery and guideline adherence

         Attend and contribute to all relevant technical working groups

         Contribute to roll out of IMNCI (Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness)

         Integrate ICCM into facilities

         Oversee the effort to make Misoprostol more available across all lots and facilities

         Contribute to School Health Assessments and provide feedback on potential improvements for integration

 

Qualifications

         Master’s level degree in health related discipline, preferably with clinical experience.

         Extensive relevant experience in supporting projects on Maternal, Newborn and Child health in a Senior Management role

         Extensive experience working and delivering results in fragile and conflict-affected states (previous experience working in South Sudan essential)

         Experience managing and implementing multi-donor funded projects, with an understanding of various donor requirements

         Demonstrated ability to collaborate with team and partner organizations to achieve results.

         Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work and communicate respectfully with all people.

         Excellent written and spoken English; strong report writing skills and experience

NB.

         Women and South Sudanese nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

         Application package should include the following:

         Application letter

         CV – indicating day telephone, functional e-mail address

PoPosition requires travel around states in southsudan

    

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