Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) Officer

Location: 
Samburu, Kenya
Contract type: 
Full time, fixed contract
Salary: 
commensurate with experience
Closing date: 
Friday, 24 February, 2017
Working in Samburu with hard-to-reach or marginalised communities, the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) Officer will be based at the sub-county level and provide hands on support and technical assistance to the Sub-County Health Management Team (SCHMT) to strengthen the quality and use of maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health services.
Responsibilities: 

Technical Inputs

Provide technical guidance, advice and support to project counterparts to effectively implement activities across a broad range of service delivery areas, including:

  • Quality improvement along MNCH continuum of care
  • Maternal and new-born morbidity audits
  • Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR)
  • Respectful maternity care, Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), birthing cushions, youth friendly services
  • Promote screening and management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including HIV elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission, (eMTCT)
  • Support integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) and introduce child related high-impact practices
  • Improve the Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) activities through monitoring the BeMONC signal functions

Capacity Development

  • Promote the development of health workers and management staff capacity in the above areas through a broad range of approaches such as curriculum development and training, one-on-one mentorship and on-the-job training, supportive supervision and continuous medical education, etc.
Person specification: 
  • The candidate will hold at minimum a bachelor’s degree in a clinical field. S/he will have proven RMNCAH clinical experience, preferably in Kenya
  • The candidate will have at least 3 years demonstrated clinical or health management experience in MNCAH service delivery
  • The candidate will have demonstrated experience working with ‘hard to reach’/ marginalised groups
  • The candidate will have experience in working with donor-funded programs and demonstrated ability to work effectively with all kind of stakeholders: government representatives, local community organisations, for-profit private sectors entities
  • The candidate will be fluent in English and Swahili
  • A practical knowledge of Samburu context would be an added advantage
Benefits: 

Options offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous annual leave allowance and provision for medical insurance cover

Application process: 
  • To apply, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to Marion Pobo opportunities@options.co.uk. Candidates should state the role in the subject header.
  • Closing date for applications is Friday 24 February 2017. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and recruitment may be closed early if the right candidate is found, therefore early application is advised.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.
Other information: 
  • Options is an equal opportunities employer
  • Candidates are require to have the right to work in Kenya
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