Tech Advisor, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health, and Family Planning (MNCH/FP)

  • Posted on 15 April 2021
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Job Description

Why Join IntraHealth?

IntraHealth International is a global health nonprofit that has worked for over 40 years in over 100 countries. We improve the performance of health workers and strengthen the systems in which they work so that everyone everywhere has the health care they need to thrive.

IntraHealth’s programs generate long-term social and economic impact to keep communities around the world healthy, strong, and prosperous. And our dynamic staff are passionate about global health and committed to excellence.

Join us. The future of global health starts here.

SUMMARY

Technical specialist with strong partnership management skills to provide implementation support to global and country-based projects in the areas of quality maternal, newborn, child health (MNCH); family planning (FP); reproductive health (RH); and integrated health services. The position provides intensive support to the new, five-year global USAID-funded MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics (MSSFPO) activity in which IntraHealth plays a key role. MSSFPO focuses on four key technical areas: 1) medically-indicated caesarean delivery (CD) 2) hysterectomy, particularly during childbirth, 3) management of obstetric iatrogenic fistula, and 4) voluntary long-acting reversible contraceptives and permanent methods (LARCs/PMs), including insertion and removal of contraceptive implants and post-partum IUD. The MNCH/FP Technical Advisor, serving a key member of the MSSFPO Project Leadership Team, will lead strategic support and mentoring to strengthen the technical/programmatic and operational capacity of local organizations (including performance-based and innovation sub-awards). In addition, this position will provide technical support to MSSFPO country activities and other IntraHealth MNCH/FP initiatives and projects. They will promote teamwork and collaboration across project partners, with counterparts in government, and other local partners.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS

Providing Technical Assistance - 50%

  • Provide technical leadership to develop and implement innovative and evidence-based capacity strengthening strategies, including adaptation and scale up of best practices; design and implementation of technical interventions to improve access to quality FP services and safe emergency surgical obstetric services (CEmONC).
  • Coordinate, monitor, and provide technical assistance to country teams to support IntraHealth’s implementation of key projects for sustained performance improvements in that meet international, national and project standards of quality.
  • Identify and manage short-term technical assistance for technical programmatic, finance, and administrative capacity strengthening activities, develop scopes of work, and arrange for contracting and fielding of qualified international and local consultants as needed
  • Serve as the point-person for learning about, adapting, and bringing local partner capacity-strengthening approaches and best practices into MSSFPO activities and providing support to conducting assessments of local organizations capacity using tested assessment tools and supporting implementation of activities to improve local organizations capacity.
  • Maintain strong and productive collaborative relationships with key counterparts and program implementers.

Ensuring Technical Quality and Learning - 35%

  • Co-design and develop knowledge products, such a project briefs, curricula, and other learning materials, and support further documentation and dissemination of lessons learned
  • In collaboration with other partners, lead the development of strategic framework to guide capacity building and prioritize training and health workforce strengthening activities for safe surgical care
  • Participate, as a key member of the team, in project planning, monitoring and measurement of safe surgery programs and capacity strengthening approaches against benchmarks; and support the project’s learning agenda.
  • Collaborate with other partners to establish systems for management of performance based and innovation grants to local partners including proposal solicitation procedures, selection, workplan development, oversight, monitoring.

Developing and Executing Technical Strategies for Programmatic Opportunities - 15%

  • Responsible for development and execution of technical strategies including concept development, quality assurance of concepts, proposal development, and technical engagement of external stakeholders/key influencers, and donors.
  • Provide other technical leadership and support to new business and organizational technical learning efforts as needed

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Required

  • Master’s degree in public health, nursing, social services or related fields with 10 years of relevant experience; PhD degree in public health, nursing, social services or related fields with 7 years of relevant experience
  • Extensive technical knowledge in the areas of MCH, FP, and RH with knowledge in surgical areas of MSSFPO key technical areas described above
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in providing capacity strengthening assistance at individual and organizational levels with deep knowledge of emerging issues in relation to capacity strengthening in the global health context.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, analytical skills, interpersonal, team management, leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work with a high level of independence, using own initiative and delivering high quality products on time.
  • Familiarity with USAID’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems

Preferred

  • Prefer second language of French but not required

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Position involves both local and international travel. This is a US-based remote position
  • Position is based in an office and involves sitting for most of the day.
  • Position requires lifting up to 10 lbs occasionally.
  • application of appropriate professional communication behaviors

Summary of Benefits

IntraHealth International, Inc. is a great place to work and prides itself on its comprehensive benefits package. We offer competitive salaries and a dynamic inclusive work environment which supports health workers so they can improve the lives of people throughout the world.

IntraHealth International is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. This is also to include inquiry about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees.

To apply and learn more about IntraHealth Careers @: http://www.intrahealth.org/section/careers

Learn more about “Who We Are” @: http://www.intrahealth.org/section/about-us1

About the Organization

Dedicated to strengthening health workers and the systems that support them, IntraHealth International has served the public health needs of developing countries for 30 years. We bring about positive change by harnessing the potential of technology, valuing the power of partnership, and maintaining a sharp focus on the health worker. To help close the gap in access to health care we have developed and share a depth of expertise in: •Health workforce and systems strengthening •Health worker training and performance •eHealth solutions •Maternal, newborn and child health •Family planning and reproductive health •HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis prevention, treatment and care •Malaria prevention and treatment •Gender equality. Founded in 1979 as the Intrah program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, IntraHealth incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2003. We have worked in more than 75 countries throughout our history, and currently have programs in over 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Eurasia. Our work is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., the Tides Foundation, and by individual contributors. IntraHealth’s main office is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We also have offices in Washington, DC, Armenia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

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