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Monday, April 16, 2018

Save the Children Vacancy for Newborn Health Coordinator

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or
those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
ROLE PURPOSE
To support the roll out and implementation of the Newborn care project focusing on strengthening newborn healthcare service delivery working mainly at Primary health facility levels including strengthening linkages between the primary and secondary levels of care in collaboration with the Local Government health unit
The coordinator will work with the Project manager, Maternal Newborn and Child health advisor and other project team members to provide technical assistance to stake holders in the state, LGA and Community Health Workers (CHWs) to increase access to quality newborn health services in a select LGA of Kaduna state.
He/ She will coordinate the all program activities in the LGA in addition to working closely with members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other partners. He/ she will contribute to the documentation of best practices and lessons learnt in newborn health in Kaduna state.
DURATION OF CONTRACT : 8 months (till December 2018)
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
Technical and Advisory Support
  • Support the establishment or strengthening of referral linkages across health facilities within the selected LGA;
  • Establish newborn health corners and KMC units at the primary health care facilities;
  • Supervise all primary facility level activities undertaken by HWs including data collection and reporting to ensure high quality and acceptable standards;
  • Work together with facility in-charges, CHWS, health facilities and communities in the coordination of the referral to next level of care;
  • Contribute to the planning and facilitation of training for primary health care workers in the selected LGA;
  • Participate actively in programme communication efforts- from conception, planning to dissemination of messages;
  • Support advocacy activities including LGA level advocacy linked to improving resources for Newborn Health;
  • Work with the LGA health and planning department to ensure that newborn life-saving commodities are inputted and costed in their procurement and operational plans;
  • Track and prepare monthly and quarterly project reports and indicators of newborn health care activities; including documenting of key lessons learnt and successes working with the M&E officer.
Planning and Budgeting
  • Develop activity plans and budgets for technical support activities;
  • Participate in preparation of overall work plan and budget for Newborn health programme in Kaduna State;
  • Collaborate with LGA authorities, other partners (WHO, UNICEF, CHAI, MNCH2 in planning and implementing activities.
Programme Management
  • Ensure the maintenance of healthy partnerships with relevant government counterparts and other partners at the LGA level
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
Accountability
  • High level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations
  • Holds self and others accountable
Collaboration
  • Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
Creativity
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
Integrity
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
  • A Masters Degree in Public Health;
  • At least 3 years’ work experience in an International NGO;
  • Experience of working with local communities and LGA authorities in north western region of Nigeria will be an added advantage;
  • Experience in newborn health programming including facility and community based health service improvement is essential;
  • Fluency in Hausa is essential.
Additional skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team;
  • Commitment to gender equity, child rights, community empowerment, and grassroots development approaches;
  • Effective planning and organising skills;
  • Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written communication skills;
  • Computer literacy skills – MS Office applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Spread sheets Strong facilitation and presentation skills.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


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