Family Planning Specialist- Health Pooled Fund

Juba, South Sudan
Apply by 31 December 2018
Mid-level
Posted on 6 December 2018

Job Description

Background:

The Health Pooled Fund began its third phase (HPF3) in July 2018 and is supported to run until 2023 by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A consortium led by Crown Agents and including Montrose is responsible for managing and implementing HPF

HPF3 merges two previous health programmes - Health Pooled Fund 2 (HPF2), which provides healthcare at health facility level, and the Integrated Community Case Management 2 (ICCM2) programme, which provides healthcare to children under-five within more remote communities. HPF3 supports delivery of community level, essential primary health care, secondary health care and referral health services, stabilisation of local health systems, and procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities.

HPF supports services in eight state hubs of South Sudan formerly known as: Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity and Lakes.

The programme impact will be an improved health and nutrition status for the population that saves lives and reduces morbidity (including maternal, infant and under-5 mortality), and has the following three principal outcomes:

  • Improved health and nutrition services for the population, especially women and children;
  • Improved community engagement and accountability of health services;
  • Stabilisation of local health systems.

To attain these outcomes, the HPF3 team is responsible for:

  • Effective programme management, including robust risk management;
  • Ensuring continuity of and support to service delivery, with a focus on improving quality;
  • Specialist technical assistance covering health service delivery, community engagement, nutrition, health planning, information and HRH.
  • Procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities
  • Management of the Implementing Partner fund
  • Management of fiduciary risk associated with use of donor funds;

Core Responsibilities:

The Family Planning Specialist will lead and advise on the HPF3 family planning programming. Under the direct supervision of the Health Systems Stabilization Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical leadership for improving FP technical components - FP training, increasing availability of public sector FP services.

  • Work with the Health Systems Stabilization Manager to develop and oversee the implementation of the project’s work plan, ensuring completion of project deliverables
  • Provide technical support to Ministry of Health and Implementing Partners on delivering the key elements of the Basic Package of Health and Nutrition Services for primary and secondary health care, with a particular focus on family planning
  • Ensure the development/review/update of HPF3 Family Planning Strategy and Plan
  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support to Implementing Partners, County Health Departments and Hospital Management teams for implementation of family planning activities at hospital, health facility and community level.
  • Develop systems and indicators to monitor the availability, utilisation and quality of family planning services, in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation team
  • Provide technical assistance to IPs in the development and implementation of strategies that tackle community norms, male engagement, and reach women, girls and vulnerable populations
  • Conduct supportive supervisory visits to the Lots and provide on-the-job training and mentoring during these visits
  • Create performance improvement plan based on concerns or underperformance in delivery and guideline adherence
  • Regularly review achievements of family planning indicators against log-frame targets. Review the Family Planning related DHIS data on a monthly basis
  • Work with the HPF M&E team to support IPs in effectively monitoring and reporting on Family Planning/MNCH interventions. This includes both quantitative and qualitative data generation. Review and provide feedback in the IP quarterly progress reports. Coordinate the implementation of family planning activities with the State reproductive health officers
  • Coordinate with MOH and UNFPA to ensure the availability, distribution and utilisation of family planning commodities and equipment for implementing partners working in the Lots and solve supply chain issues as needed
  • Disseminate relevant MoH policies and guidelines; monitor and follow up on the Implementing Partners’ success in implementing the policies and guidelines
  • Support integration of family planning in other programme areas such as Quality of Care, HIV, MNCH and community level health services
  • Apply lessons learned and capture best practices with respect to availability, utilisation and quality of family planning services
  • Advise on best practices and innovative approaches to improve availability, utilisation and quality of family planning services
  • Work with the M&E, and Operations Research team to identify subject areas in family planning that require further study and analysis
  • Provide technical support for the introduction of new family planning method, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health
  • Attend and contribute to all relevant technical working groups
  • Lead the advocacy component for demand creation of family planning
  • Work closely with the HPF Health Systems Stabilization team to ensure family planning is an integrated component of all work streams within HPF
  • Provide policy level support where appropriate
  • Identify oareas for Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA), drafting ToRs and monitoring and supporting STTA if applicable.
  • Work closely with the other health stabilization team members; nutrition, MNCH, WASH, community engagement, and GESI specialists.
  • Supervise the implementation of HPF activities in the allocated Lots
  • Any other tasks or responsibilities based on organizational or programming needs as assigned by the line manager

Requirements

Qualifications and Essential Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in health related discipline, preferably clinical
  • Master’s degree in public health with specialization in Sexual and Reproductive Health or related discipline will be an added advantage
  • Extensive relevant experience in supporting the family planning/maternal, new-born, and child health components of projects in a senior management role
  • Extensive experience working and delivering results in fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Previous experience working in South Sudan strongly preferred
  • Experience managing and implementing large, multi-donor funded projects with an understanding of various donor compliance requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with team and partner organisations to achieve results
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English; strong report writing skills and experience

Desirable:

  • Previous working experience in Family Planning, Maternal, New-born, Child, and Adolescent Health projects in South Sudan or other fragile states
  • Understanding of Family Planning, Maternal, New-born, Child, and Adolescent Health issues in the South Sudan context.
  • Experience working with Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Women are encouraged to apply

Reporting and Communication

  • This position reports to the Health Systems Stabilization Manager.
  • Work closely with the other Health Stabilization team members

Duration

Fixed-term, from January 2019 anticipated to June 2023 (project-funding dependent)

About the Organization

Montrose is an international development project management and consultancy company providing support to clients operating in the developing world. Specialised in the sectors of health, education, enterprise and social performance. Our clients include bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other development stakeholders.

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