Jhpiego, an Affiliate of Johns Hopkins University is a global leader in improving healthcare services for women and their families. In collaboration with some of it’s partners: Palladium, Society For Family Health, PharmAccess and many others will be implementing a USAID funded Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (lDlQ) contracts called the Integrated Health Project (IHP) aims to implement priority primary health interventions in Kebbi, Bauchi, and Sokoto states to strengthen the states-, LGAs-, and ward-level health system as well as strengthen engagement with the state government.
The objectives of the program are to (a) strengthen systems supporting primary health care services; (b) improve access to primary health care services; and, (c) increase quality of primary health care services, The IHP goal is to contribute to state-level reductions in child and maternal morbidity and mortality and to increase the capacity of health systems (public and private) to sustainably support quality primary health care (PHC) services.
The project will operate over a 5-year period and Jhpiego hereby invites applications from highly resourceful, experienced and dynamic professionals for the position below:
Job Title: State Technical Director
Locations: Bauchi, Kebbi and/or Sokoto States Nigeria
Reports To: State Program Director
- The State Technical Director will be responsible for providing leadership in strengthening the state health systems including RMNCH quality service delivery for an upcoming USAID award in Nigeria. The State Technical Director will provide technical leadership and support for the State/LGA primary health care level activities.
- This integrated health project aims to contribute to reductions in child and maternal morbidity and mortality in target States, and to increase the capacity of health systems (public and private) to sustainably support quality PHC services. The project will operate over a S-year period.
- There are multiple State Technical Director positions available, to be posted in Bauchi, Kebbi and/or Sokoto States. Applicants should indicate in their applications which State(s) they are interested in.
- Provide leadership and technical expertise in high impact reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) services that is sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the State and USAID.
- Provide advice on the integration of these services into established service delivery systems at different levels of care in the State.
- Collaborate with other stakeholders, including other IHP states to apply lessons learned, innovations and quality methods to ensure evidence-based practices are translated to improved implementation of interventions.
- Provide technical leadership to the building of local capacity using proven training approaches and quality improvement methodologies.
- Provide technical support to key stakeholders including review of technical documents and provide input to relevant policies and strategies.
- Provide technical leadership in the development of strategies for increasing the percentage of pregnant women, including married adolescents, who deliver under the care of a skilled birth attendant leading to a reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality.
- Supervise all Technical Advisors as needed.
- Coordinate closely with other USAID activities and development partner programs in the State.
- Contribute to and coordinate with the program’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team on activities to ensure that the program meets set targets in accordance with national and USG standards.
- Represent program at state level stakeholder meetings and technical working groups in relation to RMNCH and related technical areas.
- Contribute to annual work planning, training plans and quarterly reports and other required technical reports.
- Provide leadership on the timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of program activities and results. Advocate and ensure quality program implementation consistent with MOH Nigerian Guidelines,
- Global best practices and USAID Nigerian Strategic Directions including advice on relevant latest health developments & publications.
- Coordinate the evaluation of program progress against deliverables on a quarterly basis.
- With the State Technical Advisors, oversee program design, implementation, quality assurance and monitoring of work plan.
- Coordinate with the other members of the technical team and NGO partners to develop and implement feasible facility and community-based approaches,
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor which contribute to the achievement of program goals.
- The State Technical Director must be a proven leader in the field of international RMNCH with senior-level management experience in public health programs. S/he must be well recognized by the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) community in Nigeria.
- The Technical Director must be intimately familiar with the context in Nigeria and have in-country experience with USAID programs.
Additional qualifications include:
- A Medical doctor or any other closely related health care professional; specialization in obstetrics and gynecology or Public Health and other health related courses (e.g., MPH, MSC in international health, Social sciences or other relevant degree) will be an advantage.
- Minimum of 5-7 years working experience in the areas of RMNCH, Nutrition, family planning and HIV/AIDS.
- Previous experience working on a CDC or USAID funded project will be an added advantage.
- Familiarity with the FMOH, SMOH structures and functions especially as it relates to MNCH is highly desirable.
- Demonstrated expertise in working directly with host-country senior government officials and policy makers in maternal health.
- Experience working with host-country partners, organizations, and institutions.
- Strong skills in leadership, design, implementation and monitoring of program components; e.g., services, training, quality improvement, advocacy and coordination.
- Demonstrated capacity to work with African experts and partners in developing technical materials and providing training to improve service delivery, advocacy and resource mobilization for expanding RMNCH.
- Experience with technical leadership for programs funded by USAID and/or other donor programs in developing countries, with significant Nigeria experience.
- Strong verbal, listening, writing, and intrapersonal skills essential for effective coordination among several institutions and staff involved in a broad range of activities.
- Strong ability to multi-task will be highly desirable.
- Fluent in English, (written and oral communication) and Hausa and/or Fulfulde.
- Willingness to travel throughout Nigeria as necessary.
Job Title: Technical Lead: Maternal and Newborn Health, Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services (MNHRH/FP)
Reports To: Deputy Chief of Party
- Responsibilities include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of RMNCH health activities under the leadership of the HP Leadership, the jhpiego Country Director and Jhpiego home office Technical Directors, and utilizing and contributing to cross-cutting approaches, as well as annual phasing in of activities.
- This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on Sound and current scientific evidence. This position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria.
- Jhpiego seeks a Technical Lead: Maternal and Newborn Health, Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services (MNRH/FP) for an anticipated, five-year, USAID-funded reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) program in Nigeria.
- The Technical Lead: MNRH/FP will provide technical and program oversight and direction for project activities focused on improving access and availability of primary health care services at facility and community levels, as well as integrating services.
- The program will focus its support for service delivery in six intervention areas: family planning, malaria, routine immunization, nutrition, maternal/newborn health, and treatment of pneumonia/diarrhea.
- Provides technical oversight and strategic direction on maternal and newborn health, and reproductive health/family planning, and ensures appropriate support, for the implementation of program activities focused on improving access to quality services.
- Leads the formulation of approaches for quality improvement and scale up of RMNCH services.
- Analyses potential strategies to improve access to and quality of services within the context of the program anti explains these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and program staff,
- Works with healthcare providers, local authorities, community members, and program team members to identify service delivery issues that impede access to and quality of care.
- Identifies appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address RMNCH health system and service delivery gaps.
- Formulates and tests sustainable solutions to service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and in-service training / pre-service education.
- Guides FMOH, professional associations, and other national stakeholders in the revision/development of evidence-based standards for competency in RMNCH.
- Participates in relevant federal-level TWGs and contributes to IHP support to the FMOH and in IHP states for updating RMNCH and quality policies based on global, national, and HP state needs, and supports adoption and adaptation of relevant national policies in IHP states to achieve program goals.
- Supports awareness of and use of global RMNCH metrics frameworks to prioritize meaningful service delivery and health outcome indicators (e.g., WHO Quality Equity Dignity MNCH monitoring framework).
- Develops new / reviews evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, curricula, supervisory systems, and other training materials needed for program implementation.
- Supports IHP states to design and implement quality improvement work to improve quality of services including provision of mentoring and capacity building (clinical and QI) at state, LGA, and facility levels (PHCs and hospitals).
- Coordinates assessments and supports IHP states to strengthen training, site strengthening, follow-up, supervision, and capacity building across program sites.
- Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
- Proficiency in word processing, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.
- Fluent in written and spoken English.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Ability to travel nationally and internationally up to 30%.
- Nigerian nationals strongly encouraged to apply.
- Advanced degree (Masters – minimum) in public health, health administration, international health or a related field. Clinical degree preferred (Physician, Advanced Practice Nurse, and Midwife).
- A minimum of 10 years of experience with large, multi-year international health sector development programs that have implemented successful activities in areas such as reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.
- Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID missions, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, PVOs, the private sector and other donors.
- Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building and representational skills.
- Management, training or clinical background in reproductive, maternal, newborn and/or child health.
- Expertise in research to practice-identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities.
- Previous experience working in West Africa, Nigeria strongly preferred, with intimate understanding of local health system and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit an Application Letter and a CV as ONE SINGLE WORD document to: firstname.lastname@example.org please indicate location in your application & email title
Application Deadline 6th July, 2018.
- Candidates that do not comply with application instruction will be disqualified. The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you are applying for.
- Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview.
- Any successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.