11 October 2016

USAID MCSP Child Health Advisor Career Opportunity - John Snow, Inc (JSI)

Job Title:        Child Health Advisor
Organization: John Snow, Inc (JSI)
Project Name: USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Mbale Uganda
Reports to: Team Lead

About JSI:
John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a leader in improving the health of individuals and communities by providing high-quality technical and managerial assistance to public health programs worldwide. JSI has implemented projects in 100 countries, and currently operates from eight U.S. and 81 international offices for the past 30 years. The JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. ID a leading public health research and consulting organization.

About USAID MCSP Program:
USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival program aims to accelerate the reduction of Maternal, new born and child Mortality in USAID Priority countries with high disease burden such as Uganda though scaling up evidence based high impact interventions. Building on Experience, MCSP addresses major causes of mortality by influencing and implementing high impact and innovative interventions at scale based on the country context and data; building global consensus and sustained government commitment to support MNCH interventions; maximizing the use and integration of local programs

Job Summary: The Child Health Advisor will steer the implementation of key child health interventions that lead to sustainable improvements in child health indicators in selected districts in the Eastern Region of Uganda. The Child Health Advisor will be responsible for providing technical oversight and program management of child health work plan activities, working in close collaboration with the Team Lead, COP and other senior technical staff.
In line with the Uganda Sharpened Plan for RMNCAH, the Child Health Advisor will work closely with the MOH and select districts in the Eastern Region to support implementation of a package of low cost, high impact, evidence based child health interventions that can be applied at different levels of the health system to contribute to further reductions in child mortality. The Child Health Advisor will provide technical leadership and overall management of all child health related activities in the MCSP MCNH work plan.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Technical Support:
·         Actively contribute to the capacity building of HCWs and supervisor competencies, knowledge and skills in IMNCI through trainings, mentorship, meetings and workshops
·         Strengthen supportive supervision for IMNCI at the district and sub-district level
·         Formulate strategies for improving and monitoring the forecasting, procurement and logistics/supply management of quality first line drugs for childhood illnesses and create and support initiatives that increase the availability of all child health essential commodities at all levels of implementation
·         Work closely with district leadership and staff to ensure that program data is regularly used to inform planning and decision-making; serve as a champion for documentation and strategic dissemination of best practices and lessons learned
·         Compile and analyze data for performance monitoring of the program technical area and utilize the data to take corrective actions
·         Provide leadership for Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement measures for IMNCI and other relevant child health activities
Leadership and Coordination:
·         Provide technical leadership in advocating for the prevention and treatment of childhood illness in Uganda by participating in relevant working groups
·         Coordinate and collaborate with other child survival efforts nationally and in the selected districts to strengthen the treatment for childhood pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria
Policy and Regulation: Advocate with the MoH and relevant partners for increasing access to essential childhood commodities at all levels

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant for the USAID MCSP Child Health Advisor vacancy must be a Medical doctor, preferably with a Master’s degree in public health
·         At least ten years of public health technical and program management experience
·         Broad knowledge of the Uganda health system, and ability to build and sustain strong relationships with key national and global partners in child health—including representatives from MoH, NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
·         Strong knowledge of child health issues and the evidence behind successful approaches” to diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia control along with a proven track record in working to improve child health; experience working with IMNCI and iCCM an advantage
·         Previous experience forging results-oriented partnerships and alliances and building and maintaining effective multi-stakeholder partnerships
·         High degree of analytical skill, political acumen and the ability to facilitate change, influence decision-makers and communicate key advocacy messages effectively and convincingly to a diverse audience at local, national and international levels
·         Ability to develop, implement and monitor project activities, including documenting project learning
·         Previous experience working with USAID or other donors and multilateral agencies
·         Demonstrated leadership, team building and problem solving skills
·         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
·         Ability and willingness to travel within the Eastern Region at least 50% of the time

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an updated and cover letter to MCSPUgandaHR@jsi.com with the subject line as “MNCH Child Health Advisor” as the e-mail subject according to your application.

Deadline: 14th October, 2016 by 5:00 pm

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