USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity

Technical Officer – Maternal Neonatal Child Health Family Planning (MNCH …

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity

Technical Officer – Maternal Neonatal Child Healt…

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity 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 efforts 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 project is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, provincial and municipal governments, facility and community level health service providers and other key stakeholders. SSBH is implemented in all 79 municipalities of Karnali Province, and in all municipalities of Banke, Bardiya, Dang, Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi West districts of Lumbini Province.

The Activity is seeking applications from qualified professionals for the position listed below.

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity 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 efforts to expand access to and use of quality maternal, newborn and child health and family planning services, with a specific focus on newborn …

Technical Officer – Maternal Neonatal Child Health Family Planning (MNCH FP)

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Number of Positions: 12

Supervisor: Deputy Provincial Team Lead

Locations: Any District of Karnali Province and Lumbini Province

Under the supervision of the Deputy Provincial Team Lead and with support of province based MNCH FP Specialist, the Technical Officer – MNCH FP will work collaboratively with other Technical Officers (Information System and Health Systems) and with the District Coordination Committees (DCCs), District Health Offices (DHOs), or their equivalent in new federal structure, selected Municipality officials, to support/facilitate implementation and quality of the maternal, newborn and child health and family planning activities at municipality level. The position holder is responsible to liaise with other development partners primarily working in the field of MNCH and FP.   

Specific Duties and Responsibilities 

Program Support (LOE 60%)

  • Coordinate for the implementation of MNCH and FP components for Strengthening Systems for Better Health Activity at district and local (municipality and health facility) level, especially focusing on improving availability and quality of MNCH/FP services in identified sites.
  • Work closely with other Technical Officers and support the team at Surkhet and Butwal field office and ensure appropriate coordination with work streams overseen by those colleagues.   
  • Lead ad prepare to conduct situation assessments, documentation and timely dissemination of existing MNCH and FP initiatives in health primarily focusing on assigned areas and incorporate appropriate initiatives into Activity work plans and work plan prepared by Palika governments.
  • Prepare implementation plan of MNCH and FP initiatives and ensure timely delivery of activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans) at field level

Capacity Building (LOE 30%)

  • Identify gaps, approaches to improve clinical service delivery focusing maternal, newborn child health and family planning at municipal and facility level.
  • Develop capacity building plans for stakeholders (esp health facility based providers and municipality level health staff ) linking capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities identified on effective MNCH and FP initiatives and ensure retention of skills built. 
  • Identification and facilitation of capacity building measures for government and selected private sector hospitals, KAHS on clinical and management aspects of MNCH and FP, in coordination with Surkhet-based MNCH/FP and other Specialists. 
  • Mentor, coach and support municipality and health facility  team members in maternal, newborn, child health and family planning service provision.
  • Build capacity of health care providers, 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 SSBH team in selected technical working groups (especially on MNCH/FP) at district and municipality level.
  • Collaborate and work with line agencies including Municipalities, DCCs and other implementing partners and development agencies at local level for smooth operations of activities on MNCH and FP activities.
  • Work with provincial team and other members of the multi-disciplinary local teams, local elected bodies and councils at sub-provincial level to ensure their engagement and support for planning, implementing, monitoring of MNCH and FP related project activities.

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or Public Health with clinical background (i.e. BN, BSc Nursing)
  • At least five years of related professional experience with technical knowledge and understanding and experience of maternal, newborn, child health, family planning and program planning and delivery.
  • Preferred SBA-trained and has experience on maternal and newborn health care services.

Additional qualifications

  • Understanding of Government of Nepal’s health care delivery system including service availability, utilization, quality aspects.
  • Clinical trainings on LARC and/or IMNCI will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully in team in remote areas.
  • Manage multiple tasks concurrently; meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Understanding of Government of Nepal’s health care delivery system including service availability, utilization, quality aspects.
  • Strong networking and computer proficiency skills.
  • Excellent written/oral skills in Nepali and English
  • Ability to travel in remote areas of assigned districts within short notice; qualified applicants who are from and/or working in Lumbini and Karnali Provinces will be given strong consideration.     

Those who had applied earlier for the position need not apply again.

SSBH is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and culture. Individuals from minority groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further selection process. Canvassing at any stage of the processes shall lead to automatic disqualification.

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