Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.
Jhpiego Corporation in Ghana has been providing technical support to the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service for the past 40 years in a variety of technical areas including cervical cancer treatment and prevention, community health, HIV and AIDS, maternal and newborn health, health workforce capacity development (both pre-service and in-service), family planning, malaria, and IPC/WASH.
As the leading global partner for the Momentum Country and Global Leadership program (MCGL), funded by USAID, Jhpiego and consortium partners are preparing for a series of activities in Ghana. MOMENTUM is a suite of USAID projects that aims to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden countries by increasing host country commitment and capacity to provide high-quality, integrated health care.
As the leading global partner for the Momentum Country and Global Leadership program (MCGL), funded by USAID, Jhpiego and consortium partners including Save the Children is preparing for a series of activities in Ghana. MOMENTUM is a suite of USAID projects that aims to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden countries by increasing host country commitment and capacity to provide high-quality, integrated health care.
Jhpiego is seeking a Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition (NCHN) Technical Advisor for a USAID-funded project in Ghana.
Contract Duration: 1 year, renewable
Job Location: Accra
Reports to: MCGL Technical Director
Supervises: MCGL Clinical Master Mentor
The purpose of the project is to improve the quality of RMNCAH in USAIDs Zone of Influence (ZOI), by supporting government-led leadership and accelerate gains in reproductive, maternal, new born child and nutrition outcomes. This position will provide strategic direction in the design, management, implementation, and monitoring of high quality newborn, child health and nutrition interventions, working closely with relevant units at all levels of the MOH and with respective partners at national level and within target regions. The Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition (NCHN) Technical Advisor will represent the project at various newborn, child health and nutrition national technical working groups and committees, and ensure deliverables within these technical areas are implemented according to the set work plan with necessary adjustments as required based on learning and best practices while capturing key lessons learned.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working under the Associate Technical Director, and in collaboration with the MCGL Technical Director, the Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition Technical Advisor will take the lead in executing the strategies and plans of the NCH and nutrition component in the Project.
Working in collaboration with Save the Children US (SCUS) NCHN technical advisors for the implementation of state-of-the-art strategies, lead newborn and child health, including Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) , related technical assistance and capacity building within the project. S/he will lead the design of technical assistance and capacity building for globally recommended state-of-the-art high impact evidence based new born and child health interventions that help children survive and thrive through prevention and treatment of neonatal and child illnesses. This will include national level policy leadership and ownership for new born, child health, and nutrition.
Oversee the NCH and nutrition activities, ensure integration of MIYCN ,including BFHI into MNCH and strong coordination with the other thematic areas of the Project.
Will work alongside the MOH to ensure national priorities are considered during implementation, to strengthen the quality, access, efficiency and sustainability of NCH and MIYCN in the context of integrated RMNCAH care in Ghana
Will facilitate relevant assessment activities to determine needs at the beginning of the project and as the project activities are being implemented.
Working with the MOH team and will be responsible to implement evidence-based and proven effective NCH and nutrition high impact interventions in project supported regions
Will be responsible to target implementation support to the selected low performing regions and councils based on data review, supportive supervisions findings, data analysis and consultations.
Provide technical support to ensure linkages and synergies at service delivery level from community to facility level including facilitating community engagement and outreach services.
Coordinate and provide new born and child health technical support to central MOH and regional and district teams to address identified gaps and rolling out activities to improve quality of newborn and child health and MIYCN care.
Collaborate with the MOH staff to ensure technical integrity, quality, and measurement of new born, child health and MIYCN implementation at all levels.
Facilitate capacity building of targeted regional MOH staff in new born and child health, using proven training approaches, mentorship and quality improvement methodologies strategies to improve service delivery and quality.
Incorporate newborn and child health best practices into strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of activities to improve health services.
Maintain strategic relationships with targeted MOH regional and district teams and other relevant stakeholders for the smooth implementation of program activities.
In collaboration with the regional and national teams, strengthen the existing technical platform on new born and child health learning, co-facilitate the periodic review of new born and child health strategies to inform programming within the project, national guidelines and policies.
Actively participate in national and broader organizational Newborn Child Health, and MIYCN Technical Working Groups (TWG), ensuring that all project aspects coordinate and collaborate effectively, promoting the sharing of technical resources, learning and mutual support.
Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer and take a lead in ensuring that the project has robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines. Recommend the inclusion of new program indicators as needed.
Required Skills or Experience
Clinical medical doctor, with a postgraduate degree or public health degree or equivalent combination of training and experience. Paediatrician is highly preferred.
At least 7+ years of relevant work experience in successful implementation of a newborn child health, and MIYCN program.
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 and nutrition especially IYCF programming and policies in Ghana.
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 and nutrition 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.
English fluency (verbal and written) required.
Ability to travel within Ghana.
Direct experience as a technical advisor on a USAID-funded health project.
Additional Job Responsibilities:
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
How To Apply
Qualified persons are required to send their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and application letter to: [email protected]
Deadline for the submission of applications: September 3, 2021.
Please note that given the likely high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Note: All staff members of Jhpiego, regardless of the level of their responsibilities are expected to:
Model the mission and values stated above
Participate in the business development processes
Contribute to the knowledge sharing and transfer process
Make responsible decisions that result in time and cost containment and clear accountability
Participate in multiple teams, adopt team spirit, take responsibility for action items assigned and provide feedback as needed
Multitask, be able to manage competing priorities and be able to prioritize in order to meet program and/or organizational objectives.