Newborn Health Technical Advisor

Save the Children

Newborn Health Technical Advisor, Abidjan

The role

The Newborn Health Technical Advisor, is expected to Provide Technical and Program Expertise to USAID’s MCGL Program in Côte d’Ivoire. (s/he) will provide strategic direction in the design, management, implementation, and monitoring of high quality newborn, child health interventions, working closely with relevant units at all levels of the MOH and with respective partners at national level and within target regions. (s/he) will represent the project at various newborn, child health national technical working groups and committees, and ensure deliverables within these technical areas are implemented according to the set work plan and global best practices with necessary adjustments as required based on learning and best practices while capturing key lessons learned.

The post holder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity-build national staff colleagues at the ground. With close working relations with the Health Technical Backstops of SC US, (s/he) ensures in-flow and adoption of technical guidelines, protocols, tools and techniques to ensure program quality and enhance staff capacity.

Qualifications and experience

  • Medical doctor, neonatal / paediatric nurse, Paediatrician, essential along with public health or social sciences postgraduate degree or equivalent combination of training and experience. At least 5+ years of relevant work experience in successful implementation of a newborn, child health, program(s).
  • Proven experience in assessment, quick data and situation analysis to make or guide programmatic decisions
  • Previous working relationship within USAID programs and with key multilateral agencies, bilateral donors, academic institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-faceted health development program in collaboration with national MOH personnel and local and international partners
  • Familiarity with MNCH especially MIYCF programming and policies in CIV.
  • A demonstrated track record in providing mentorship and supervision to strengthen healthcare services; training and use of quality improvement approaches
  • Familiarity with evidence-based neonatal, child health interventions and best practices that are the focus of this project.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
  • Ability to work independently and also as a team leader/member with diverse team of partners and counterparts.
  • Ability to lead and oversee teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral, written and presentation).
  • Excellent computer skills and experience working with Microsoft Office applications.
  • French fluency (verbal and written) required, English proficiency an asset
  • Ability to travel within CIV.
  • Desirable
  • Direct experience as a technical advisor on a USAID-funded health project.

Contract length: 12 months

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

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