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(Number of Position Required – Four (woreda based): one Oromiya Arsi Zone; Three Amhara – South Gondar and West Gojam
Title: MNH Program Officer – ENAT Project Grade: D
Duty Station: ENAT Project, field based December 2019
Summary Scope of Work:
Jhpiego Ethiopia in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and regional health bureaus is implementing the Enhancing Nutrition and Antenatal Infection Treatment for Maternal and Child health (ENAT) project in four regions, namely, SNNP, Oromia, Amhara and Tigray. The project which is jointly funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and ELMA Philanthropy aims to reduce the outcomes of preterm birth and low birth weight by strengthening antenatal care (ANC). The investment will develop an integrated and improved package of ANC which includes early identification, treatment and management of maternal infections and tracking of positive cases for completion of treatment; as well as improving demand for ANC.
Under the guidance of the Program Manager /Coordinator, the MNH Program Officer will be responsible for coordinating the ENAT activities of in assigned Woredas. S/he is responsible to closely work with the respective Woreda Health Offices for planning meetings, workshops and trainings, from the initial preparation through the effective conduct of the meetings and reporting; as well as leading and organizing woreda level orientations and review meetings. The position holder is responsible to support, mentor and coach providers based in the assigned health facilities (health centers and health posts) in technical areas relevant to meeting the project goal. S/he will be responsible to coordinate with the relevant woreda and health center based staff to ensure implementation of project activities, both at the facility and community level. Moreover, the Program Officer will be responsible for timely collection of routine program data and support use of data for decision making by respective woreda and health center leadership. The Program Officer actively contributes to documentation and reporting of program achievements and knowledge sharing.
- Position Reports To: ENAT Project Manager /Coordinator
- Positions Supervised: None
Responsibilities (include Leadership, Business Development, and Knowledge Management):
All staff members of Jhpiego, regardless of the level of their responsibilities are expected to:
- Model the mission and values stated above.
- Actively participate in the business development process.
- Actively participate in the knowledge sharing and transfer process.
- Make responsible decisions that result in both time and cost containment
- Contributes to technical team planning meetings as appropriate (face-to-face or remote) to assist contextualization of strategies and activities.
- Represents the technical team in a technically accurate way at external meetings at zonal and /or woreda levels, if assigned to attend, demonstrating ability to understand and articulate the goals, objectives, activities and current status of the relevant program area(s).
- Builds and maintains relationships with woreda health office and other key stakeholders; serves as the liaison /focal person for matters requiring interaction with the zonal and /or woreda health office and other relevant sector bureaus.
- Develops and maintain excellent relationships with colleagues and other partner organization.
Technical and Operational Support
- Responsible for the day to day operational support of project activities in the two to three assigned woredas covering up to 13 health centres and their satellite health posts.
- In line with the project work plan, leads the development and implementation of detailed activity plan for the assigned woredas and facilities. Closely tracks activity matrix, indicating completion of activities and outputs on a monthly basis; and looking ahead to outline activities in coming months and weeks, as well as following up to ensure activities are implemented within schedule as much as possible.
- In consultation with the Supervisor and ENAT technical team, organizes and leads the execution of trainings, orientations, and review meetings. Ensures reports are timely written and submitted.
- Leads and conducts post training follow up supervision and mentoring to trained providers to ensure skill retention; and systematically documents the mentoring support.
- Supports the community engagement and mobilization activity of the Project through capacitating and supporting relevant staff at woreda and health centers.
- Ensures commodities and supplies are effectively and timely distributed to the health facilities, and monitor their use /functionality.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
- Organizes, leads and conducts periodic monitoring, joint supervisions and review meetings.
- Responsible for collecting baseline and routine monitoring data based on key project indicators; closely works with the M&E team in Addis for the same.
- Supports the systematic collection of qualitative data as applicable.
- Conducts periodic commodity and supply gap assessment to inform procurement plans.
- Produces and shares reports of training, supervision, review meetings and best practices based on agreed timeline and formats.
- Support M&E team to track indicators for relevant program area as well as progress against meeting deliverables and targets.
- Play active role in organizing donor or partner visits to project sites through drafting terms of references, working with technical team to identify sites and drafting detail visit schedules, facilitating logistics to ensure smooth conduct of the visits, and ensuring relevant reports are written and filed.
Reporting and Communication
- Works closely with non-governmental partners engaged in MNCH in the assigned woredas to ensure complementarity and efficiency; engages in annual woreda level planning and review meetings.
- Document findings and recommendations of field visits for follow-up action.
- Takes a leading role in drafting inputs to the program or activity reports, including special reports to highlight meaningful results.
- Perform any other related tasks assigned by the unit head/his or her supervisor.
- Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery; or Nursing or Public Health with proven experience in MNCH.
- At least five years’ experience in program coordination and management or comparable position in the area of MNCH.
- Program planning, coordination and management.
- Previous work experience in an NGO environment.
- In-depth and up to date understanding of the Ethiopian health service delivery system, MNCH priorities and interventions; the Primary Health Care Units and the Health Extension Program.
- Computer proficiency in MS Applications including Excel, MS Word and PowerPoint; and internet navigation.
- Fluency in English and Amharic; and Oromiffa for applicants for Arsi Zone.
- Excellent communication including verbal, writing and presentation skills.
- Good interpersonal skills to work in a multi-disciplinary team setup.
- Ability to do detail program planning and setting priorities, provide technical assistance and follow up.
- Ability to interact skillfully and diplomatically with numerous counterparts.
- Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
- Proven ability to write reports.
- Comfortable with a team approach to programming and ability to manage several major activities simultaneously.
- Ability to work proactively and independently, organize and manage own work and assist others to do the same.
- Passionate about maternal and child health.
- Fluent in the local language.
- Willingness to travel up to 70% of his/her time.
How to Apply
Applicant are expected to STRICTLY follow the below listed application procedures:
1. A well written motivation letter outlining clearly your visions in pursuing this specific role, with your updated resume suffice.
2. Please use E-mail [email protected] to submit your applications.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package. The winning candidate is expected to start within short period after finalization of the recruitment process.
The deadline for applications is December 22, 2019.
- Job City Addis Ababa