MCSP – Quality Improvement and Scale-up Advisor
The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global, USAID Cooperative Agreement operating in 24 high priority countries to introduce and support high-impact health interventions with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation.
The Program is focused on ensuring that all women, newborns and children most in need have equitable access to quality health care services to save lives. USAID’s MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment.
USAID’s MCSP engages governments, policymakers, private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society, faith-based organizations and communities in adopting and accelerating proven approaches to address the major causes of maternal, newborn and child mortality such as postpartum hemorrhage, birth asphyxia and diarrhea, respectively, and improve the quality of health services, from household to hospital.
USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program in Rwanda is hiring a Quality Improvement and Scale-up Advisor who will work as an integral part of MCSP Rwanda’s M&E team. The Quality Improvement and Scale-up Advisor will report to the Learning and Quality Improvement Lead for the Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD) program under MCSP in Rwanda. Rwanda’s MCSP aims to reduce child and maternal mortality through increased coverage and utilization of high-impact low cost reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) interventions and innovative new approaches and to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to manage and scale up high-impact RMNCH interventions. Quality Improvement and Scale-up Advisor will provide technical assistance in the roll-out and scale up of quality improvement strategies.
Assist in development and implementation of quality improvement approaches and tools in alignment with Ministry of Health and MCSP guidelines
Provide technical leadership and guidance to technical and program staff in quality improvement activities per technical area and district to correctly identify and address gaps
Ensure documentation of quality improvement activities, trainings, improvements, assessments and data, including timely reporting to USAID
Ensure that Health Care services provided by district health facilities comply with Quality standards to ensure that services meet requirements of accreditation program and meet client expectations and acceptable clinical standards.
Assist in the development and testing approaches for quality and performance improvement and/or human resources development according to the local context
Apply quality standards to ensure that health services meet accreditation program requirements, as well as meet client expectations
Ensure learning activities are implemented in a timely manner and according to protocol
In collaboration with the Learning and Quality improvement team lead, work with the MOH to employ process documentation for learning activities
• Implement workshops to guide the development, implementation and dissemination of learning activities
Conduct technical debriefing meetings with the technical teams to present advances in the learning and quality improvement agendas
Coordinate with the administrative and technical teams for the reproduction and distribution of learning materials
Monitor, analyze and synthesize MCSP’s contribution to the national achievement of EPMCD
Advise technical teams on the relevant M&E systems based on needs, MoH requests and MCSP and USAID requirements and standards.
Work with program staff to ensure that lessons learned from project and program evaluations create new learning that influence quality of service provision.
Establish and maintain good working relations with the relevant MoH technical working groups, as well as other higher-level stakeholder groups.
Contribute to annual planning process
In collaboration with program staff and M&E team, ensure that necessary quality improvement planning, budgeting, and management activities occur to facilitate smooth and efficient program functioning
Monitor and track improvements and progress towards quality goals
Manage the Collaborative improvements approach in project supported districts to reinforce the peer review process through sharing lessons learned and best practices adopted to continuously bridge performance gaps.
Provide input for study reports, journal articles, conference posters or presentations to disseminate the findings of the learning/research activities
Assist the M&E Learning and QI Lead in results reporting to USAID by providing written documentation on the Learning Agenda indicator results for progress and annual reports.
Ensure high-quality implementation, consistent with Rwandan national health guidelines, protocols, information and reporting systems
Work with the technical teams to ensure that the project achieves its deliverables related to quality improvement
Document the process of systematizing the Learning and Quality Improvement approach
Contribute to the development of MCSP annual action plans and reports and make presentations to relevant technical meetings, missions and partners in a timely manner.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Advanced degree in public health, midwifery, nursing, social sciences or other relevant area
Minimum 3 years of work experience in health-related monitoring and evaluating projects in RMNCH and/or malaria in Rwanda or another East or Southern African Nation
Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, knowledge management and documentation, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation
Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to
function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public and NGO sectors
Experience applying quality improvement techniques to health projects/activities
Familiarity with Rwanda’s health management information system and other national M&E systems
• Excellent writing and communications skills, including demonstrated technical writing skills for publication
Ability to work effectively with diverse international teams
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using one or more statistical
software packages, including at least two of the following: SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Access
Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office
Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English; working knowledge of French and Kinyarwanda is preferred
Ability to travel nationally
Rwandan nationals encouraged to apply
If you are qualified and would like to apply for this position, please apply at HR.Rwanda@jhpiego.org on or before July 10, 2015 with “Quality Improvement and Scale‑up Advisor” in the subject line. For further information on USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, please go to www.mcsprogram.org