USAID MCSP Child Health Advisor Career Opportunity – John Snow, Inc (JSI)

Job Title:        Child Health Advisor
Organization: John Snow, Inc
Project Name: USAID’s
Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Mbale
Reports to: Team Lead
About JSI:
John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a leader in improving the health of
individuals and communities by providing high-quality technical and managerial
assistance to public health programs worldwide. JSI has implemented projects in
100 countries, and currently operates from eight U.S. and 81 international
offices for the past 30 years. The JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
ID a leading public health research and consulting organization.
About USAID MCSP Program:
USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival program aims to accelerate the
reduction of Maternal, new born and child Mortality in USAID Priority countries
with high disease burden such as Uganda though scaling up evidence based high
impact interventions. Building on Experience, MCSP addresses major causes of
mortality by influencing and implementing high impact and innovative
interventions at scale based on the country context and data; building global
consensus and sustained government commitment to support MNCH interventions;
maximizing the use and integration of local programs
Job Summary: The Child
Health Advisor will steer the implementation of key child health interventions
that lead to sustainable improvements in child health indicators in selected
districts in the Eastern Region of Uganda. The Child Health Advisor will be
responsible for providing technical oversight and program management of child
health work plan activities, working in close collaboration with the Team Lead,
COP and other senior technical staff.
In line with the Uganda Sharpened Plan for RMNCAH, the Child Health
Advisor will work closely with the MOH and select districts in the Eastern
Region to support implementation of a package of low cost, high impact,
evidence based child health interventions that can be applied at different
levels of the health system to contribute to further reductions in child
mortality. The Child Health Advisor will provide technical leadership and
overall management of all child health related activities in the MCSP MCNH work
Key Duties and
Technical Support:
Actively contribute to the capacity building of
HCWs and supervisor competencies, knowledge and skills in IMNCI through
trainings, mentorship, meetings and workshops
Strengthen supportive supervision for IMNCI at
the district and sub-district level
Formulate strategies for improving and
monitoring the forecasting, procurement and logistics/supply management of
quality first line drugs for childhood illnesses and create and support
initiatives that increase the availability of all child health essential
commodities at all levels of implementation
Work closely with district leadership and staff
to ensure that program data is regularly used to inform planning and
decision-making; serve as a champion for documentation and strategic
dissemination of best practices and lessons learned
Compile and analyze data for performance
monitoring of the program technical area and utilize the data to take
corrective actions
Provide leadership for Quality Assurance and
Quality Improvement measures for IMNCI and other relevant child health
Leadership and Coordination:
Provide technical leadership in advocating for
the prevention and treatment of childhood illness in Uganda by participating in
relevant working groups
Coordinate and collaborate with other child
survival efforts nationally and in the selected districts to strengthen the
treatment for childhood pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria
Policy and Regulation: Advocate with the MoH and relevant
partners for increasing access to essential childhood commodities at all levels
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant for the USAID MCSP Child Health
Advisor vacancy must be a Medical doctor, preferably with a Master’s degree in
public health
At least ten years of public health technical and
program management experience
Broad knowledge of the Uganda health system, and
ability to build and sustain strong relationships with key national and global
partners in child health—including representatives from MoH, NGOs, CSOs, and
the private sector
Strong knowledge of child health issues and the
evidence behind successful approaches” to diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia
control along with a proven track record in working to improve child health;
experience working with IMNCI and iCCM an advantage
Previous experience forging results-oriented
partnerships and alliances and building and maintaining effective
multi-stakeholder partnerships
High degree of analytical skill, political
acumen and the ability to facilitate change, influence decision-makers and
communicate key advocacy messages effectively and convincingly to a diverse
audience at local, national and international levels
Ability to develop, implement and monitor
project activities, including documenting project learning
Previous experience working with USAID or other
donors and multilateral agencies
Demonstrated leadership, team building and
problem solving skills
Excellent technical writing and oral
presentation skills, including ability to communicate complex issues in a
concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner
Ability to work in a multi-cultural,
multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
Proficiency in MS Office applications, data
management and analysis software packages such as MS Excel, MS Access, SPSS,
STATA, Epi Info
Ability and willingness to travel within the
Eastern Region at least 50% of the time
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an updated
and cover letter to with the subject line as “MNCH Child
Health Advisor” as the e-mail subject according to your application.
Deadline: 14th October, 2016 by
5:00 pm

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