Khane-e-Qabela (KQ or midwives house) Officer

Kabul, Afghanistan
Apply by 14 March 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 March 2018

Job Description

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. Palladium Group develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Palladium has many years of experience in assisting governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Palladium has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, a
nd program management.

Palladium seeks an experienced, local Khane-e-Qabela (KQ or midwives house) Officer for the USAID funded Afghanistan Helping Mothers and Children Thrive (HEMAYAT) project. HEMAYAT is a five year $60 million cooperative agreement to support the introduction, scale-up and sustainability of high impact reproductive, maternal and newborn health interventions in Afghanistan. The goal of the HEMAYAT program is to increase utilization of high quality family planning, maternal and newborn health (FP/MNH) services through the introduction and scale-up of gender-sensitive, culturally appropriate, and cost-effective, high impact FP/MNH interventions that strengthen and enhance existing primary care services provided through the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS), Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS), and the private sector and increase demand for these services.

Job Summary
The KQ Officer contributes to the scale-up of the KQ program across HEMAYAT’s five key population regions. Through managing KQ relations and establishing trust within designated communities, the KQ officer will be key in building the capacity of the KQ midwife to comply with regulations and policies, improve quality of services and provide guidance in implementing the KQ specific portions of the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. This position will report to the project Senior Health Advisor or Project Director based in Washington, DC and is locally managed by the Family Planning Services Integration Advisor.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
* Carry forward HEMAYAT’s KQ implementation plan to all designated KQ midwife sites, providing orientation and technical support.
* Establish and develop partnerships between each KQ and the linked health facility to increase access to FP/MNCH services and products.
* Coordination with the HEMAYAT clinical mentors to assure clinical support and training.
* Ensure productive partnerships between the KQ and BPHS implementers to increase their capacity to deliver key evidence-based interventions, engaging communities and professional associations in quality improvement, and assisting local partners in identifying new approaches to enhance the quality of services.
* Improve referral system effectiveness between communities, facilities, and private sector providers to improve the continuum of care.
* Lead outreach and technical trainings related to the KQ implementation, including primary and co-facilitation of larger workshops.
* Provide the continuous mentoring/coaching to KQ midwives across the target provinces though on-site consultation and distance support including building technical/managerial capacity and business skills for sustainability.
* Monitor KQ progress through monthly data, including strategizing to achieve integration goals, feedback to KQ midwives and creation of training plans.
* Manage KQ kits including supply chain and assuring applicability of contents.
* Facilitate learning and sharing of best practices between BPHS NGOs, KQ, and community groups
* Explore ways of engaging KQ to more effectively deliver IEC/BCC messaging
* Work closely with KQs to facilitate communication between the KQ, HFs and BPHS implementing agencies.
* Conduct KQs quarterly meetings and community promotion events.
* Provide technical support to the design, implementation and monitoring of the capacity building plan for the KQ as needed
* Provide timely updates to project leadership and contribute to project reporting as required
* Assume other responsibilities and activities, as requested by the Team Leaders
* Diploma in Midwifery and/or Nursing
* 4 years of relevant experience working in the midwifery sector, preferable at the community, service delivery and coordination level
* Solid understanding of Afghan culture
* Working experience at community and primary/secondary health facilities preferably within the private health sector
* Working experience in the design and implementation of work plans for health improvement
* Understanding of the MoPH policy and regulatory framework in relation to the private health sector, with emphasis on midwifery
* Understanding of quality improvement initiatives at public or private health facilities
* Experience conducting trainings or facilitating workshops or mentorship
* Demonstrated success in team building and relationship building with stakeholders
* Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
* Strong analytic skills; flexible and confident
* Fluency in Dari required and Pashto preferred
* Excellent command of written and spoken English, particularly with regard to presentations and preparation of publications and reports
* Excellent computer skills, including competence in word processing and internet/e-mail
* Ability to travel to the provinces

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.