Project Coordinator- Newborn, SNL
Save the Children

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Project Coordinator- Newborn, SNL

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GRADE: Three

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Saving Newborn Lives 4

LOCATION: Surkhet embedded within SSBH Office, with at least 30% field travel

CONTRACT LENGTH: Fixed term unil January 2019 (with a possibility of extension)

CHILD SAFEGUARDINGLevel 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


Saving Newborn Lives has been supporting Ministry of Health in Nepal since 2000 to improve newborn survival. This grant, provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), has been playing a catalytic role in Nepal to bring transformational change in the health status of newborns. SNL works to scale up newborn health interventions within the country and globally based on the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP). SNL works in Nepal to engage partners and stakeholders to continue its roles as a catalyst in areas of new-born health with a focus on reaching high effective coverage of prioritized interventions (namely chlorhexidine and PSBI treatment). It will work in partnership with different Ministries/Departments, NGOs and civil societies at federal and provincial level to support development and implementation of policies, programs related to newborn health.  In the federal context  and changed health structure in Nepal, the  SNL Coordinator based in Surkhet is expected to work closely with Strengthening Systems for Better Health team to leverage the expertise of each other and ensure focus on Newborn Health is prioritized and monitored well within Karnali Province. Working closely with other technical team members, she/he will coordinate with Social Development Ministry and its health department and sections looking after maternal, newborn child health (or appropriate authorities) at provincial level and other development partners primarily working in the field of newborn health to ensure newborn priorities and programs are planned, implemented and monitored well as part of overall health plan. 


  • Liaise with the government and support the provincial health Department to ensure that newborn is adequately reelected in the Provincial Health policy and plans 
  • Oversee implementation of all the SNL planned activities at the provincial level and local level ( Local representative orientation on newborn indicators in the province with focus on PSBI / CHX)Work with SNL CO staff to track effective coverage and implementation strength of prioritized interventions (CHX and PSBI treatment), adopting the SNL Pathway to Effective Coverage framework for Karnali province. 
  • Engagement with the private sector team of SSBH to explore the feasibility of engaging with private drug shops and clinics for management of PSBI 
  • Together with MNCH-FP Specialist of Strengthening Systems for Better Health and the counterparts from government key partner organizations, contribute to the development and strengthening of government health programs in the community.
  • Conduct data analysis  for selected Provincial new-born health indicators and disseminate and promote use of the information by local representatives and partners to engage them in discussions 
  • Support SC Nepal staff, government partners and other stakeholders to analyse and use MIS data for evidence-informed policy making at the national, district and lower levels.
  • Support project team members, SSBH team members in implementation modality and approaches for MNCH initiatives ( Focused in Newborn )
  • Work closely with SSBH Specialists/ Save the Children regional staff and support team at field office and ensure appropriate coordination with work streams 
  • Lead and prepare to conduct situation assessments, documentation of existing newborns initiatives at the national level and dissemination these learning at the provincial level
  • Support to incorporate appropriate initiatives (private sector engagement in PSBI management) into SSBH project work plans and work plan prepared by Palika and Provincial governments

Coordination (LOE 30%)

  • Represent SNL team in selected technical working groups and forums at the provincial forums in coordination with Regional Health Manager of Save the Children and MNCH-FP Specialist SSBH
  • Collaborate and work with line agencies including Social Development Ministry and other implementing partners and development agencies for advocacy  on MNCH activities (focused on newborn)
  • Work with provincial team and multi-disciplinary local team ( SCI & SSBH) to build their capacity to work with local elected bodies and councils at sub-national level to ensure that newborn is adequately focused on during planning, implementing, monitoring of MNCH programs 

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  • A Master’s degree in medicine or nursing or public health with experience in maternal, newborn and child health sector 



  • At least three years (two years for GSI* group) of experience in related roles and responsibilities and experience working with sub-national stakeholders in health
  • Experience in ability to analyze national and local level data (newborn, maternal and child)


  • Previous experience of working in role with Regional Health Directorate (RHD) and donor or NGO or civil societies 
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Strong organizational, managerial and problem solving 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

*GSI group include Female, Dalit, Madhesi, People with Disabilities and other indigenous/minorities.

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