Maternal Newborn Child Health and Family Planning (MNCH FP) Specialist
Strengthening Systems for Better Health

Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) is a 5-year project aimed at improving health outcomes in Nepal, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the country. This will be accomplished through supporting the Government of Nepal’s eorts to expand access to and use of quality maternal, newborn and child health and family planning services, with a specific focus on newborn care. Strengthening Systems for Better Health was initiated in January 2018 and will achieve three outcomes:

(i) improving access to and utilization of equitable healthcare services,

(ii) improving the quality of health services at facility and community levels and

(iii) improving health system governance, within the context of decentralization and federalism.

The Activity is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population, the Ministry of Federal Aairs and General Administration at federal level, provincial and municipal governments, facility and community level health service providers and other key stakeholders. Project technical sta will engage at national, provincial and municipal levels in the target geographic areas of Karnali Province and Banke, Bardiya and Dang of Province 5. The project is implemented collaboratively by Abt Associates, Save the Children, Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) and Management Support Services (MASS).

Maternal Newborn Child Health and Family Planning (MNCH FP) Specialist

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LOCATION: Kathmandu, with 30% field travel

CONTRACT LENGTH: December 2022

ROLE PURPOSE: 

MNCH FP Specialist will oversee the maternal, newborn and child health and family planning technical aspects of USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health project jointly with the Senior Technical Advisor and other Senior Management Team (SMT) members of the project and provincial technical teams. She/he will coordinate with Child and Family Health Divisions (or appropriate authorities) of Ministry of Health at federal level and other development partners primarily working in the field of MNCH and FP. 

  

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Program Support (LOE 80%)

  • Oversee all MNCH and FP components for Strengthening Systems for Better Health project, jointly with the Senior Technical Advisor
  • Mentor, coach and support project team members in implementation modality and approaches for MNCH and FP initiatives
  • Provide oversight to the project field teams and troubleshoot any technical challenges related to MNCH and FP aspects of the project
  • Work closely with other Specialists and ensure appropriate coordination with work streams overseen by those colleagues   
  • Lead and prepare to conduct situation assessments, documentation and timely dissemination of existing MNCH FP initiatives in health primarily focusing on Karnali Pradesh and other areas and incorporate appropriate initiatives into project work plans and work plan prepared by Palika and Provincial governments
  • Prepare and oversee implementation of MNCH and FP initiatives taken by the project and ensure timely delivery of activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans)

Capacity Building (LOE 10%)

  • Develop capacity building plans for project team, stakeholders linking capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities identified on effective MNCH FP initiatives  
  • Lead the identification and facilitation of capacity building measures for project staff, government and partners on MNCH and FP 
  • Provide leadership, coaching and mentoring to different management committee members, community groups, local NGOs and CBOs, coordination committees to ensure that they have clear objectives, plans and support to enhance community support for demand generation, management of health system, monitoring service delivery from equity perspectives  

Coordination (LOE 10%)

  • Represent project team in selected technical working groups and forums at national forums in coordination with Senior Technical Advisor and other SMT members
  • Collaborate and work with line agencies including MoH, MoFALD, MoWCSW and other implementing partners and donors for smooth operations of the project activities on MNCH and FP activities
  • Work with provincial teams and build their capacity to work with local elected bodies and councils at sub-national level to ensure their engagement and support for planning, implementing, monitoring of MNCH and FP related project activities


QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • An university degree in public health, medicine, or nursing with experience in maternal, newborn and child health sector  
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in related roles and responsibilities
  • Previous experience of working in role with MoH and donor or NGO or civil societies 
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to develop this skill in others
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work in multi-cultural environment
  • Able to establish good working relationships and positively contribute to a team
  • Ability to effectively manage relationships between different stakeholders 
  • Flexible, positive and proactive approach to work



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