Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 August 2018

Job Description

Project Overview:
This anticipated 5-year USAID-funded activity will contribute directly to the overarching goals of RISE II Integrated Health Services Delivery (HSD) by improving access to quality health services and strengthening ownership and management of health services by communities, in partnership with citizens, local government, and service providers in Burkina Faso and Niger. The activity seeks to build off of the successes of RISE I and incorporate key lessons learned to achieve greater impacts on health, family planning and nutrition outcomes and enhance the sustainability of institutions and programs.

Specific responsibilities:
URC is currently seeking a qualified Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) Advisor to provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of maternal and newborn health for USAID RISE II HSD Activity in Burkina Faso and Niger. The MNCH Advisor will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of project activities. In collaboration with the project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of MNCH strategies.

The MNCH Advisor will serve as the technical lead and provide overall guidance for project activities aimed at fulfilling the MNCH strategy which includes the following responsibilities:

  • Provide overall planning, implementation, technical, and management responsibility for all MNCH activities.
  • Lead the development of MNCH service delivery strategies, policies and operational frameworks.
  • Provide guidance and expert advice on implementation of new or emerging service delivery initiatives/services.
  • Apply cutting-edge quality improvement methods to translate best practices into improved management of MNCH services.
  • Monitor the progress and pace of project implementation, ensuring that the technical aspects of the project are realized, meet high quality standards, and align with all internal controls.
  • Establish administrative and technical oversight framework to monitor and assure progress towards achievement of the project goals and objectives.
  • Ensure that technical assistance and expertise is provided in a timely and responsive manner, and is of high quality.
  • Establish collaborative working relationship with MOH and key MNCH stakeholders, sharing lessons learned and best practices.
  • Other additional responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Public Health, Nursing, Health Sciences, or similar relevant field.
  • At least 5-10 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in maternal, newborn, and child health.
  • Recognized MNCH leader in either Niger or Burkina Faso.
  • At least seven years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance on donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of health projects, preferably in the Sahel.
  • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers on maternal, newborn, and child health.
  • Fluency in French and working knowledge of English.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with quality products.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish productive relationships with senior government officials, in-country partners, civil society, and international donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and mentor/coach direct reports.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, with excellent MS Word and Excel skills.

Please note: these positions are contingent upon securing award.

About the Organization

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC focuses on finding ways to deliver proven approaches to health care problems, applying quality improvement (QI) methods and conducting operations research to tailor those approaches to various settings. Recognizing implementation barriers unique to each setting, we train local managers and service providers to strengthen health systems, integrate system elements, and bring improvements to scale.

To Apply:

For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at

You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

Position is Contingent upon Award

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