3 Child Survival and Development Officer NGO Jobs – AVSI Foundation

Job
Title:        
 Child
Survival and Development Officer (3 Job Opportunities)

Organization: AVSI
Foundation

Duty Station: 
Uganda

About US:

AVSI Foundation is
an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in
Italy in 1972. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the person through
development cooperation activities, with special attention to education,
according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI has been present
in Uganda since 1984, first supporting hospitals and agriculture projects in
Gulu and Kitgum districts, and later expanding around 1990 to establish the
present-day headquarters in Kampala, offices in Pader, Gulu and Kitgum, and
project activities in 12 other districts.

About Project:

UNICEF and AVSI
entered into a partnership under the project entitled District Health System
Strengthening on RMNCAH, HIV, and Nutrition in the districts of Arua, Adjumani,
Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Pakwach, Yumbe, Zombo, Lamwo and Kiryandongo –
ALIVE.

The projects aim to
“Support and keep children and mothers ALIVE through the provision of a
comprehensive Health, Nutrition, and HIV/AIDS Package” under which AVSI
contributes to efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality and improve the
quality of life of children and women in Northern Uganda, Acholi and West Nile
sub-regions.

The project also
will support and build synergies with other implementing partners and AVSI
existing projects; ‘Maximizing impact against HIV, TB, and Malaria in Acholi
Sub-Region’ funded by Italian Cooperation, Resilient Learners, Teachers and
Education Systems in South Sudan and Uganda (RICE) in Lamwo and Arua districts,
funded by EU.

Job Summary:  The Integrated Child Survival and Development
Officer takes overall responsibility of coordinating Child Survival and
Development (child health and immunization, HIV, nutrition and WASH) at the health
facility and community levels in the project districts to ensure delivery of
quality, integrated services in the areas of reproductive, maternal, new-born,
child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), HIV, nutrition, and water, sanitation,
and hygiene (WASH).

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Support the DHMTs focal persons, responsible for overseeing
    comprehensive MNCH, Nutrition, and HIV/ART Package, malaria and TB
    components of the project at various health facilities, including referral
    from the communities to the facilities, to ensure the continuum of care in
    the district being supported, including referral from the communities to
    the facilities.
  • Provide technical input into the project design, preparation,
    implementation; monitoring and evaluation and management to accelerate the
    scale-up of evidence based high impact interventions to improve child
    survival, nutrition and WASH. The successful candidate will work with the
    M&E team and the project team to ensure timely reporting,
    identification and documentation of key successes as well as the
    identification of potential bottlenecks in implementation and proposing
    remedial measures. The post holder will represent the project at health
    facility and community level technical forums as requested and will liaise
    with the donor, MOH, other project staff members and the community. .
  • Support health facility and community interventions to facilitate
    the implementation of the Reaching Every Child and other innovative
    approaches in the district to boost immunisation and nutrition coverage of
    children under five.
  • Support the development and use of health facility micro plans to
    ensure effective static and outreach coverage of target populations,
    effective collection, analysis and use of community data at all levels to
    improve service delivery.
  • Support districts during implementation of child health days and
    national and sub national SIAs campaigns to ensure children under five
    receive Vitamin A and de-worming, sleep under LLTNs, and receive
    appropriate treatment for ARI, diarrhoea and malaria.
  • Support district implementation of an integrated package of maternal
    new born, PMTCT and paediatric HIV and nutrition services including the
    provision of quality services at all HC IIIs and above including high
    volume HC IIs to increase the percentage of pregnant women and young girls
    to improve utilisation of RMNCAH, HIV, and Nutrition services.
  • Support DHMTs in Identifying staff skills gaps by conducting health
    facility/training needs assessment for health facilities in collaboration
    with the DHTs, project staff and other implementing partners
  • Participate in the training and mentorship of health
    workers/midwifery staff on goal-oriented ANC, BEmONC/CEmONC, new
    guidelines of ART/eMTCT and EID, and Integrated Management of Pregnancy
    and Childbirth (IMPAC) and nutrition
  • Support health facilities to ensure accountability interventions are
    conducted; HUMC meetings, community dialogues and barazas, client exit
    interviews to get a good idea of the health information covered during OPD,
    ANC, labour and delivery and PNC, ART and nutrition as well as the
    clients’ immediate comprehension of the information
  • Support integration of ART/eMTCT into ANC as a standard package in
    all health units, and ensure all mothers attending ANC get eMTCT and
    nutrition services in the ANC environment using the same staff including
    support advocacy, social mobilisation and community education on eMTCT,
    paediatric HIV care and nutrition
  • Participate in monthly on-job training and mentoring for service
    providers on integrated ANC, eMTCT, EID, Paediatric HIV and IYCF in
    context of HIV at static units and outreaches and monthly mentoring of
    midwifery staff at HC IIIs together with senior midwives from referral
    facilities (HC IV and hospitals)
  • Introduction and roll out of the transport voucher scheme; conduct
    an assessment of transport options available, participate in training
    health unit staff on the transport voucher scheme, use and fraud
    prevention and verifying of vouchers before processing them for payment at
    the end of every month
  • Participate in the identification of peer mothers and Family Support
    Groups as expert client advisors and support VHTs to encourage mothers to
    come and deliver at health facilities, including quarterly peer/mentor
    mothers meeting at health centre IIIs and above and sensitize health
    facility staff on cultural aspects acting as barriers to delivery in
    health units.
  • Community based services, FamilyConnect and VHT/iCCM scale up: work
    with the DHT and partners to scale up the VHT and iCCM programs within the
    districts, specifically providing assistance with quality assurance for
    training, supervision and commodity management of VHT/iCCM related
    supplies
  • Support community interventions to facilitate the implementation of
    the Reaching Every Child and other innovative approaches in the district
    to boost immunisation and nutrition coverage of children under five.
    Support the development and use of health facility micro plans to ensure
    effective static and outreach coverage of target populations, effective
    collection, analysis and use of community data at all levels to improve
    service delivery.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidates MUST hold a Diploma in Midwifery/Nursing,
    Clinical Medicine, Comprehensive Nursing or related discipline
  • Double training in Nursing/Midwifery, paediatric nursing, health
    education and promotion, nutrition, ART care, etc is added advantage
  • Seven years of working experience in a district setting in busy
    health facilities at supervisory and leadership levels, program
    implementation and working
  • Knowledge of and experience in Health System Strengthening (HSS)
    programme at district level.
  • Experience in working with district local government, hospitals and
    health facilities (including understanding of Ministry of Health
    Guidelines related to RMNCAH, HIV and Nutrition), development agencies,
    and/or International NGOs in health is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and diplomatic skills, ability
    to work in a team;
  • Good writing, reporting, presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations, and to meet
    tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the Government of Uganda Health Policy and UN/UNICEF
    systems
  • Excellent command computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and
    Power Point.

How to Apply:

All candidates
should send their application letters, accompanied with updated Curriculum
Vitae indicating 3 work-related referees, plus copies of relevant certificates,
should be addressed to:

The AVSI Country
Representative,

AVSI Foundation,

P. O. Box 6785,
Kampala, Uganda

Email to: hr.kampala@avsi.org (Please indicate
the e-mail subject as ‘Application for Child Survival and Development
Officer.’)

Deadline: 18th July 2019 (5.00 pm)

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