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 Child Health Advisor who will provide technical and program oversight and direction in the area of child health and act as an integral part of MCSP Rwanda’s team.MCSP/Rwanda 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 strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to manage and scale up high-impact RMNCH interventions.
The Child Health Advisor will provide strategic technical leadership and expertise to MoH on the implementation of high quality child health services at the facility and community levels.
S/he will provide technical support in designing strategies to support service providers in improving access to, and quality of, RMNCH services. The Child Health Advisor will represent MCSP in meetings with donors and partners, and will provide technical assistance to these parties, in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating child health activities. The incumbent will provide and ensure effective communication among relevant partners; leadand coordinate global learning activities; and spearhead efforts to translate data and findings into programmatic guidance and policy advocacy.
The position requires the incumbent to develop child health activity communication materials, such as reports and presentations for dissemination to internal and external audiences.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
Lead all ChildHealth technical aspects of the project including the adaptation of the latest best practices on child health and evidence-based approaches into the local context;
Lead and monitor the development, adaptation, and improvement of policies, strategies, and technical documents related to child health. This includes active participation in relevant stakeholder working groups and global meetings where child health will be a focus;
Contribute to strategic planning, implementation and monitoring of child health activities to improve the national coverage and quality ofchild health services. This includes the integration of lessons learned from previous MCHIP and current MCSP projectsand other ongoing programs, including those implemented by other partners working at national, regional and local levels;
Design, implement, and monitor project activities, and tasks related to child healthin close partnership with the MNCH Team Lead, Ministry of Health, local organizations, and other USAID implementing partners;
Actively participate in the preparation of the project work plan, budgets, and technical reports for submission to USAID;
Build capacity of program and MOH staff inintegrating child health as part of the national health system;
Provide technical support and guidance on key program approaches for child health, including sustainable approaches to mentoring child health providers;
Collaborate with the M&E team, and other project personnel, to support ongoing monitoring, evaluation and learning;
Maintain effective communication between relevant partners, while identifying, compiling, and disseminating relevant literature and tools;
In close partnership with the MNCH Team Lead, develop and monitor learning and documentation activities related to child health program in Rwanda;
Leadefforts to translate program data and findings into programmatic guidance and policy advocacy.
Liaise with MCSP child health technical backstop at HQ and contribute to the global learning agenda related to child health emerging issues;
Medical professional with a Master’s degree in public health, social science or a related field;
Minimum ten years of public health technical and program management experience;
Five to seven years of relevant experience in integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) and integrated community case management (iCCM) approaches;
Strong experience inimplementation research and social accountability approaches to improve service coverage, quality and equity;
Senior-level experience advising health-related programs in Rwanda;
Demonstrated experience in managing excellent working relationships with key multilateral agencies, bilateral donors, academic institutions, and/or USAID programs;
Demonstrated planning, management, supervisory, and group facilitation skills;
Successful experience forging results-oriented partnerships and alliances and building and maintaining effective multi-stakeholder partnerships;
Strong policy and advocacy skills, including the ability to collect, use, and present evidence in a compelling way to guide policy decisions;
Excellent technical writing and oral presentation skills, including ability to communicate complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner;
Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
Proficiency in MS Office applications, data management and analysis software packages such as MS Excel, MS Access, SPSS, STATA, Epi Info.
If you are qualified and would like to apply for this position, please apply at MCSPRwandaHR@jsi.comwith “CH advisor” in the subject line. The position is open until filled. For further information on USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, please go to www.mcsprogram.org.