UNICEF needs a Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Consultant-Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Consultant – NOC, Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States. If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Job Number: 501601
Work Type : Consultancy
Purpose of the Assignment
This position is to support the State ministry of health, state primary health care development agency and other partners in the implementation of evidence-based interventions that will result in the scale-up of and improved access to maternal and newborn health services with a particular focus on systems strengthening, local capacity building, focused mentoring in local facilities and communities in Adamawa and Kebbi States.
The officer will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners in the implementation of various strategies and interventions that will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at LGA level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, provision of sustainable and scaled-up integrated MNCH service delivery with equity and community participation.
State and LGA
- Work with the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners to support dissemination of national policy, strategy, guidelines and quality of care model for MNCH at state and LGA level.
- Support SMOH and SPHCDA by providing technical assistance to the development of good quality state and LGA annual operational plans and their review using the Primary Health Care Mechanism.
- Support dissemination and use of approved training modules and guidelines on selected high impact Integrated Maternal New-born Child Health continuum of care interventions such as- Focused AnteNatal Care (FANC); Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA); Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care (EmONC); Helping Babies Breath (HBB); Post Natal Care (PNC); Community Based New-born Care and Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia.
- Support state and LGA level supportive supervision, monitoring and evaluation of MNCH programmes.Priority areas of work to be supported at this level and strategy based on TSS model (Training, Supplies, Supportive Supervision) include but not limited to the following
- Set up and implement a quality of care model for MNCH services in health facilities based on few selected high impact interventions.
- Train health workers using approved training modules and guidelines on selected high impact Integrated Maternal New-born Child Health continuum of care interventions with assistance of state and LGA based TOTs.
- Support end user monitoring of equipment and supplies provided to health facilities.
- Participate in On the Job Training, Supportive Supervision and mentoring of health workers.
Communities, villages, households
- Support setting up of structures for implementation of Community Health Strategy – WDCs, VDCs, training of VHWs, CHEWs and CHWs.
- End user monitoring of supplies and demand for MNCH services in communities and households.
- Use updated Mama/CHEW/CBNC kits as entry point for promotion of desired health seeking behaviour and link with immunization/polio related activities.
- Promote uptake of selected high impact family care practices jointly with other sections namely -C4D, Nutrition, Child Protection, Media, advocacy and communications and WASH.
- Promote uptake of integrated Community Case Management for diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria.
- Annual State work and operational plans
- Quarterly DHIS and PHC review reports
- Monthly progress reports containing iCCM and outreach services data, stock update, etc.
- Reports of Workshop/Meetings with actionable recommendations.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Advanced degree in Health, Social Sciences, or Public Health and university degree or related technical field.
Years of relevant experience
- Five years’ experience working on child survival issues or health projects.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language an asset. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station, an asset.
- Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
- Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions and very good training skills.
- Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
- Willingness to travel to remote regions of the country
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
Opening Date 6 Dec 2016 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Closing Date 20 Dec 2016 W. Central Africa Standard Time