Maternal and Newborn Health Senior Technical Advisor

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 939
Date Posted:Jun 10, 2018
Closing Date:Jun 22, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Health/Medical
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Consultant
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:90

About Ministry of Public Health:

Founded: 2006

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is tasked with a critical mandate; to deliver and promote sustainable and accessible health care services to the people of Afghanistan. Social and economic advancement can only be realized in a thriving and healthy society. The success of the MoPH is heavily driven in its ability to plan and use allocated resources effectively. Effective financial management is therefore critical for sustainable development and is the primary tool that translates the MoPH development strategies into noticeable outcomes or service delivery. Good governance and democratic accountability relies on transparent management of the MoPH budget. Therefore, ineffective financial management undermines the effectiveness and efficiency of development interventions and hinders the country’s progress towards improved and sustainable health care. MoPH finance directorate is going through a reform process and after reviewing the structure of finance directorates of other line ministries such as MRRD, MoE and MAIL, has proposed a new and standard structure that is approved by MoPH leadership, for this purpose MoPH needs a qualified staff as head of coordination and reporting unite, to take the responsibility of overall coordination and financial reporting of MoPH.

Job Summary:

Support the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Directorate of the Ministry of Public Health, to coordinate national maternal and new-born care programme in line with national and sector strategic framework and plan.

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

Computer skills: Proficiency in current office software applications.

Ability of frequently travel to the provinces, corridor

Duties & Responsibilities:

Planning and Coordination Functions

1. Support the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Directorate of the Ministry of Public Health, to coordinate national maternal and new-born care programme in line with national and sector strategic framework and plan.
2. Facilitate development of national MNH annual and quarterly work-plans and budgets with close collaboration of relevant stakeholders
3. Facilitate review process and compilation of national MNH quarterly and annual progress reports on maternal, new-born health; and other technical reports; effectively manage the utilization of funds on maternal and new-born care programme as planned.
4. Facilitate resources mobilization on maternal, new-born health.
5. Facilitate MNH communication strategy with close coordination of Health Promotion Directorate
6. Ensure good collaboration with MoPH, development partners and related stakeholders at national, sub-regional, regional and provincial level on areas related to maternal, new-born health.
7. Support Ministry of Public Health, BPHS/EPHS to assess needs, challenges and capacities of maternal, new-born health.
8. Support Ministry of Public Health to coordinate maternal and new-born care programme activities by establishing, implementing and strengthening:

The national maternal, new-born health working group;

Introduction of nine contact points at community level for pregnant women

Facilitate the establishment of New-born Care Corners, New-born Stabilization Units, Special New-born Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Neonatal Centre of Excellence.

Strengthen referral system for maternal, new-born Care

Increase women’s access to and utilization of antenatal care, skilled care, emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC) and postpartum care

Improve the quality of MNH, safe motherhood services, at facility and community level.

Improve monitoring and evaluation of MNH services and use of data

Facilitate the smooth functioning of MNPDR

Technical Support Functions

Facilitate policy dialog to address maternal and new-born care programme gaps in line with national and sector strategic frame work and plan.

Lead and provide on-going technical direction to development of national guidelines, protocols, training packages and IEC/BCC materials related to maternal, new-born health,

Facilitate the maximum utilization of the key partners comparative advantage in implementing maternal, new-born health programs.

Facilitate the implementation of maternal and new-born care in Provinces,

Monitoring visits to provinces as assigned by the RMNCAH Directorate, scale up and provision of maternal and new-born care services through outreach, mobile and routine care systems with special focus to unserved and underserved areas.

Work with Provincial Health Directorates in identifying training needs and facilitate the related training.

Special focus on strengthen the MNH services at EPHS/BPHS health facilities in deprived provinces and to maintain high performance/standards.

Support programme for community mobilization, such as; use of Zaranj Mini Ambulances, Community Emergency Transport Fund, Demand Side Financing any other innovative MNH projects, to mobilize for increased enrolment and advocate for provision of maternal, new-born health services.

Facilitate capacity building of MoPH on maternal, new-born health programmes.

Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Functions

Regularly monitor the implementation of maternal, new-born health programmes and activities including improvement in quality of services & attainment of planned results.

Documentation & sharing of best practices, programme innovations, etc.

Coordinate with relevant departments (HIS, HMIS, M&E and surveillance unit) of MoPH for regular updating and follow-ups of maternal and new-born indicators (new-born health score card) and progress of programmes.

Identify and support the conduct of research on maternal, new-born health related assessments, mappings, etc.

Functional competencies:

Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda

Results-based programme development and management

Innovation and marketing of new approaches

Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances and partners

Resource mobilization

Core Competencies:

Values: Integrity/Commitment to mandate, Knowledge sharing/Continuous learning, Valuing diversity

Managing Relationships: Working in teams, Communicating information and ideas, Conflict and self-management

Working with people: Empowerment/Developing people/Performance management

Personal Leadership and Effectiveness: Strategic and analytical thinking, Results orientation/Commitment to excellence, Appropriate and transparent decision making

Managerial skills; including planning, monitoring, human resource management and analytical skills

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


Academic Requirements: Ob/GYN Specialist and Masters of Public Health

Experience of MNH curative and preventive health

Experience: At least 5 years professional experience, preferably in maternal, new-born health management, in the public or private sector.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written Dari and Pashto and English language

Computer skills: Proficiency in current office software applications.

Ability of frequently travel to the provinces, corridor

Job Keywords:

Maternal and Newborn Health Senior Technical Advisor
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