Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Specialist (UHI project)-USAID

  Urban Health Initiative (UHI) - USAID
Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 610
Date Posted:Oct 30, 2019
Closing Date:Nov 30, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Health/Medical
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 - 8 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Urban Health Initiative (UHI) - USAID:


FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Specialist (UHI project)


We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Specialist for an anticipated multiyear USAID Urban Health Initiative (UHI) in Afghanistan. The activity aims to improve health outcomes through improved availability and quality of high-impact, sustainable, accessible, and quality health and nutrition services within urban settings of Afghanistan. The project also will work with the Ministry of Public Health, the private sector, and nascent professional accreditation bodies to improve governance and quality assurance of FP/MNCH, TB, and nutrition services in urban areas. 

Job Summary:

The Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Specialist will be an FHI 360 employee working in and placed at the UHI office in Kabul. Under the guidance of the Technical Director, the Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Specialist will assist with coordination, mentorship, and implementation of facility-based obstetric and newborn service improvement across public and private sector facilities; mentoring MoPH and other partner conduct of supportive supervision and on the job training; and providing focused technical assistance as needed to MoPH, project partners, and facility teams. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

·      Assisting in the assessment of obstetric and newborn service quality and gap analysis in conjunction with MoPH and consortium partners.

·      Providing technical support in the development,  and dissemination of tools, strategies for technical assistance and mentorship, materials, reports, and intervention for maternal and newborn health service provision.

·      Ensuring project implementation adheres to organization and project strategy and remains technically sound.

·      Working closely with assigned team to ensure activities and mentorship are implemented according to standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and national guidelines for practice and quality.

·      Assisting with the implementation of the project by monitoring and documenting technical assistance and mentorship approaches, processes, and outcomes.

·      Preparing reports and papers summarizing project results, assists with publications, web pages and presentation development, technical briefs, or other necessary documents to facilitate research, best practices, policies and procedures related to maternal and newborn health programming.

·      Monitoring and maintaining protocols, instruments, data sets, manuals, training and monitoring materials and reports.

·      Conducting searches of published literature and international standards on evolving issues and best practices in maternal and newborn health.

·      Conducting analysis of program implementation to identify areas for improvement and propose appropriate technical assistance strategy and guidelines.

·      Delivering presentations at professional meetings and conferences.

·      Willingness to travel to regional urban capitals for technical assistance provision and quality assurance. 

Job Requirement:

·      Master’s degree in health, public health or related field; medical training as a doctor or midwife preferred.

·      5-8 years of technical assistance experience in health, particularly in the maternal health area.

·      Proficiency with database management software, Microsoft Office Suite, and on-line search tools required.

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dari; Pashto fluency is highly desired.

·      Has sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.

·      Articulate and professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with stakeholders.

·      Prior work experience in a similar position within a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private company.

·      Excellent organizational and analytical skills and strong ability to manage and meet multiple tasks.

·      Substantial experience of developing working relations with stakeholders and beneficiaries; clinical skill training and capacity development experience preferred.

·      Working knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures with providing technical support for maternal and newborn health activities/ projects highly desired.

Qualified female candidates particularly encouraged to apply

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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