Early Childhood Development Specialist

Website JSI Research & Training Institute

Website JSI Research & Training Institute

State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 30/09/2021
Qualification: Relevant Certificate
Work Experience: 3 Year
Career Level: Mid Career
Industry: International Development

USAID Advancing Nutrition is USAID’s flagship multi-sectoral nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change, and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development. From 2020 – 2022, USAID Advancing Nutrition will provide technical support and assessment services to advance the Government of Ghana’s efforts to improve equitable delivery of quality services that promote household resilience and early childhood growth and development. Technical services provided through USAID Advancing Nutrition will strengthen national and local government planning in Northern Ghana and stimulate the development of multisectoral solutions most pressing food security and nutrition problems. In addition, USAID Advancing Nutrition will work closely with regional and district health authorities in northern Ghana to integrate responsive care and early learning into nutrition services to improve early childhood development (ECD) outcomes.

The ECD Specialist will serve as technical lead for ECD activity implementation and coordination, as well as ensure effective relationships with ECD stakeholders at national, regional and district levels.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with regional and district staff to coordinate the design, implementation and monitoring of ECD activities at facility and community level, in very close coordination with the Nutrition Coordinator to ensure alignment, efficiency, and integration with all USAID Advancing Nutrition nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive activities.
Coordinate with Ghana Health Service and the project team to organize capacity building of health workers on ECD
Work with the project monitoring, evaluation and learning team to collect, analyze and report on ECD related project results
Work with USAID Advancing Nutrition technical advisors for designing and conducting implementation research around ECD
Coordinate with regional and district teams to undertake technical supportive supervisory visits to health facilities to backstop, mentor and coach health workers on ECD technical areas
Undertake periodic joint monitoring visits with regional and district staff to community support groups, health volunteers and target households on improved behaviors related to ECD
Lead the implementation of planned ECD activities in project annual work plan and support documentation of best practices, success stories and ensure targets are achieved in collaboration with the project team.
Contribute to drafting quarterly, annual, and other ad hoc reports on ECD activities
Serve as the project principal technical lead for ECD activities in the 4 partner districts where ECD activities will be implemented
Review and modify project materials and tools for ECD, including training materials and supervision tools.
Perform any other duties assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s Degree in child development, public health, international development, or closely related field or equivalent experience. At least five (5) years of professional experience in implementing and managing child development, child nutrition and health, or parenting programs.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in implementing activities related to the Nurturing Care Framework, in particular interventions for promoting responsive care and early learning for improved ECD among children from birth to age 3
Demonstrated experience in capacity building of health and community-level workers.
Familiarity with the Ghana Health Service systems and operations
Familiarity with Ghana’s national ECD policy and efforts to promote nurturing care, particularly among children ages 0-3 years
Excellent written and verbal English skills.
Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork.
Demonstrated ability to work with local authorities in Ghana, especially at the district level.
Demonstrated understanding of government protocols and ability to effectively manage cross-ministerial and department communications.
Ability and willingness to travel, mostly within Northern, North East, Upper East and Upper West regions, up to 50% of worktime.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills
Prior work experience on USAID funded project with a focus in ECD
Prior work experience with Ghana Health Service
Previous work experience in Northern Ghana
Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 09/07/2021.

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